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Vvkb Engine Heaters

Keeping your engine warm in the coldest conditions

VvkbEngine Block Heaters are lightweight, robust, and compact heating systems that fit virtually all engine compartments for rapid and consistent heating. With an in-built pump and self-regulating thermostat, the Vvkb Engine Heaters reduce engine wear due to cold starting and reduce excess emissions and fuel consumption.

As a premier engine block heater and coolant heater manufacturer, VVKB designs and manufactures maintenance-free engine heaters for all vehicles including buses, cars, and trucks, ATVs, Tractors.

Vvkb has a range of engine heaters: the Titan-P1 engine block heater, Titan-B1 engine block heaters, Titan-P2 engine block heaters, Titan-P3 engine block heater, Titan-P4 engine block heater, Titan-P5 engine block heater, and Titan-P6 engine block heaters.

Contact the VVKB support team and get a quick quote on any VVKB engine block heater.

Why Vvkb Engine Heaters

Vvkb Aims to Be The Best Engine Heater Manufacturer in The Market

Vvkb Engine Heater Disassembly and Parts

This video shows the disassembly of a Vvkb engine heater and how the parts fit together. This will help you better understand how an engine heater is made and functions.

How to Install a Vvkb engine block heater in your vehicle

This step-by-step video will show you how to install the Vvkb engine block heaters in your car or truck.

A Detailed Introduction to Vvkb Engine Block Heaters

Why do you need an engine heater?

First, it is important to understand how an engine functions under different temperature conditions.

When temperatures drop to 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit) the fluidity of normal engine oil begins to deteriorate.

When this happens, the engine oil is unable to quickly and effectively lubricate the main parts of the engine when cold starting. This lack of lubrication is hard on the engine and can lead to premature engine wear.

When the temperature drops to 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit) the fluidity of normal-grade engine oil becomes even worse and the metal parts within the engine begin to suffer from the effects of thermal expansion and contraction due to temperature differentials between parts.

Cars using engine heaters

 

Starting the engine at this low of temperature will not only begin to cause wear to engine parts, but will also increase fuel consumption and the emission of pollutants.

When the temperature drops to 0 degrees Celsius(32 degrees Fahrenheit) only low viscosity engine oil should be used. The thermal expansion and contraction stresses on the engine is further increased and the battery’s reactive chemical processes and power begins to decline.

When the temperature drops below -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) low viscosity of engine oil begins to also suffer from fluidity problems, and the thermal expansion and contraction of engine parts is even further increased causing even greater engine wear.

The battery’s power is also decreased so much so that it can begin to have difficulty sending sufficient power to the starter to rotate the camshaft. This often requires multiple attempts from the driver to start the vehicle.

If you continue to cold start the vehicle under these conditions you will begin to notice a significant increase in fuel consumption.

In addition, every time you attempt to start the vehicle and fail, there will be black incompletely burned fuel that is discharged into the air with the exhaust gas causing pollution to environmental air quality.

Engine Heater for Construction Machinery

Under normal temperature conditions, it only takes the engine a short amount of time to get up to efficient operating temperatures.

However, under low temperature conditions it may take more than 10 minutes for the engine to reach proper operating temperature and provide heat to the passenger cabin using a standard car heating system.

Drivers in this situation either resort to driving with bulky heavy winter clothing which inhibits reaction times and comfort, or they start the car and let it idle in place for 10 minutes in order to let the engine temperature rise and the heater to warm the passenger cabin.

Repeatedly starting the engine in this fashion increases both fuel consumption and engine wear.

When the temperature drops to -20 degrees Celsius or below (-4 degrees Fahrenheit) the thermal expansion and contraction effects on engine parts becomes quite severe.

Some engines (especially diesel engines) will not be able to operate normally if auxiliary heating equipment is not employed.

Battery power becomes severely decreased without aide from an auxiliary heating device, and after several cold start attempts there may exist insufficient power to start the engine anymore.

Even if the engine is successfully started, the great degree of thermal expansion and contraction within it will cause severe wear and tear on engine parts.

This is one of the reasons for the high failure rate of vehicles driven in the winter.

By simply installing an engine heater all of these negative effects from cold starting can be mitigated. The heater will allow the engine to quickly reach operating temperatures permitting oil to efficiently flow throughout the engine and lubricate the engines pistons and piston rings.

In addition, it will reduce fuel consumption and pollution on start up and the wear and tear that occurs from repeatedly cold starting a vehicle.

The benefits of installing an engine heater can save drivers thousands of dollars in engine damage.

Engine Block Heater

All in all, that’s why we need an engine heater or engine block heater to warm up the engine at low temperatures to protect the engine from much wear and also save much cost.

