Best Garage Heater – Use EV Charger Outlet – Review, Test and Options
It is the new air, g56 240 volt portable electric heater. There are actually a number of heaters that im guessing are made by the same manufacturer, but have different names slapped on them, so you know pick one so thats it video over done all right. So this is a quick review and test of the new air. G56. 240 volt portable electric heater that im using for my garage what other heater options i considered and why i chose this one and how to make this work. If you have an existing 240 volt electric outlet, but these plug things dont match up so well. The outlet thats where the electricity comes out. Oh you mean the holes. Okay. G56 stands for 5600 watts, which is about as much as you can get and still remain portable by the way for you brits out there thats about 19 000 btu, one watt equals 3.41 btu so 5600 times 3.41 equals 19100 btu. The biggest reason i chose a 240 volt heater is that i already installed a 240 volt circuit in my garage for my ev, but after looking at all the options, i think using the 240 volt electric is still the best option. I also go through how to make this nema 1450r outlet work with the nema 630 heater plug. Why this heater well lets look at the options. First option was for 120 volt heater, but they top out at about 1500 watts, which is pretty lame for a garage.
If youre standing right next to it, okay, but really it wont heat the space up when it gets into the low 40s. Next options were propane or kerosene. The kerosene torpedoes throw out fantastic heat, like 50 000 btu for their size and price, but they are gassy its really not safe to run these without ventilation, and if you have ventilation in the winter, well its going to be cold. I dont know i really dont want to leave the garage door open and be working in hot carbon monoxide gases. If i dont have to propane is also a really good, cheap solution, it throws out a ton of heat, its really convenient. You can just hook. One of these things up to your propane tank that you have for the grill and youre good to go once again, though youre burning gas, which means what ventilation same problem next up is natural gas. This is the top of the line solution. It is what most home furnaces use. It is also the most costly to purchase and install because you need a gas line and if it needs electric, its own electric circuit and again because youre burning gas, it also needs to be vented to the outside. So that brings me back to 240 volt. Electric. Only heaters 5600 watts is the most powerful heater that i found. That is still portable next steps. Pretty much are 7 500 watts, 10 000 watts, which will heat up to a thousand square feet and fifteen thousand watts which will heat up to about fifteen hundred square feet.
Fifty six hundred watts requires about 23 amps, 7 500 watts requires 31 amps. 10, 000 watts requires 43 amps. 15 000 watts requires almost 63 amps. I have a 50 amp circuit, so could have easily gone with the 10 000 watt, and my two car garage would be seriously toasty. So why not well im just not out here that often in the winter and they are pricey in about the 500 range? I also tested the small one out last year and it was just fine if it gets down into the 20s outside. I can just put it somewhere facing in my direction and its perfectly capable also, i believe i paid about 120 dollars for this okay, so lets say you have an ev and a 240 volt outlet already installed in your garage. Well, congrats youre, like this close to being done. I know for a tesla, they use a nema 1450 receptacle and these electric heaters use the nema 630. Well, if you want the super quick solution, just buy this adapter. Unfortunately, youre kind of stuck with six to seven feet of cord length. Now, if you want to save a few dollars and add some length to that cord, build your own youll need this plug and receptacle, and some cord with three wires. Eight gauge minimum. If youre going more than a few feet, you would be better off with six gauge, then just follow this wiring diagram yeah. I remove that one blade for the white wire as its unnecessary for this and thats.
It youve got a way better garage, heater solution. As a matter of fact, youve got the best garage heater, so the heater comes with this nema 630p p stands for plug r stands for receptacle, so anyway, this is a nema 630. However, typical 240 volt electric outlets, especially for electric vehicles, come with the 1450.. At least they do for the tesla im kind of assuming that they do for everything else, im not sure, but the same kind of principles apply anyway. You might end up with a different plug because you had a different application when they installed your 240 volt electric line, or maybe you did it yourself and its different than what these guys had intended when they put their plugs together. Okay, what i ended up with was putting together my own converter adapter, with an extension on it. This adds about four extra feet of cable. I used a six gauge cable, because that is what i used here, and this this is about a hundred foot run all the way to my electric box in the other corner of the house. I do plan on putting another video on that on how i installed this sucker anyway. What this does now is youve got the 1450 plug on this end, which matches up with the 1450 receptacle here. Oh again, i noted this is unneeded. This is for a white wire. We dont need four wires here. We only need three so that guy plugs in there youve got the 630 receptacle here.
