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Old 10-24-2010, 11:23 PM   #1
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Default 12V Car heaters. Are any worth a dang?? CANADA winter coming

SO I dont want to go through this year what I did last year with my first ever winter up here in Canada. but it takes 10 min or more for my car to heat up and I wouldnt mind just hitting a heater on for 5 min then starting my car only a few min before I have to leave to do, I dont want my car idling for 15 min in the driveway for my miniscule 10 min trip to work and the litle daily driving I do

Im looking for a heater that will warm up my car from -10 QUICK

All I see on fleabay is 200W heaters that couldnt warm up my finger tips. Are there any REAL nice 12V heaters that would actually put out some heat??

Someones gotta have some love for the canadian winter and how brutal this **** is!! I almost cry when I sit on that leather and touch that wood steering wheel!! So COLD!!
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welcome to canada, get used to it.
heaters are pretty much useless just start the car a few mins before you go out.
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if you want to warm up your engine faster, turn on the AC.
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Have you thought about just using a hair dryer? Those things can heat up a bathroom pretty damn quick, so I'd imagine the cabin of a car would be no problem. Plus, you could point it directly at your windows from the inside.
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Lovely little invention called Remote Car Starter!
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You can get 120v interior car heaters, set it on something like a coffee can in the passenger's footwell so it doesn't melt your interior and put it on a time, set it to come on about 20 minutes - half an hour before you need the car, get a block heater too.


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How about a seat warmer?
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I used to have a 120v heater in my integra. I plugged my heater and my block heater into an extension cord then plugged that it. The heater worked great and snow would melt on the outside of the windows in the middle of a -40 Winnipeg winter.
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I tried a few heaters at crappuy tire today (ones meant for a house lol) and none of them are compact at all.

A hair dryer is actually a good call, but that would probly take a HUGE power invertor to keep up to its power draw wouldnt it??
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Remote starter. Its actually much better for your oil and your engine if you get your oil up to operating temperature. This is one of the reasons that short drives can be bad for your engine and oil.
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Im not interested in a remote starter, my driveway inclince is huge and I dont want to chance it with a 5 speed

I definetely want an aftermarket heater that would only need my cars battery for power. I do let my car idle for a few minutes, but my exhaust is loud and 15 min just isnt nice to my family or my neighbours lol

I think I may just find a heavy duty used hair dryer and rig up a little stand for it, gotta figure out how much power they use I guess
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Remote starter. Its actually much better for your oil and your engine if you get your oil up to operating temperature. This is one of the reasons that short drives can be bad for your engine and oil.
If you drive the car and do not reach full operating temperature, you can accumulate water in your oil from blow-by condensation.
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Im not interested in a remote starter, my driveway inclince is huge and I dont want to chance it with a 5 speed

I definetely want an aftermarket heater that would only need my cars battery for power. I do let my car idle for a few minutes, but my exhaust is loud and 15 min just isnt nice to my family or my neighbours lol

I think I may just find a heavy duty used hair dryer and rig up a little stand for it, gotta figure out how much power they use I guess
That is near impossible. Most cigarette lighter inverters can only output up to 150 watts, and a hair dryer can easily hit the 1000 watt range at max power and definitely 400 watts minimum at low power.
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Plus, remember that a typical $100 1000 watt inverter won't give anywhere near 1000 watts. Inverters that my customers use for relatively heavy equipment are closer to $1000. Not practical unless you're a contractor in need of this.
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Get a heat gun and plug it in with an extension cord running inside your car. It will be hotter than effing summer in there.
Or you could just get a ****in blizzard suit from walmart for $15 and be toasty warm.
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Get one of these for your garage:
http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows....jsp?locale=en

I've been using one of these for a couple years now and it makes the garage nice and toasty. It's a double garage too with a crappy non insulated aluminum garage door.

EDIT: Didn't see you were on a driveway

Plug your car in and let it run for 2-3 minutes at the most then giver

Don't have a block heater like me? Buy a oil pan heater and use that to keep your oil warm. I don't use one but I've heard they work fine. I'm pretty sure VW's come with then new.
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If you have access to an outlet, relatively close to the car, those portable heaters should do the trick. Just unplug and take it with you or throw it back in the garage when you're about to leave. Sorta inconvenient but still.
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I just tried my girlfriends hair dryer on my 300 watt invertor to see if it would work...
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Tripped it right away even on the medium setting, woulda worked great though, I may just have to buy a big power invertor, Ive kinda always wanted one anyways
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Hair dryers typically pull 1100 watts. OP, is this to deice a window or just toast your biscuits?
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You're complaining about the cold when it's -10? That is hardly considered cold. I could see if you wanted a heater to warm your car up from -40, but -10?

Stop being such a big ***** and man up and deal with some cold weather.
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I just tried my girlfriends hair dryer on my 300 watt invertor to see if it would work...
Nope

Tripped it right away even on the medium setting, woulda worked great though, I may just have to buy a big power invertor, Ive kinda always wanted one anyways
I dunno if a hairdryer will throw the heat well enough, i mean I know it gets hot, but i' don't know if it moves enough air.

Btw, what kind of temperatures are used to and what part of Canada did you move to if you don't mind me asking?
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You're complaining about the cold when it's -10? That is hardly considered cold. I could see if you wanted a heater to warm your car up from -40, but -10?

Stop being such a big ***** and man up and deal with some cold weather.
Not everyone is cold-loving eskimo like you. I used to love the cold so I moved up to Toronto for 2 years. Now I can saftley say I want to live on the beach with the temps done go below 50F. You can keep that dealing with the cold noise, effing crazy.
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just block half your rad with a peice of cardboard. little canadian winter secret.
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