Well, once again it's the silly season. Last week my local paper ran a
for the “revolutionary TropicAir Heater that slashes heat bills and
helps keep you healthier”. Curiously it comes from the exact same
street address as last year’s travesty, the HEAT SURGE Roll-n-Glow
Fireplace. That was an electric heater disguised as a fireplace
("fireless flame") and sold wrapped in a "real Amish fireplace
mantel". See: http://www.heatsurge.com
You can see the color version of the newspaper ad in the Denver Post
at: http://shopping.postnewsmarketplace.com/ROP/ads.aspx?advid=971564&adid=7110425&type =
The TropicAir is yet another pile of horsecrap! These clowns should be
they are probably going to make a pile of money by swindling the
gullible and elderly.
The TropicAir “quickly blasts out 4,094 BTUs of tropical warmth in any
room yet only costs as little as 9 cents an hour to operate. Guess
what? 4,094 BTU/hr converts to exactly 1200 watts. That’s even less
than the 1500 watts of last years HeatSurge.
Folks, it's a lousy little 1200 watt portable electric heater with a
fan, but with a humidifier feature added. For a limited time they will
sell you not just one, but a pair of these miracles for $298. Guess
what? You can go to www.walmart.com and buy a comparable heater for
only $67.88 (less than half what the TropicAir costs). That’s the
Sunpentown SH-1506 Ceramic Heater with Humidifier. See:
The website for the TropicAir is: www.tropicairheater.com . It
contains a major howler. On the Frequently Asked Questions page it
actually says that the heater “only uses the same electricity as a 60
Watt Light Bulb”. So, their power consumption figure is TWENTY TIMES
too low. Also, I found nothing on the web site to indicate how big of
a water tank the humidifier has, or if the heater is UL listed.
Personally I would never buy an unlisted product.
The TropicAir is another example of the "boom box" or (for old-timers)
"console radio" marketing fallacy that a bigger cabinet and a higher
price ABSOLUTELY MUST mean that you are getting a better product.
Once upon a time when you said Canton, Ohio people anywhere would know
you were talking about the hometown of Timken, who made the best damn
tapered roller bearings in the world. Now the town also can claim
bozos hustling “Chinese junk” for high prices.
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