TaoTronics 12" Rechargeable Floor Fan

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I just got my UPS tracking number this morning. I payed for mine with my Visa card. Could that be the difference? Just the paypal orders being cancelled?

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Mine was also canceled. I order Saturday the 18th.

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Mine is in transit as well, so they probably oversold these. I payed with Shopify pay.

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Mine was cancelled also —- Maybe they sold out

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bobvoeh wrote:
I just got my UPS tracking number this morning. I payed for mine with my Visa card. Could that be the difference? Just the paypal orders being cancelled?

Not sure. I did use PayPal
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Code doesn’t work anymore — I think we overwhelmed their supply Cash

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I got a UPS tracking number this morning, due to be delivered tomorrow (says it’s starting in Texas, so we’ll see about that). Paypal here. Wonder if they were blowing out limited clearance stock or if the coupon was an accidental pricing fluke?

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6/19/22 Paypal $22.99.

Fedex tracking: Estimated delivery date Wednesday, 6/22/2022 by end of day

It sucks that some of you guys got stiffed.

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This is their response to my Canceled order:

“Hi there,

I am sorry to inform that we set up a wrong price for the mentioned product, and have to cancel your order and issued the full refund to you. “

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I’m still left wondering why announce the f’n offer with price on a worldwide forum, take some orders, cancel others, then come up with such a horseshiite excuse.

Guess I’ll be steering people away from Taotronics…

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carmantl wrote:
I received mine yesterday, pretty nice for $25.

Can you post a photo of it? Are the batteries removable at all? Thanks

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Lightbringer wrote:
I’m at a loss as to why there’d be the offer, with code, and then everyone’s order gets canceled.

It was explicitly spelled out it’s 20bux per, so it’s not an “oops, wrong coupon, we’re gonna take a bath on these of we honor the price!” or anything like that.

I’m hoping Mr Tao comes back here and ‘splains what’s going on, ‘cause this kind of thing can permanently poison a company’s rep.

Well, we’ll see. Or not.

Highly doubt OP has anything to do with the company based on post history. I’m speculating OP probably got the code through an email, FB, deal website, etc.

Code probably wasn’t meant for the mass public.

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I got an email that says that my rechargeable fans are being shipped.

I even got a couple of UPS tracking numbers.

I agree that it sucks that not everyone is getting this deal.  }P

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I ordered two. One shipped one canceled. No refund yet.

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I had purchased 2 Fans with a shipping total of $3.99 —- Just the shipping cost on their end combined with that cheap price for the fans they lost money for sure

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Yeah, considering this fan sells for $65 on Walmart, I'm guessing that it was a pricing mistake and that TaoTronics will be losing money on every deal they allow.

And $65 is a reasonable price for such a nice fan.

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I wouldn’t be too sure about that. Losing profit, for sure, but the actual cost of these units could very well be less than this too-low selling price even with a business rate shipping cost added on.

Sorry this didn’t work for everyone. I had that happen to me a couple times over the years. On the flip side, if these suck or catch on fire then maybe us lucky order people will be the losers. lol

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Mine is coming from Charleston Tennessee and should be here tomorrow. If I can safely get the cover off where the batteries are, I’ll post a picture. Sorry for all the folks whose orders got cancelled, that sucks.

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supreme wrote:
Highly doubt OP has anything to do with the company based on post history.

Ah, was misremembering his handle as “tao-mmap”, so thought he was “related”. My bad. Blushing

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Got mine day before yesterday; fully charged it and ran it “dry”; fully charged and in the process of running it dry again; so far it ‘s ok.

It’s a big heavy fan and will be nice during power outages.

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Thank you for the photos. For my curiosity do you know what the boxed or unboxed weight actually is? (Kg or lb)

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I placed 2 orders. The first one was on 6/16 and the second order was on 6/19. The first order has shipping confirmation and UPS tracking numbers. The second order got refunded.

I used a discount code for TaoTronics that I found on a deals website. I believe the original deal of $49 + tax & shipping is a decent deal; I don’t think TaoTronics will cancel any orders for that price.

On 6/16, I received an email from TaoTronics for their Clearance Event. The floor rechargeable fan was on sale for $99.99, down from the regular price of $129.99. Just for the heck of it, I added a fan to my cart and applied the original discount code and it worked. The final price was $19 + tax & shipping. That is when I immediately posted that deal on this forum.

I suspect that for any of us who placed the order on 6/16 and 6/17, TaoTronic bit the bullet and stepped up to the plate and honored the orders. Any orders placed after that got cancel and refunded.

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I guess I got lucky for a change. I ordered one the day the deal was posted. Coming from Charleston TN. It shows as being in town, maybe delivered tomorrow…

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Received mine today, initial impressions are positive. It seems solidly built and moves quite a lot of air. It is also quiet in operation and has a good weight, not so heavy as to be unwieldy, not so light that if feels cheap or flimsy. The blades are set deeply and are well protected from fingers and dog noses. The controls aren’t the best feeling but seem functional. I don’t see a way to open the battery compartment without disassembling the fan.

