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You are still confusing Voltage with Current. The AQ has an OCP (Over Current Protection) and it signals a trip by visual and audible signals. The voltage on a PWM controlled header is always around 12V so measuring the voltage doesn't give you anything. Measuring current is another thing entirely and, if you don't know what you are doing, please don't try it.
Regarding the fan specs. They state the power draw and not the peak startup power. One is maximum power draw at max RPM and one is Peak Power draw during startup. Most fan "manufacturers" do not state the second.
There are more inconsistencies in your post but I'm not going over them here.
Most likely, the monitoring chip got degraded in time due to stress from the Vardar behavior on start up. Unfortunately, EK does not inform the buyers of this behavior. Their support personnel are in the dark also.