NOMA Block Heater Cord
Great product. You will save on your bills.
It worth it. I bought two for me and my wife last year. We live in Winnipeg also called "Winterpeg"...
I programmed it in "AC" MODE.
- The timer activates the load only when the folloewing two conditions are met:
1 The temperature is below -10
2 The program on time p is reached
For instructionsn on how to set the program ON time and the program ending time please refer to the Auto Mode fucntion
- The program indicator will be turned on after the ON time and the ending time have been programmed.
- When the program ending time is not yet reached, the load will be deactivated if the temperature rises above -7 and will be activated again if the temperature drops below -10. Once the prgram ending time is reached the load will be deactivated regardless of the temperature.
Auto and Temperature Control Mode
Press the "MODE" button and the LED will display "AU". Press the "MODE" button again and the LED will display "AC". press the "ENTER" button to confirm.
PROS: I never had any problem with the battery as some have said. I didn't have to reprogram the units even after 2 years. I mean after storing them the whole summer, the clock is still right on when I plug them back in the wall.
January 1, 2013
Timer that is not really a timer
WHEN I PURCHASED THIS ITEM.. "PROGRAMABLE TIMER. I EXPECTED TO BE ABLE TO PROGRAM MULTIPLE SET TIMES SO I COULD HAVE IT COME ON 3 TIMES A DAY for a couple of hours . l HAD ONE THAT DID THIS.. I HAD IT COME ON AND SHUT OFF AT TIMES I SET ON IT. THIS PRODUCT HAS "ONE TIME" SETTING... IMPRACTICAL.
The -10 C setting is too warm for Winnipeg the averages is much lower Temperature during winter..I suggest -18 to -20 to come on .
Hopefully Canadian Tire will allow me to return this product for my money back
December 29, 2012
Purchased 2 of them. GREAT buy!
Purchased 2 of these 2 years ago for two trucks. Have absolutely no complaints other than wish the temperature mode was adjustable. Live in Northern Ontario where winters can get down to -40C easy. These have never failed me.
One of the biggest complaints i see in reviews is unit losing time and/or resetting. I have my unit plugged into an extension cord which is then plugged into outlet. If you are having troubles with this issue, try using an extension cord to bridge unit to outlet. Read somewhere else this seems to work for this complaint. NEVER had an issue in 2 years with either of these units.
November 28, 2012
Clock loses 10+ minutes PER DAY.
Don't buy it. Mine loses time so badly that by the third day after re-re-re-programming it, the clock is so far off as to be unusable. The buttons don't work at -13C or colder. I bought this at the end of winter last year and did not try it out until this year so I cannot return it. It's both a waste of money and landfill space.
November 28, 2012
Great concept, absolutely useless product
Made the mistake of not reading the reviews for this product before purchasing it. Read the reviews! For the most part, they're not written by people prone to 'user error' or frustrated rants.
Added it to my shopping list on my iPhone app and waited for it to go on sale. Thankfully I opened the packaging very delicately so I can promptly return it tomorrow.
Right out of the packaging it does not do or respond to anything described in the instructions. It simply increases the time in rapid 15 minute increments and doesn't behave as the instructions suggest it should whatsoever.
Beyond the fact that the product doesn't do anything, the advertising is misleading. Even if it miraculously functioned properly, it won't turn on and off based on temperature alone. The temperature function must be used in conjunction with programmed on and off times.
As I do not directly pay for the power consumed by the outlet at my parking stall I don't really care if my block heater runs 24/7 all winter and for this reason I will be returning this unfortunate product and purchasing the least expensive extension cord that has a light to provide feedback so as to indicate whether the outlet is indeed live.
I wish Canadian Tire would pull products with multiple, legitimate negative reviews and save everyone the time and money wasted on such items.
November 9, 2012
Don't do it. Just don't.
I SO wish I had saved my receipt. Even more, I wish I had read the warning-reviews. This NOMA product fails miserably at its sole function: acting as a timer. On the very first night it started losing time. By day 2 it was pushing 40 minutes off-schedule. By day three it was so far off it wasn't even effective.
The Edmonton Kingsway store had sold so many of them last winter, the only one left was "on-hold" for a staff member. That's the one I got. I saved him the hassle of owning a $20 piece of junk. I SO wish I had saved my receipt.
Don't do it. Just don't.
November 2, 2012
sort of works...
Like others, I experienced quality problems with this timer cord. I did, however, discover a couple things about them. First, although they have long cords and are marketed as "cords," these seem to work much better if i treated them as in-line timers. When I was plugging my car directly into the base, it would be constantly loosing the time or stop working altogether. However, once I put another extension cord in between the timer and the car, and just hung the timer on the wall, it worked fine. Kept almost perfect time all winter, and never once stopped working. Still, very suspect build quality if you cant use them as they're intended to be used. My guess is direct use shakes them around too much?
While I got the straight timer part working fine, the temperature sensor never worked for me. Although I did have them in my (uninsulated) garage, even days at -30 did not activate them in temp mode. Overall, these are obviously very poorly made products, but not a total loss for me as I got mine to mostly work / it was on sale.
May 29, 2012
Poor design, poor quality - worst ever.
I was excited when I saw this, since my truck's block heater does not have a thermostat. Thought I'd save some energy.
For one, the way it's designed to be used seems ridiculous, I can't remember the ins and outs, but I wanted mine to just come on, regardless of time, if it dropped below the preset temperature.
I don't know if just setting it to warm up before you drive is the best policy, if it's really cold and an older vehicle, don't you want the thing to cycle on and off to keep it from getting too cold? That's what I thought I wanted, anyway.
The programming is counter-intuitive and confusing. You don't seem to be able to program it in one mode then swap to another, without losing the program in the other mode.
Endlessly infuriating, and yes, it loses time like no tomorrow, and after plugging it in again a couple of weeks later, it's flashing 'c' within a few minutes.
Took it back. Bad product, bad design.
February 17, 2012
retains programming during power interruption
I LOVE that I can program this indoors, where it is warm and I can use my fingers to press the buttons without big bulky gloves, and I can take my time and read the directions and make sure that it is programmed correctly, and I can see clearly without my glasses frosting over and the wind making my eyes water and my hair blowing in my face.
THEN I can unplug it, take it outside, plug it in again, and it retains all the settings so I don't have to program it outside in the dark at minus 47. It's also nice to know that when the power goes out, or flickers, the programming won't reset.
This is an especially important feature when there are four timers to program and it is minus 51 windchill.
January 18, 2012
Worked for a year
Bought last year and worked great. Time was only out by 10 minutes after taking out of storage. Used it 1 day this year and now will not turn on.
January 17, 2012
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