So all I was doing was grilling some salmon so I filled it up about 3/4 of the way full of regular coals. I used a balled up a piece of the charcoal bag and put it under like usual and squirted some lighter fluid on the bag and on the top coals. Lit them up from the bottom and let it go for about 30 seconds or so before I started the fan. I wanted the bag to burn down and the bottom coals to light good so they didn't blow out. The fan blows good but gently, about as hard as it takes to whistle. When I turned it on, it did it's job. Similar to when you blow on a small camp fire to get it going good, the coals flamed up pretty good. After 2 solid minutes of the fan on, I turned it off to see if it made a difference. When it was off, it died down some but not a lot, on again and it flared up. After a couple more minutes, the bottom coals were white and the top coals were getting there. I turned the fan off again and just let them burn, I didn't want to overdue the bottom ones before the tops got started. Long story short, it worked as advertised and I think it did it decently faster. I am not sure how long the batteries will last (3 AAA) but I will figure it out soon enough. Hope this is a decent enough explanation, I'm satisfied. From the time I lit the paper to the time I poured the coals into the grill was 7 1/2 minutes and this is what I had. Now for some pics.
Here is the salmon, a filet just over a pound. I marinated it overnight in lowry's havana garlic and lime marinade.
All done. Left it to the side for 40 minutes or so then over the coals for about 5.
Plate view with a side salad and some cheesy pasta.