After heating up the engine, the engine temperature will rise, and then the oil will thaw; the oil will return back to normal fluidity, and the cooperation between the engine parts such as the engine piston and the piston ring will start to work normally again.

Meanwhile, the engine start is restored to work normally too.

In this way, with the engine heater, customers can save a lot of fuel consumption and reduce a lot of exhausted gas pollution.

Moreover, the failure rate of the vehicle start in winter will greatly reduce.

Using engine heaters can help drivers save more than $5,000 per year including various vehicle costs.

So in the following, we will have a brief introduction of different types of engine heaters.

Engine block heaters can be roughly divided into three categories

First one is the Diesel Engine heater

Gasoline engine coolant heater

We can say fuel coolant heater or diesel coolant heater.

It’s a kind of heater that heats up the engine’s coolant by burning diesel.

The advantages of the diesel engine heater are that it can work without an external power supply and it’s very fuel-economical, which only consumes 0.5L per hour.

The diesel coolant heater has a minimum power of 5 kW and can produce a lot of heat. The diesel coolant heats the coolant and the air in the compartment, so it works better and more efficiently than the parking lot heater series Vvkb diesel heater Apollo -V series.

When the diesel coolant heater is working, the engine and the entire circulation system can be heated to more than 30 degrees Celsius.

In this way, when turning on the vehicle’s own heating system, it can provide enough heat for the driving cabin as well as sleeping cabin, completely solving the problem of the heating issue when parking in the cold winter, and can keep providing heat and warmth for the engine.

The Vvkb diesel coolant heater Apollo-C series have passed CE, RoHS, and FCC certification.

Diesel Engine Heater

We select advanced technology and good raw material for parts to support the quality of our coolant heater. The heater works with 32-bit chip control system, making the operation smoother and faster.

The main heater and the control panel are using CAN communication technology, which makes every working step more accurate.

The motor speed reaches 9000 revolutions per minute. Using a spiral exhaust pipe, the working noise can be greatly decreased.

Different types of pipes

The rated voltage of the Vvkb diesel engine heater Apollo-C series is 12V or 24V, while their rated power varies to be suitable for different kinds of sizes and to achieve different requirements from different customers.

Therefore, the Vvkb diesel engine heater Apollo-C series have 5KW, 9KW, and 12KW.

Vvkb diesel engine heater Apollo-C series is suitable for a wide range of vehicles, such as trucks, construction vehicles, large tractors, etc.

Besides warming up the engine parts and vehicle cabin, the Vvkb diesel engine heater Apollo-C series can also heat up water, so can provide hot water for people for daily use.

The pipes and radiators can be connected with a heated liquid to provide heat to the room or any special space.

Vvkb Diesel Hot Water System

The second type of engine heater is the engine heater with the electric heating element.

According to different structures and designation, this kind of engine block heater can again be divided into following three types.

Auxiliary circulating engine block heater with built-in pump.

Here we have Vvkb heater products — Vvkb Titan series

They are kind of engine block heaters with built-in pumps, those we can also call block heater.

It needs to use an external power supply.

When the electric heating element is heating, the built-in water pump can deliver the heated coolant to the engine to provide heat to the engine.

To guarantee the safety issue, the Vvkb block heater Titan series also has a temperature control system in the heater.

Engine Preheater Titan-P1 installation diagram

When the engine coolant temperature reaches 65 degree Celsius(149 degrees Fahrenheit), the built-in pump will stop working and the heating function of the block heater will also stop working, while when the engine coolant temperature is below 45 degree Celsius(113 degrees Fahrenheit), the built-in pump and the heater will automatically start to work again.

However, considering that some customers need the pump to work all the time, Vvkb can also provide the customers with a semi-customized heater that can keep the built-in pump working all the time.

Vvkb engine block heaters all have passed TUV, CE, FCC, and RoHS certifications.

Compared to other types of in line coolant heaters, Vvkb engine block heaters warm up the engine faster, have higher heat efficiency and also is much safer.

Non circulating engine block heater (VVKB in line coolant heaters Titan-P6)

Vvkb non circulating engine block heater Titan-P6 is different from other Vvkb engine block heaters. It does not have a built-in pump, so it is a completely thermally cycling one.

It has a check valve design to prevent heated liquid from flowing back. But Vvkb inline heater Titan-P6 is also somewhere similar to other Vvkb engine block heaters— it also has a temperature sensor inside the heater.

When the temperature reaches 65 degrees Celsius, the heater will stop working automatically. When the temperature is below 45 degrees Celsius, it will automatically start working again.

This temperature sensor design is to guarantee the safety when using the heater.

By using the electric heating tube as heating elements, Vvkb inline heater Titan-P6 can warm up the engine cooling system, quickly with high heating efficiency.

