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Old 25-03-2009, 15:33   #1
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where can i get a battery operated heater?

going camping this weekend and just incase its freezing (very likely) i'm looking for a heater to heat the tent up, has to be battery powered, not gas (as it'll be in the tent), i would've thought it would be an easy enough thing to find but i cant find any anywhere! its something along the lines of how a hair dryer works what i'm thinking, an element and a fan,

does anyone know if these exist? or where to get one?
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Old 25-03-2009, 15:34   #2
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That would have to be one hell of a battery to provide enough juice for heating

Try a campfire and a hot water bottle Either that or a hotel
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Old 25-03-2009, 15:37   #3
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Most camping heaters are kerosene or paraffin based, not really for mixing in a small tent. A decent sleeping bag and plenty of layers should see you fine.
Where are you camping?
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Old 25-03-2009, 15:37   #4
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get a trangia, and hope you don't kick it over in the night!

On a serious note, just get a few of those emergency silver foil blankets. They really do work well, although you usually wake up soaked from the condensation.
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Old 25-03-2009, 15:49   #5
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As Kryten says, the power it would draw is far too great to be powered by a battery.
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Old 25-03-2009, 15:51   #6
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i wouldnt want it on all the time, just quick bursts when it gets too cold, it would warm a tent up in no time
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Old 25-03-2009, 15:52   #7
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Do you realise how much power that would take from a battery. Fan heaters are 1kW upwards....try lugging that many batteries.
Can you not get one of those hand warmer things they sell in camping shops?
or just use an aerosol and a lighter (please note I am not liable for ANY damages that result from the advice in this post. May cause light charring, burning, loss of personal property, damage to livestock. Always read the label)

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Old 25-03-2009, 16:12   #9
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i wouldnt want it on all the time, just quick bursts when it gets too cold, it would warm a tent up in no time
Heat via electricity though is purely inefficient since it's making use of a byproduct of resistance in circuits. To get it up to a level that's nice and toasty and therefore useful to us, it requires a lot of power, hence why three-bar heaters will have a huge affect on your electricity bill.

A portable battery to do the same would need to be rather large (and pricey) to provide the juice for any length of time.
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Old 25-03-2009, 16:25   #10
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Something like this http://www.iosss.com/shopping/review.asp?prod=813 will do as a cheap heater, if your worried about looking after that heater then maybe something like this

http://www.outdoorworld.co.uk/colema...er-p-2552.html

Or pay for an electric hookup (a few £ per night)
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Sleep in the car?
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Be very careful using a heater in a tent, I know someone who died of carbon monoxide poisoning when they went camping and used a heater.
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Agreed. Might be better off cancelling if you are that worried about the weather.
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Be very careful using a heater in a tent, I know someone who died of carbon monoxide poisoning when they went camping and used a heater.
Very rare though 4 people in the last 13 years have died from carbon monoxide poisoning in a tent in the UK, so yes it is a hazard but when using a heater with care the risk is very low, catching the tent of fire is the higher risk IMO
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I just read about 2 lads who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in a summer house in their parents garden: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7963144.stm

With regards battery powered fan heaters.

They DO exist - you can get small, 150-200W heaters that run on 12V (car battery). Down side is that you'd have to take a car battery with you and it would only last for about 3 or 4 hours running a load like that. Oh, other down side is that 150W of heat is bugger all in a tent!
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exactly why i want to use a fan heater, no risk of that!
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Old 25-03-2009, 18:48   #17
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A vibrator and a nice lady could heat up a tent nicely and qualify as battery powered.

Seriously though, I remember when I was at school, this lad had something pocket sized which had glowing charcoals in or something along the lines of that.
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