Time will tell for sure, but this seems to have been quite the bargain at $25 delivered!

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Thank you for the photos. For my curiosity do you know what the boxed or unboxed weight actually is? (Kg or lb)

UPS shows the package as 15.7lbs.

Just received it today, well packed and surprisingly in an Amazon box. It is currently charging, but I can confirm that it does operate using the cord while charging which is nice. Looks pretty well made. This will come in real handy when working in the garage or if we get some Hurricane related power outages.

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Got mine today as well…and what a strange journey it took (quickly!). Ordered directly from their site (assumedly California). UPS tracking number shipping from Texas. Tracking showed it to be out for delivery. It arrived, but in an extra large Amazon box and delivered by Amazon. And my name/shipping address was NOWHERE on the box! A couple of shipping labels that were totally irrelevant…and stickers with QR codes, which maybe is how they got it to me? Bizarre. It did have a lithium shipping sticker on the fan carton, but nothing on the Amazon box itself…and no, no indication anywhere in the manual or on the unit about lithium cautions….dumb.

Initial impressions are very good! Blade is indeed 12”, cage is about 15”, pretty sturdy plastic and nicely done (no sharp flashing or sprue). Overall dimensions to the widest points with the cage vertical are 19” × 19” × 9.5”. The top handle is about 2.5” and removable via two screws. Cage comes apart easily for cleaning (haven’t done it yet but it looks like 4 screws and the entire back metal cage/motor/control panel will separate, manual indicates similar). The tubular base has a footprint of 17.5” × 9.5” and some pretty nice flexible plastic feet that are stable and appear to isolate vibration really well. I say that last part because the blade appears to be really unbalanced and yet there is surprisingly no felt vibration anywhere on the unit! May check that more thoroughly later. The two side knobs do a good job keeping the cage position but I’m not sure how their grip will fare over time.

Weight of the unit on a hanging digital scale is 9lb 3oz (4.17kg).

Interesting behavior out of the box – not sure if that’s affected by the low state of charge but after it finishes charging I’ll check again, ran it via the wall wart to check things out. The motor is very slow to start up. Max settting is right next to the click from Off, and at first it looks like the blade isn’t going to move…then it creeps up slowly until it reaches full speed. Takes about 15 seconds to get there. On shut down the blade stops in 3-4 seconds and you can see the jerkiness of the DC motor. Not all smooth and silky long easy spinning like an AC fan motor in good condition.

At 25% power it’s not silent but very, very quiet….on lowest it’s close to silent but still moves decent air. 50% up to Max is what most people might call noisy but I call it normal fan air flow…it’s not bad at all. The blade is a pretty thin cheap stamped, channeled and riveted affair so some turbulent noise is to be expected (like the majority of fans these days). I didn’t expect it to move so much air but it’s pretty impressive, and I think equaling a comparably sized AC fan, which is awesome!

About the only thing that might be a negative (assuming it never goes up in flames) is that the control panel lighting/charge leds are in the rear where you can’t see them in most situations, so you may not see it running low until it quits. And it won’t take an AC extension cord for power, just the wall wart, but that does seem to work nicely for powering it.

I don’t think I’d ever pay the $125+ or even $80 pricing for this, but it really does seem to be well made and performs nicely. Definitely a no-brainer for $50 or less (and a heel-kicker for $20!!). Half expected to see an order cancellation today since the tracking on UPS early this morning hadn’t moved since they created it, but here it is.

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And thanks for sharing this, tammap! Wasn’t in the market but what a great purchase. Smile

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lampliter wrote:
Got mine day before yesterday; fully charged it and ran it “dry”; fully charged and in the process of running it dry again; so far it ‘s ok.

It’s a big heavy fan and will be nice during power outages.

$20 and change.!

I guess I’ll find out later myself, but did you happen to notice if the fan speed slows down near the bottom of the charge, or is it steady and then cuts off? Curious about the controller…clearly they have some smart-ish things going on in there.

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These fans were probably in Amazon warehouses — It’s my understanding, products that don’t sell within a certain time frame are thrown in dumpsters— I think this is where the Vipon Deals were created from — I bought a Westinghouse 9500DF generator for $775 last month, now they’re $999 and were as high as $1199

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Yes…looked at the box and peeled of blank cover labels and it had amazon stickers all over (a few red ones…). I’ll bet these were stock pull after Amazon gave them the boot. Must be some collusion still afterwards with the FBA contracts. I’ve heard that Amazon can really stick it to vendors badly when things like this happen (even less severe infractions) to the point that the sellers can lose product AND cash in holding accounts and not be able to recover them.

After a full charge, all behaviors are the same. Nifty fan here. I think I’ll hold off on disassembling for a peek at the cells/circuit unless I get a wild hair this weekend.

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