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Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster

Part No. HF384 Warranty Details  

Fit of this part varies by vehicle & equipment specs Type of Fit

Instantly defrosts windshield inside and out and provides auxiliary heat where needed. Easily mounts anywhere with screws or self-adhesive tape and has retractable handle for mobile use. Includes ceramic heater element, with 12V power plug with LED power indicator and 6' long insulated power cord.
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Color:Black
Cordless:Yes
Height:2.75 in
Length:8.47 in
Material:Plastic
Mounting Hardware Included:Yes
Mounting Type:Clip On
Power Cord Length:60 in
Power Source:Cigarette Plug
Voltage:12 v
Wattage:150 W
Width:12.29 in

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Economy Black12V Heater Fan and Defroster
 
1.9

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (25)

24%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Can withstand use (6)
  • Improves comfort (5)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

  • Poor value (16)
  • Not functional (13)
  • Flimsy (7)
  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Car (14)
  • Keep in the trunk (5)
  • Truck (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual driver (26), Auto enthusiast (4), Mechanic (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works as expected

Fan works as intended. It clears windshield frost and fog when my cars heater fan went out.

Fan works as intended. It clears windshield frost and fog when my cars heater fan went out.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Product did not meet my expectation

I have a heater problem with my one car. And I wanted to use this heater in the midterm until repairs can be made but the fan blower for heat just does not have...Read complete review

I have a heater problem with my one car. And I wanted to use this heater in the midterm until repairs can be made but the fan blower for heat just does not have enough kick to really notice that its in use.

Reviewed by 44 customers

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1.0

Useless

By 

from Georgia

About Me Auto Enthusiast

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Pros

    Cons

    • Not Functional

    Best Uses

      Comments about Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster:

      Very, very low heat output. puts out an awful smell.
      Will definitely not warm you or defrost a windshield.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Stopped after 5 minutes!!

      By 

      from College Station, Texas

      About Me Casual Driver

      Pros

        Cons

        • Barely Heats
        • Died 5 Min In Idling Ca
        • Not Functional
        • Poor Value

        Best Uses

          Comments about Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster:

          With the truck engine running, but not in gear I tried this heater. I get more heat blowing on my hands. Five minutes after I plugged it in, the heater completely died and would not turn back on. It says it can blow a circuit, but I tried it in 2 vehicles and it still wouldn't start.

          (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          don,t expect too much

          By 

          from Jackson,Ga.

          About Me Casual Driver

          Verified Buyer
          Helpful Reviewer

          Pros

          • Can Withstand Use

          Cons

          • Poor Value

          Best Uses

          • Keep In The Trunk

          Comments about Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster:

          weak fan produces very little heat

          (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Junk

          By 

          from cobb island, MD

          Verified Buyer
          Helpful Reviewer

          Comments about Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster:

          Its a joke

          (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          worst product ever

          By 

          from gastonia nc

          About Me Casual Driver

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Value

            Best Uses

              Comments about Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster:

              this is probably one of the worst products I've ever gotten from advance the heater barely blows when it does blow it blows more cool air then heat try to defrost my window one morning would even defrost my mirror probably would work better as a fan

              (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              It works. Would buy again.

              By 

              from Ohio

              About Me Casual Driver

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              Helpful Reviewer

              Pros

              • Can Withstand Use
              • Heats Up Quickly
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Car

              Comments about Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster:

              It works better than the reviews I read said. I would recommend this product.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              not great

              By 

              from Chicago

              About Me Casual Driver

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Possible Handwarmer

                  Comments about Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster:

                  Not good.
                  Weak fan.
                  Waste of money and time.

                  (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  I can blow harder than this thing.

                  By 

                  from New Hampshire

                  About Me Casual Driver

                  Verified Buyer
                  Helpful Reviewer

                  Comments about Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster:

                  I certainly didn't expect a whirlwind, BUT, I could blow on my window harder than this thing blows! I definitely wouldn't depend on this in the middle of Winter.

                  (7 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  will do in a pinch

                  By 

                  from Coal Township

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                  Verified Buyer
                  3 or more reviews submitted

                  Pros

                  • Helps Out Heat Defrost

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • As A Supplement Heat

                    Comments about Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster:

                    The heater core on my wifes car needs flushed out at the most inopportune time and with the bitter cold & no garage, we purchased this as a supplement to the heating system. It helps but I would no way want to use this as the only souce of heat in the Northeast winter.Recommend as a last resort just to supplement.

                    (10 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    waste of time, money & fuses!

