safe to put two fans on a single fanmate 2?

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FraGGleR
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safe to put two fans on a single fanmate 2?

Post by FraGGleR » Wed Jun 07, 2006 9:41 am

I don't know enough about voltages to figure it out. I have 2 80mm fans that evacuate air from my case and I want to be able to control their voltage with a fanmate. Would using a 3pin splitter and a fanmate 2 work? Or will I need a fanmate for each of the fans? Thanks!

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Post by tay » Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:07 am

I've done it b4. You should be fine.
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Post by DrCR » Sun Jun 11, 2006 9:49 pm

Yeah, as long as they are not too high amp, the FanMate should still be within spec with both.

What fans will you be using? D12SM-12 YLs?

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Post by Thomas » Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:11 am

It's the wattage, which matters.

FanMate2 is rated at 6 watt max. That is, it can maximum DELIVER 6 watt.

A Nexus 12 cm fan, for example, is rated to CONSUME 1,8 watt max. So a FanMate2 can control three 12 cm Nexus - 1,8 + 1,8 + 1,8 = 5,4 watt.

The fans should be connected in parrallel, so using a Y-splitter as you suggest, is a good idea. Using this method, I've been running two Nexus' on one FanMate2 for a while. Not a single problem.

If you are using your MOBO fan conector, remember to check the maximum wattage... :wink:
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Post by DrCR » Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:12 am

Thomas wrote:It's the wattage, which matters.
Oops, sorry, your right. I was assuming constant voltage. :)

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Post by Mike_P » Mon Jun 12, 2006 9:09 am

incase anyone was wondering Watts = Volts * amps ;)

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Post by Chris Chan » Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:02 am

For DC anyway, Mike_P. AC wattage = Volts * Amps * Power Factor. IIRC anyway. I have only an elementary knowledge of electrical engineering.
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Post by FraGGleR » Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:23 am

I will start off using the stock silverstone 80mm fans and see what types of noise vs cooling performance I can get. Otherwise, I will probably go with some panaflo's or maybe give the new arctic cooling fans a shot. thanks for the info.

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