Warner Howard BC0323 Airforce Hand Dryer (white)

BC0323

Applications: Bars, Cinema/Theatre, Gym, Hotel, Office, Restaurant, College, limited space washrooms, University, Medium use (101 to 300 uses per day), Senior school (key stage 3)

The Warner Howard Airforce is a hand dryer people are generally familiar with as it is one of the most commonly installed in the UK. It was one of the first high-speed, low energy hand dryers to appear on the market.  It is a very compact, low weight, stylish unit which offers additional peace of mind through its 3 year on-site guarantee.  Although there are faster drying and more energy efficient hand dryers on the market, the user will be satisfied with the performance from the 11 multiple air outlets creating a strong airflow.

Built by the highly respected and very well established World Dryer, the quality of manufacture cannot be questioned. It is suitable for most mid traffic locations or less as it offers reasonable durability, levels of energy efficiency and acceptable dry times. Available in 4 colour options it will match with the décor and styling of your washroom. This is a dryer that won’t let you down and you have the confidence of buying a product you are familiar with.

The Airforce features SteriTouch antibacterial surface protection on all plastic parts on the hand dryer, including the cover of the white and black models, and the air outlets of the brushed satin and polished chrome models.

RIBA Architect classification N13-472 hand driers/hand dryers

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Please note, some finish options may incur an additional charge


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£359.94 inc. VAT
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Performance Rating

  • Energy Consumption

    This rating is based on the watts per dry of the hand dryer which is derived from the rated power and the time taken to dry the hands. We have used the figures based on either the manufacturer’s dry time, if yet to be in house tested or based on the in house testing dry time we have conducted. This will also be based on the most energy efficient setting, if the hand dryer is adjustable for speed and/or heat.

    Watts per dry:

    • 0 – 1.99W = star rating 5
    • 2 – 2.99W = star rating 4.5
    • 3 – 3.99W = star rating 4
    • 4 – 4.99W = star rating 3.5
    • 5 – 5.99W = star rating 3
    • 6 – 6.99W = star rating 2.5
    • 7 – 7.99W = star rating 2
    • 8 – 8.99W = star rating 1.5
    • 9 – 9.99W = star rating 1
    • 10W and above = star rating 0.5
    2.5 out of 5
  • Quiet Sound Level

    This rating is based on the manufacturers stated sound level, usually at 1m. Please see the section titled "how quiet is the." for more information and independent test results, which give a more accurate noise decibel level. These ratings will also be based on the low noise setting, if the hand dryer is adjustable for speed. Therefore at full speed the hand dryer may not be quiet, however it may be adjustable to become quiet if this is required.

    Decibels (dB):

    • Up to 68dB = star rating 5
    • 69 – 70dB = star rating 4.5
    • 71 – 72dB = star rating 4
    • 73 – 74dB = star rating 3.5
    • 75 – 76dB = star rating 3
    • 77 – 78dB = star rating 2.5
    • 79 – 80dB = star rating 2
    • 81 – 82dB = star rating 1.5
    • 83 – 84dB = star rating 1
    2.0 out of 5
  • Life Expectancy

    This rating is based on the number of motor life cycles (number of uses) the hand dryer, in theory, will last for. This is based on the motor life expectancy given to us in hours, from the manufacturer.

    The number of cycles (uses) has been calculated as follows:

    (Number of seconds in the hour / seconds per dry) x motor life hours

    For a more individualised longevity calculation based on your own usage numbers please use the life expectancy calculator on each product page.

    Number of motor life cycles:

    • 1,000,000 and over = star rating 5
    • 800,000 – 999,999 = star rating 4.5
    • 600,000 – 799,999 = star rating 4
    • 400,000 – 599,999 = star rating 3.5
    • 200,000 – 399,999 = star rating 3
    • 100,000 – 199,999 = star rating 2.5
    • 80,000 – 99,999 = star rating 2
    • 60,000 – 79,999 = star rating 1.5
    • 40,000 – 59,999 = star rating 1
    • 39,999 and under = star rating 0.5
    2.5 out of 5
  • High Speed

    These ratings are based on the in house testing we have conducted regarding dry times. They show realistic comparisons of what to expect from each hand dryer. Please note that the manufacturer stated dry time is not always accurate when compared to the hand dryer being used in realistic conditions. The ratings are based on the hand dryer being placed at its high speed setting if it can be manually adjusted.

