Keep Yourself Warm When RV/Tent Camping With An Electric Heated Blanket
Camping has always been a big part of my life. My earliest memories of RV camping is when I went on a trip with my grandparents. Back then I only went camping during the summer when it was warm.
Now I travel fulltime in my travel trailer and have to deal with cold winter nights in the camper, and since I boondock/dry camp 95% of the time, I can’t run the furnace all night since it would kill my trailer batteries within a couple of hours.
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I decided to buy a heated blanket that can keep both my wife and I warm in the camper when it’s cold. We power ours with a portable power station (more about that later) and it has been wonderful this past winter and saved us a lot of propane.
Today I am going to share the knowledge I gained about heated blankets because I did a lot of research and figured I could help other campers out there as well.
In addition, I am also going to share a couple of portable power stations that can power your heated blanket if you’re a boondocker. These power stations can be charged during the day with solar panels, then power heated blankets, CPAPs, and other electronics.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I will do my best to help you out, now let’s get cozy with a heated blanket.
All Heated Blankets For Camping We’re Reviewing & Comparing
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A Closer Look At Each Heated Blanket
A popular little 12V powered heated blanket is this one by Stalwart. It’s a fleece throw blanket that comes in a couple of different colors.
They’re all the same size, 59 by 43 inches, so it’s not a massive blanket but will still be large enough for a medium-sized adult.
Since it’s a 12V powered blanket, it has a cigarette plug on the end of it, which makes it easy to use in a car, van, or RV. It only uses up to 50W, so it won’t be a problem for the alternator. The power cord is 96 inches long.
The low wattage also makes it compatible with a lot of small portable power stations, so you can use it when you’re boondocking/dry camping. After the heated blanket recommendations, I am going to share a couple of power stations that you can use to power a blanket like this.
While the Stalwart blanket only has one heating setting, the one setting it has is very warm so it will keep you comfortable when it’s cold inside your RV camper or tent.
The Stalwart is not machine washable, and should only be spot cleaned.
Overall, the Stalwart is an affordable heated blanket that doesn’t have any frills. It will heat up and stay warm until you unplug it. It doesn’t have any heat settings or an automatic turnoff, but it does have a long power cord with a 12V cigarette plug, which makes it one of the more versatile blankets on today’s list.
- 12V cigarette plug
- 100% polyester
- Gets hot
- 96 inch power cord
This reversible heated blanket by Serta is a popular option because it’s so soft. The brushed microplush reverses to a plush sherpa lining, so you can stay cozy with either side.
It has five heat settings, so depending on how cold or warm you are, your blanket will adjust and let you feel just the perfect amount of warmth.
You can choose between six different colors, but there are no size options. All of them are 50 by 60 inches, and large enough for an adult.
This is not a 12V powered blanket with a cigarette plug, but with a regular AC plug. The power cord is 8.5 ft long, so you don’t have to sit right by the outlet to keep this blanket warm.
Something I really like about this Serta blanket is the fact that it’s machine washable and comes with a three-year warranty. I like to wash my blankets pretty often since it gets dirty so easily in the camper, and nothing cleans a blanket as good as a washing machine.
Serta has put a 4-hour automatic shut off feature in the blanket for safety and power savings reasons. With an automatic shut off like this, you never have to worry about leaving your home or RV and realize that you didn’t turn off the heated blanket.
Overall, I recommend the Serta reversible heated blanket due to the high-quality materials and features. Serta stands behind their product with the 3-year warranty, and that’s something that can’t be said about every heated blanket out there. The size is perfect for a camper and it’s small enough to be used outdoors, on the couch, and on the bed.
- Reversible sherpa/fleece
- 5 heat settings
- 3-year warranty
- Machine washable
- 8.5 ft power cord
- Automatic shut off
If you want a blanket with even more features than the Serta, this one from Vremi might impress you.
It’s the same size as the Serta, at 50 by 60 inches, and doesn’t come in any other colors, but let me tell you what it can do.
It has an LCD display so you can easily monitor what settings the blanket is set to, and four buttons that let you control it.
