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Old 11-10-2014, 09:41 PM   #1
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Default Vehicle battery thermal wrap (electric warmer) - Anyone use them?

I'm trying to have a leg up this winter as far as my car starting in these frigid temps. Last winter I had a few mornings where my car wouldn't start because the battery was too cold to start the GP. The battery at that time was at most a year old. Ive looked into battery warmers on Amazon and i'm wondering if anyone has any input on them.

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Any other sugestions? I have looked electric magnet oil pan warmers but I don't think thats what I need.
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Buy a better battery.
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I have a block heater in all my vehicles. Even when it was 0* out, running them for 4 hours before I left for work they'd be around 40* for coolant temps. Really makes a big difference on cold starts and warm up times. It would also melt off any frost on my hood and if I kept my vents on for the defrost it would slightly defrost my windshield.

Battery warmer would make your battery last much longer but a new battery shouldn't have any issue starting a cold vehicle.
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Im the same way with avoiding Car Drama. ....just get remote start. ..start car before going to sleep. ...never had any issues
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Im the same way with avoiding Car Drama. ....just get remote start. ..start car before going to sleep. ...never had any issues

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What about the other 7 hours and 45 minutes the car is turned off....?
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If I had the ability to run a line out to my car I'd install a block heater. Would be nice to have the block warm on those freezing days. But I live in an apartment and can't do that.

What are LL's going to do when Electric cars become common enough that people need a way to charge them even if they are renting an apartment.
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Block heater ftw... Oh, and a heavy duty timer too.

The only thing better is a heated garage.
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I think I've convinced 2 people on block heaters for gassers on this site
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I think I've convinced 2 people on block heaters for gassers on this site
Shit my old jeep had one and i convinced a guy at Ikea it was a hybrid
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Lol. Its worked for me over 10 years and counting....cant remember the last time it didn't turn over
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I have a built in block heater in my car. Instant heat is great
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my intrepid had the mopar battery blanket/warmer. 6 years/winters on a cheap autozone battery

huge difference when you forget to plug it in.

block heaters are probably a waste on most modern engines (alum blocks/heads) as they are already designed to heatup asap to reduce emissions.
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My srt-4s had the blanket from the factory. I removed them when I went big turbo. I honestly never noticed a difference. I think battery quality has more to do with it than anything. Didnt have any warmers on the cruze or elantra this past winter either. Both started right up even in -25 real air temps.
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I used to keep my old Burb with a crappy battery on a trickle charger in the winter, worked pretty good at turning over the truck and keeping the battery going.
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this last winter "polar vortex" the g8 sat outside.

went up to my front door, remote started it.. no issues ever.

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I had a block heater on my gasser expedition and I used it everyday I could that it was below 30*. They work absolute wonders, almost instant heat, saves abuse, especially on vehicles with aluminum heads and cast blocks, the expansion rate difference is crazy at those temps, you want everything to heat up as equally as possible.

For the smaller guys, they have circulation pump heaters, not only does it heat the coolant it moves it around your block and heater core. It doesn't work as well for us guys with 8 gallons to heat, but for smaller applications it works great.
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We had one of those circulation pumps on a CAT V225B forklift here at work. Came in one day and there was a 20' spot of green snow. Pump melted down and dumped all the coolant. I don't trust those anymore.
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Last year I threw a 100 watt bulb in a drop light and hung it next to the battery in the trunk. Helped a lot. I didn't want to spend the money on a new battery at the time
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Where can I get on of these heater blocks for my GP?
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Whats the CCA on your battery @Freebeer187?! The battery blanket might be a cheap holdover until the battery takes a dump completely, but I'd definitely get a better battery next time around. I wouldn't think any later model cars should have any trouble starting with a decent battery.
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AutoZone batteries are really a hit or miss. most of the time they're a miss. I'd take your car to autozone and test it. See what the CCA's are currently
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Also check the power and ground wires
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Not sure. Im going to go to auto zone and see if I can get it swapped out in time for winter. The wrap sounds like a nice backup as needed but from what everyone is saying it is not necessary with a good battery.

I'd like to check out that block heater though. GP takes ages to warm up.
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