I was asked to try out the Fanu which is a hand held battery run fan aimed at supporting people who have hot flushes as a side effect of chemotherapy. It has been designed by someone who has gone through Chemo so knows how the hot flushes can affect day to day life.
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I love how the website says “it is not always possible to strip off and sip a glass of ice water” it makes me just think of when I was going through Hot Flashes sitting there part naked eating ice cream. I was at home so no one could see me but I totally get the concept of this fan.
There is nothing worse than being out in public having a hot flush and people looking at you as though you are crazy trying to cool yourself down especially if you are at a young age. If its someone in their 50s the common thought would be bless her she is going through menopause but it is a bit of a unknown that chemo can bring on early menopause for younger girls.
The FANU is available in a few different colours and I liked the design.
It does not come with instructions but it is straight forward as there is a switch on the side to turn it on and off. However since this post has gone live I am getting comments they would feel that instructions need to be included, so I have passed these details on that is as much as I can do as I am only a blogger trying to product I did not create or design it.
I personally was happy with the product it did what it claimed to do and I even saw Simon Cowell using it on a episode of Britain’s Got Talent.
The handheld fan is definitely a lot quieter than I was expecting. I like way it feels and it actually looks quite trendy you could get it out at any time in any place and people are not going to stare. You can use it inside or outside to be honest I got more from using it inside but that was my personal preference. I keep it by my bedside as it is at night when I have the most hot flushes.
It costs £9.99 including the mini lithium battery USB cable and a lanyard, which I think is excellent value for money as it will help people you are going through hot flashes due to chemotherapy or the menopause.
It is also suitable for people maybe going on holiday who will be around the pool or on a beach in the hot sun. A fellow blogger tried the fan as she is a little apprehensive of flying and liked to have cool air pointed on her face during the flight, some airlines now dont have overhand air vents so this is another great reason to use this handheld fan. Although she also did not think it was powerful enough.
It’s not overly powerful that it is going to blow your head off but to be honest I’ve not seen anything on the market that is. I have tried a few handheld fans which have been totally rubbish feeling like a little robin is blowing a bit of air in your face this at least has a bit more air coming out of it.
I would love something really powerful but dont know anything on the market yet, if you have come across something then do let me know.
I used the FANU when I was in bed weak from chemo and didnt have the energy to waft myself with a normal fan. I think this would make a lovely gift for somebody going through chemotherapy.
There are still a few design issues that need to be ironed out like there is no light so you dont know if it needs charging or when the battery is going to run out so it will just run down and turn off.
- Thank you to the makers of Fanu for letting me try this device if you would like to make a purchase please click here.
Originally posted in 2018 and updated in 2020