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Old 12-29-2015, 03:02 PM   #11
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Reviving this portable electric heater thread.

Just had my Vornado heater die again, need to get something to replace it with before we take off for FL the 1st of Feb. Looking or a small, quiet, electric, with a fan. Preferably with a digital thermostat. Don't want the built in style a few of you are using. Does anyone have a heater that fits the bill?

The Vornado is/was quiet and pushed a good deal of heat, but it always had issues where it would just stop working, like now, and it's long since out of warranty. I'm a little leery of their quality, especially for the $.
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Old 12-29-2015, 03:13 PM   #12
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I just bought another Honeywell to replace the one that died shortly out of warranty. First Honeywell was small cube ceramic that cost me $59. The fan started screaming ( life-time sealed bearing ). New one similar but cost $39.
Although it has a warranty, you have to send it back to distributor at your cost and include $10 US for their shipping and handling. If they determine it is a warranty issue they'll fix or replace. I guess if they don't think it's their problem, they ship the broken one back to you.
It's not got a digital thermostat, but once I learned how to use it, it worked fine. You turn it on to high, and when the temp is comfortable, you gently turn it down until the fan stops. As the room cools, the heater will come on and stay on up to that comfortable temperature.
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Old 12-29-2015, 03:50 PM   #13
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It's quiet? or at least pretty much so?
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I just bought another Honeywell to replace the one that died shortly out of warranty. First Honeywell was small cube ceramic that cost me $59. The fan started screaming ( life-time sealed bearing ). New one similar but cost $39.
Although it has a warranty, you have to send it back to distributor at your cost and include $10 US for their shipping and handling. If they determine it is a warranty issue they'll fix or replace. I guess if they don't think it's their problem, they ship the broken one back to you.
It's not got a digital thermostat, but once I learned how to use it, it worked fine. You turn it on to high, and when the temp is comfortable, you gently turn it down until the fan stops. As the room cools, the heater will come on and stay on up to that comfortable temperature.
I too like our Honeywell ceramic cube heater [model HZ-315]. The heater has been a faithful performer, both inside the house and our Escape, sometimes round-the-clock. I can't say it's quiet, however, certainly not as quiet as the Vornado. The Honeywell does need a handle. It's shape is not conducive to being picked up easily. So I took a matching white Stanley screen door pull and simply attached it to the top with VHB tape. Two years later, it's never come loose.
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Old 12-29-2015, 04:18 PM   #15
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Bob, sorry to hear that your Vornado has been poor quality for you - I've had several of the fans and heaters and all have worked well for years for us. Some of the fans have amazed me how long they last and I have one heater that has been abused and "keeps on ticking"
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Bob,
Try a "radiator" oil filled type. I use one of these when trailer is unoccupied...http://smile.amazon.com/Optimus-H-60...+filled+heater
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I like the oil-filled heaters because they are quiet and don't have any hazardously hot surfaces; however, they are necessarily anything but small or light for their power level.
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I've got an oil-filled I use at home, too big and slow for on the road use, but it is quiet.
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The Honeywell I have is relatively quiet.
If you do buy it, or another, hang on to the receipt and run it at home. I had one (SOB) that went straight back to the store after I heard how loud it was in my living room.
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I use the Lasko 754200 ceramic heater. It's small, light, and it's only $25 US dollars at Amazon. It has 7500 great reviews. It has a fan, but it's relatively quite, any heater with a fan is going to make some noise. It has an ajustable thermostat and two heat settings, 900 watts which I use and 1500 watts. I've used mine for two years.
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