This guy plugs in here boom ready to go again. Whats nice about making your own adapter is that you can make it a little bit longer this uh. I installed this a little bit further off the ground, so you, you know you lose some length if you want to run this heater somewhere on the ground. So it comes with about a six foot cord and if i wanted to run it way over here, because im working on my car on this side of the garage uh well, you can see im actually stretching that a little bit more than i need that. I should uh now i can do that and actually now that i look at this, i probably should have made this cord a little bit longer. Even i thought four feet was going to give me everything i needed, but um its, not as good as it could be. I might actually make that extension cord a little bit bigger again if youre using six gauge cable. You can run that thing pretty far, especially with this heater this heater again, it pulls about 23 amps and 23 amps. You could probably get away with eight gauge, cable and and still run a number of feet with it. However, uh, where i really plan to run this heater is up on this shelf. Like i did for the test, you know i made that little shelf just because its kind of out of the way in the back of the garage – and this may look kind of bad because its a little dangerous, oh its kind of close and contacting the the Bike over here, but the outside uh chassis of this heater is stays like completely cool.
I mean its barely warm, even after its run for a long time, theres just a lot of uh space in between those heating coils and the outer case there so and the fan blows pretty hard. So the heat isnt staying there, the heats getting blown out of the fan, so theres really no concern there. So anyway, when i was putting this together, while i did think im going to be putting this on the ground, my main intention was being able to leave it just up there on the shelf, and i wanted to be able to easily run a cord to the Outlet there anyway, i do have room to run this around a little bit more so that when it gets really cold in here again, if it gets into the 20s in this garage, i can run this heater for a long time and easily get the temperature up. 20 or so degrees 20 30 degrees, not that big of a deal. However, it would be nice to have the heater a little closer, so it can be pointing and really blowing that hot air. You know on me, as i said, i dont spend a lot of time in here in the winter anyway uh. You know when i really work on things in the car, its usually in the summertime and if its super cold ill, just wait for a warmer day. Its really not that big of a deal for me, however, if you want a bigger heater, you know just go up to the 7500, go up to the 10 000 watt.
The only difference there again is that its not going to be as portable as this one. This ones great, because you just pick it up, move it around build a little shelf for it. I could have just used pegboard hooks and hooked it onto something else, its really nice, the other options you know youve got to put some space together. You know maybe up in the corner of your garage up high, which is fine. You know, then you got to run a longer extension or maybe get the outlet closer to it. Thats the only issue, but you know it can be done its really, not that big of a deal. I i still you know just love these 240 volt electric heaters. I really think these are the best options. Okay, so the controls are pretty basic for this thing. When its on auto, that means you use a thermostat, you know theres, no temperature controls here, but high means its going to be on blowing heat all the time. Anything in between is basically whatever temperature its at. So if youre comfortable with where the room is, you start backing this off until the unit turns off, and then it will maintain the temperature in the room at that setting pretty simple. If you turn it on, the fan is going to blow constantly its not going to shut off, whereas in auto it will turn on or off to to maintain that temperature that you set thats, really it pretty simple, all right, pretty cold outside about 35 about 48.
In here just kicked on the garage, heater Applause put it on high auto. I dont remember this case getting hot last year, uh when i tried this out and um. You know im just i didnt have this bike here or anything like that. I just built this little shelf a little heater shelf for it and Music. I dont think its going to get too hot for this bike. Tire or actually thats, all thats, really touching it, but i dont think itll get too hot lets see, though 7 10 see how long it takes to get the temperature up in here. Okay running about half an hour, now im going to shut it down, not that loud but um. You know like a about like that size fan on high thats about what it sounds like you know, its not like any super quiet fan its been about half an hour, yeah 7 43. What was it 7, 10, so about 30 minutes or so 33 minutes? And we are up about 55 56 degrees, which feels way better in here a two car garage insulated on both sides. This is really just shares. One wall with the house. Most of this is not connected at all. Also ceilings are high. This is about a ten and a half foot ceiling, so uh there is a little more space, maybe than most garages, so not bad at all. I, like it and you know again, electric theres, no fumes any of the gas type heaters in that its going to smell like something you know, youre burning something, and they say that its safe, but man it.
How? How? How really is it that safe, i dont, think so not as safe as this. This is just really just heating up elements: heating up air, so um nice, so please like and subscribe ive got a few other things coming first off. How did i put that 240? Volt electric line in here all right, video on that uh whole makeover, garage makeover, video coming soon.