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Harbor Freight 12v heater

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by RDAH, Nov 5, 2012.

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  1. RDAH
    Joined: Mar 23, 2007
    Posts: 465

    from NL, WI

    Bought one this weekend for 9.95 with a coupon. plugs into Cig. lighter, has a fan & a defroster arm. Just plan on using it in the fall & spring of the year to get the chill out of my 54 F100. Should make the wife happy.
  2. That's all it will do,,keep the wife happy,,I've used one in the past and it will keep you from freezing to death but want keep you warm. HRP
  3. jamesgs4
    Joined: Aug 22, 2007
    Posts: 253

    from denver

    Used one when my heater core clogged up once, did not work worth a damn. It couldn't even de-fog the windshield.
  4. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,865

    seb fontana
    from ct

    I just plugged in the one I bought 2 yrs ago..Ran for 15 seconds and stopped..Dead...

  5. Russco
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 4,167

    from Central IL

    I had a buddy who plugged one in,then went back inside for a few mins while the windshield cleared and came back out to his car ablaze, it burnt to the ground.
  6. Mike51Merc
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 3,855


    If you lived in the sun belt maybe, but Wisconsin?
  7. captmullette
    Joined: Oct 15, 2009
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  8. hankthebigdog
    Joined: Aug 20, 2011
    Posts: 144

    from oklahoma

    I tried one last winter in my A sedan. It was worthless for heat. It pulled amps and put out nothing.
  9. bgaro
    Joined: Sep 3, 2010
    Posts: 1,189


    i can't believe harbor freight would ever sell a poor quality product. hahaaaahaaha
  10. mike in tucson
    Joined: Aug 11, 2005
    Posts: 500

    mike in tucson
    from Tucson

    Think about it....12 Volts times 15 amps (their fuse size) is about 150 watts. Put a 150 watt light bulb in your car and see how hot and how quick it happens....NOT! Even a 1000 watt hair dryer wouldnt do much very fast (1000 watts is about 80 amps at 12 Volts DC). The little HF heater might heat your willy but not your car interior.
  11. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,028

    from California

    I think everyone should buy original vintage heaters for thier cars.
  12. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,511


    Hell, put a real heater in the damned thing. You don't live in Yuma for cripes sakes. That I'm too cool to put a heater in my hot rod thing is way over rated.
  13. Had one its a p.o.s wish I had my 10 bucks back.
  14. I had one in my car, my wife would wear a big coat and keep it inside her jacket. I kept wondering if her coat caught on fire, would I save the car or her first :D
  15. I am honestly shocked these things are still on the market, pretty much unchanged! I had one in my Beetle 20 years ago. It started to melt and caught on fire, I dropped it on the floor and it melted part of my carpet. I had to toss it out the window on the highway!
    At least I had an excuse, I had a Beetle. You have a watercooled vehicle. Get a real heater and keep your wife REALLY happy!
  16. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,633

    from Chino, Ca

    Buy a real heater or move to the west coast
  17. deto
    Joined: Jun 26, 2010
    Posts: 2,620


    ding ding ding... they're pretty cheap and easy to hook up...
  18. did the windsheild clear up?
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