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Candle-Powered Heater Is Efficient Enough To Heat A Small Room


You don’t typically think of candles as effective heat sources, at least not to heat up an entire room. However, the Egloo terracotta heater claims to do just that. By using four small candles and two nested clay domes, it is able to generate enough heat to warm up an office sized room for up to 5 hours at a time. After that, just get a new set of candles. These are super cheap, going for as little as $4 for 100 at IKEA.

The nested dome design, as well as the use of clay ensures that as much of the heat generated by the candles is distributed back to the room at a rate that allows for comfortable enjoyment. It won’t warm your entire home up, but if you’ve got one chilly room you find yourself in often, you might want to consider this innovative alternative. It’s a $60 pledge on their well-funded Indiegogo, and comes in various finishes.


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These Seem To Be The Cadillac Of Heated Gloves

You know the “brace yourselves” meme? The one with the Game Of Thrones dude? Anyway, we feel like making one saying “Brace yourselves, winter posts are coming!” And we’re yet another blog to contribute to the onslaught, this time with news of some fancy heated gloves. The Chaval Response XRT are not your everyday corner-store heated gloves though, but some fancy $400 mittens with nanotechnology. Their most interesting feature? Self-regulating temperature:

[They contain a] proprietary, paper-thin, nanotech polymer film that automatically regulates its own temperature. As your hands get cold, the film gets denser, increasing its electrical conductivity. This change pulls power from a battery to deliver heat to the film and the hands. As your hands get warm, the heat reduces the film’s conductivity which reduces power draw.

This continuous temperature management also means that energy is conserved and the batteries end up lasting longer, maybe even all day. Charging them doesn’t require removing the batteries, but is instead accomplished by just plugging them in to the charger, pictured.

It’s not quite $400, but $390 on pre-order right now, with expected shipping on October 20th.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

Car Interior Preheater Solves First World Problem

By David Ponce

It’s no point repeating it on every single article, we all know winter’s pretty much already here. At least for those of us who don’t live in or near the tropics, this presents us with many issues. And none is more pressing than that of dealing with cold cars in winter. Most people get remote car starters and let things idle until toasty enough to drive away in. But that’s wasteful, people! Much better to plunk down this large electric heater with a programmable clock. Set what time you expect to be in your car and 20 minutes prior it will begin blasting hot air through its two tilting vents. Not sure what time you’re leaving? There’s a remote that works up to 200 feet away as well.

Sure the engine won’t be warm but that can be done in 2 or 3 minutes rather than the much longer time it takes to get the inside warm as well. You save gas, save the planet a little and everyone’s happy. The Car Interior Preheater can then be recharged through AC or with an included car charger.

It’s $120.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Coolest Gadgets ]

Fight The Frigid Winter With The Radiator Booster

By David Ponce

Radiators are pretty inefficient heating machines. They don’t, for instance, radiate so much as make the wall they’re leaning up against really hot. That’s lost efficiency right there since the heat that went into the wall or even the ceiling right above the radiator is heat that didn’t go into preventing you from freezing. With winter pretty much here, something like this Radiator Booster could prove to be useful. It sits right atop your current heater and hooks up into a wall socket for power. With an internal thermostat, all it has to do it detect when your radiator is sending out heat at 30C degrees or above, then it turn some fans on and shoots the hot air out into the room. It claims to be able to recirculate the air in an average room within 90 minutes. Since it’s not on unless you’re actively heating, the Radiator Booster doesn’t waste any energy idling. And since your room will be more evenly heated, you can turn down your thermostat by 1 to 3 degrees, saving you an average of $225 yearly in heating fees.

The best part is it’s not very expensive, at $40.

[ Product Page ] AND [ Retailer Selling It ] VIA [ Gizmag ]