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Subject Topic: Airbed heating - on the cheap Post Reply Post New Topic
08/10/2015 at 10:20pm
 Location: London
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Aldi have got what they're calling a "heated throw" on at the moment. Whilst I liked the look of Outwell's heated carpet as a means of keeping the chill out of an airbed, I reckon one of these and a hundred quid change might be just the thing. The bumf warns against disturbing it mechanically or - errrr - folding it up, sitting on it, covering it up etc, etc, but I shall try it out under my airbed this week end. Having trialled it at home this afternoon I'm pretty confident but if you don't hear from me on Monday you'll know it's not been a success.


09/10/2015 at 9:16am
 Location: Cambs
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We just use an electric blanket, but I like the look of that for OH in the lounge, when he is cold and I'm happy in shorts and teeshirt lol

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09/10/2015 at 1:44pm
 Location: Oxford
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To be honest I wouldn't bother if it says it isn't suitable to sleep on, and that's what you want to do.
You can get an electric underblanket that you can sleep on for around the same money.


09/10/2015 at 6:35pm
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Oh I'd love an electric under blanket to keep me warm all night but I'd be worried it would trip the EHU as we have a very small oil heater on overnight to keep the MH tepid. I'm not good at the amps & watts stuff (thanks to those who patiently keep explaining) but I appreciate some campsites have a lower tolerance of multiple electric heating gadgets.

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09/10/2015 at 9:02pm
 Location: Cambs
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We have had an electric blanket on nos 3 then nos 1 in the early hours all night and a ceramic heater on low all night no tripping

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09/10/2015 at 9:31pm
 Location: wigan
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If it says "no folding" WHY are they advertising them FOLDED


09/10/2015 at 11:58pm
 Location: London
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So far so good: we're pitched at the Secret Garden in Wisbech. It's a chilly night with a beautifully clear sky. There's a carpet down in the bedroom and Aldi's e-throw on that, with an Intex raised double sitting on it. So far nothing has melted or burnt, I'm not getting that 'airbed chill' and I'm not sweating or being griddled. This could be a Good Thing. I shall report in the morning.


10/10/2015 at 8:26am
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Success! A very comfortable night, minimal pack size and only 100 watts (just under half an amp, Fiona W).

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10/10/2015 at 8:48am
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Nice one

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12/10/2015 at 8:48am
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Won't the blanket overheat if it's completely covered by an Air bed?


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12/10/2015 at 11:09am
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The airbed material itself is a poor insulator, which is why they're so chilly to sleep on. The heat from the blanket conducts into the air within the airbed. It gets warm rather than hot.


12/10/2015 at 12:41pm
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I think I would be happier with a low power electric under-blanket with overheat cut-out, one of those that is advertised for all night use and put it on top of the airbed not underneath it.

I would worry that sticking a heated throw underneath an airbed would cause it to overheat, maybe even catch fire. Lots of house fires are caused by over heated electric blankets so one has to be ultra careful.


12/10/2015 at 2:05pm
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Funnily enough the reason I tried this out was a horror of electric blanket burns. I suppose if it did go faulty at least it would wake you up by melting a hole in the airbed before grilling you.


14/10/2015 at 8:00am
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Quote: Originally posted by TimCESmith on 12/10/2015
Funnily enough the reason I tried this out was a horror of electric blanket burns. I suppose if it did go faulty at least it would wake you up by melting a hole in the airbed before grilling you.





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14/10/2015 at 11:18am
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Yes, I was thinking about that as I fried my bacon this morning.



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