Bolt on heater (Vvkb block heater Titan-P7)

bolt on external heater

This kind of Vvkb bolt on external heater is just installed on the freeze plug hole, the coolant directly is heated.
It has a simple structure, without the built-in pump, no outer housing, and no temperature controller inside the heater, and it usually has low-rated power, such as 400W.
The installation of the bolt on external heater is tedious and requires the removal of the engine freeze plug and the installation of the bolt on external heater in the freeze plug hole, which requires professionally installed.

The third is PTC coolant heater.

EV PTC Heater

Vvkb coolant heater Titan-B series uses PTC as the heating element, and there are built-in pumps and non circulating types to choose from.
When the temperature reaches what we have set, the PTC heating element will automatically reduce the power; thus the heater will turn into lower power to work.
The most widely used scenario for PTC coolant heaters is the heating of electric vehicle batteries and cockpits.

PTC heater working diagram
PTC heater working diagram

Vvkb has been developing PTC heating elements in the automotive field since 2010 and successfully designed Titan-B1 engine heater in 2016. It now has obtained EU patent, German patent and TUV certification.
Vvkb coolant heaters have been supplied to a number of electric vehicle factories for use.

At present, Vvkb is again investing a lot in PTC field, especially studying with PTC’s performance and applications.

 

Different models of Vvkb engine block heaters

Vvkb Engine block heater Titan-B1

Engine Heater

During the 27 years of engine heater production and sales, Vvkb has accumulated a lot of experience and obtained a lot of customers’ needs and feedback from the market.

According to those requirements and feedbacks from different customers, Vvkb starts to focus more on the products itself, trying to make more progress to improve it.

At the same time, Vvkb has also seen the irreversible impact on the environment from people’s production activities.

Since 2012, Vvkb has been looking for new heating elements with better heating efficiency and more environmentally friendly that can replace the traditional heating tubes.

At the beginning of the selection, Vvkb found that there were many materials that can replace original electric heating tubes.

However, with a depth of research and lots of test, we found that most of the alternative materials are not competent.

They can be easily affected or broken under the harsh environment. In an accidental situation, Vvkb engineers were exposed to PTC ceramics and start to test its performance and function.

Engine Heater Dimensional Drawing
Vvkb Engine Block Heater Titan-B1 External Dimensional Drawing

After several times discussions among engineer, they reach an agreement that PTC ceramics can be used to replace the original heating tubes in engine block heaters.

After four years of research and practical testing, at last, we launched a new engine block heater called Titan-B1 in 2016.

Vvkb engine block heaters Titan-B1 use PTC ceramics as heating elements, which can warm coolant so quickly.

With the built-in magnetic water pump, Vvkb engine block heater Titan-B1 can greatly improve heat efficiency, and reduce the heat loss.

PTC, as the heating element, has a special characteristic– after reaching the certain temperature, the resistance of the PTC ceramic will be greatly increased.

In this way, the heater power decreases.

And because of this characteristics, it does not require a built-in temperature sensor anymore.

Heat map of conventional cars

And this simple structure makes Vvkb Titan-B1 engine preheater service life be greatly extended. Vvkb Titan-B1 engine preheater has already passed TUV, CE, RoHS, FCC certifications.

To make it suitable for different countries, Vvkb Titan-B1 engine preheater is produced with rated voltage 110V-120V or 220V-240V and has rated power 500W;1000W;1500W.

VVKB Titan-B1 engine preheater is universal, which is suitable for a wide range of vehicles. Its interface size is 16 mm or can say 0.63 inches.

It is suitable for different kinds of small cars, ATVs, diesel engines, 4 X 4 off-road vehicles, and small marine engines as well as small generator sets and a variety of equipment that requires heating up liquids.

Except for this VVKB Titan-B1 engine preheater, we can also customize heaters for electric vehicles.

Vvkb Engine Block Heater Titan-P1

Vvkb engine block heater Titan-P1, with built-in water pump, it has a compact structure with lightweight.

It is easy to install, only need to cut off a coolant hose in the vehicle warm air system, and connect the heater in series to the cooling system.

Make sure to discharge the air inside the heater and coolant hose before starting to work.

Then the heater can work normally.

Engine Preheater

Vvkb engine block heater Titan-P1 consists of an electric heating tube, a built-in water pump, temperature sensors, and an electrical cord.

In order to control the temperature more precisely and accurately, we have designed two separate temperature sensors on the Vvkb engine block heater Titan-P1, to make the operation more reliable and safe.

That means once the first temperature sensor falls faulty, the second one will keep working. Vvkb engine block heaters Titan-P1 have been on the market since 2010.

We are happy and proud that VVKB Titan-P1 car engine heaters have solved winter vehicle start-up problems for more than 200,000 users from different cold regions around the world. And at the same time, Vvkb engine block heaters Titan-P1 help each car owner to save more than $5,000 per year in vehicle usage.

