By Chuck Woodbury
Can you imagine a space heater that uses a mere 200 watts? It seems like a crazy thought. But the fact is, there is such a thing. I own one. I discovered it about two months ago. When I first heard about it I was skeptical. I thought, “No way will an electric heater that uses so little power work!” I was wrong.
The space it heats is “your space.” It won’t heat an entire room.
The Lasko MyHeat™ Personal Ceramic Heater is of special interest, I think, to us RVers, who often must be careful about our energy use, for example when we’re hooked up to 15-amp or 20-amp service, where every ounce of juice we save counts.
The small heater is sturdy, about two-thirds the size of most cube space heaters and weighs a mere 1.6 pounds. Most of us carry space heaters in our RVs — 84 percent of us according to a recent survey at RVtravel.com. But those heaters typically use 1,500 watts on high and 750 watts on low. They do a great job supplementing our built-in RV heaters, and even on their own when it’s not too cold.
The MyHeat™ is meant to be placed on your desk or perhaps at your feet — very close by. If it’s more than a couple of feet away its small fan won’t push enough air to do any good. But placed close enough, the heated air is about the same temperature as a larger, full-powered space heater. I keep mine about 18 inches from me.
On my present trip, I have placed my little heater on my desk while I worked. It provided just enough warmth that I didn’t need to run my on-board heater or my regular space heater beyond initially warming up my RV in the morning, or when not at my desk. This little heater would be especially suitable for couples where one person is always colder than the other.
I made a short video about the heater, which you can watch below.
The MyHeat™ Model 100 (black) retails for $49.99, but I found it at Wal-Mart for $17.02 and at Amazon.com for $15.99.