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Best Portable Car Heater | $20 Super Powerful Heaters (November Update)

by Timothy Blue

The winter’s get super cold in a few places. Even last year in the US, Canada and Russia there were huge cold waves with temperatures dropping considerably. Most car manufacturers set-up a lot of insulation equipment and high-end heaters, but in sub-zero temperatures that aren’t sufficient. So how do you keep yourself warm in your car when it’s bitingly cold outside? 

You need to buy a portable car heater of course! We check out the best portable car heaters!

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#1 – The 12V 5KW Car Heater 


If you own multiple vehicles and need to keep your vehicle warm in super cold climates, then you need a powerful heater. This heater can heat buses, vans, pickup trucks, big trucks, small trucks and cars. Here are some of its features 

  • Eliminates window frost
  • Keeps the insides of your vehicle warm and toasty
  • Can be used at high altitudes, even at 1500 metres above sea level
  • It consumes less fuel and it has low emissions
  • It is very easy to install
  • You can dismantle and re-attach it when you want to move it to another vehicle
  • It runs on diesel which is more cost-efficient
  • It is 39cms in length, 14cms in width and 15cms in height

Price – $129.50

#2 – Tiny Car Heater 


If you don’t have a big car and you don’t want to invest in a big heater, then there are smaller car heating options such as this. This heater can be placed on the dashboard of the car and can be connected to the cigarette port in the car. 

It can easily fit in the palm of your hand. Here are its salient features

  • It’s multi-functional with defrosting and defogging features
  • It has a 200W high power
  • It has an efficient heat dissipation design
  • It weighs about 400 grams, which is pretty light and you can carry it wherever you go
  • It keeps your car warm and cozy and it’s perfect for cold climates

Price – $9.56

#3 – 12V 5000W Portable Car Heater

If you are in a super cold climate, low power isn’t sufficient. Sometimes the cold is so biting and vicious that even the heater becomes cold. So what do you do in situations like that? 

You need to get a powerhouse!

The 12V, 5000W, diesel-based car heater is sure to keep you nice and warmed up during the super cold months. 

It can work pretty well even in extremely cold conditions such as – 40 degrees. This is a pretty big heater that can be used in trucks, buses, vans and cars. So if you have multiple vehicles and they need to be heated, this is a perfect choice. 

It works on diesel and it consumes very less diesel.

Price – $124.50

#4 – Remote Control Power Heater


Some power heaters come with a lot of features, but some come with remotes like the next one in our list. It has 5KW and 12V power. It can be used at home, buses, minivans and cars of course. It works on diesel power and it can even work in sub-freezing temperatures even up to – 40 degrees. There is an option to use remote control and installation is required.

This is the kind of device that can run even in the summers just as a ventilator because of the fan that is installed within. 

There is a timer option to turn it on or off. You can choose to run it for an hour and ten minutes if you so wish and it will get turned off after that.

Price – $139.26

#5 – The Handheld Portable Car Heater 


There are different types of car heaters, but most of them are the standard design that comes in a cubic shape. If you are looking for something different, then there is an interesting handheld portable car heater that looks exactly like a hairdryer. 

It’s super compact and looks exactly like a hairdryer that can be folded and stored easily in the glove compartment. It connects to the cigarette socket and can be used to warm the window panes and defrost your car and ensure that your window is not frosty. 

It generates 216W of power and it comes in a single colour, black.

Price – $11.49

Questions around Car Heaters

Are Portable Car Heaters Safe? 

Portable car heaters are absolutely safe to use, but it depends on the kind of heater that you actually use. A propane heater is an absolute no no as there is a risk of it catching fire, but on  the other hand, a portable 12V heater is absolutely fine to use. If you want the safest and the best portable heaters for your car, look at the options above.

Are there any heaters that run on battery? 

Heaters aren’t too advanced yet and most of them that run on battery cannot last for a long time. But in the future, you will find better battery operated heaters in the market!

Can I fix a portable car battery by myself? 

This is a question that is often asked by most people and the answer depends. If you have done mechanical work in the past, handling car related stuff, then you can. But if you don’t have an inkling of what you are doing, then it’s best to probably go to a mechanic who can get it done for you. A 12V portable car heater is generally plugged to the battery of the car and it’s powered by that and that is the reason why it can last for a long time! 

Is it a must-have to have a portable car heater? 

In tropical climates, in the winter, if you feel really cold, then the heater in your car is probably sufficient. But in locations where it’s sub-zero temperatures and freezing, then it’s probably very important to have a car heater because otherwise a lot of of your equipment can freeze up. Your driving experience is also probably way better when your car is heated.

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