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Caring For Inflatables and replacing fans

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Hello everyone.  My first post on the site.  I am not an expert on Christmas inflatables but hoping to learn here.  I have two inflatables that I used for the first time his past Christmas where the fans stopped working but the lights inside still worked telling me there was still power in them.  One is a Chewbacca and the other is Yoda.  Both bought last year at Walmart.  Are these inflatables toast or is there a chance to salvage these?   Thanks so much!

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Are these the small ones that run on a 12 volt adapter?

If so yes, they are pretty much toast, you can replace the blower, but they are not cheap.  

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Yes.  They are the 12v ones.  So no point in trying to fix at this point it seems.  Any idea what happens or what I can do to prolong their life?  I feel like it's easy for water to get into them which is what causes the problems.

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And if these inflatables are indeed done, is there anything I can do to them so I don't have to dump them.  Recycle them somehow?

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I'm not very well versed in the electrical aspects of this sort of thing yet.  I'm going to wait for them to dry up and plug them back in.  If nothing, I will attempt to take them apart.  What would I be looking for?

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If you have a multi meter ,plug just the transformer in and see if there is an output (usually low voltage )...if there isn't I would say the transformer is shoyt, rather then the blower motor. I am not sure if the 12v ,as u said feeds the lights inside,but only the 12v blower. Are there 2,3 or 4 prongs inside the cord,that feeds the blow up? Pics would help

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I have a "hulk" inflatable in which you have to kick the fan every nght to start it.........

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best bet is to find a new inflatable with 12 volt adapter and blower and swap the blower out.  Walmart sold their Christmas ones for $15.  New blowers and adapter usually list for around $30.  yard sales and thrift shops sometimes have them real cheap.

I have tons of larger blowers for sale SJD B2 etc if anyone needs them

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I concur with xenon, I buy some inflatables after christms for like $10 each at 50% off and harvest the motor assembly throwing the rest away..............................

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