Six heat settings and eight timer settings make it a versatile choice for a lot of different situations and places. The heat settings can heat the blanket up from 85 to 110 degrees. The timer settings will let you choose when the blanket should turn off, or it will turn itself off after 10 hours.
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It has a 10-foot power cord that can be removed when it’s time to wash it because it is machine washable.
The Vremi blanket uses up to 100 watts, which is not bad for the amount of heat it can generate. It makes it compatible with a lot of the portable power stations that I will recommend down below.
Vremi offers a 1-year warranty, which isn’t as good as the Serta blanket above.
If you’re looking for a lot of features, the Vremi electric heated blanket is a strong contender for the ultimate camping blanket title. It’s easy to control with the remote, has a lot of heat and timer settings, and will turn itself off after 10 hours for safety reasons. The downside is the 1-year warranty.
- LCD display
- 6 heat settings
- Machine washable
- 10 ft power cord
- Automatic shut off
My favorite product on the list today is the MaxKare heated blanket. It’s not battery powered and portable, but a large heated blanket that heats up evenly.
A big reason that I like this blanket is the ETL certification and the built-in overheat protection system that protects not only the blanket but the user as well.
It comes in two different sizes, 62 x 84 and 72 x 84 inches. That is large enough to cover both me and my wife in our short queen camper bed.
Three heating levels and an 8-hour automatic shut off are average numbers compared to the other blankets, but in my opinion, you don’t need more than three heating levels on a blanket like this. The temperature range is 90 to 107 degrees.
It quickly heats up evenly and the remote is easy to use even in the dark.
You can remove the power cord and throw this blanket in the washing machine, which is another benefit.
The MaxKare blanket comes with a 24-month warranty on “quality-related issues”.
It uses up to 105 watts on the highest setting, and between 20W/60W on the lower settings.
Overall, the MaxKare heated blanket has all the features that I am looking for in a heated blanket. It’s not a small portable throw blanket by any means, but it will keep you cozy when camping even if you’re sitting outside.
- ETL certification
- 3 heat levels
- 8-Hour auto-off function
- Low wattage
If you would rather have a heated mattress pad in your RV camper than a heated blanket, the Electrowarmth M60Fd is the one.
It comes in several sizes, but the one I am looking at is the short queen with dual control. Most campers come with short queen beds (also called camping queen), but depending on what you have you can choose your size.
What’s impressive with this product is the low wattage use. It only uses 126 Watts at most with both sides turned on the highest heat setting.
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Each controller has ten heat levels, and for safety, they both turn off after 10 hours of use. The controller lets you turn it on and off, and up/down the heating levels.
Electrowarmth offers a 1-year warranty with this mattress pad. You can both machine wash and dry the pad.
The Electrowarmth M60Fd is a blanket I can imagine having permanently in my trailer due to the ease of use and low wattage. I don’t like the look of the outdated controllers, but the functionality of a great heated electric mattress is there which is why I still recommend it.
- 100% polyester
- Low wattage
- Sizes for all kinds of bed sizes
- ETL certification
- 10 Heat Levels
- 10 Hour Auto-Off
- Machine-washable and dryer-safe
If you want a truly portable heated blanket that is battery powered, the Cozee is the one and only choice.
This heated blanket comes with a 96.2 watt-hour lithium battery that powers not only the blanket, but two USB ports as well so you can keep electronics charged. Being 96Wh means you can bring it on an airplane (TSA’s limit is 100Wh) which makes it perfect for travelers.
So how long does the battery last? About five hours. It can be charged either with the AC wall plug or the included 12V car charger. It will also stay on longer than five hours if you leave it plugged in.
There are three heat levels, low, medium, and high. The blanket measures 60 by 60 inches, so it’s large enough to keep an adult warm and cozy, while also being small enough to be portable. Perfect for the colder evening and nights out by the campfire.
Cozee offers a 1-year warranty, and advertises that you can remove the battery and wash the blanket in a machine. It is water-resistant so you can feel safe taking it outdoors. Just like most other blankets above, there is a safety shutoff.
