Nicro Minivent 1000 is a solar powered exhaust vent that will keep the boat cabin cool when needed. Under solar power the MiniVent 1000 will move 700 cubic feet of air per hour and at night even a light breeze will continue to ventilate the boat. Available in white ABS plastic or stainless steel. Comes complete with interior trim ring and mounting hardware and fits into a 3-3/4 inch installation hole.
Fits 3-3/4" diameter installation hole. The vent can be retrofitted to an existing hole of up to 6" diameter.
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Solar powered exhaust ventilation during daylight , passive exhaust at night.
No batteries or wiring required.
Whisper quiet fan operation.
Durable white ABS construction.
Shut off damper to prevent water intrusion in rough seas.
Dimensions: 7 inch diameter x 1-3/4 inch high.
where do I get replacement batteries?
Bill (WM.) Ishmael
Regarding my unit, there are no batteries, only solar. Does not work at night. Since I used it, it has operated flawless. I do recommend my model.
The Nicro Minivent 1000 Solar Vent does not have batteries. It only works when the sun is shining.
Solar powered no batteries
vent has no batteries, sun hits solar cell it runs no sun no fan.
Vent is still running strong since my purchase. I am not sure if it is even possible to change battery.
WILL IT FIT A 4"cutout ?Angelo
Yes you can fit it in a 4" hole. It will obviously have a small gap that in my case I filled with silicone. They have not leaked and have been working fine for over a year now
4" is too small.
Yes it should fit with no issues. It has an inner sleave allows a good seal. As I recall the OD of the inner sleave is 3-3/4" or 3-7/8". I had the same concern on my boat. Still working great.
I was thinking of putting this in my radar arch. How thick and down to how thin of a wall can you go thru? From outside to inside May be up to 3". I'm not positive of thickness, not at the boat today.
I have one mounted in a plexiglas hatch and just used sealant to adhere and no screws or fasteners.It comes with an inside trim ring if your surface is more than 1" This ring just trims out the inside. The instructions do say not to install if you have more than 1/2" camber in 12"I personally would not recommend this model. It does not have a battery so it only operates in bright sunlight. If doing over I would invest in the more expensive day/night model with a battery.
I have a very old Nicro battery powered vent with a cutout hole size of 5-1/2 inches. Will I have problems with replacing it with a 3" Nicro vent?
You will need an adapter to convert from 5 1/2 to 3". Or you could use a pvc board and make a new 3" hole a glue it to the deck with 5,500 gloo.
can the solar vent withstand accidental step on.?
Hi Charles:Thank you for your response. Presumably stepping on the edge of the unit momentarily is of no concern, but stepping centrally would probably damage the photo-voltaic cell cap.What has been your experience regarding extraction of internal air:1. Full sunlight.2. Partial sunlightThank you again - greatly appreciated.Paul Bulkley
Full SL: moves a good amount of air in the fwd berth. Not near as stuffy as I've experienced. Partial: still adequate. much better than without. Humidifier runs less so saves electricity too.
The unit is sturdy but I would be seriously concerned about damaging the photo-voltaic cell cap.
I haven't stepped on mine yet but I'd doubt it. Be advised that the airflow through this thing is minimal. Someone described it as not enough to disturb a mouse fart.
Paul I sent this solar panel back and went with a Vetus.
Is there an on/off switch?/
No Switch. No Battery. Just runs when the sun is bright enough.
No, when the sun shines on it, it's on...when the sun doesn't shine on it, it's off.
Is the flow is to one direction or can it be reversed. I mean heat extraction from inside as well as fresh air blow to inside ?
For a multitude of reasons, the flow is not reversible-1. The axial fan blades are curved for air flow in one direction, typically up and out. 2. This is helped by the (typically) warmer interior air rising (If the fan is on, the sun is shining on the decks)3. The solar panels are DC, they are wired internally with no reversing switchThough it is likely the DC motor could be reversed by swapping the wires or installing a reversing switch, if you did it would not work very efficiently (if at all) since the blades are optimized for air up and out, and they would soon be fighting the buoyancy of the air inside.
One direction only. Exhaust.
nice but needs direct sunlight
This fan installed nicely into an existing 4" hole in my deck; one thing to be aware of it seems to require direct, bright sunlight to operate, just daylight is not enough to make it run. I think it will suit my needs though and the price was reasonable.
A great buy, if a little expensive.
This seems like a great product. I replaced an old unit on the deck of my Com-Pac 23 last week. I upgraded to the model with the stainless trim ring. Seems like a good way to protect the plastic housing.I was a little disappointed that the solar array was assembled in such a way that it sits at an angle to the centerline of the boat. However this does not affect the unit's performance.Would be nice if the product description gave more dimensional informatiom. The diameter of the fan housing is 7". If the unit is installed without the optional interior trim ring then the hole only needs to be 3.5".I would recommend this product to anyone that wants a solar-powered fan for their boat.
Lake Bridgeport, TX
Keeps the head area ventilated
The solar powered vent works round the clock to keep the head area on my boat supplied with fresh air. It really makes a big difference. The fan is very quiet. BTW the fan is reversible so that it can be setup for air intake or exhaust. A nice self contained unit.