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In Car Ceramic Heater/Cooler
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10 of 23 Reviews
Nice idea - poor build quality, potentially dangerous
It worked quite well at "helping" to de-mist or defrost while the car heater warms up.
However the switch burnt out on mine, as reported by another reviewer. Living in the south of England I have not used mine a lot before it has died - I have had it for one and a half winters.
I opened the unit and confirmed the switch is only rated at 10Amps, the heater takes 15Amps. So the switch will burn out eventually.
Given the high currents, it has the potential to catch fire.
Talking to customer services, Maplin's view is that since I bought it 13 months ago they will not entertain a refund / replacement even though this is clearly a manufacturing fault - not misuse or wear and tear. I asked about EU directive 1999/44/EC which clearly states that the guarantee period is 2 years (look it up on Google) - Maplin say that never heard of that. The nice lady I spoke to even said it would not count anyway as it would be for Europe. Errr - we are in Europe, have been for a while now.....
Rubbish heater, no stars
I purchased my heater! some time ago and when I switched in on the case got warmer than the air coming from it. I had to turn it off after 5 minutes as it started to get too hot. the second time I used it it stopped itself after 4 minutes as it burned out so that was 9 minutes of luke warm air for £10.00. What a complete wast of money, Dont waste yours, buy a candle instead.
Good heat output
Got this to hard wire to an auxiliary battery in back of van. Gives out more heat than expected for such a cheap item. Cable does get very warm.
I intend to dismantle it and put in an aluminium housing with higher rated cable. If that works as planned I will add a 2nd so I have the option to double the output from 150watts to 300 watts, so my dogs are as warm as me where the cab heater is already very effective.
Good for the price!
Bought before I read the reviews (may not have bothered if I'd read them before) however I'm pleased to say I'm finding it a very effective piece of kit! The blower in my land rover packed up so I got the unit to assist until I get time to sort it out properly. Leave it running from cold for a couple of minutes, come back and the screen is clearing nicely. Quick wipe with a duster and we're off, the screen staying clear. Can't even see how it's badly put together to be honest, it just needs to be treated with the same respect as any other small electrical item. Quiet, effective and a tenner well spent.
In-Car Ceramic Heater
I purchased one of these to solve a slow clearing up of my wife's Micra wind screen, it has worked well and has cut the time by more than half. So I got another this time for for my car. And the first time I plugged it in, it worked well until I attempted to pull it clear of the lighter socket, and the tips locking ring stayed in the base of the socket releasing the two earthing springs to jam the socket, necessitating its replacement! A good idea but POOR construction
I bought one of these for my Mum last year and it worked as well as you might expect from something that cost £8 quid, until it broke after 2 months. It wasn't the fuse, but it just decided to only blow out cold air one day.
Like others have said, if you breathe into your hands you feel more warmth than you get with this piece of junk. The idea is poor. The quality of the build is poor. The power connector is so stiff it's in danger of breaking my lighter socket, if it hasn't already. I must have been mad to have bought this.
The mini heater A75 FL outperforms our expectations . I worked in place of a Renault heater to clear the window . Surprisingly effective and not too much of a load for the battery . The fuse is in the cable, a nice idea as easy to check and good to see it has one . Operation is reasonably quiet , not unlike the better computer fans in style and noise levels . Whilst it can not replace a heater it can make it possible to use a car before repairs can be made . I would advise to keep the switch inside the unit .I t offers no advantage to move it and looks likely to get broken . All in all excellent value and very reasonable quality considering the price.
Clears about a 5" square in window so have to move it constantly. Only supposed to use for a few minutes at a time so it wont warm the car up at all. Ours lasted a week
Good price, if it worked. this thing has the heating and blowing power of a person breathing on you, completely useless. use a scraper and wear a jacket, its cheaper, faster and works.
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10 of 16 Questions
is it ok to use an adaptor to plug other items into the cigerete lighter while using this heater?
Will the product run over night on a normal car battery ?
Stuart Law said:
Can you tell me what brand or make these heaters are please? Thanks.
John Adams said:
Re: in car heater at £7.49. Is this supplied with the necessary items to enable it to be fixed to the dashboard ?
Does the unit have a switch for the heater and/or fan?
Can this item overheat i.e does it have a safety cut off
Peter Francis said:
Will this product replace a heated windscreen sutiabley that does not work?
mat whiteside said:
Hi can i plug it into an extension lead rather than run off the car battery?
can i just cut in wire and not use lighter plug in? I had a over head fan wired inline. Can i use the same wire for heater in the overhead postion?
Alistair Johnstone said:
Can this ceramic car heater be used with a 10 amp car cigarette lighter?
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