Your Boot Dryer Take Too Long? Build the DIY turbo model!


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | February 12, 2007      
DIY backcountry skiing boot dryer does the job in a tenth the time as commercial models.

DIY backcountry skiing boot dryer does the job in a tenth the time as commercial models. Uses a couple of inexpensive 80mm computer fans.

“Hey dad,” my son said back when he was still in the nest and a regular at WildSnow HQ, “I want to build a boot dryer that works, you got any computer fans in that pile of junk?”

“Sure,” I said, “check out my hardware hacking stash, I’ve even got computer fan grills, reducers and whatnot.”

“What would work best for tubes?” Louie said, “I don’t want to buy anything for this project.”

Answer: “Check out the famous WildSnow workshop, you never know what you might find in there!”

Sure enough, the guy finds Rancho shock absorber boots that fit perfectly in the ends of the fan reducers. End result, the WildSnow Turbo Boot Dryer. Be careful, it might blow your boots right out the door!

The fans run on 12 volts,  Louie rigged the WildSnow Turbo Boot Dryer so it will work in the car with a cigarette lighter plug, and also rigged a 12 volt wall-wart power supply for use indoors. Unless they're USB powered at 5 volts, most computer fans will run of standard 12 volts. At home with either, use wall adapters you've got a drawer full of.

The fans run on 12 volts, Louie rigged the WildSnow Turbo Boot Dryer so it will work in the car with a cigarette lighter plug, and also rigged a 12 volt wall-wart power supply for use indoors. Unless they’re USB powered at 5 volts, most computer fans will run of standard 12 volts. At home with either, use wall adapters you’ve got a drawer full of.

Another view. Note the fan size reducers. Mounting plate was constructed from a hunk of plastic cut out of a plastic box we had in the junk pile. We bought nothing specifically for this project, does that indicate packrat syndrome or just a well stocked shop?

Another view. Note the fan size reducers. Mounting plate was constructed from a hunk of plastic cut out of a plastic box we had in the junk pile. We bought nothing specifically for this project, does that indicate packrat syndrome or just a well stocked shop?

Link below is for a variety of dual 80mm fans you could do this build with:

Coolerguys Dual 80mm USB Powered Cabinet Cooler for Cabinet & Home Theaters

If you want to go totally low cost, build your own fan mount plate like we did, and mount a couple of the least cost 80 mm fans you can find. Link below is for a fan from Amazon that looks perfect in terms of cost vs performance.

Antec TriCool 80mm Cooling Fan with 3-Speed Switch

Comments

5 Responses to “Your Boot Dryer Take Too Long? Build the DIY turbo model!”

  1. Lisa Dawson February 12th, 2007 8:23 pm

    Dear Son,
    I saw you eyeing my vacuum cleaner yesterday and I wondered what was up since housekeeping is usually not on your radar. Thanks for leaving it intact. But the hose may be better because it has almost no ridges so there would be less air resistance and the diameter is smaller so it would fit further down into the boots. Off limits? Hmmmm, vacuum or boot warmer? I guess you can use it if you make one for my car.
    Love,
    Mom

  2. Brittany February 13th, 2007 5:55 am

    That’s great! Why do folks pay $60-something for boot dryers again? What a great project! I wish some of my students could be as motivated as Louie!

  3. Damian February 13th, 2007 7:29 am

    Good job.

    ps – it looks ever so slightly, um, naughty.

  4. Scott Nelson February 14th, 2007 4:51 pm

    Best use for shock boots that I’ve ever seen (if that’s what they are) πŸ™‚

  5. Lou Dawson 2 October 7th, 2015 9:59 am

    This was a fun post to pay attention to. I’ll add in some parts links, as this system is excellent.

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