Tesla Inspired Bladeless Ceiling Fan

A perfect marriage of elegant design and efficient airflow. Check out our website at: http://exhalefans.com for the latest news.
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Nik Hiner
Technology
Georgetown, Indiana
United States
2 Team Members

I would like to thank everyone who supported our campaign. If you are just now finding us and would like to purchase an Exhale fan, our online store is now accepting preOrders!

For the latest news and updates,
visit our website at: http://www.ExhaleFans.com

Updated-Full Scale Smoke Demo [click here]
NEW! - Color is now available.
Free for all Indiegogo backers! You will be able to choose your color after the campaign.
     
Exhale Bladeless Ceiling Fan—Cool White Cool White

Available in all white or with gray accent ring!

Ivory


Available in all ivory or with gray accent ring!

Exhale Bladeless Ceiling Fan—Ivory


Great for the more traditional designed interior.

Exhale Bladeless Ceiling Fan—Ivory
Exhale Bladeless Ceiling Fan—Light Gray Light Gray


Perfect for homes with dark ceilings, "The man cave",
or restaurants that want the
fan to just blend away!

Dark Gray
Exhale Bladeless Ceiling Fan—Dark Gray
Pretty in Pink!


"No boys allowed!"

Colors lovingly named
by my little princess!

Lovely Lavender
Exhale Bladeless Ceiling Fan—Pink
Exhale Bladeless Ceiling Fan—Lovely%20Lavender
Exhale Bladeless Ceiling Fan—Light Blue Light Blue



"Girls have Cooties!"

Safe for bunk beds.

Fire Engine Red!
Exhale Bladeless Ceiling Fan—Fire Engine Red
You will be able to choose your color at the end of the campaign.
Colors shown are renderings and actual color may vary slightly.
What Others Are Saying
"An innovative ceiling fan which not only does away with the classic bladed design, but improves airflow by producing a quiet, recirculating vortex of air"
TheAwesomer
"It's not every day that someone comes up with a new design for a ceiling fan that both looks and functions better than the original"—Evan Ackerman 
DVICE
"It’s never easy and takes guts to reform something that has remained basically the same for years. Enter Exhale Fan, a new spin on the design and functioning of a ceiling fan."—Naveen Kumar 
HomeChunk
"Exhale Ceiling Fan Could Be the Bladeless Air Moving Contraption You Have Been Looking For"—C. S. Magor 
UberReview
"A genius reinvention of the ceiling fan"—Dave Parrak 
Gizmag
 
Breaking Convention

I have always been interested in innovation, combining simple solutions with elegant design.  The Exhale was inspired by 19th century inventor Nikola Tesla and is the world's first truly bladeless ceiling fan.  It utilizes the science of laminar flow between an array of flat disks to efficiently move air throughout your environment.  This laminar movement creates a smooth uninterrupted airflow with virtually no noise.

FOT (First off Tool) - Production Prototype
Vortex Airflow, Unmatched Comfort

The vortex airflow profile generated by the Exhale fan is unmatched in the ceiling fan industry. Air is not simply directed straight down, but moves around the room in a 360° horizontal flow.  The air passes over you from the side as if you were experiencing a cool spring day with its fresh-feeling and calm breeze.


     

This cyclonic airflow multiplies as the Exhale runs, mixing the air to eliminate hot and cold spots.  This complete homogenization of the air stabilizes the temperature, reducing stress on your air conditioning or heating system. Fewer cycles on your HVAC system results in lower heating and cooling bills.

We have made a 1/6th scale demo to show the vortex flow created by the Exhale fan. This test was performed in water with slightly less than buoyant material added to aid with the visualization. Enjoy!

Exhale Bladeless Ceiling Fan—Vortex Flow Demonstration
Exhale Bladeless Ceiling Fan—Full Scale Vortex Flow Demonstration

Since our 1/6th scale water demo, we have been asked many times for a smoke filled full scale demo to show the vortex flow created by the Exhale fan.

So we did, Enjoy!

Tech Specs
  • Width: 34" (863.6mm)
  • Height: 7.25" (184.15mm)
  • Weight: 25lbs (11.3Kg)
  • Material: Precision injection molded plastic
  • Motor: High efficiency DC (34 watts max)
  • CFM: 3,186 @ High speed (93.7 CFM/Watt)
  • Sound Level dB -see chart
  • Power: 120v/60Hz or 240v/50Hz
  • Control: Wireless 6-speed remote
  • Coverage: Effective in rooms up to 20'x20'
  • MSRP: $499.99 in standard white (45%-50% off for backers)
Fan Speed RPM Sound Analysis in dB
Low 80 33-35
Level 2 120 35-37
Level 3 160 36-38
Level 4 200 37-38
Level 5 240 38-41
High 280 40-43
* Readings were taken directly below the fan in the center of the room 3' above the floor. -Baseline dB while fan was not running: 33-34
From Rendering to Reality

Form does not always have to follow function.  We have worked tirelessly to create a minimalistic design without sacrificing performance that appeals to the sophisticated designer in all of us.  The Exhale fan fits comfortably in any room from the ultra modern to traditional.


