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Old 11-11-2017, 12:22 PM   #1
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For years I have wished I could find a truly small and low wattage electric heater. I don't want one that puts out a lot of heat or is loud and I also wanted one that I could run for a short time from the inverter.

Most small electric heaters are 1500 and 750 watts and many are not that "small" physically.

Well, I was walking down the aisle at Walmart yesterday and spotted one of these
https://www.amazon.com/Soleil-Mh-01-...=soleil+heater

It is 5x7x4 inches and is only 250 watts. Best of all, it was $9.98. So, for less than a ten dollar bill I bought one to try. It is ceramic and has only one control: on or off and no thermostat which will work fine for my purposes. I plugged it in and was pleasantly surprised at how quiet it was and the amount of heat it generated. I think it will be perfect for our Roadtrek to take off the chill or even keep it warm if we have shore power when doing fall and spring camping. I have never seen a 250 watt heater before and the price was half what is listed in the Amazon link. I couldn't find this on the Walmart site but I may have just missed it there.
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Old 11-11-2017, 01:50 PM   #2
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Coincidentally I saw this Handy Heater yesterday at a Walgreens Pharmacy and thought it could be used in a van. It is a 350 watt heater that plugs directly into an outlet. I have the perfect place to plug it in at the foot of my bed but I really don't need it. So I passed.

https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/bu...t?reactjs=true
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Old 11-11-2017, 02:52 PM   #3
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Coincidentally I saw this Handy Heater yesterday at a Walgreens Pharmacy and thought it could be used in a van. It is a 350 watt heater that plugs directly into an outlet. I have the perfect place to plug it in at the foot of my bed but I really don't need it. So I passed.

https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/bu...t?reactjs=true
Wow, I don’t need one either but I can see those as being perfect for someone looking for a small little heater that really doesn’t take up any space!
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I have the one below... use it in the front of the RV at night where the dog sleeps and in the bathroom of both of my homes to take the chill off in the morning for bathing.

https://www.amazon.com/Lasko-100-MyH..._&dpSrc=detail

It is too weak for my usage in the RV when the outside temps are under 40F... IMHO. But it takes the worst of the chill off for the dog at night.

Pretty much silent because the fan is pretty wimpy...
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Old 11-11-2017, 07:28 PM   #5
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But it takes the worst of the chill off for the dog at night.
Yay, dog comfort! We need thread just for dog comfort class B mods. My dog gets to sleep on a silly "Sunbeam® Cozy Spot", a little heating pad that is not on a timer.
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That is pretty nifty.
Might have to pick one up.
Won't use it here much in Florida,but once or twice a year? Maybe?
But nice to have should you need it.
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I had seen where Sportsmobile recommended small ceramic space heaters, but they don't mention any brands. This is a good thread because now there are several mentioned that have low wattages.

I think the electric space heater would be good for temps in the 40's or so, not so much for under freezing, but it would be great to hear from anyone who's used it in lower temps.
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I think the electric space heater would be good for temps in the 40's or so, not so much for under freezing, but it would be great to hear from anyone who's used it in lower temps.
When it is below 40, these tiny heaters do very little. For these times, I add this to the mix:

https://www.amazon.com/Snuggle-Safe-...rds=pet+warmer

You put it in the microwave for 4 minutes, put it under the dog bed and it keeps their bed warm over night. I don't like the idea of their sleeping on something with a plug attached. Then the little heater adds a little warm air to the mix... with the plug-in high above the dog.

I, meanwhile, am cozy with my 12v mattress pad... with the thermostat in reach to turn on before I get up.
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Thanks, mumkin! Sounds like a great solution.
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