    Dry Speed (seconds):

    • 10 – 11 seconds = star rating 5
    • 12 – 13 seconds = star rating 4.5
    • 14 – 15 seconds = star rating 4
    • 16 – 17 seconds = star rating 3.5
    • 18 – 19 seconds = star rating 3
    • 20 – 21 seconds = star rating 2.5
    • 22 – 23 seconds = star rating 2
    • 24 – 25 seconds = star rating 1.5
    • 26 – 27 seconds = star rating 1
    • Over 28 seconds = star rating 0.5
    2.5 out of 5
  • Vandal Resistance

    Some hand dryers would not be suitable for some locations where abuse may be likely such as a train station or night club. However the same hand dryer would be suitable for an office or school location. These ratings are based on an added together scoring system where the higher the rating, the more suitable we would recommend for areas where abuse may be likely.

    Vandal Resistance score

    • Compact size = score 0.5              
    • Decreased blockage potential = score 0.5
    • Additional Backplate/ fixings strength = score 1
    • Anti-vandal extras = score 1
    • Metal / ABS = score 1    
    • Cover thickness 1.5mm or more = score 0.5        
    • No leverage points (design) = score 0.5
    3.5 out of 5
  • One of UK's best known hand dryers - reliable and good looking
  • Energy Efficient – using between 3.7 (watts manufacturer) to 7.2 (in house testing) per dry
  • Enhanced guarantee – 3 year on site guarantee provides peace of mind
  • Dry time of 12-15 seconds stated by manufacturer (in house tested to be 21 seconds)
  • Unique jet configuration – provide gentle and pleasant massaging effect on the hands
  • Small and lightweight – easy to install and site in any washroom; W230mm x H270mm x D156mm
  • The cover is made from Die-cast aluminium with SteriTouch anti-bacterial surface finish
  • ECA listed - write off the full value of the purchase of a Airforce in year 1
  • Certification: CE UL cUL TUV-GS Greenspec
  • Available in white, polished chrome, brushed chrome and black
How suitable is the Airforce for disabled users?

There are a few points to consider when choosing a hand dryer with disabled users in mind.  These include:

  • Wheelchair access with regard to users being able to position their hands correctly
  • The amount of moisture that will be left on the floor after drying if units are to be used by people physically impaired
  • The noise level of some high speed hand dryers may be too loud for some users, such as users with autism, multiple sclerosis etc.

Disabled areas often double up as baby changing facilities, so considerations include leaving extra space for double buggies, noise levels for children etc.

The Airforce hand dryer has the following features that may negate these concerns:

  • “Hands under” type unit creating more accessibility and wider range of hand positions
  • Has a wide airflow as opposed to a concentrated one which again aids hand position

Individuals with disabilities that make them sensitive to noise may prefer a quieter hand dryer option.

To view our full range of hand dryers with suitable properties for disabled users please click here

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How vandal resistant is the Airforce?

Depending upon the location, hand dryers can be damaged through vandalism. This includes being leveraged off the wall, damaging the outer casing and putting foreign objects into the openings. Locations this is likely to occur include pubs, nightclubs, transport facilities such as train stations, schools, stadiums, arenas and unattended public toilets to name a few.

The Airforce hand dryer has the following features to help reduce vandalism:

  • Anti-tamper screws to stop the cover from being easily removed
  • The shape of the case prevents anyone from gaining a grip on the hand dryer to pull from the wall
  • The compact size gives it strength

A steel case and back plate would be an advantage but overall this is not an easy dryer to vandalise.

