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Old 12-13-2013, 05:39 PM   #1
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Anybody here use a 12 volt electric blanket?

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Old 12-13-2013, 05:51 PM   #2
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Re: Anybody here use a 12 volt electric blanket?

I've used a 12V mattress warmer. Heat radiates up, so having the heat underneath has advantages. Not sure if they're still manufactured, and used ones are hard to test. They provide a very subtle heat that takes time to build, but they do have controls on them.

http://electrowarmth.com/12vbunkwarmermattresspad.php


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Old 12-13-2013, 06:38 PM   #3
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Re: Anybody here use a 12 volt electric blanket?

I have one but they "recommend" not sleeping with it plugged in. It only has an on/off switch. I've used it as a leg warmer / lap blanket. It's been a a few years but I do not remember it being very efficient or toasty but was nice for watching a movie on a cold night. I don't think it was very big either. I think I ordered it online; not sure from where. I could do an experiment if need be but might be in the van which is in a repair shop.
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Old 12-14-2013, 09:26 AM   #4
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Re: Anybody here use a 12 volt electric blanket?

I looked for a good one for a long time. Just do a web search for '12v electric blanket' and you will find many listings. But, I never found one longer than 60". So, I settled for a good down comforter and am quite happy with it. We've used it down to the 'teens.

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Old 12-23-2013, 02:48 PM   #5
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Re: Anybody here use a 12 volt electric blanket?

I got my 12V electric blanket from a Truckstop. (Pilot or Flying J, if memory serves.) They had 2 models and the more expensive one had a Thermostat (dial) for regulating the temp. The less expensive one (the one I have) just has the 12V cord (a nice long one) so for power you just plug it in and there is just the one temp. I put mine on top of the bed and under my sleeping bag and it keeps me toasty warm all night. It really saves me a lot on propane at night and was a real lifesaver recently when I got caught in a cold snap and ran out of propane! I am extremely happy with mine and when I upgrade to the more expensive one I'll probably hand the old one down to my dog.
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:21 PM   #6
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Re: Anybody here use a 12 volt electric blanket?

Thanks for the posts. I have a black cat heater but would rather not use it if it 's just me in the van.
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:52 PM   #7
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Re: Anybody here use a 12 volt electric blanket?

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Originally Posted by YelapaPapa
I got my 12V electric blanket from a Truckstop. (Pilot or Flying J, if memory serves.) They had 2 models and the more expensive one had a Thermostat (dial) for regulating the temp. The less expensive one (the one I have) just has the 12V cord (a nice long one) so for power you just plug it in and there is just the one temp. I put mine on top of the bed and under my sleeping bag and it keeps me toasty warm all night. It really saves me a lot on propane at night and was a real lifesaver recently when I got caught in a cold snap and ran out of propane! I am extremely happy with mine and when I upgrade to the more expensive one I'll probably hand the old one down to my dog.
how much juice does it use?
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I got my 12V electric blanket from a Truckstop. (Pilot or Flying J, if memory serves.) They had 2 models and the more expensive one had a Thermostat (dial) for regulating the temp. The less expensive one (the one I have) just has the 12V cord (a nice long one) so for power you just plug it in and there is just the one temp. I put mine on top of the bed and under my sleeping bag and it keeps me toasty warm all night. It really saves me a lot on propane at night and was a real lifesaver recently when I got caught in a cold snap and ran out of propane! I am extremely happy with mine and when I upgrade to the more expensive one I'll probably hand the old one down to my dog.
how much juice does it use?
I didn't bother looking at the label because it was actually a birthday present from a trucker friend and when he gave it to me he said he has used one for years in his sleeper and barely notices any difference on overnight battery draw, and that has been my experience in my SMB as well. I am wanting the more expensive/better model so I will try and remember to read the stats on each of the two and get bk on here with that info...
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Old 12-24-2013, 07:52 AM   #9
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Re: Anybody here use a 12 volt electric blanket?

I bought my wife an electric blanket to use in my convertible. Only way to get the top down some days. She has been using it in the SMB now. Just last week we were in Palo Duro Canyon in North Texas where it got down to 19F one night. I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to the power draw as we had hookups. I did, out of curiosity, look at the battery monitor shortly after she plugged it in one night. I seem to recall it was pulling between 3-4 amps. I don't know if that was the constant power draw or if it reduces once heated up. I got the blanket off amazon. It was about $22 if I remember correctly. It isn't full size. I guess the wife would call it a throw<?>.
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Old 12-24-2013, 02:24 PM   #10
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Re: Anybody here use a 12 volt electric blanket?

I've considered keeping one under the lower mattress for a backup to a failing heater. I'd also like to know which is the best rated blanket.

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