Our power outlet in van was inaccessible without doing ridiculous gymnastics and perhaps a few unseemly words, so purchased this and have been incredibly happy with it! Leave it plugged in all the time and so far has weathered one and a half winters and an incredibly hot summer with NO problems...it's always there when I need it and has been a completely reliable workhorse! I love it! Great purchase!
Product offers an inexpensive solution if you need multiple outlets for electronics such as GPS navigator, radar detector or MP3 player. The interior metal connection plate is one large piece (not individual) so device plugs can easily slip around a bit when plugged into socket but you can make a connection for all three ports and get the power you need.
This is a lightweight blanket, similar to the thickness found with an airline blanket. I make up for the thinness of the blanket by using it under a down comforter. With that minor accommodation, the blanket produces an acceptable amount of heat. Using an old 12-volt car battery -- not the deep cycle type of battery that would be intended for extended use -- the blanket was still heating after about 5 hours of continuous use. The specifications do not report the blanket's actual heat output or its energy consumption, which would be helpful for predicting its suitability. Nevertheless, it is an adequate 12-volt solution for safe, portable heat. Its price is a third of that of 12-volt space heaters. The instructions recommend keeping the engine's vehicle running to avoid depleting the battery. That seems to be a ridiculously expensive power source. Just use an old car battery that is separate from the battery that will be needed later to start the engine. 73, de K1WDR
I bought this for my 12 year-old son to use on our 45 minute ride to school in Wisconsin winters. He is always cold, and loves to cuddle under this in the mornings. He wishes it would heat up a little faster (it's not slow, he's just impatient!), but overall loves it! The power cord is plenty long, I think it would even have reached comfortably in our old mini van, and it has a red light on the plug so that I can tell if it's fully seated in the outlet.
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