So is the the Cozee the blanket for you? Well, it’s the most portable heated blanket I have ever seen, and with features like USB ports, a 96.2Wh lithium battery, and a cozy micro-fleece interior, I can’t imagine a more perfect camping blanket.
It’s great not only for camping but for those outdoor sporting events on a cold fall evening, or wherever you find yourself freezing and wishing for a battery-powered blanket.
- Wall, car charger included
- 3 heat settings
- Auto shutoff
- Battery-powered (96.2Wh lithium battery)
- USB ports on the battery
- Cozy micro-fleece interior
Conclusion And Blanket Recommendations
After looking at five heated blankets and one heating pad, I’ve realized that this is a product category where it comes down to preference. Do you want to be able to choose between ten heat levels, or is it more important that you can program when the blanket should turn off automatically?
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Do you need a blanket that covers the whole bed, just your side, or just your feet? No matter what your answer is to these questions, I hope that you’ve found what you’re looking for by now.
Here are my recommendations for heated blankets and pads:
Serta Reversible Sherpa/Fleece Heated Blanket: The Serta reversible blanket has the features most people are looking for in a heated blanket, and the perfect size at 50 by 60 inches. The remote is easy to use, has a built-in automatic shutoff, and Serta offers a 3-year warranty. Perfect for cold camping nights.
MaxKare Heated Blanket: It’s a big blanket, but it’s perfect for a camper that wants to stay warm at night. Your kids might be stuck on the couch with it, but hopefully, they’ll let you use it as well to stay warm and cozy when you’re out camping.
Electrowarmth M60Fd Short Queen Dual 2 Controls Heated Mattress Pad – This heated mattress pad from Electrowarmth runs on low wattage with ten heat levels and 10-hour auto-off and will always be there for when you need it. Leave it on the bed at all times, and you don’t have to mess around with a blanket on top. It’s different from a heated blanket, but a great way to stay warm at night.
The Cozee Battery Operated Heated Blanket: The Cozee is the most portable heated blanket out there since it runs on a battery. Its battery is large but small enough that you can bring it on an airplane. If you want to use your blanket outdoors a lot, the Cozee is the best choice.
Portable Power Stations That Can Power A Heated Blanket
To get an estimate of how long a specific power station will run a specific heated blanket, you can divide the power station’s watt-hour capacity by the blanket’s required wattage. For example, a 150 watt-hour power station will run a 50-watt blanket for three hours (150/50).
Here are a couple of power stations that you can use to power the blankets we’ve looked at today.
Progeny 280W: The Progeny 280W has a 250 watt-hour battery, that can be recharged with the included wall or car charger, and solar panels.
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Jackery Explorer 500: The Jackery Explorer 500 has a 518 watt-hour battery and a 500W inverter. This unit will run/charge all the heated blankets I have recommended today. It can be recharged with a portable solar panel like the SolarSaga 100W.
Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Lithium: This is the power station I use. It has a 1045 watt-hour lithium battery, and a 1500W inverter. I plug my camper into this with a Camco 15A to 30A adapter. It can be recharged directly out of the box with a solar panel like the Goal Zero Boulder 100.
Frequently Asked Questions About Heated Blankets
Why should I get a heated blanket instead of running the furnace?
To save propane and energy. It takes some electricity to run the fan in your furnace. I believe it’s smarter to heat the area you’re at instead of heating the whole house or trailer.
Are heated blankets safe?
As with all electronics, especially ones in the heating category, you should be very careful and follow the recommended guidelines. If your blanket has cracked or is worn, you should throw it away. Even if your 10-year-old blanket hasn’t broken, you should throw it away as old blankets account for 99 percent of all heated blanket fires.
I recommend buying an electric blanket that has been UL certified which indicates that the product has been tested for safety.
The most important thing to do when you’ve got a heated blanket is never to leave it on when you’re not there.
What are the benefits of using a heated blanket in a residential home?
If you can stay warm by turning on a heated blanket instead of heating the whole house, you’ll quickly start saving money. Heating bills are high in the winter months and can be reduced by heating the house less and dressing warmer, or using a heater blanket.