Car Interior Preheater Makes Winter Slightly More Bearable Beth Snyder November 28, 2011 Oh, the weather outside is frightful… If you live where there’s winter, you know this is way more than a Christmas carol, it’s the sad, brutal truth. If you’re lucky enough to have somewhere to park your car inside, it’s not too bad, but it still will be brittle cold inside. And if you have to park out in the elements, you know the dubious joys of having to get up a half-hour earlier so you have time to preheat the car and scrape off the windows. Sure, there are alternatives, but remote car starters can be pretty pricey plus they have to be installed by a professional. Who has the time and money for that? Besides, letting your car run for several minutes until it’s warm enough you won’t freeze your backside off when you get in isn’t exactly environmentally friendly, now is it? Never fear, for there is now a lower-cost, environmentally conscious alternative. The Car Interior Preheater runs off its own rechargeable battery, and simply sits on your dashboard. It measures just 19 inches long by 4 inches high, and weighs six pounds. You can charge it either with an AC outlet or by using your car’s power port (formerly known as a cigarette lighter). It features two adjustable vents, so you can point one at your windshield and one at your seat. Or whatever configuration works out better for you, I guess. It can be programmed to start up to 20 minutes before you enter the car, or you can simply start it whenever you want with the remote (providing you park less than 200 feet (61 meters) away. The only drawback is that it won’t heat your engine, so if you live where it’s ridiculously cold you’ll still have to let your car run for a bit to warm up, but at least you can do it in toasty warmth inside your car, right? Hm. Here’s a distinct disadvantage. In the time since I bookmarked this little goody to write about, it has become listed as no longer available. No word as to if it’ll be back in stock any time, either. But it sold for just $119.00 US new when you could get one, so it’s entirely possible you can pick one up for considerably cheaper used if you look around. Source: Gizmag Share This With The World!