Engine Block Heater Titan-P1 Accessories Diagram
Engine Block Heater Titan-P1 Accessories Diagram

Vvkb engine block heater Titan-P1 has also passed TUV, CE, RoHS, FCC certifications.

It meets up the European Union standards as well as North American standards.

Vvkb engine block heater Titan-P1 has an annual production capacity of 100,000 sets.

We welcome dealers and distributors from all over the world to discuss business cooperation with us.

To make it suitable for different countries, Vvkb engine block heater Titan-P1 is produced with rated voltage 110V-120V or 220V-240V, and to be suitable for different sizes of vehicles, it has three kinds of rated power; they are 500W, 1000W and 1500W.

We also offer different lengths of electrical cord and different styles of plugs. However, given the distance of the vehicle from the power supply, your customer will also need a longer extension cord.

Connection Cable

And through our continuous test, Vvkb engine block heater Titan-P1 has a service life of more than 5 years.

VVKB Titan-P1 car engine heater is universal, which is suitable for a wide range of vehicle models.

Its interface size is 16 mm or can say 0.63 inches.

It is suitable for different kinds of small cars, 4 X 4 off-road vehicles and small marine engines as well as small generator sets and a variety of equipment that requires to heat up liquids.

Vvkb Engine Block Heater Titan-P2

Engine Block Heater Titan-P2

Vvkb released the Vvkb engine block heater Titan-P2 at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany.

Its advent aroused a strong interest among the show participants.

Its spiral internal structure allows the heat, which is generated by the electric heating pipe, to reach quickly inside of the engine water jacket with the circulation of the water/coolant flow.

Also, the spiral internal structure contributes to the flow of water. With reasonable built-in temperature sensor, Vvkb engine block heater Titan-P2 is able to control temperature accurately and largely guarantee the safety.

Vvkb engine block heaters Titan-P2 has obtained EU patent authorization and passed TUV, CE, RoHS, FCC certifications.

According to our test, the quality of Vvkb engine block heaters Titan-P2 takes precedence over similar products on the market.

Vvkb Engine Block Heaters Titan-P3

Based on the Vvkb’s more than 10 years of market experience and feedback from customers, and some shortcomings from the former products, Vvkb design team improved and designed the new Vvkb engine block heaters Titan-P3 in 2008 with reference to the working principle of the heating system on rice cooker.

The heating element of Vvkb engine block heater Titan-P3 is die-cast in a monolithic aluminum ingot, which can effectively increase the service life of the heating element.

What’s more, Vvkb engine block heater Titan-P3 has inherited all advantages of Vvkb’s other engine block heaters — with built-in water pump as well as the high-quality aluminum outer casing.

In order to control the temperature more precisely and accurately, we have designed two separately thermostat control/ temperature sensors on the Vvkb engine block heaters Titan-P3, to make the operation more reliable and safe.

That means once the first temperature sensor falls faulty, the second one will keep working.

Engine Block Heater

The 90 degrees angle between the water outlet and the inlet allows Vvkb engine block heater Titan-P3 to be easily placed in the compact engine compartment.

The small and compact mounting brackets allow the heater to be conveniently secured and fixed in the proper position.

This makes the installation of Vvkb engine block heaters Titan-P3 very time-saving and also labor-saving.

To make it suitable for different countries, Vvkb engine block heaters Titan-P3 is produced with rated voltage 110V-120V or 220V-240V, and to be suitable for different sizes of vehicles, it has four kinds of rated power; they are 1000W, 1500W, 2000W and 2500W.
We also equip the Vvkb engine block heater Titan-P3 with a plug style suitable for different countries.

Engine Block Heater Accessories Diagram

Vvkb engine block heater Titan-P3 is universal, which is suitable for a wide range of vehicle models. Its interface size is 16 mm or can say 0.63 inches.

It is suitable for different kinds of trucks, pickups, diesel engines, 4 X 4 off-road vehicles and marine engines as well as normal generator sets and a variety of equipment that requires to heat up liquids.

Vvkb Diesel Engine Heaters Titan-P4

Market and customer needs and requirements are always the source of motivation and creativity for Vvkb’s progress.

According to the use of the Vvkb engine block heaters Titan-P3 for nearly one year, many customers said that although the design of the inlet and outlet 90 degrees is very reasonable, for large trucks, the inlet and outlet of the engine heater should be in a straight(180 degrees) line.

Therefore, this allows the coolant to flow more smoothly. Based on this feedback from customers, we launched the Vvkb engine block heaters Titan-P4 in 2009, which has also inherited all the advantages from Vvkb engine block heaters Titan-P3: high quality of materials, die-cast electric heating elements, precise double separately ceramic temperature sensor, completely TUV-compliant electrical cord and wire cross-section as well as reliable plugs.

