Plug-in car heaters are an easy way to keep your vehicle warm during the winter months without having to use gasoline. To best choose a plug-in heater for your vehicle, you first need to figure out what type of power outlet you have available on your dashboard or on the floor.
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Buying Guide For The Best Plug-In Car Heaters
1. How Cold Does It Get Where You Live?
Not all plug-in cars can be equipped with an electric car heater. Check to see what the average low temperature is where you live, for example in my city it gets -4°F/-20°C on average. If your area averages colder temperatures, then a regular powered heater may be more appropriate. You still have to figure out if you can add or retrofit a way to use exhaust heat or not, but at least there’s an option!
2. Can Your Vehicle Already Use Exhaust Heat?
If your vehicle already has the capability of using engine heat to warm up the interior then it makes sense that purchasing an electric car heater would only cost around $200-400 depending on whether you choose the resistive type of PTC ceramic type heating mats/elements. The most popular plug-in car heater I’ve come across is the Ziebart Accel Driver Heater. It’s made to work with most EVs, but you have to carefully measure where it will fit in your vehicle.
3. Check How Much Insulation Is In Your Car
Another thing to consider before purchasing an electric car heater is how much insulation there is in your car already. The more you can rely on heat from the engine, or the less insulation there is in your vehicle, the better off you are choosing a resistive heating mat/element or PTC ceramic heaters because they’re more powerful than resistors and don’t take up as much space.
4. What Is Left Over For Running A Heater?
When considering buying a plug-in car heater, one thing to consider is how much battery capacity remains after your daily drive. If you have very little extra capacity the electric car heater will run only for a few minutes heating up your seat or your steering wheel before reaching maximum temperature, and then shutting off until it is needed again. For example, my Nissan Leaf has an onboard charger that charges the battery in about 6 hours on average at 110V/12A which gives me around 30 miles of charge in my 24 kWh battery. So if I use half that to drive and a half for other things such as heaters and such, I’m left with 15 kWh for other stuff like heated seats, etc. so if I were to run an electric car heater, it would have to turn off shortly after reaching a high enough temperature.
5. Will Electric Car Heater Be Cost-Effective?
Last but not least if the electric car heater will actually be cost-effective versus using your vehicle’s engine heat or the heat from the power grid. For example, In my city electricity costs me around $0.14/kWh which gives me an estimated kW usage of 0.032 * 3 = 0.09 kWh. So let’s say I take my car and drive it 20 mph for half an hour on average (I live up a hill and work is down a hill so I typically go both ways), that would leave me with about 1 mile of charge leftover or 1/20 = .05 kWh that I’m left over within my battery for other uses. So, if it costs me $0.09 to run this plug-in electric car heater for half an hour, then I would only break even when comparing these figures since .05 * $0.09 = $0.0045 which is much less than the cost of running a resistive heating element or ceramic heater which costs less than a dollar typically to operate peruse! Do your own math and you’ll see how much cheaper it is to heat up your car by engine or power grid heat!
3 Benefits Of Plug-In Car Heaters
1. Vacuum Therapy Can Help Shed Unwanted Pounds
When you place a vacuum around an area that has excess fat, the suction promotes blood flow (which helps to transport necessary nutrients deeper into the muscle). The deep tissue stimulation also boosts metabolism which allows you to burn more calories during workouts and even while resting. Instead of exercising for hours trying to achieve results, consider spending 20-30 minutes with a vacuum therapy machine to see substantial results.
2. Offers Faster Recovery Times
After you finish an intense workout, your muscles become fatigued and sore due to the trauma they go through. Regular use of a vacuum therapy machine can help speed up the muscle repair process. Not only will blood flow to the affected areas increase dramatically, but it also helps break down lactic acid build-up which reduces soreness and speeds up recovery time.
3. Supports Muscle Growth
When people think about building lean mass or staying in shape, gym equipment is often what comes to mind first (like dumbbells or barbells). However, sometimes these machines are not practical for everyday use or may even be impractical (such as when you are traveling or don’t have a lot of free time to make it to the gym). For those who want to try something new, vacuum therapy machines can be used as an alternative. Instead of having to go through the trouble of going out and buying expensive equipment, you now have access to convenient home use machines that offer no-hassle performance and excellent results.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this article on the best plug-in car heaters for your vehicle. What do you think of our list? Which one would be your top pick? Let us know in the comments below!