Heat Hack for your Car

  • Published on Dec 1, 2018
  • Want to get warm fast in your car this winter!? Try this heating hack! Blog: wp.me/pa28PZ-2xL
    Believe it or not, a 12V electric blanket for your car is a fantastic winter upgrade! It warms you up right away, draws only a small amount of power, and puts the heat where you want it!
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    Another great option is a heated jacket!: amzn.to/2zuQ3mM
    My DIY Heated Coat:
    Blog Entry: ecoprojecteer.net/heated-coat/
    How-To Write-Up: www.instructables.com/id/Heated-Coat/
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    PS: What do you think of my hat? Love it, hate it? One thing's for sure, it's warm!

    Music by:"Shaving Mirror" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Comments • 27

  • DigikidForever
    DigikidForever Month ago +1

    Hack is a COMPUTER TERM ONLY. Therefore this is not a "Hack".

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  Month ago


  • the definition of gamer

    How is this hacking

  • Karel Schmidt
    Karel Schmidt Year ago +1

    LOL, especially the part about it beeing failure proof because it's still a blanket.

  • Denis Rousseau
    Denis Rousseau Year ago +1

    OOooo i did read Hearth atakc for your cat..... wtf!!! wep an electric blanket sure the cat will love this!

  • Paul Harrington
    Paul Harrington Year ago

    Hi Ben, Thanks for the idea... I have one on order for my 2011 iMiEV

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  Year ago

      It's a shame the iMiEV has such a poor heater, as it's such a great little utility car otherwise. Did you see my videos on installing an aftermarket fuel-burning heater? That's worked out well for me. It also helps to insulate the heating lines. I also took a sheet of some "radiant barrier" reflective bubble-wrap and tucked it up under the footspace of the drivers area. The "engine compartment" up front really isn't sealed off from the passenger compartment in the same way that a traditional front engine car is. I'm surprised how much air and wind move right through there.
      The one time I ran into another iMiEV owner in public, it was in winter at a DC Fast charger. She had a plain blanket on her lap. I quickly introduced her to the joys of electric blankets.

  • dlwatib
    dlwatib Year ago +1

    Nice hat. If I lived in your climate I'd definitely want one.
    I haven't seen any 12 volt electric blankets in stores. I bought a 110 volt one recently because it seems like a waste to keep the whole room or even the whole apartment warm when I just want a nice cozy bed.

    • Ricky Tan
      Ricky Tan 22 days ago

      Same here I thought this video was about a lifetime experience of hacksawing your cars.

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  Year ago

      I am an Amazon Affiliate and can earn a very modest commission from people buying at Amazon through sales links from me. If you would like to help support this TheXvid channel, and shop at Amazon anyways, please click THIS link before doing your shopping! amzn.to/2PgCcpp

    • Emotional Evolution
      Emotional Evolution Year ago

      @BenjaminNelson are you an Amazon affiliate, or associate? I'm not sure I know the difference.
      One company I worked for used the term associate for us employees, so that's where I'm sort of confused. I know you could sign up as an affiliate with Amazon.

    • Emotional Evolution
      Emotional Evolution Year ago

      The blankets are usually available at truck stops.

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  Year ago

      Was wondering when somebody would notice the hat! It really is warm.

  • Tazzman
    Tazzman Year ago +1

    Great video, I love you common sense approach to ev ownership.

  • Steve Don
    Steve Don Year ago

    Hello from Australia!
    Don’t need to worry about that extreme cold down under!!

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  Year ago +2

      Not this time of year!
      Happy Christmas and upcoming SUMMER solstice!

  • essemcee
    essemcee Year ago +1

    Why are we still calling a 12V outlet a cigarette lighter!?

    • Emotional Evolution
      Emotional Evolution Year ago

      Bring back ash trays built into cars too. 😂

    • essemcee
      essemcee Year ago +1

      I think it’s funny, that 20 years ago, when I was in HS they were actually used to light cigs. And smoking wasn’t prohibited everywhere, like the bars... I’m going to bring back portable 12V resistance cigarette lighters!

    • Emotional Evolution
      Emotional Evolution Year ago +1

      What's a 12 volt outlet?
      Cigarette lighter socket.

      You're welcome.

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  Year ago +1

      A bit of an anachronism, but people know what it is.

  • Brandon Ross
    Brandon Ross Year ago +2

    Great video, but it was a bit underwhelming since I came here for "Hacks" and got a 3 minute video on an electric blanket. All im saying is that the title was a bit misleading.

    • Brandon Ross
      Brandon Ross Year ago

      @BenjaminNelson When you put it that way, it makes sense now. Keep on the good work.

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  Year ago +1

      @Electric Vehicle Hub I think everyone knows about electric blankets, but it might not be obvious that they are available in 12V DC versions as well. I love them.

    • BenjaminNelson
      BenjaminNelson  Year ago

      Sorry about that. I was trying to figure out a good title WITHOUT simply putting ELECTRIC BLANKET IN YOUR CAR as the title! I wanted the fact that an electric blanket can be so useful to be a surprise to the viewer. If you haven't already, please take a look in the video description for links to some of the other winter car work I've already done, including heated jacked, grill block, and engine block heater.

  • Prolific Invention
    Prolific Invention Year ago +2

    *Benjamin Nelson* Great video, agreed on the electric blanket. I use several in my cars and trucks, although I have a wired in Inverter and 110 AC electric blankets. Funny though, they are the same plaid color, small at 6'x5' and draw 100 Watts each.

  • OffGrid Wanabe
    OffGrid Wanabe Year ago +3

    Love the vid simplicity rules