Engine block heater Titan-P3 installation diagram

Meanwhile, about the plig, we now have a European standard plug, American standard plug, and Australian standard plug. We also accept to customize a different kind of plug styles according to the needs of the customers.

To make it suitable for different countries, Vvkb engine block heater Titan-P4 is produced with rated voltage 110V-120V or 220V-240V, and to be suitable for different sizes of vehicles, it has four kinds of rated power; they are 1000W, 1500W, 2000W and 2500W.

Vvkb engine block heater Titan-P4 is universal, which is suitable for a wide range of vehicle models. Its interface size is 16 mm or can say 0.63 inches.

It is suitable for different kinds of trucks, diesel engines, pickups, 4 X 4 off-road vehicles and marine engines as well as large generator sets and a variety of equipment that requires to heat up liquids.

Vvkb Block Heater Titan-P5

In the winter of 1997, many users called Vvkb technical department to add a water pump to the Vvkb non circulating block heaters Titan-P6 to assist the better operation of the engine coolant.

According to the feedback from the users, Vvkb technical department simulated the working scenario of Vvkb non circulating block heaters Titan-P6.

Based on Vvkb technical department’s on-site test of the heater and the water pump. When with water pump, it takes much less time to heat the same vehicle engine up to the same temperature, and the thermal efficiency is significantly improved.

Thus, Vvkb technology department believed that adding a built-in water pump to the engine heater is a wise choice.

Engine Coolant Heater

Then in the spring of 1998, all efforts were made to develop a new engine block heaters with a built-in water pump. This action can be said to be very crazy at that time. At that time, people thought that it’s good enough for engine block heater to solve the temperature transfer problem through the thermal circulation.

And people are willing to spend this time on waiting for the heater to warm up. As factories, they don’t need to spend any more time and money on developing an engine block heater with a built-in pump that doesn’t seem to work. However, Vvkb is committed to providing users with products that conform to their need.

And also protecting the environment and making all Vvkb products more energy efficient is always Vvkb’s pursuit. According to the shape of the motor and the structure of Vvkb non circulating block heaters Titan-P6, Vvkb design group finally launched Vvkb block heater Titan-P5 after half a year.

Engine Coolant Heater Accessories Diagram

Vvkb truck block heater Titan-P5 has already been selling well on the market more than 20 years, because it solves the pain points of Vvkb non circulating block heaters Titan-P6, and help more than 1 million truck owners to solve the cold weather diesel engines easier starts issue.

Vvkb truck block heater Titan-P5 is available in different styles of plugs and voltages. We can customize the voltage and plug style to meet your country’s standards.

 

Engine coolant heater Titan-P5 installation diagram

The Vvkb truck block heater Titan-P5 has a 16 mm (5/8″) inlet and outlet fitting. It is mounted on the radiator hose, warm coolant, and reduces engine wear.
It is ideal for heating truck engines, construction machinery engines and ship engines as well as large generator sets.

Vvkb Non Circulating Engine Block Heater Titan-P6

In line coolant heaters

In 1996, Vvkb began to design and manufacture the non circulating engine heater named Vvkb non circulating engine block heater Titan-P6. It is simple in structure and easy to install.

It consists of the electric heating element, checks valves, temperature sensor system and electrical cord.

Vvkb non-circulating engine block heater Titan-P6 is connected to the engine coolant directly, so it can warm coolant and make the engine easier starts.

Engine coolant heater Titan-P5 installation diagram

To make it suitable for different countries, Vvkb non circulating engine block heater Titan-P6 is produced with rated voltage 110V-120V or 220V-240V, and it has two kinds of rated power; they are 600W,1000W and 1500W, 2000W.

Vvkb non circulating engine block heater Titan-P6 is universal, which is suitable for a wide range of vehicle models. Its interface size is 16 mm or can say 0.63 inches.

It is suitable for different kinds of cars, trucks, pickups, 4 X 4 off-road vehicles and marine engines as well as normal generator sets and a variety of equipment that requires to heat up liquids.

Engine Heater The Definitive Guide

Cold starts automotive engines will put you in these devastating scenarios:

  • High fuel consumption
  • Emission of harmful gases to the environment
  • Increase engine wear

The cost will be quite high,and your engine will be extremely inefficient.

The good news?

Installing an engine block heater will solve all these problems.

Because it offers a cost-effective, reliable and efficient way to warm your engine during snowy or cold weather.

It will quickly bring your engine to normal operating temperature.

Of course, there are many engine block heaters out there – but, which one should you buy?

That is what you’re going to learn here.

Let’s get to that.

Diesel Heater for RV

What is Engine Block Heater?

