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c627627
02-10-12, 04:36 PM
I don't know if its YMMV but I saw a bunch of personal space heaters +/- $15 and as low as $11. (down from $25 to $40.) This was in Kansas City metro.

$17 for this $30 Patton Radiant Heater
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Patton-Radiant-Heater/15126054

$25 for this $50 Sunbeam Low Profile Convection Heater:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sunbeam-Low-Profile-Convection-Heater/12338799



The one thing I noticed was that these things are hit or miss. I was reading reviews elsewhere for one of the models and there was a bunch of 5 stars and a bunch of 1 stars. Probably because you either get a great one or a lemon so that's why I was looking at local store deals, for easy return/replace.

Neuromancer
02-10-12, 04:39 PM
Should post this to the benching team as well. A nice cheap heater under a desk in the garage keeps you going even when ambient is below 40F :)

c627627
02-10-12, 04:42 PM
If this is available at other Walmarts in the country then go ahead post there and link to here for discussion.

nightelph
02-10-12, 06:15 PM
Should post this to the benching team as well. A nice cheap heater under a desk in the garage keeps you going even when ambient is below 40F :)

LOL.

As one who worked for a global powerplant manufacturer I can say that using electricity to produce heat is the LEAST cost effective way to do it. A tiny propane heater on a grilltank is far more efficient. My father used to use kerosene space heaters in our house when I was a kid to save $$. We had a 55gal drum of it in the driveway. :)

Aldakoopa
02-10-12, 06:43 PM
Should post this to the benching team as well. A nice cheap heater under a desk in the garage keeps you going even when ambient is below 40F :)

This is definitely true. At my old place I used to literally just carry a single little space heater around with me and only having it blowing on me. Rest of the house was freezing cold but I was comfy as long as I had that space heater. Right now, I don't have central heat, so I have 3 space heaters going to keep my entire house warm. They still keep it nice and cozy and my electric bill is still equal to my family members using central heat.

Aldakoopa
02-10-12, 06:46 PM
LOL.

As one who worked for a global powerplant manufacturer I can say that using electricity to produce heat is the LEAST cost effective way to do it. A tiny propane heater on a grilltank is far more efficient. My father used to use kerosene space heaters in our house when I was a kid to save $$. We had a 55gal drum of it in the driveway. :)

Where I'm from, electricity is the most cost effective. My grandmother spends $400 a month on Kerosene, and an additional $70 a month for propane. My boss spends $300 a month on Propane to heat his house, and an additional $300 for the shop's propane heater too. There was a point when it was definitely cheaper around here, but those days are gone.

c627627
02-10-12, 07:08 PM
Running a Kill A Watt on a space heater as we speak for what it's worth. Will post models, specs and results.

c627627
02-10-12, 08:43 PM
Results: They all used up 0.5 KWH in 22 minutes. So equal energy consumption!?

Hm... so the best one is whichever heats fastest? Measuring that would require the exact same temperature at start... I don't know if I can do that but the Radiant Heater Sunbeam Model: Patton PRH11 sure appears to "feel" hottest.... [I just read a really negative review about it, once again confirming how much hit or miss these models are since it did great in my test.]


$25 clearance down from $50 Sunbeam Model: SLP3310 Convection Heater
http://www.sunbeam.com/ProductDetail.aspx?section=health-and-home&pid=584

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$17 Clearance down from I think $30 Sunbeam Model: Patton PRH11 Radiant Heater
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Patton-Radiant-Heater/15126054

105250



Utilitech Utility Space Heater Model: 0167507 or 73627 Fan Forced Space Heater
http://www.lowes.com/pd_167507-47166-73627_4294765336+5003697_4294937087_?productId=346 7999

$15 when it went on Clearance down from $20 (but this one was not on clearance today but a similar one was.)

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robble
02-10-12, 08:52 PM
Should post this to the benching team as well.

Wouldn't the benching team already be working with 500+watt heaters? ;)

Aldakoopa
02-10-12, 08:58 PM
I have one of those Sunbeam radiant quartz heaters. Mine works good. I haven't had any problems and it's even gotten knocked down a few times and I thought that would break it, but it's still going strong. The thing is that I think that all space heaters have two power settings, usually a high and a low setting, and most of the ones I've seen it's a 600W and a 1200W switch. I'm sure there are other wattages, but my point is that it doesn't surprise me that they all use roughly the same amount of electricity in the same amount of time.

pwnmachine
02-10-12, 09:00 PM
lol I've given up on electric space heaters...they all seem to freeze.

c627627
02-10-12, 09:06 PM
These were all 1500W settings.

Only one had an actual watt label for the lower setting and it was 1300W.

Aldakoopa
02-10-12, 09:13 PM
These were all 1500W settings.

Only one had an actual watt label for the lower setting and it was 1300W.

I think my smaller heaters are 600/1200 or something, but my quartz one is probably a 1300/1500 then because it puts out a whole lot more heat even on the low setting.

c627627
02-10-12, 09:16 PM
I would say that the Sunbeam Model: Patton PRH11 Radiant Heater is both better and quieter than the Fan Forced Space Heaters whose advantage may only be their small size for compact spaces. I did not find the Fan Forced Space Heater to be faster than the Radiant Heater.

Aldakoopa
02-10-12, 09:49 PM
I would say that the Sunbeam Model: Patton PRH11 Radiant Heater is both better and quieter than the Fan Forced Space Heaters whose advantage may only be their small size for compact spaces. I did not find the Fan Forced Space Heater to be faster than the Radiant Heater.

