Qwiic Blower Fan

The unmistakable sounds of a tiny cooling fan spooling up usually means you've sat your laptop on a soft surface, or launched one too many tabs in your browser.

AUD$ 58.95

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Description

The unmistakable sounds of a tiny cooling fan spooling up usually means you've sat your laptop on a soft surface, or launched one too many tabs in your browser. It's a textbook cry for help from all of our favourite consumer electronics but what if your next hardware project could also complain about overheating? Well now it can!

In all seriousness, though, sometimes you need to move a little air around. Whether for active cooling or ventilation, a tiny fan can make a big difference. However, a tiny fan also has tiny wires which can make it difficult to work with. We've remedied this issue by mounting it to a board along with the mating flat-flex connector, a voltage booster and an ATtiny-based driver so you can power and control the fan over the Qwiic bus.

The control firmware monitors the tachometer output of the fan in order to implement PI Control over the fan speed, allowing you to set your desired speed in real units. It's also possible to disable the PI control loop and set the speed as a proportion of the maximum. The accompanying Arduino library includes example code for controlling the fan, tweaking settings, and even setting the fan speed based on an attached Qwiic Temperature Sensor and a lookup table.

We're unable to find a datasheet for this fan in particular (which is intended to replace the OEM fan in a Nintendo Switch)

Heads Up! This device draws enough power that it operates at the upper limit of the Qwiic bus. If there are few other devices on the bus and the fan is not allowed to rapidly change throttle, it is possible to power this fan directly from the bus. In some applications, however, it may be necessary to provide the blower fan with a dedicated 3.3V supply.

The SparkFun Qwiic Connect System is an ecosystem of I2C sensors, actuators, shields and cables that make prototyping faster and less prone to error. All Qwiic-enabled boards use a common 1mm pitch, 4-pin JST connector. This reduces the amount of required PCB space, and polarized connections mean you can’t hook it up wrong.


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Specifications

  • Same cooling fan found in the Nintendo Switch
    • Closed-loop PI controller
    • Power and control from the Qwiic bus
    • On-board boost converter derives 5V fan supply from 3.3V Qwiic bus

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