In the northern united states and in high latitudes such as Canada, getting the vehicle easier starts during the cold weather months is a concern for every driver.

An engine block heater is a device that warms up the engine and other engine fluids (depending on design), before starting it.

Ideally, it makes it easy to start engines, improve efficiency, reduce emissions, while reducing engine components wear.

I will take you through the various benefits of engine block heaters later – keep reading.

Manually remove snow from the front windshield

Currently, engine block heaters come in a range of shapes and designs.

Furthermore, they feature modern technologies, allowing for a short warm-up and efficient heating.

As a result, they get rid of all engine wear that might arise due to cold starts.

Design 1

The earliest heater, with a simple structure

Design 2

Non-circulating heater, production started in 1996

Design 3

Smallest profile heater with built-in water pump

Design A

Smallest profile heater with built-in water pump

Design B

Heater with reasonable structure and high efficiency

Design C

The earliest heater with built-in water pump

From experience, the best engine heater should guarantee better fuel saving and practically soot-free ignition of engines.

That makes reviewing technical specifications of engine heaters an important aspect.

We’ll come to that later.

But first, look at this:

Why You Need Engine Blcok Heaters?

As I had said, engine block heaters play an important role in automotive engines.

It is even critical when the surrounding environment is extremely cold.

Cars using engine heaters

Now, this is why you should buy an engine heater:

Saves you from Cold Starts the Engine.

Starting very cold weather engine stresses it, hence high wear.

Usually, when it is cold, the engine oil becomes thick.

Thicker engine oil increases the amount of “work” starters need to turn the crank.

This results in a longer starting time.

Also, when engine oil becomes too thick, it cannot flow freely to various engine components.

As a result, lubrication will not be sufficient.

When that happens, those engine components scrape against one another while starting the engine.

As you can see, a block heater reduces engine wear by enhancing lubrication and easy starts.

Helps to Warm Up Your Cabins Quickly

When your car has been in the cold, it takes a while for your cabin to get warm after you start the car.

When you use the engine block heater to warm up the engine.

With engine coolant fluids after warming by engine block heaters, your cabin will have warm air drawn in after you start it in the morning.

You’ll Save Fuel

Idling engines consume a lot of fuel.

However, with the engine block heaters, you can avoid idling the engine.

This is because it will warm up the engine faster.

Remember, most people leave their vehicle engines in the idling state for them to attain the right starting temperature.

Helps to keep your battery stronger

Engines that are cold can take much time to crank up.

During this time, the engine can drain or discharge the starter battery.

After warming up the engine, the engine oil in the oil pan melts and the engine components are filled with engine oil between them, making the engine easy to start and thus saving battery power.

Reduction of engine exhaust emissions

Engine block heaters help to reduce exhaust emission when starting the engine.

Remember, at the normal operating temperatures, engines produce low emissions.

Therefore, an engine heater will quickly make it operate at its normal operating temperature.

Ensures that your engine is always reliable

In generators and cars, etc. engine block heaters increase the reliability of the engine.
Reduces the likelihood of engine failure

In a nutshell:

An engine heater is a must-have accessory if you care about the efficiency of your engines.

But, you can only achieve this by choosing the right engine heater.

Now, what are the best types of engine heater for you?

You can choose the right engine block heaters for you according to the above article.

Types of Engine Block Heaters

We know there are many engine block heaters available in the market.

They have different shapes and structures and work with different efficiency.

Therefore, it is very important to choose the right engine block heater.

We have listed for you the common engine heating products on the market. You can choose the heater that best suits your needs.

Engine block heater with built-in water pump

Engine Block Heater

The engine block heaters represented by a Vvkb heater with a built-in water pump and temperature controller.

It is the pumps that help to circulate heated coolant continuously throughout the engine at a uniform temperature.

The design of the circulating engine heater with pump reduces frequent maintenance while extending the lifespan of the heating element.

This is probably the most popular engine block heaters.

Inline heater(Non Circulating Engine Block Heater)

In line coolant heaters

The inline heater is an important part of the vehicle cooling system. the inline heater is connected to the radiator hose and the engine coolant directly flows through the inline heater while being heated.

The heated coolant transfers the heat to the engine components and the engine starts easily.

The inline heater depends on forced circulation or thermosiphon to pre-heat the engine.

In most cases, it works a few hours a day and helps to keep the coolant temperature at 22°C (72 degrees Fahrenheit, minimum).

When you have an inline heater, your engine can take full load within a short time.

Bolt on heater

Bolt on block heater

The bolt on heater is the oldest engine block heaters, it is installed inside the freeze plug of the engine, and the engine coolant directly contacts the bolt on heater.

The heated coolant provides heat directly to the engine components.

It needs to be professionally installed, and the electrical cord is very fragile. Replacing the electrical cord is relatively easy.

