Thanko Folding Fan Umbrella-Parasol

Airflow-cooling parasol

Now here's one of those ideas some might think fall under the chindogu category: inventions that you can't decide if they're ingenious or silly. That would be unfair, though: the Thanko Folding Fan Umbrella-Parasol is actually a very clever concept because even if you have a good umbrella that keep off the sun's UV radiation, you can still feel hot and in desperate need of a cool breeze. Which this gadget will happily provide for two or three hours on a single USB charge.

Yes, the Thanko Folding Fan Umbrella-Parasol is a regular folding parasol that, at 39 cm (15.4") when folded and weighing only 460 g (16.2 oz), can be always in your bag or backpack. When open, its polyester canopy filters out 98% of the UV coming from the flaming ball in the sky and with a press of the button on the handle, its built-in fan sends air down from the top, all over your head and shoulders as you walk around town. And when you get home, its lithium-ion battery hooks happily up to any USB power source for 4.5 hours so it can be ready for the next day!

Specs and Features:

  • Airflow levels: low, high
  • UV filtering: 98%
  • Length (open): approx. 60 cm (23.6")
  • Length (folded): approx. 39 cm (15.4")
  • Diameter: approx. 106 cm (41.7")
  • Rib length: approx. 58 cm (22.8")
  • Weight: approx. 460 g (16.2 oz)
  • Power: USB charging
  • Battery: 3.7 V, 2,600 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • Materials: fiberglass, polyester
  • Charging time: approx. 4.5 hours
  • Continuous operating time: low approx. 3 hours, high approx. 2 hours
  • Charging cable: approx. 80 cm (31.5")
  • Comes with storage bag, charging cable
  • Instructions/manual: Japanese
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US$ 63