This year we have a little one to take to the child minders so hectic morni
ngs, and I have a diesel car which is slower to heat up than a petrol car.
So I was thinking of some type of auxhilliary heater that can get things go
ing. Any recommendations? - most of the 12V lighter socket ones seem to hav
e poor reviews.
I had a Kenwood mains one which I was very pleased with until the day its
thermostat failed & it boiled the coolant, its pump seal failed & all the
coolant pissed out onto the driveway and I had to remove it in the blowing
Wouldn't touch one with a shitty stick now.
Today is Pungenday, the 36th day of The Aftermath in the YOLD 3180
"I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me that trouble of
*Most* of the 12v lighter ones have poor reviews? Why only most? A
lighter socket can provide say 60w. It's like pissing in the ocean.
Are you thinking of running a mains lead out to the car? Then, in
principle, any small heater with a thermostat will do the job, if left
on for an hour or two. The main problem will be stopping hot bits
melting the plastics in the car.
If you were doing the latter, might as well go the whole hog and have an
engine pre heater installed like the canadians often do. What you spend
on the setup might be paid back in part by better fuel economy and less
When I had a CX estate with two inches of wet foam under the footwell
carpets, parked on a drive, and setting off every morning before dark I
left a 1 kw fan heater in the back, and switched it on for 20 minutes
while I had breakfast.
On Monday, November 24, 2014 6:10:00 PM UTC, GB wrote:
ornings, and I have a diesel car which is slower to heat up than a petrol c
ar. So I was thinking of some type of auxhilliary heater that can get thing
s going. Any recommendations? - most of the 12V lighter socket ones seem to
have poor reviews.
Space in the market for such a heater but wired in properly rather than usi
ng the lighter socket then - not as good as an integrated solution but a lo
t cheaper as a retrofit.
On Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:27:48 -0800 (PST), sm_jamieson wrote:
Surely the little one has a decent coat?
Buy a car with an auxillary heater as an option.
Or put a portable fan heater in it as you start breakfasts but be
careful that the air inlet and outlets can't get blocked. Perhaps one
of the vertical ones rather than a traditional flat one.
Personally just put some clothes on. Yes, I do drive a diesel and
it's the best part of 10 mins before the heater starts to work.
Hardly surpising as 10 A (about the safe maximum from a ciggy socket)
at 12 V is just 120 W. I have a 12 V travel kettle it takes about 20
mins to boil a mug full of water.
Well look at it this way - the 50/100 watts will make little if any
difference to the interior of a car, so a complete waste of money.
The only worth while addition to a diesel is a Fuel Burning heater to
pre-heat the cooling system. Around 6Kw of output, burning diesel fuel
and your car can be pre-heated before you even get in it. They don't
use much fuel at all, rather like a miniature boiler for your central
heating. Mine came fitted with one and I would not be without it, but
they are quite expensive. HGV's have them fitted, where they are called
This year we have a little one to take to the child minders so hectic
mornings, and I have a diesel car which is slower to heat up than a petrol
car. So I was thinking of some type of auxhilliary heater that can get
things going. Any recommendations? - most of the 12V lighter socket ones
seem to have poor reviews.
If you think you're badly off, you need to try an electric car heater! :-)
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