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Old 09-19-2016, 09:57 AM   #1
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12 v blanket?

I'm thinking about getting a couple of these. Anybody use them? What brand would you recommend? Would maybe like big enough for 2 with long cord.

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Old 09-19-2016, 10:15 AM   #2
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We had some back in 2000-2003. They worked OK, not great. We used primarily under the bottom sheets. Forgot the brand name.

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Old 09-19-2016, 10:29 AM   #3
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Most of these 12v blankets are meant to be a lap blanket while traveling in a running vehicle. None that I've seen would really be useful as a bed blanket to allow warmth with furnace turned down. Many reviews complain of very slow to heat, limited heating ability, etc, things that would be the nature of a 12v DC heating blanket.

Also reviewers complain that they stop working after a short period of use. Check Amazon, Walmart, and other review sites for more information. I've not seen a 12v blanket that is double or queen sized, but I've not seen all of them. Often the 12v blankets are made of fleece or other thick insulating cloth, perhaps showing the limited contribution of the electric heating capacity.

I'd also worry about how much of your battery reserve would be consumed by a night of heating with these devices. I think our comforter works better to keep us warm on a cold night in the RV. An old fashioned hot water bottle tossed in the bed a bit before going to bed takes the chill off the sheets. In addition, we like to snuggle on cold nights!

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Old 09-19-2016, 03:31 PM   #4
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never seen 12 volt Bed blankets....

wife uses the 12 volt blankets in car or truck.. keep her legs warm..
I must buy a new one every year... most only work for 3 to 4 months.
but cheap to keep wife's legs warm...

must remember wattage.... 12 volts and 5 amps is only 60 watts.. not much heat.
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We use a heated mattress pad! Works great!
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We have used a good down comforter for several years. Uses no electricity so great for dry camping.
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Old 09-19-2016, 05:32 PM   #7
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Thank you! Sounds like it's not a good idea and won't help much.
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it IS a viable idea. we use a double-size bed warmer on 12v. within 15 minutes it really heats up the bed. we turn it off when we sleep. love it.
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If you need 12 VDC, the Bunk Warmer from Electrowarmth is about the only option currently for a heated mattress pad. With the warmth coming from below you and good thermal covering above you will be much warmer than from a heated blanket above you (heat rises). We had two of the Bunk Warmers lengthwise top and bottom across a queen mattress. Electrowarmth used to make a queen sized 12 VDC mattress pad but discontinued it. Because we are on full hookups in Arizona and New Mexico from December through March we now have a queen size 120 VAC heated mattress pad which works great and together with a down comforter don't need to use the furnace as much.

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