Spire is not a company that makes headlines. It’s a small and less known manufacturer of computer cooling accessories and external storage enclosures. Now, the company is trying to show innovative initiative and introduces the NanoCeramic cooler bearings, on its official website.
The technology uses a special material called nano-zirconia powder and some special nano-particles for lubrication.
Spire claims that this technology will bring considerably increased reliability and much longer service life when compared with usual oil-lubricated ball-bearing technology.
The company also touts the improved quietness of the new bearings, as the Nano-Bearings only generate a medium of 2 to 3 dBA of noise when working.
This is due to the decreased friction force inside the cooler bearings, and it also leads to a lower start voltage.
Spire says that generic fans usually start spinning at 5V or more while its new products only require a lower 3.8 volts to start working.
Less friction also means increased life span in good working condition and Spire says its fans will last up to 80,000 service hours, while being easier to clean.
The new cooling fans also come with removable soft anti-vibration corners made out of silicon rubber material.
Spire’s new products are available with PWM and with blue or red LEDs.
The fan blades are supposedly designed with a special shape to increase the airflow, but all the newsletters from fan manufacturers claim that.
The company mentions the fact that the motor and bearings can be made smaller and that would increase the airflow of the fan. We agree with Spire on this one, and we eagerly await to test the improvements in our systems.
The initial models are priced at $12.99 for the American buyers and €9.95 for the European cooling