Wait, do they even make a battery-powered tent heater? Not really. Hold on for just a second, you may be thinking. Then why do you see articles posted online talking about the best battery-operated tent heaters on the market?
To be honest, we’re not really sure how to answer that question other than to say we’re here to get into that sauce. A battery-powered tent heater would be insanely great, but due to the fact that space heaters are power-hungry and also due to the fact that batteries efficient enough to use in one would be extremely costly, you don’t see them.
However, that doesn’t mean you came here for nothing. Though the following tent heaters may not technically be battery-powered, they’re still tremendous options on your next camping adventure when the tent inside gets just a little too cold.
|❤️ Model||📏 Dimensions (L x W x H)||💰 Price|
|1. Honeywell HHF360V Heater||8 x 8 x 11,5 in||$47|
|2. Mr. Heater MH4B Portable Heater||10.38 x 9.75 x 12 in||$86|
|3. DeWalt Portable Heater||10.5 x 15.75 x 14 in||$360|
|4. Trustech Space Heater||6.3 x 7.1 x 9.1 in||$34|
|5. Costway Oil-Filled Heater||9.5 x 14 x 25 in||$100|
1. Honeywell HHF360V Heater
If you were to compile a list of the best space heaters in the world right now, we’re certain this wouldn’t top the list. However, for the purposes of using a heater in a tent, we feel this is the best option out there (or at least one of the very best).
In addition to the fact that it’s incredibly portable in its design, it’s also an electric design (it’s a corded model). And for a rather small space heater, you don’t have to worry about it producing solid amounts of heat. Two heat settings and an adjustable thermostat allow you to adjust the heat to your liking, as well.
The 360-degree design also produces heat from all angles, so you don’t have to turn the heater to get heat in a specific spot. As with the best designs on the market, this almost battery-powered tent heater was optimized to be as safe as possible.
Safety features include a built-in auto-off timer option, a cool-to-the-touch carrying handle, overheat protection, and a 360-degree tip-over protection switch. It may not be the fanciest design on the market, but it just plain gets the job done that it needs to.
- Easy to carry
- Puts out really good heat
- Great safety features
- Not the quietest option
- Won’t remember your settings
- Heat comes out of the top
2. Mr. Heater MH4B Portable Heater
Yet another propane tent heater, we’d say this is a fan-favorite of sorts. We guess if you’re going to call your company Mr. Heater, you better be able to produce some well-designed space heaters. This is definitely that, and there are a number of reasons as to why.
Such a convenient space heater to travel with, the base takes up little space and the built-in handle makes moving it a breeze. One note about the base, there is a wider one available for this heater for a few extra bucks that works better than the included base.
Past the great size, this is designed to heat small spaces up to 95 square feet, so it will work perfectly for most tents out there (even larger ones). There are also two specific safety features that we love. The first is the accidental tip-over safety shut-off, which is more or less standard in space heaters.
The second is the built-in Oxygen Depletion Sensor, which is great considering this is a propane-powered tent heater. We admit, this is a little pricy, but the heating efficiency coupled with the fantastic safety and portability make it well worth the price.
- The size is great
- Excellent safety features
- Will work for virtually any tent out there
- Takes a few uses to get rid of the smell
- Eats through propane
- The included base is not the best
3. DeWalt Portable Heater
Some may think we’re crazy about including this option, but we’re not the only ones who’ve recommended this for tents. Now, given that this is a gas-powered heater, precautions will need to be made to use this in a tent. It’s a heavy-duty design and, if we’re being honest, is probably best as an all-in-one heater.
First things first, this is a certified indoor-safe heater, so DeWalt specifically designed it to be able to be used indoors. As for the design itself, it’s a propane radiant heater that comes with USB charging ports (three of them), an LED work light, and a high-speed heating fan.
Part of the reason it’s a certified indoor-safe design is due to the thermoelectric safety valve and the factory-installed ODS. Oh, and you can actually plug FlexVolt or DeWalt 20V MAX batteries into this, making this kind of a battery-powered tent heater.
Let’s be real here, if you’re just looking for a tent heater, this might be overkill. As we said, this is really good if you use it for a plethora of different reasons. After all, DeWalt is a fantastic brand and though this sucker isn’t cheap, you know the quality is top-notch.
