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American Red Cross ARC1006 Auto Heater/Defroster


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  • Designed to quickly heat your vehicle
  • Supplements your vehicle's system
  • Easy to use 12-volt operation
  • Swivel base and pullout handle directs air where you need it
  • Includes a mounting kit
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandTeam Products
Item Weight1.2 pounds
Product Dimensions11.3 x 7.8 x 12 inches
Item model numberARC1006
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Manufacturer Part NumberARC1006
  
Technical Specification
Additional Information
ASINB000W35GRW
Best Sellers Rank #731,048 in Automotive (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 1, 2007
  
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Product Description

American Red Cross Auto Heater/Defrosters are designed to quickly heat your vehicle without waiting for the engine to warm up. These heaters are plugged into your vehicle's 12 volt outlet and offer quick visibility. The pullout handle or swivel base is used to direct air where you need it most.

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Mounting bracket it simple.
Jaucelyn Montgomery
If you want to heat up your car, don't think you will with it: after all, it plugs in your car so, don't expect any real power out of it.
Steven J. Blazek
I purchased becase of the name thinking it had been tested, Wrong.
Lr Lyons

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gord Wilson VINE VOICE on February 17, 2008
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I gave this product five stars, but there is still a caveat. Nothing on the packaging says so, but the defroster has a 20 amp fuse in the cord, near the plug, and is designed for a 20 amp rated lighter/ accessory socket. Many small cars are not rated that high, which would put a strain on a small alternator. That said, the question then arises if it can be any good at such a low price. I say yes, for its intended usage. It's not made to replace the heater in your Lexus (why would it be?). As the Red Cross branding suggests, it's designed for emergency situations, but also for general purpose use.

This defroster comes with a mounting plate you can slide it on and off of, and has a handle that swings out of the side to make it portable. There's a three position rocker switch on the side with "fan", "heat" and center off. The cord is about six feet long, quite heavy guage wire, contains a 20 amp fuse near the plug, and plugs into the cigarette lighter (now often called the accessory outlet). The instructions suggest mounting the plate on the dash with the included screws, being careful to miss wiring, airbag, etc. The defroster is mounted on a ball so it swivels and tilts. There's no adjustment to tighten it, so eventually it may get loose. For emergency use, you can just slide it off the plate and plug it into a 12v lighter jack, flip out the handle and it's ready for de-icing. The heat position also runs the fan, although the fan only position runs the fan faster. If you ran the defroster for any length of time, you'd want to have the car on so as not to run down the battery. I would have liked to use this defroster in my back window, since my Dodge Shadow didn't come with a factory rear defroster, but as it's only for a 20 amp socket, I'll have to keep looking.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By HMMWV VINE VOICE on January 9, 2008
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You should not expect to ever get more than 13.8V * 10A from any cigarette lighter socket - that amounts to about 130-140 watts depending on your car voltage at the time. Most home heaters are 1500 watts, not 130 watts, so this is like 1/10 of a plug in house heater. It does, however heat up instantly and can be used to defrost those hard to reach areas on the windshield or supplement the cold spots in your car where you have an outlet and need a little heat. It's also nice to have while your engine warms up and the thermostat opens!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steve A. Garcia on December 26, 2007
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IT WORKS. BUT DUE TO ITS SMALL SIZE, IT TAKES ABOUT TEN MINUTES TO WARM-UP MY TRUCK. I FOLLOWED THE INSTRUCTIONS AND POINTED IT TOWARDS THE WINDSHIELD. I DRIVE DOWN THE ROAD AND I DON'T EVEN BOTHER USING MY TRUCK'S HEATER.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A REAL BLAST FURNACE, THIS PRODUCT IS NOT FOR YOU. IT WILL DEFROST THE WINDSHIELD AND IT WILL GIVE YOU SOME WARMTH. I LIKE IT.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Brace on February 15, 2008
You people that expect an electric heater to have high output are basically complete _____s (fill in the blank). By electric heater standards, this product is very good. It is reliable, fast acting, and can actually warm up small areas. This is all an electric heater is capable of anyway, unless you have one that runs at about 800W. There is no such thing, because this would drain the crap out of your alternator and require 6 gauge wiring.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Beezus on January 26, 2008
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I didn't expect this heater to be equal to my car's heater, or even to be very powerful, but I expected some heat that would be worth the purchase! I placed it on the floor of the car with my foot less than an inch away from it and could feel nothing. I even placed the part of my leg that was not covered by my sock up against it and felt no heat. When I picked it up and placed my hand directly over the vent, I could feel a tad (and I mean A TAD) bit of warm air. Don't waste your money.(And there is no way that in the case of a snowbound emergency where you were stranded in your car would this even keep you comfortable - so you know it won't stave off frost bite.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brandi N. Revels on February 22, 2008
the product performs exactly as expected. Portable heaters as such are not intended to produce a large output, but after being on for a short time, there is a noticeable difference in temperature. It works very well for quickly defrosting windows as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Amagna on April 11, 2008
It certainly warms my van without the engine being warm like it advertises and in ten minutes...Just give it a chance to work for you..it did great when the Bay Area in Northern California dipped in temperature just this last winter...it does everything it says it does and just one bad review of this product did not stop me..give it a chance...the vendor(do not know the vendor name} is FAST and reliable-it came in less than a week...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence S. Wagman on March 28, 2008
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The product itself works as stated in the product discription,
but the heat output is disappointing. I thought it would provide
enough heat to help defrost the windshield upon starting the car,
but heat output is poor. Don't depend on this item to help stay
warm.
American Red Cross ARC1006 Auto Heater/Defroster
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