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October 16, 2007

Portable Instant Car Heater — Episode 2: Faster, Cheaper & Better Controlled


Episode 1 on January 21, 2006 promised more than it delivered.

At least that was the opinion of reader ed who commented, after buying and using it, "Sadly, compared to this heater, my computer would do a better job of heating the car."

Message received and understood.

Just in from out back in the portable car heater skunk works, a new and improved — or so we are led to believe — iteration from Coleman.

Note that the device is pictured from the front above, with a rear view toward the end of the post.

From websites:

    Automobile Ceramic Heater

    This powerful little heater defrosts and defogs windshields and windows instantly.

    Fan can also be used without heat so you can enjoy a cool summer breeze.

    Swivel base allows airflow to be directed to wherever you want it.

    7 foot cord lets you use it anywhere, including the backseat.

    Plugs into your car's 12V outlet.

    Mounting tape included.

    8"L x 3-1/2"W x 8-1/2"H.

    High 550 BTU output.

    Dual fan speeds.

    Durable plastic.




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This product produces about 1/10 of the heat you'd get from a standard blow dryer. There's no way it would substitute for a broken car heater unless you live in Panama or Mexico. If you're from Connecticut, like me, you need something better.

Posted by: dan releves | Dec 6, 2008 12:52:21 PM

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