It has the advantage of being inexpensive. You may consider bolt on heater as an option.

Oil pan heater

Oil pan heater

The oil pan is one of the important engine components.

During engine operation, the crankshaft passes through the oil pan and carries the engine oil to the various transmission parts.

The existing pump also transfers the engine oil from the oil pan to the engine components.

At low temperatures, engine oil becomes viscous and flows with difficulty.

You need to use an oil pan heater, which fits under the oil pan and the oil is directly heated.

Oil pan heater is also a popular type of heater.

Dipstick heater

The dipstick heater is a heater placed directly on the engine dipstick position to directly heat the engine oil.

It also works by heating the oil to increase the fluidity of the oil and make the engine start easily.

However, according to our experience, the heating effect of the dipstick heater is not very good. We recommend your dipstick heater replaces with the normal engine block heaters.

Engine warming blanket

Engine warming blanket is a kind of electric blankets. It is placed directly on top of the engine and provides heat to the entire engine compartment, allowing the engine warming.

The thermal efficiency of the engine warming blanket is not very high and this may not be the best choice for heating the engine.

Battery heaters

In wintertime, the battery will be low temperature, and the chemical reaction will be reduced and the battery power will be low.

You need to use battery heaters, let the battery heaters direct contact the battery to raise the battery temperature and speed up the battery chemistry.

Battery heaters are great for winter and you may want to consider choosing one.

Parts and Components of Engine Block Heaters

From the previous chapters, it is clear that an engine bloc heater is an assembly of various parts and components.

These parts and components may vary from one engine block heater to another.

In this section, you’re going to learn about some of the most common parts of engine block heaters,

Let’s dive right in:

Engine Block Heater Accessories Diagram

Overall layout of the engine block heaters

Still, I can take you a step further to dismantle the engine heater so that you may see the internal components.

With all that in mind, let’s now discuss some of these components:

Heater housing.

The heater housing is made of die-cast aluminum alloy and the diameter of the interface is 16 mm (5/8 inch).

Heating tubes.
As long as the engine block heater is one of the accessories, the coolant is heated directly after passing through the heating tubes.

Built-in water pump
The built-in water pump is designed to assist coolant circulation, shorten heater working time and save energy. The built-in water pump is one of the important accessories of the engine block heaters.

Electric cord.
For electric engine block heaters, this electric cord is key. These cords come in different lengths and sizes.

Thermostat
Engine block heaters with built-in water pumps will have an internal thermostat to control the temperature and keep the heater from getting too hot. The bolt on heater does not have a thermostat.

With that, let’s move to yet another important aspect of engine block heaters:

How do the Engine Block Heaters work?

Engine Preheater Titan-P1 installation diagram

As you have seen in earlier sections, there are many types of engine block heaters, the working principle may vary slightly.

In this section, the focus will be on the working principle that is common in most engine block heaters.

Let’s get to that:

Electric Engine Block Heaters

These heaters require an external power source – electricity.

Here is what happens.

The engine block heaters have a heating element which is in the engine coolant hose.

Thus, the heating pipe has an external cord, which you can connect to the external power supply.

By heating this coolant, it will obviously keep the engine warming.

I am sure, you have seen cars cords that help to supply external electrical heat to the car engine block heater.

Apart from the electric engine heater, you can also opt for:

Gasoline or Diesel Engine Heater

Here, you don’t need an external source of power to heat the engine.

I consider this the most convenient – you can warm your engine anytime and anywhere.

You may run them on the vehicles diesel or gasoline fuel.

Here, the heaters burn either gasoline or diesel to produce heat that it uses to warm the engine.

Gasoline engine coolant heater

It has a fuel pump that transfers diesel or gasoline to the combustion chamber. And mix the fuel with the air. the glow pin work, it ignites and burns the fuel to produce heat.
It then transfers this heat to the engine via heat exchangers.

Let me take you through a critical step:

Engine Block Heater Installation Process

Most people wonder if it is difficult to install engine block heaters. Does it require professionally installed.

However, depending on the design and configuration of the engine block heaters, the installation process for most heaters is not complicated. No professionally installed is required

However, there are some heaters that are very complicated to install.

For example, the easiest installation is to replace the dipstick heater and install an engine warming blanket as well as battery heaters and an oil pan heater.

The installation of an engine block heater with a built-in water pump is slightly more complicated, as it is connected to the coolant hose.


It is important to remove excess air from the coolant hose and the inside of the heater.

The most complicated installation is the bolt on heater, which usually requires professionally installed.

It is installed in the freeze plug hole and it warms the coolant directly.

Here is the installation video of Vvkb engine block heater Titan-P1. the installation method of other Vvkb engine block heater is basically similar.