Definitely true.

c627627
02-11-12, 11:43 AM
I returned and exchanged the $50 Sunbeam Convection Heater on clearance for $25 to get the last Radiant Heater they still had in stock for $17. I guess this whole thing was worth it to figure out which one was best since certainly pricing was not an indicator of which one provided the best value.

Pinky
02-11-12, 11:47 AM
Where I'm from, electricity is the most cost effective. My grandmother spends $400 a month on Kerosene, and an additional $70 a month for propane. My boss spends $300 a month on Propane to heat his house, and an additional $300 for the shop's propane heater too. There was a point when it was definitely cheaper around here, but those days are gone.

Agree, as fuel prices continue to go up a well insulated, draft free home would likely SAVE using electric heat.

c627627
02-11-12, 01:12 PM
I managed to get the last Radiant heater 5 minutes before store closed last night. It spent the night in the car trunk, outside was below freezing. I took it out of the trunk and immediately plugged it in to test it at full maximum setting. The heater was (very) cold to the touch because of the weather outside and interestingly it took 25 minutes to go through 0.5 KWH. Identical model and the other two all took 22 minutes yesterday. If the initial temperature of the heater itself was lower, shouldn't it have taken shorter time to go through 0.5 KWH?

I guess things vary from unti to unit but I left it on at max to see how long it would take to chew through full 1 KWH. It took 47 minutes.


I talked about KWH instead of cost because cost varies so much across the country. I have low electricity costs in Kansas City, Kansas http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=677404


So I am showing 1 KWH for +/- 45 minutes of use on maximum setting which appears to cost 6 cents where I live.

Aldakoopa
02-11-12, 01:39 PM
I talked about KWH instead of cost because cost varies so much across the country. I have low electricity costs in Kansas City, Kansas http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=677404


So I am showing 1 KWH for +/- 45 minutes of use on maximum setting which appears to cost 6 cents where I live.

Electricity is fairly expensive where I live too. It doesn't help that our power company buys its power from a neighboring company and then resells it to us at a higher price. :facepalm:

c627627
02-11-12, 02:07 PM
Yes cost is substantially higher depending on where you live, some people may need to double the cost I posted.

Pinky
02-11-12, 02:33 PM
So I am showing 1 KWH for +/- 45 minutes of use on maximum setting which appears to cost 6 cents where I live.

Works out to roughtly $60 month at that rate of use. Multiply that by 2 or 3 to heat the average small home or apartment, and it's probably still cheaper than some would pay to heat with fossil fuels.

c627627
02-11-12, 03:31 PM
I may be on the extreme low end of electricity costs in the country so the costs for most would be higher.

We should also remember that these are intended to heat the immediate personal space and, relatively speaking, small rooms.


People need to make sure their water pipes don't freeze so it's not just the matter of heating the immediate personal space... I would view these as great supplements for taking care of very cold days.

Aldakoopa
02-11-12, 07:02 PM
I may be on the extreme low end of electricity costs in the country so the costs for most would be higher.

We should also remember that these are intended to heat the immediate personal space and, relatively speaking, small rooms.


People need to make sure their water pipes don't freeze so it's not just the matter of heating the immediate personal space... I would view these as great supplements for taking care of very cold days.

I don't really have a choice. I live in an old trailer without central heat. I have to use space heaters. Luckily, it doesn't usually get very far below freezing here, and definitely not for long. Maybe 2 or 3 days in a row, but then it will warm back up somewhat for a few more days.

nightelph
02-11-12, 08:53 PM
Do any of these heaters offer a mercury safety switch? Would suck if the cat knocked one over and set your carpet on fire!

c627627
02-11-12, 09:01 PM
I'm getting around to reading the manual but the Sunbeam Patton Radiant Heater is very sturdy. There's no way any cat can knock it over imo.

Off topic: I now have two and on both the lowest horizontal piece of metal does not light up and neither does the one directly behind it. All others do on both. If anyone has this model, please post if this is how all models work.

EDIT: Nevermind, those only light up when the lower setting is used!

Neuromancer
02-12-12, 12:06 AM
Do any of these heaters offer a mercury safety switch? Would suck if the cat knocked one over and set your carpet on fire!

Have the made a heater without a safety switch in the last 20 years? :shrug: Or do you specifically need a mercury switch? (Would think those would have been phased out before even Lead in solder TBH)

Even my model which is about 15 years old has a little button on the bottom. If you even bump the heater it shuts off. Very annoying.

4GHZ_or_bust
02-12-12, 05:37 AM
There shouldn't be any current heater that fails the tip check. But I'd keep an eye on sources like cpsc.gov for recalls, there's been at least one model recalled every year due to issue like failing tip check, overheating, etc.

My space heater does not need a tip sensor at all. Warms my room very nicely if I close the window. At about $2,000 for both and weighting over 30 pounds each, it's hard to knock it over. The space heater also doubles as gaming machine and crunching seti@home :D

c627627
02-12-12, 05:09 PM
Sunbeam Patton Radiant Heater on lowest setting: about 5KWH in about 5 hours. [5.05 KWH in 5 hours 10 minutes].

Niku-Sama
02-14-12, 03:54 AM
Patton PRH11 is $11 here at my store. i was actually looking at them today before i logged on and saw this, thought about picking a few up