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I bought three different flame effect PTC style "miracle heaters". Two turned out to be the same style despite having different listing pictures, and this one (which cost the same!) turned out to be somewhat less complex (huge understatement).
I think the best way to avoid this heater is to make sure you buy one with a remote control. This one does work, but is perhaps a bit simplistic compared to the others.
It is totally scavengable though, with a pretty good flame effect and useful heater section that could also be a source of resistance wire for custom heating elements.
It's notable that the rotating mirrored mylar blades give a great scaled down Star Trek warp-core effect if used with blue LEDs.
This unit is freestanding with a thin flex of unknown electrical integrity, but I think we can safely assume that it will be the crappiest copper coated aluminium type stuff. It's also easy to knock over, so that thermal fuse and plastic front grill may be tested at some point.
The schematic does bear a strong resemblance to a hair dryer with extra effects, and that is kinda because it is...
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13 thoughts on “The trashiest of all miracle heaters with schematic”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andreas U. says:

    Nice, a burning poop simulator.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Slikx666 says:

    Plugs directly into a socket?
    Looks like I can't use one. All mine are hidden. 😆

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nex Pro says:

    @bigclivedotcom did you do the AVE test with a soldering iron to see if it is thermo-setting plastic?

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars christastic100 says:

    Even the logs look fresh and warm when the heater is off 😁.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Salsman says:

    Awesome power factors!

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eman says:

    I laughed at the fake logs and flame effect

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Graeme Davidson says:

    At least the thermal fuse will stop it fanning the flames when it reaches greater than 100% thermal efficiency….

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TheGreatAtario says:

    Whenever I end up with one of these open-air heating element type heaters, they never last long. The ceramic ones live much longer

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gord Slater says:

    The end of the world is nigh^W –
    $6.99 including free shipping

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Aurthor Thing says:

    I'm curious how long it would take to melt the grill?
    Will it self destruct?

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gord Slater says:

    the one on the left looks like a pile of turds

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars CAESARbonds says:

    Could you go outside and simulate a motor fail?
    Will it cut it in time or go up in flames?

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael MacGyver says:

    As soon as you said "sci-fi effect" my immediate thought was the warp core in Star Trek Voyager, it had a very similar plasma flame effect look to it

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