It’s a simple process – right?
Now, on to another important segment.

Engine Block Heater Applications

You can use engine block heater for these main applications:

Engine Block Heater for ATV and UTV
Engine Heater for Construction Machinery
Engine Block Heater for Generator Set
Engine Block Heater for Boat
Engine Heater for School Bus
Coolant Heater for EV
Engine Heaters for Truck
Engine Heaters for Caravan
Engine Block Heater for Car

Things to note when buying engine block heater

Before you buy an engine block heater, it is important to consider the following key technical specifications.

Type of engine block heater

When you hit the market today, you will realize there are many different types of engine heaters available.

They come in different designs, shapes, performances, models, etc.

As a rule of thumb, you should go for heaters from reputable manufacturers.

Maybe the Vvkb heater would be your best bet.

Safety and standard compliance

You must consider the safety of engine block heaters at all times.

It is for this reason that all heaters must conform to the CE, RoHS, TUV, and FCC requirements.

With inbuilt temperature sensors, the engine heater automatically stops working when the temperature reaches 65°C.

The heater begins to operate again when the temperature becomes lower than 45°C.

They come with two unique temperature sensors.

When one becomes faulty and breaks down, the other one will still work.

Its electrical parts are isolated from liquids.

The aluminum casing provides better protection and guarantees long service life.

Also, they meet the IP44 material standards.

Rated power of heater

The power rating of the heater determines the operating time of the heater, as well as the thermal efficiency of the heater.

Choosing a heater’s power rating takes into account the minimum temperature in your city during the winter, the size of your engine and the maximum power your power supply can handle.

Typically heaters are rated from 400W – 3000W.

Rated voltage of heater

You have to choose the right heater for your use according to the voltage of the residential electricity in your city.

North America, Canada and Japan, usually use 110V; while Europe and Australia and northern Asia, usually use 230V.

A temperature sensor/ thermostat control

It is an important safety measure.

The thermostat helps to control the heating process of an engine heater.

FAQs on Engine Heaters

I know you could be having some questions on engine heaters.

In this section, I will address some of these concerns.

In case you live in areas that are extremely cold, or temperature goes below normal, then install one.

It is the only sure way to quick start your engine without overworking or stressing it.

Besides, you will improve the engine’s efficiency and performance.

  • When your car has been parked for a long time outside at low temperature, starting the engine to have the crankshaft driven can be very hard. So you can use this car engine heater at this time. This is because of the cold-shrinkage of the car’s engine and the enhanced fuel viscosity.
  • The cold start will accelerate the wear of car engine. This will immensely enhance exhaust emission from the car. In the meantime, fuel consumption will significantly increase.You can avoid all these by using engine heaters.
  • This car engine heater safeguards and warms up the car engine by heating the coolant. Through this method, the temperature of the engine rises, fuel viscosity reduces. This protects the car engine and makes hot starting possible.

Heaters with inbuilt water pumps help in cutting down heating time.

It also helps to make heating very simple, fast and even.

A forced circulation heater will act by applying heat that sends heated coolant to the top of the engine.

The cylinder head’s inlet temperature will be high even as the lower part of the engine remains very cold.

The heat is then transferred between the engine components and eventually heats up the entire engine compartment.

If heaters are used for longer periods, its coolant hose might be broken due to high-temperature levels.

You need a thermostat to regulate temperature.

Yes.

However, you should choose an engine heater with the right ratings.

For instance, an engine heater with 500W can be too low for trucks.

So for trucks or heavy engines, you can go for 1000W or 1500W.

You can try the following – they are very effective:

  • Install engine heaters
  • Installation of fuel heaters
  • Ensure the battery of your car is kept warm(Use of battery heaters)
  • Always park your car indoors.

When you maintain a car well, it will not require too much plug-in.

It needs to be plugged in for two hours to warm up.

Also, it mostly takes 2 hours for cars to be cooled down after use.

So if you wish to drive again in these two hours, do not have it plugged-in.

No and Yes.

Well, it will all depend on the circumstances at hand.

However, you should know that idling may increase engine wear, fuel consumption, emissions, etc.

Again, don’t warm the engine by idling – you can install an engine heater.

Gasoline and diesel engine heaters can remote starter them.
With electric engine heaters, on the other hand, you need to use an additional, remote control device capable of receiving signals from the remote to control the power on and off.

Conclusion

As you can see, engine heaters are essential accessories.

However, you need to install the right model, size, design, and brand.

It is only through this that you will enjoy all the benefits of engine heaters.

With the information on this guide, certainly, you can evaluate and buy the right engine heaters.

Here at Vvkb, we design and manufacture a range of engine heaters.

From as low as $120, you can get high quality and reliable engine heaters.

Talk to us today, and Vvkb team will solve all your engine heating problems.

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