Banish Heat and Maximize your comfort.
The Torras Coolify Zone promises up to an 18 degrees F reduction in temperature, 5-15 hours of fan life, 5.5 meter/second fan speed, a 4000 mAh battery, a 10-ounce weight, and dual waist straps for 21-30" or 30-46" sizes. Place the device against your skin or over your shirt for a soothingly cool experience.
- Ease of Use
Maximize your comfort and cool your zone with a portable wearable waist fan.
This summer has been one of the hottest in history, with several regional, national, and historical records falling to new highs. As our vehicles and home air conditioners struggle to keep us comfortable indoors, many may be unaware of options to improve their outdoor comfort. You can stay cool this summer with a portable, wearable cooling-fan from Torras and engage in outdoor sporting activities, walking, biking, everyday errands and other non-water-centric outdoor activities/chores.
The Torras Coolify Zone wearable fan arrived in a 11 5/8 inches long by 4 1/4 inches wide by 2 7/8 inches thick dark grey retail package. The cover panel displayed the TORRAS name/logo along the upper left, while the mid-segment of the panel provided a white-shadowed ink outline of the device. The product name and generic wearable fan descriptor were the only other pieces of information on the cover.
The front panel displayed three product feature icons:
- Bladeless Design.
- Whole Body Cooling.
- Long Battery Life.
The top panel listed a fun “Stay Cool with COOLIFY,” while the right and left side panels were left unadorned. The bottom panel listed the company name along the top left, and product specifications along the bottom: 1. Model FY1A Wearable Fan, Size 294x106x73mm, Weight 304 G. Finally, you will find a bit of information about TORRAS, the address, email@example.com email address, product manufacturing labels, and a product barcode sticker. Although I enjoy succinct, simple, yet practical packaging features, I felt more information about the product was needed.
I removed the heavy/thick cardboard lid from the box and found a white cardboard user manual. Initially, I thought I would have to turn to a language translator app, as the panel was in Chinese characters, but a simple flip of the card provided the English manual. The Quick Start Guide detailed the strap, buckle, fan, front-facing power button, air outlet, strap adjuster, charging port, proper wearing technique about the waist, and general operations guide. You will find a centralized cardboard cutout for the Coolify Zone device and bookend accessory boxes within the box proper. I removed the 9.1-ounce, 8 inches long by 1 1/2 inches wide by 2 inches tall device from the main box, then the clear film over the front panel. Next, I removed the accessory box with the short/long buckle/strap (1.3 ounce, 1 inch wide and variable length) from the accessory box. The other box provided a 41-inches long USB-A to USB-C cable, a Coolify Cares product warranty card, and a safety guideline pamphlet.
Before using the Coolify Zone device, I charged the 4000mAh battery using the included generic USB-A to USB-C cable (5.04V/1.09A Klein Tools Multimeter). Despite the ubiquitous nature of USB-A chargers, I was a bit disappointed that the device shipped with a USB-A cable based on the price. I would have preferred rapid charging and USB-C PD technology. When I charged the device via USB-C to USB-C cable and a 30W Apple charging adapter (5.11V/1.66A Klein Tools Multimeter), I noted I was able to gain a bit faster charge. Even though there was no LCD/LED screen to display the battery level, charging indication, fan speed, etc., there were 3 small white LED indicators located directly adjacent to the USB-C port. After about an hour of charge (2 hours from empty), the three illuminated LED’s showed a fully charged device, ready for its inaugural debut.
Each end of the expandable, stretchable, breathable elastic waist straps had a plastic buckle that could attach to the main Coolify body. The shorter strap was designed for those with a 21-30” waist, while the longer strap could accommodate a 30-46” waist. I placed the first buckle of the larger strap into the slot on the Coolify device, wrapped the Coolify around my abdomen and then placed the second buckle into the slot. I used the included adjustment buckle to tighten the strap to my abdomen and then draped my T-shirt over the device. I liked the lightweight feel of the 10-ounce device and the effect of the white-colored cooling phase-change-material technology. Interestingly, a quick search of the heat-absorbing material showed that the material was similar to that used by NASA in the insulating layers of the space station and space suits. While the fan was in the off position, I noted the cooler material against my skin. Using an Nubee Infrared Thermometer, I found that the base device actually cooled my skin by about 3 degrees. This effect was drastically increased with the active/improved airflow of the device.
Once I positioned the device over my abdomen, I tested the temperature reduction on low/medium, and high speed with a Nubee infrared thermometer. My wife, children, and I went on an outing to a local farmers market where temperatures were listed at 96 degrees (humidity 74%). Wearing a moisture-wicking t-shirt, moisture-wicking undergarments/ankle socks, and Merrell tennis shoes, we traversed the stands over about an hour time period. Without the Coolify Zone in place, the surface of my skin registered 98.4 degrees. If the Coolify device was positioned over my shirt, I noted a slight breeze but minimal cooling. When I placed the device under my shirt and turned it onto low, my skin registered 92.2 degrees. When I pressed the on/off button again and turned the fan to medium mode, the fan speed and cooling increased with a skin temperature of 90.6 degrees. With the fan set to high mode, my skin beneath the PCM material registered 88.3 degrees. Even though the website promised up to an 18 degree Fahrenheit reduction, the ~10 degrees cooling felt quite noticeable. I believe the moving air provided the greatest benefit to my overall comfort, especially when the surrounding area had minimal wind/air current.
You can wear the Coolify Zone like a belt and tighten it to your desired comfort level. I liked that it was designed with the option to wear it under your clothes or over your clothes. You can position the fan over your abdomen or back and pair the Coolify Zone with a neck fan for added cooling. As noted above, I found that the device was more efficient and provided improved cooling with less sweat accumulation while wearing it under my shirt. I was impressed with the fan, the airflow and that the device provided its benefits with a paucity of sound. In fact, using the DecibelX App in a quiet room, I found that the fan produced just at ~30 decibels on high. Even though the light humming/whirring/buzzing noise was audible, it was neither intrusive nor annoying to those around me. Additionally, I was impressed that the 4000 mAh battery took 2 hours to charge and could provide nearly 15 hours of utility on low mode and just at 5 hours on high mode. I tested the duration several times and found 14.4-14.9 hours on high, 9.8-10.4 hours on medium, and 4.5-5.2 hours on high mode.