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Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster

Part No. HF384 Warranty  

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 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (23)

26%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor value (14)
  • Not functional (11)
  • Flimsy (7)
  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Car (14)
  • Keep in the trunk (4)
  • Truck (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual driver (24), Auto enthusiast (3), 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.

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1.0

Junk

By Bob

from cobb island, MD

Verified Buyer
Level 1

Comments about Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster:

Its a joke

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1.0

worst product ever

By dolly

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

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      It works. Would buy again.

      By Older car.

      from Ohio

      About Me Casual Driver

      Verified Buyer
      Level 1

      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.

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      2.0

      not great

      By Ron

      from Chicago

      About Me Casual Driver

      Verified Buyer
      Level 1

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Possible Handwarmer

          Comments about Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster:

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

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          I can blow harder than this thing.

          By NHGuy

          from New Hampshire

          About Me Casual Driver

          Verified Buyer
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            Cons

              Best Uses

                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.

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                (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                will do in a pinch

                By Rick

                from Coal Township

                About Me Casual Driver

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                Verified Buyer
                Level 4

                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.

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                  (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  waste of time, money & fuses!

                  By single working mom

                  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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                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      cheap heater

                      By mrm

                      from Columbus, IN

                      About Me Casual Driver

                      Verified Buyer
                      Level 1

                      Pros

                      • Improves Comfort

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy

                      Best Uses

                      • Car

                      Comments about Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster:

                      I had to remove the sticky pad and replace it with velcro

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                      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      dont even know if it actually works

                      By shottao

                      from new york, ny

                      About Me Casual Driver

                      Verified Buyer
                      Helpful Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Blew Fuse In Cig Lighter
                        • Not Functional
                        • Poor Value

                        Best Uses

                        • Keep In The Trunk

                        Comments about Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster:

                        opened package, went outside in cold. started car, didnt turn on normal heat. took out WORKING carphone charger from cigarette lighter. put this heater in cigarette lighter. turned it on, red light came on and it started blowing. placed it on dash.

                        went back inside. finished getting ready for work. went back out to car. discovered heater no longer blowing, no red light. unplugged it, plugged back in, no response. unplugged again, put in carphone charger, no charge! noticed light in cigarrette lighter is out. froze while waiting for car heater to get going. cursed that heater blew the fuse. later phone died, no charger...fml.

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                        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Falls Short Of Expectations

                        By AdrenalineRush

                        from Argyle, NY

                        About Me Casual Driver

                        Level 1

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Not Functional
                          • Poor Value

                          Best Uses

                          • Truck

                          Comments about Economy Black 12V Heater Fan and Defroster:

                          I bought this item because I am having an issue with the heat and defroster. You can barely feel the fan pushing heat out and it doesn't keep the winshshield clear during winter use.

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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

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                              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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