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Old 12-06-2009, 05:10 AM
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Kats Battery Pad Heater & Oil Pan Heater

I discovered this little jem on line. Is anyone using these with succeess? Seems to me a keeping the batteries happy and warm would help almost as much as the block heater. I think I will add the oil pan heater pad too. The whole setup should still be less than 15 amps.

Battery pad:
Kat's Battery Pad & Blanket Heaters -22100, 22200,* 22400, 22401, 22500, 22600, 22700,

Oil Pan Heater
Kat's 24250 silicone Hot pad oil pan heater 250 watt 120 volt

Any feedback would be great. I plan to test the set up next week in Northern MN on my bobcat hunting trip! Cant stand the thought of losing a day hunting because the truck wont start!

In addition, I like the benefit of knowing the oil will be warm at start up!
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:26 AM
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The truck will start fine in temps to 20 below if your GP system is operating correctly. I would start by troubleshooting it first. Unless you are going to be in temps of 25 below or colder I really don't think there is a need for these, but hey it hardly gets cold where I live compared to there.

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Old 12-06-2009, 09:44 PM
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Im in Canada where its get to -40 C in the winter. I run an oil pan heater in mine only because I run 15/40 and it hammers when really cold. My buddies run synthetic oil and its no problem. As for batterie blankets, there a waste of time if batteries are in good shape, trouble is if there not thats when your going to find out. Hope that helps.
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:09 PM
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After installing the battery pads, at -20F with fresh 15-40 Rotella, it starts up like it is in the 55 degree garage. Well worth the $50. The temp at the FPHE in the VO kit is 100 degrees in minutes, blowing heat out of the heater core almost immediately.

I wired it up with a three post terminal board so the block heater and battery pads are all on one plug. The batteries were barely warm to the touch when I went to sart it. Must be just enough heat at 60 Watts each. Works good.

I wanted to post this update for those who may be interested.
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Old 12-24-2009, 06:18 PM
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Well worth the $50. The temp at the FPHE in the VO kit is 100 degrees in minutes, blowing heat out of the heater core almost immediately.

I wired it up with a three post terminal board so the block heater and battery pads are all on one plug. The batteries were barely warm to the touch when I went to sart it. Must be just enough heat at 60 Watts each. Works good.

I wanted to post this update for those who may be interested.
$50? they say $65 on the site for just the oil pan heater.

Can you post a pic of your install? I am interested in the oil pan heater. Would be nice if between the block heater and the pan heater I could cut my switch overs down a bunch.
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Old 12-25-2009, 03:50 AM
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Why are you wanting a oil pan heater is North Texas?????
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Old 12-25-2009, 08:16 AM
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For the past month or so its been 20 to 40 degrees and my truck takes 10 miles or so to get up to temp for (where I feel safe) switching to VO. DFA says its safe to switch much sooner then I do but why chance it? when its 70+ out I switch over in 2 to 4 miles. so the sooner its up to temp, the less money I spend on diesel.

My truck starts fine with as cool as its been, just looking to cut some miles off switchover.
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Old 12-25-2009, 09:38 AM
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Just plug it in. It will be blowing heat at startup at 20-40 degrees.
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