Optimus H-5210 Infrared Quartz Radiant Heater

Added on 12/16/2008
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Optimus H-5210 Infrared Quartz Radiant Heater 3

Some of the reviews give the impression that this little heater will heat a small room but I disagree. I ordered one because of the positive reviews and the low price and I am happy with it but please get real. Using the 400 Watt setting and putting it on the floor directly in front of you creates a silent lower leg warming device that's very compact and looks to be fairly well built considering the low price. It's less effective up higher and using both bulbs(800 Watt Setting) will spin your electric meter around arousing the attention of your landlord as would a device that had a fan and made noise. So in that regard this is a very handy unit. According to the directions there are no user serviceable parts so when it fails or one of the bulbs burns out, you'll have to send it back to the factory with a $15.00 dollar check for handling(if the failure occurs in the 1st year but not in the 1st 30 days). Keep in mind that that does not include your shipping charges which should be in the ten dollar range. If the failure occurs in the 1st 30 days all you have to do is ship it to the store you bought from for a refund or replacement(you'll still be out the shipping). If the failure occurs between years two and three then the handling charge goes up to 20 dollars. For all practical purposes this means that when the product fails, it's history. This includes a bulb burning out.

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Optimus H-5210 Infrared Quartz Radiant Heater 4

This is a good heater. It is great for the garage where you don't want to heat the entire air space. It warms like the sun, so if you stand next to it you definitely feel heat. Works as described.

I only wish for 2 things:

1. A thermostat.

2. It could be built out of nicer plastic. This plastic feels like if you drop it it WILL break. I do not know this for sure, but I am not going to test it if I can help it.

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Optimus H-5210 Infrared Quartz Radiant Heater 5

A fine little quartz heater, the top element heats first and when running it on HI it consumes only 800 watts, about half of most quartz heaters. Very light in weight, silent, it warms you quickly and does a great job! Far better than the little $20 reflector unit made by the same company (the heater that looks like a little fan), I got both and THIS is the one to buy!!

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Optimus H-5210 Infrared Quartz Radiant Heater 5

nice little heater works well , if it holds up to daily use will be a great
deal, checked output with kil a watt meter 398 watts on low 796 watts on
high, for the last 4 years have been using oil filled radiator heaters
have now switched to infared radiant heaters like this one, they feel
twice as warm for the same electric cost, must be within two to three feet
to get full effect from this heater, i am going on line to buy a second
one, dont know how long the quartz tubes will last or if they are replaceable guess i will find out.

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Optimus H-5210 Infrared Quartz Radiant Heater 5

This is a good deal. Mine has worked fine for the 8 months or so I have had it. I like quartz heaters for when I am working in one place, like at the computer. They don't heat the room air very well--they only heat what they are pointed at. This one has 2 heat settings, and the low setting is 400 watts, which is lower than other brands. I keep it 3 feet away and it keeps me warm for 4-5 cents an hour. There is no fan--something almost all the others have. I like this. The unit works silently.

Two things to consider: The safety switch on the bottom is a push button that turns off the heater if it falls over. It only needs to be extended very slightly, however, to break the circuit. This means that if it is on an uneven surface the heater may not come on. I wrapped a little tape on mine to make the plunger a bit longer so it would sit on an uneven stool. Make sure if you do this you do not defeat the switch. It is there for a reason.

Also, the control wheel on the side cannot be read from in front of the heater (Design team!). I used a magic marker on the edge of the wheel: dash, double dash, and zero--for low, high and off.

OK, I am a bit anal....

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