- Comes with USB ports
- Certified indoor-safe design
- Puts out a lot of heat
- Overkill for some
- Very pricy
- Moderate winds will blow it out
4. Trustech Space Heater
Some consumers aren’t in this game to find the fanciest battery-powered tent heater, and simply just want to find a no-frills design that just plain works. When it comes to this corded battery-powered tent heater, that’s exactly what you can expect.
At just under three pounds in total weight and with a built-in carrying handle, this is not hard to transport at all. Now, the functionality, as alluded to, is pretty basic. All you have is high heat, low heat, and a natural wind fan mode. It’s very easy to operate, but the temperature control range isn’t very wide.
As to be expected, safety was a priority when this tent heater was designed. On top of the staple protection technologies such as tip-over protection and overheat protection, this has also been made with flame retardant material and also adopts PTC technology.
All in the meanwhile, this isn’t very noisy during operation. Oh, and the price is also affordable making this a high-value pick. Some customers have had longevity issues, though, so it might not be the best option if you’ll need it all the time.
- The heat output is good
- Great safety features
- Some have had longevity problems
- Temperature control is limited
- Some won’t like the basic design
5. Costway Oil-Filled Heater
Yet another tremendous corded battery-powered tent heater, if you will, this is a really nice choice if you need to heat a larger tent that’s possibly sleeping five or six people. It comes with a maximum power rating of 1500 watts, three different heat settings to use, and an adjustable thermostat.
Meeting your needs is fairly easy with this design, in other words, thanks to the adjustability. For a tent, it should produce enough heat. Then again, for a really large tent, there are oil-filled heaters on the market that will produce more heat than this. Still, it’ll be optimal for most tents.
Speaking for the portability of this corded battery-powered tent heater, it comes with four caster wheels and a front carrying handle to make life easier. A nice and nifty feature, as well, is the ability to wrap the wire when the heater’s not in use.
Of course, we can’t go without mentioning the great safety features present here. For improved safety, this comes with overheating and tip-over protection. If the temperature gets too high or the heater is tilted to the ground at a certain angle, the power will be disconnected.
- Portable and lightweight
- Tremendous safety
- Great heating functionality
- Could heat more quickly
- No timer included
- Other brands generate more heat
Frequently asked questions
Are heaters safe to use in a tent?
It just seems unsafe to use a heater in a tent, doesn’t it? Here’s the good news, corded battery-powered tent heaters and others can be safe to use inside of a tent. This is mostly thanks to the safety features that you’ll see in them, but it’s also wise to take precautions yourself.
For example, be sure to place the tent heater in a safe place. Keep it a safe distance away from the sides of the tent and any bedding or clothing inside. Also, it’s probably best to avoid sleeping with a heater on all night. Being awake while it’s operating is the safest option.
Are propane heaters safe to use in a tent?
Okay, so if corded battery-powered tent heaters seem unsafe to use inside tents, then propane heaters seem really unsafe to use inside of them. Here’s the deal, the biggest issue with them is carbon monoxide. Gas heaters will emit carbon monoxide, so how can you avoid poisoning with them inside of your tent?
For starters, tents come with a lot of ventilation. The material itself offers natural ventilation and while it seems counter-intuitive to have a heater with ventilation as you don’t want the heat to escape, it can come in handy in tents.
Secondly, some propane heaters will come with the ability to detect when oxygen gets low and will then shut off accordingly. Also, you can buy a carbon monoxide monitor and place it inside the tent to alert you when the levels of the gas are unsafe.
Do electric heaters produce carbon monoxide?
This question plays off of the last one. When it comes to an electric battery-powered tent heater, there’s not going to be any danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. Due to such, we don’t blame anyone for wanting to stick with such tent heaters. And there are three really good ones that we picked out above.
Can electric heaters cause fires?
Without question, the fear of using a space heater inside a tent is something catastrophic happening that causes a fire. Let’s just be real here, though, electric space heaters aren’t walking fire hazards. They do have the potential of starting a fire, but built-in safety features help to prevent this.
Two of the most notable are overheat protection and tip-over protection. Basically, both do exactly what you’d think they’d do. Overheat protection will cause a heater to shut off if it gets hotter than it’s supposed to get (internally), and tip-over protection will cause a heater to power off if it tips over and falls down and when it reaches an unsafe angle. Two essential safety technologies for sure.