To view our full range of hand dryers with enhanced anti vandal features please click here

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What’s our expert view and brand comparison of the Airforce hand dryer? (Buyers guide)

Certainly not a bad choice for most locations, they are fast, reasonably low energy and not as loud as the Dyson Airblade or Xlerator. We would however suggest there are a couple of other alternatives worth taking a look at. Turbo Force hand dryers are similar sized, more robust, and deliver a slightly superior drying performance. The Turbo Force is also available with stainless steel and metal covers whereas the Airforce is plastic. Both the Turbo Force and Airforce hand dryers are similar in terms of their energy performance. The Airforce has Steritouch anti-bacterial coating which is a nice feature but not enough to make it suitable for clinical locations so it will not be relevant to most people’s purchasing decisions. The Turbo Force hand dryer comes with an extra 2 year guarantee (5 in total); however Airforce hand dryers all have 3 year on-site support. Airforce hand dryers are quite a bit more expensive too. Other options worth comparing the Airforce with would include the G-Force which is probably even nicer looking and is available in a much lower energy version with the additional benefit of having a HEPA filter and a blue ray on activation. The G-Force are also considerably quieter hand dryers and have a 3 year guarantee.

The Airforce is a great small, high speed hand dryer but there probably are better value options in this category.

 

The Airforce hand dryer has been installed in:

  • Nottingham Ice Arena
  • Trent Bridge Cricket ground
  • Wetherspoon’s pubs and restaurants

If it is energy efficiency that you are looking for the Airforce compares as follows:

Watts per dry

  • Airforce hand dryers 3.66 watts
  • Xlerator hand dryers 3.88 watts
  • G-Force hand dryers 1.52 to 3.66 watts
  • Dyson Airblade 4.44 watts
  • Dolphin Velocity BC2001 4.44 watts
  • T-Force hand dryer 4.44 watts
  • Kangarillo hand dryer 5.33 watts
  • S-Force hand dryer 1 to 1.5 watts
  • Traditional hand dryer 20 to 26 watts

Architect classification NBS is N13/472 Hand driers

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How fast does the Airforce dry your hands?

In our experience, the dry time stated by the manufacturer is not always the same in reality when used by the consumer. As experts in our field we like to show the types of variations we have found from independent testing and in house testing so that you have all relevant information before you purchase.

Airforce

Dry Speed

Videos / References (click below)

Stated by Manufacturer*

12 – 15 seconds

Video,  document etc.

Independent testing+

25 seconds

Video,  document etc.

In house testing#

Approx. 21 seconds

Video,  document etc.

* As stated by the manufacturer using their own testing procedures
+ Please ask for more information
# Conducted using our own in house testing protocols (visual demonstration in “real use” as opposed to scientific protocols)

Please click hereto view information regarding the test protocols used.

In testing, the Airforce hand dryer demonstrated a reasonable dry time but was beaten in terms of pure drying speed by a number of other high speed hand dryers.

To view our full range of fast drying hand dryers please click here

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How Energy Efficient is the Airforce?

The energy efficiency of a hand dryer is derived by dividing the rated power by the dry speed. Ultimately what is important is how many watt-hours per dry are used.

Airforce

Rated Power

Watt-hours per Dry

Videos / References (click below)

Stated by Manufacturer*

1.1kW

3.66Wh

Video,  document etc.

Independent testing+

1.136kW

7.88Wh

Video,  document etc.

* As stated by the manufacturer using their own testing procedures
+ Please ask for more information

For comparison, a standard conventional hand dryer users around 25 – 30Wh per dry

The Airforce hand dryer compares well against a traditional warm air hand dryer that would use between 25 and 30 watt-hours of energy per dry, but is surpassed by many other low energy hand dryers due to the slightly slower dry times and higher rated power.

To view our full range of our low energy hand dryers please click here

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How easy is the Airforce to install?

Please note, you will need to make sure you have fuse spurs installed which are suitable for hand dryers.

The Airforce hand dryer has our install rating of:

* 1 *

1 = Easy, simple installation with no complicated considerations
2 = Easy, simple installation with a few considerations
3 = Moderately complex installation, with some considerations
4 = Slightly difficult, possibly complex installation with some complicated considerations
5 = Difficult, complex installation with complicated considerations

This is one of the lightest and most compact hand dryers in the world, making the Airforce easy to site and install in even the most restricted washroom areas.

Please click here to view the installation manual for the Airforce hand dryer

Please note, our ratings above are our own for ease of comparison and are based on the assumption that a qualified electrician will be installing the hand dryer. We always recommend that a person of this calibre is commissioned to install for correct installation and health and safety requirements.

For more information regarding our install service please click here

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What is the life expectancy of the Airforce?

So how long will this dryer last?

