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When I went on holiday in Wales last month with my daughter and grandchildren, despite it being summer, it was freezing of an evening in the caravan. There were a couple of these heaters in the cupboard so we decided to get them out to warm the place up a little because it didn't have central heating.
We decided to put one in the livingroom and the others in the bedroom to warm the rooms up a little before we went to bed. I felt a little funny leaving one on all night so we only left them on for about an hour and half.
The heater is 800 watts, though you can just have the one bar on, so 400 watts, if it's not that cold. We had the two bars on the whole time! The casing is plastic around the heater, and it has a carry handle on top which comes in handy to move it around. The lead was quite long, although we didn't need it to be in a little caravan, it would be useful back at home. It's also got a safety mechanism on it, so if you pick the heater up, or knock it over, it turns off. The base of the heater has to be on the floor for it to work. This gave me more peace of mind when using it, especially with a five year old running around, because I was worried that if you knock it over, it's going to burn the carpet. The plastic around the heater doesn't get hot which I thought was good, especially if you've got children again.
The heat output isn't great. If you sit quite near to it, you can feel the warmth then, but when it's on the floor and you're on the settee, you can't really tell it's on except for the very bright light that it gives off. When used to warm up the rooms, I think it helped a little bit, but not very much really, it just took the edge off the cold room. I actually liked the brightness of it though, it was nice to sit with the lights off and have this lighting up the room and emiting a little bit of heat as well.
Overall, I wouldn't buy one of these. They're OK. It doesn't really warm you up very much which is it's primary function so I don't think I'd recommend one for home use, as most people have a much more efficient fire or central heating, but for the caravan, it does help a little. They're around £20 from places like Argos and Amazon which isn't bad but still not really worth the money and electricity bill for such a small amount of heat.
When myself and my flatmate first moved in to this flat we once shared we had literally nothing. A year and a half ago we took rental on this property and it was the dead of winter in Weston Super Mare. Cos the flat hadn't been lived in a while it took ages to warm it up no matter how high we had our gas central heating on, the wind from the sea really was bracing through our home and we were city girls not used to it all!
We invested in jumpers and hand warmers the lot and one thing we got was a couple of these portable heaters, one for my bedroom and one for hers as when we spotted them in my Kays catalogue they appeared small and compact and of course are really portable which is what we ideally wanted so we could pop them where we needed as and when.
Well the heater comes in a box with a photograph of the heater on it and plenty of warnings an explanations about the settings on it and contact details for the manufacturer of Good Ideas. Inside the box there is a basic leaflet in there giving a brief explanation of how to use it and the heater has the plug on and is ready assembled to work.
Right well this is a sort of two in one heater. What you get is 800 watts (in total) of thermal energy for instant heat Plus white 10,000 lux daylight therapy to beat the winter blues (SAD). It has two settings of either 400/800 watts as well and is incredibly simple to use.
The overall size of the unit is 40 x 26 x 18cms and it is made from white plastic and the light/heat pad is square to the front of it resting into an almost dome shaped outer case. It has an integrated handle to the top of it for ease of maneuvering it about and the base is flexible and long to the back of it so the unit rests well on it without tipping over or anything like that. Under the silver grated square section where the heat and light comes from there is a dial and you click it once to pop one light on which (there is two) and you get 400w, click again for 800w of heat which lights both the long lights up and central click is off then you can once again click to the other side of the dial again for 400w or 800w.
This lights up a room really brightly and the light is really, really strong. It does convey heat as well though not in dry way which is good and its silent in use as the unit doesn't move or anything. Even when you turn it off it doesn't click and clank or anything adverse like that!
There is a small safety switch to the base of the unit which has to be set on the floor or it goes off like a and the whole unit itself never gets hot to the touch at all.
This is a great size and cos the base it is flexible and easy to store flattish against a wall or in a cupboard or whatever and it really is as light as a feather (great considering I have such a bad back!). When I first got this me and my mate had been staying in a caravan and I remember saying to her this would be perfect for camping and genuinely it is a nice little space saver and looks nice too.
The bright light this gives off is rather stark but uplifting and I do find that it brings my mood up rather alot (this is meant to be great for people suffering with jet leg!) though I can't leave this on at night when I'm trying to sleep! It gives off a nice consistent heat too but nothing overpowering or too hot and I like the way it isn't dry heat at least!
We bought two of these heaters for £20.00, on offer from Kays.com however they are available from all sorts of places and at about £14.00 each on sites such as Amazon.