What we've done:  For the past 18 months, Exhale fans has been perfecting the function and design through renderings, computer modeling, and prototypes.  We have started manufacturing our production tooling and it is nearing completion.

Procution Tooling - FOTs (First off Tool) are here, only a few changes left.

A high efficiency DC motor with 6-speed wireless remote has been sourced to bring the fan to life.  These DC ceiling fan motors reduce operating costs by 50%-80% over their AC counterparts.  We worked very closely with the manufacturer to custom build a model that will maximize the effectiveness of the laminar flow while not increasing power usage. 

What we are doing:  After receiving the first parts from our production tools, we are perfecting the fit and finish as well as selecting the proper material to be used.  Packaging engineers are already working on initial designs for our review and testing.  Prototyping and tool building is very expensive.  At this point, we have "broke the piggy bank" and need your help to finish what we have started. 

What we will do:  Our continued goal is to use our experience and advanced design techniques to build the best product for our customers.

What's the money for?:

  • Finalizing the tooling
  • Packaging design - We want to make sure your fan gets to your ceiling.
  • UL approval
  • Raw materials
  • Press time
Official Time Line   ETA
Design Done!  
Prototyping Done!  
Packaging Design - Done!  
  Tooling Jan 15th
UL Approval Pending!  
Tooling Main Tooling - Done!  
  Finalizing Texture Jan 15th
  Production Ready Feb 15th
  Initial Run Mar 1st
Estimated First Shipments   Mar 15th
Inventors Story -Nik Hiner

I get excited about products with great design that seem to utilize the simplest solutions for every day problems. A few years ago I found myself in a conundrum that I just couldn't get off my mind. I started to take a look at the current ceiling fans installed in my house and was unsatisfied with their look and performance. My wife and I decided it was time to replace our outdated fans, but were even more disappointed in the options that were available on the market. It was in that moment that inspiration struck. "Cyclonic air movement"

Studying the science surrounding Nikola Tesla's bladeless turbines led me to a breakthrough that I knew was the perfect solution to the problem that was plaguing my thoughts. In 2005 the first bladeless ceiling fan was born. It wasn't aesthetically pleasing nor was it overwhelmingly functional, but it worked! Over the next few years, many prototypes and design changes were created, and the product started to take shape.

Today with the help of my co-founder, Richard Halsall, we have been able to develop that initial thought into the world's first truly bladeless ceiling fan. Exhale Fans continued goal is to constantly innovate in the ceiling fan industry and bring inspiring designs to those who love innovation as much as we do.

FAQs
  • Q: I have a vaulted ceiling, can I still get one?
  • A: Of Course! Down rods can be used for slanted/vaulted ceilings and are available at your local hardware store in various lengths.
  • Q: Why does the fan look wobbly?
  • A: The fan in the video is the first prototype test from the production tooling. (Discs were not perfectly flat)
  • Q: Where is the light?
  • A: We are currently working on LED based lighting systems. - ETA:Q2 2013. The fan does have a removable cap near the base of the central hub that houses an electrical junction box that will accept existing lighting kits.
  • Q: Is it easy to clean?
  • A: Yes... The leading edge of any fan will collect dust. Using a standard brush adapter with your vacuum removes it with ease. (Set the fan to low speed while cleaning!)
  • Q: Didn't Dyson make this already?
  • A: No... The Dyson air multiplier uses a high speed impeller motor to direct up and out a nozzle on the leading edge. The Exhale uses laminar flow and uniform circular motion to draw air through the fan.
  • Q: Does the fan make a lot of noise?
  • A: Not at all... The laminar flow makes virtually no noise and our DC motor has upgraded bearings for quiet operation. -Sound Analysis chart in the Tech Specs above.
  • Q: How does heating/cooling work, Do I need to reverse directions?
  • A: No... The spinning movement of the air generated by the Exhale homogenizes the air in the entire room. Summer or winter, there is no need to reverse directions like bladed fans.
Starving For More?

For more information about the Exhale™ Fan, please visit our website @ www.ExhaleFans.com

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