Hand dryers can have 2 types of motor which are:

  • A digital brushless motor
  • A universal brush motor

In theory, universal brush motors do not last as long as digital brushless motors and require the brushes to be changed periodically. They also vary in their lifespan. Digital motors however do cost more to repair should they fail at any point.  There are variations in the lifespans of both universal brushed motors and digital motors.

The best way to choose what is right for you is to look at your facility and the amount of use each hand dryer is expected to get. This way it can be determined if a brushed motor hand dryer would be most suitable for you or whether investing in a digital brushless motor would be more cost effective.

Type of motor in the Airforce Hand Dryer

A universal brush motor

Lifetime of brushes before needing replacing (if applicable)
Continuous Hours* Cycles (dries)*
800 137,143
Lifetime of the motor
Continuous Hours* Cycles (dries)*
800 137,143

* Please note: the above is for guidance only based on generalised information relating to standard figures; each location and type of usage will effect each factor. With all high speed brush motors, they will last longer if the dust around moving parts is removed periodically.

The above information is based on the in house testing drying time of approx. 21seconds

Based on the above information we would recommend this hand dryer to be situated in bathrooms with the following daily uses: (see recommendations with ü)

Low Traffic

Light Traffic

Medium Traffic

Heavy Traffic

Extreme Traffic

<50

daily uses

51 – 100

daily uses

101 – 300

daily uses

301 – 500

daily uses

501>

daily uses

y

y

y

n

n

To work out the annual life expectancy in your facility for the Airforce hand dryer click here

We would not recommend the Airforce hand dryer where the traffic is very high i.e above 300 uses per day, as there are longer-life machines available.

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Carbon emissions produced by the Airforce

We are passionate about helping others reduce carbon emissions, which in turn will help slow down the negative effects of global warming. For more information about carbon emissions and the environment click here.

The following table shows the approximate amount of carbon emissions produced to complete 1000

Airforce

4.1 Kg/CO2 per 1000 dries

Paper Towels*

22.5 Kg/CO2 per 1000 dries

Standard warm air hand dryer+

13.5 Kg/CO2 per 1000 dries

*Based on using 3 towels per dry +Standard warm air hand dryer use approx 25 watts per dry

Paper towels are based on 22.5gms/Co2 per dry and standard warm air hand dryers are based on Carbon Trusts measurement of 1 kw = 0.54 kg/Co2.

To work out the annual running costs and carbon emissions in your facility for the Airforce hand dryer click here - this will also show you how many virgin trees you will be saving by using this hand dryer compared to paper towels.

We are seriously committed, as a Carbon Trust accredited supplier, to provide you with the most eco-friendly hand dryers available. Please click here to see more about what we do to help improve the environment and reduce carbon emissions.

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What are the operating costs of the Airforce?

So how much will it cost you to run this hand dryer?

The below figures are per 1000 dries, please see below regarding how to calculate a more personalised annual cost for you

Airforce*

£0.90 – £0.95

Paper Towels+

£12.50

Standard warm air hand dryer*#

£3

*Based on 12p per kW of electricity unit cost
+Based on 2.5 towels used per dry
#Standard warm air hand dryer use approx 25 watts per dry

Based on a 12p per kw of electricity unit cost, we would anticipate the Airforce hand dryer would cost approximately 0.09p (£0.0009) per average drying cycle. This is based on independent dry times of 25 seconds.

To work out the annual running costs and carbon emissions in your facility for the Airforce hand dryer click here – this will also show you annual savings made against putting paper towels, roller towels and standard warm air hand dryers into your facility.

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How quiet is the Airforce?

Manufacturer's typically measure sound levels in terms of decibels dB(A) @ a 1 metre distance in a sound proof chamber. This measurement does not take into account the increase in noise when hands are positioned under/in the dryer or when the sound bounces off walls. Where possible we supply manufacturer's stated dB(A), and 2 independent tests which are more reflective of 'real conditions’.

Manufacturer stated

79dB(A)

Hands under in an anechoic chamber (sound proof)

79dB(A)

Hands under in a normal room*

88.4dB(A)

*represents maximum “real life” volume

Please click hereto view information regarding the test protocols used:

Equivalent Examples:
Normal Conversation                      50 -70dB(A)
Vacuum Cleaner                             70dB(A)
Busy Traffic / Alarm clock               80dB(A)
Lawn Mower / Chainsaw                 90dB(A)
*various internet sources

Please click here to read our guide to help understand what the perceived decibel level above would be equivalent to.