                    By 

                    from Denver

                    About Me Casual Driver

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Blew My Fuses
                      • Difficult To Use
                      • Flimsy
                      • Not Functional
                      • Poor Value

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster:

                        This heater blew my van fuses repeatedly, never worked for more than a few seconds. I ended up having to spend more $ to buy replacement fuses so my radio and horn would work again- but I still have no defroster. What a waste of time, money and fuses- Advance Auto staff absolutely didn't care whatsoever that this defective product cost my family additional money and hardship- and had no suggestions to help us, not even an apology, so I purchased my fuses elsewhere and will avoid Advance Auto Parts moving forward.

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                        • Q:

                          can it be used for home use, by taken out or cutting the fuse line.
                          Asked on 12/7/2014 by gregory

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            I'm happy to help, Gregory! You may be able to use this item at home by utilizing a transformer. This Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster (Part No. HF384) is engineered to utilize DC power from your vehicle and plugging it directly into a 110-120V home AC electrical system could cause damage to the unit, electrical shock and/or fire.

                            Even with the power transformed, this unit is designed to to help defrost a windshield. It is not designed to provide a large amount of heat.

                            Answered on 12/18/2014 by Heath, ASE Parts Specialist from AAP
                        • Q:

                          WILL IT OVER HEAT THE FUSE,BLOW THE FUSE IF USED FOR A LONG TIME
                          Asked on 1/4/2014 by JJ from NEW YORK ,NY

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            Hi JJ, good question! This heater fan and defroster will not over heat the fuse and blow after a long use.

                            Answered on 1/7/2014 by Vincent from AAP
                        • Q:

                          do this heater have a thermometer, so that you can set it a a certain degree and it will stop when it gets to that temperature?
                          Asked on 7/31/2013 by rfm from Canada

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            The Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster (Part No. HF384) does not have a thermometer for heat settings. For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                            Answered on 8/1/2013 by Steve from AAP
                        • Q:

                          would this work in my 79 chevy and if so where should it be mounted
                          Asked on 5/14/2013 by Zack

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            This Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster - part# HF384 is not vehicle specific. It instantly defrosts windshield inside and out and provides auxiliary heat where needed. Easily mounts anywhere with screws or self-adhesive tape and has retractable handle for mobile use. For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                            Answered on 5/14/2013 by Vincent from AAP
                        • Q:

                          I am curious on how and where unit should be mounted to heat / defrost a 2007 Chrysler Sebring windshield. I don't wish to damage my dashboard with screws. Also how can it be used to defrost the back window ?
                          Asked on 1/26/2013 by Nick from Villas, NJ

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            This Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster - part# HF384 is not vehicle specific. It instantly defrosts windshield inside and out and provides auxiliary heat where needed. Easily mounts anywhere with screws or self-adhesive tape and has retractable handle for mobile use. For any further assistance, please visit your nearest Advance Auto store or call us directly at 1-877-ADVANCE (238-2623) and one of our representatives there would be more than happy to assist you.

                            Answered on 1/28/2013 by Vincent from AAP
                        • Q:

                          how long will it run if engine not on will it run battery down in 2 hours or less
                          Asked on 12/2/2010 by Anonymous

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            It should not run the battery down that fast.

                            Answered on 12/9/2010 by Anonymous
                        • Q:

                          WILL THIS HEATER PLUG INTO THE L
                          IGHTER AND HEAT THE INTERIOR OF THE CAB
                          Asked on 11/29/2010 by GEORGE from CHARLESTON SC

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            Yes, this will plug into a 12V outlet. It will provide auxiliary heat where needed.

                            Answered on 11/30/2010 by Ron the Auto Parts Rebel from AAP
                        • Q:

                          WILL THIS DELIVER ENOUGH HEAT TO HEAT UP A 1999 FORD TARUS INSIDE
                          Asked on 11/21/2010 by RDR from AMSTERDAM NY

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            It may take a little while but that is what it is made for.

                            Answered on 11/22/2010 by Mike the Auto Parts Master from AAP
                        • Q:

                          will this heater heat my ford f 150 king cab truck
                          Asked on 11/7/2010 by Anonymous

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            It should but it will most likely take awhile.

                            Answered on 11/8/2010 by Mike the Auto Parts Master from AAP
                        • Q:

                          my fan under the dash board needs to be replaced. where can i find one for a 2003 mercury sable?
                          Asked on 10/4/2010 by code from new york

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            For the blower motor you will need to purchase parts 35534 and 3507.

                            Answered on 10/5/2010 by Kevin the King of Auto Parts. from AAP
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