Electric Blanket Running off Car Battery

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13 years 1 month ago #18115 by Toast
Where can I buy an electric blanket which runs off the cigarette lighter/car battery?

Think I'm staying in my horestruck on Friday night & it's not lined. I feel the cold something terrible with bad circulation to boot.

Thanks.

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13 years 1 month ago #268984 by feedqueen
Ive never heard of one sorry:( what about one of those first aid blankets that you could wrap yourself up with or nick a few off the horse. have spent a few cold nights in a horse float myself just wear heaps of clothes!! Good luck:)

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13 years 1 month ago #268992 by Kiwi303
check the wattage of the blanket... they ought to run off a sine wave inverter you can get from any good RV, cravan or outdoors store, Burnsco has a few in their catalogues. You wouldn't need a pure sine wave inverter for an electric blanket. and a 300W ought to run most electric blankets. you hook up the batteris to the inverter, and plug the blanket into the 240V socket on the inverter.

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13 years 1 month ago #268995 by ame
Well, such things do exist:

www.roadtrucker.com/12-volt-heaters-blankets-sheets-1.htm

However, they consume about 50W. A mains-operated one will also consume about the same, but running it through an inverter will use more due to inefficiencies. Assuming you have a typical car battery of about 40Ah capacity it will go flat in less than 12 hours, and actually you don't want to allow your car battery to get much less than full, so allowing it to go flat is not an option.

If you really want to do this I suggest you do the maths first, or try it out first using a spare battery. I don't think it will work as well as you expect, and you might not be able to start the truck next day.

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13 years 1 month ago #268996 by ame
Oh, and if it turns out you can do it, please let us know, so we can all be warm as Toast.

(Couldn't resist).

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13 years 1 month ago #269016 by beedee
Isnt that why every stable has a cat, they remain warm aaallll night long. take your hotties and have a good wool blanket be it possum/sheep or mohair and wear a hat and that will keep your toes warm also. I have Reynauds, so know all about the cold foot syndrome

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13 years 1 month ago #269034 by Toast
Thanks.

Truck has a separate deep cell battery for running the accessories & it re-charges on the way home. I run a large flourescent light off it for the shows in the summer.

I'll try & get an inverter & run a 240V one from it.

Thanks.

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13 years 1 month ago #269117 by GloPony
Toast, go to Spotlight or somewhere like that & pick yourself up a couple of metres of cheap polarfleece. Wrap yourself in it & then jump into sleeping bag / under your duvet & I guarantee, you will be warm as...well...TOAST! :D

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13 years 1 month ago #269148 by Toast
Thanks for all the puns re toast!

GloPony, what you're recommending doesn't compare with what I have on my bed in the truck anyway. I have fleecy wool underlay, flannellete sheets, pile of woollen blankets, duvet (actually two duvets made into one) & a woollen duvet. Then there's the fleecy nightie, long merino underwear, Norsewear socks & so it goes on. Oh and two hotties! And that's in the spring when it's warmed up.

I think I'll stay home & miss the party & just go to hunter's trials on Saturday on the day.

Thanks again.

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13 years 1 month ago #269153 by GloPony
Trust me! Try the polarfleece & you'll throw your flanelettes & most the wooly blankets away! You need it as the sheet layer & then just put your duvets on top. I have slept in a tent in snow like that & I seriously feel the cold!

They've also started using the polar fleece sheets in resthomes to keep the oldies warm. Lightweight, super warm & fast drying when you're trying to get washing dry in winter. [;)]

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13 years 1 month ago #269156 by Stu_R
:) then Toast .. you don't need a eleccy blankie anyway :) you have all the keep warm gear already :)

5 retired Greyhounds ( Bridgette , Lilly, GoGo,Sam and now Lenny) 15 friendly sheep all of whom are named and come when you call them :) , 2 goats, Mollie and Eee Bee :
Olive trees , .. old bugger doing the best he can with no money or land :)

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13 years 1 month ago #269158 by sod
Toast And you still get cold??????? just make sure you are off the ground/floor as cold under is worse than anything

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13 years 1 month ago #269199 by Toast
Thanks.

Forecast is abyssmal & I'm so behind with my work. Lots of things went awry today.

Well, GloPony, I might try your idea re polar fleece sheets for my bed. I'm due a new set of flannelette sheets this year & all I've seen so far are the cheap & nasties.

I wonder if I can make them. I don't think the fabric is wide enough. Will have to investigate.

Won't be on the floor. My bed is half over cupboards in the living section & half over the huge external cupboard behind the cab. That reminds of when I had the old D Series Ford (shudder to think of it!) & my bed was in the luton over the cab; in other words there was only a sheet of ply & the mattress between me & the fresh air above the cab! I really noticed the difference in termperature when I changed trucks & the luton wouldn't fit over the cab so the whole box was moved back behind the cab & a cupboard for hay etc built under the luton.

It's a pain feeling the cold. I was a ski instructor for about 20 years so that didn't do me any good - really wrecked the circulation.

Must away to my electric blanket (in the house) via the shower.

Thanks.

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