The decibel output of the Airforce hand dryer will be affected by the acoustics of the room they are situated in. This increase is potentially considerable as 10 dB(A) is equal to a doubling of perceived sound. 88.4 dB(A) is quite loud but perfectly safe for up to 3 to 3.5 hours daily exposure.

We would not recommend the Airforce hand dryer where quiet hand dryers are required.

It is worth noting that if your noise concern relates to the noise carrying into different areas of the building then pitch will be just as relevant as sound output (loudness). Higher frequency pitches will not travel through walls as easily as low frequency pitches for example. Please contact usdirectly to discuss your specific need.

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What extra hygiene aspects does the Airforce have?

Washing hands correctly is the best way to ensure high levels of hand hygiene.  Making sure hands are completely dry is the next important aspect of hand hygiene.

Most modern hand dryers have standard hygienic properties such as fast dry times and touch free sensors to activate. However for added peace of mind some models have enhanced hygienic properties.

The extra hygiene aspects this hand dryer has are:

  • A filter which restricts unhygienic particles from entering the machine and being blown onto the hands
  • An anti-bacterial impregnated surface which prevent the growth of bacteria A touch free sensor

To view our full range of hand dryers with extra hygienic properties please click here – this includes our eXtremeAir CPC model with Cold Plasma technology, scientifically proven to kill germs including E.coli, Salmonella, Influenza A, Staph, C.diff and MRSA.

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Does it actually do what the manufacturer states? Independent testing information

At Intelligent Hand Dryers UK, our ethos is to bring you as much open, honest and reliable information as possible so you can make the most suitable and informed purchase.

We endeavour to include independently obtained results and in house testing, as well as manufacturer's specifications. This gives a true reflection of dry time performance, noise and energy efficiency of each hand dryer.

Noise level testing was conducted at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and a leading independent testing facility.

We also provide in house video testing to demonstrate dry performance. This gives a visual demonstration in “real use” as opposed to using methodical scientific protocols.  The approximate dry time using this method was set when no spots of water could be seen on a paper towel after drying the hands.  This is over and above what is required to be classed as a “hygienic dry” which requires 95% of the hands to be dry after using the dryer.

Need more information or advice? Please contact us by clicking here where one of our dedicated experts will be able to assist you in whichever way you need.

Energy Consumption Electrical Supply Voltage 230 Volts
Electrical Supply Frequency 50 Hz
Standby Power Consumption 0.2 Watts
Performance Expected Motor Life 800 Hours
Dry Time (max setting) 10 (manufacturer stated) 25 (independent testing) Seconds
Motor Speed (max setting) 37000 RPM
Air Speed (max setting) 205 MPH
Air Volume (max setting) 105 CFM
Operating Temperature Range Room Temp + max 40 °F
Heater Element Power N/A Watts
Motor Cutoff Time 30 Seconds
Rated Power Rated Power (max settings) 1100 Watts
Energy Per Dry (max setting) 7.88 Watts Watt-hours (Wh)
Energy Per Dry Notes Based on independent testing dry times
Noise Operating Sound Level (max setting) 79 dB
Sound Level Notes Proven to be accurate in independent testing dB
Sensor Sensor type IR Sensor
Guarantee 3 Years
Inc. Onsite Visit
Construction Materials Cover - Die-cast aluminium with SteriTouch anti-bacterial surface finish; Internal - Polycarbonate / ABS V0 flame retardant
Net Weight 3.2 kg
Packed Weight 3.9 kg
Electrical & Safety IP rating IP24
Dimensions Product Height 270 mm
Product Width 230 mm
Product Depth 156 mm
Packaging Height 368 mm
Packaging Width 292 mm
Packaging Depth 210 mm
Mounting Instructions Men 1170 mm
Women 1120 mm
Children 4-7 Years 810 mm
Children 7-10 Years 910 mm
Children 10-13 Years 1020 mm
Children 13-17 Years 1120 mm
Disabled 940 mm
Certification CE
CUL
UL
Other TUV-GS, Greenspec
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