The joy of a heated blanket is no longer limited to being confined within the walls of your home, but can now be enjoyed from a variety of locations with a battery powered heated blanket. Whether you’re trying to stay warm in a tent, are sitting at camp, cheering on your favorite team from the sidelines, or even if you are one of those people that are just cold year round, you can stay warm and cozy with an electric blanket that runs on batteries. We’ve done the research so you don’t have to, and we’ve narrowed it down to the best cordless heated blankets currently on the market.
Lots of other “best of” posts will include wired blankets in their portable heated blankets top picks, but we have specifically featured cordless, USB, or battery operated blankets only in this article. Read on to learn the pros and cons of each blanket, and pair it with a propane camping heater, candle heater, solar tent heater or a Mr. Buddy Heater in your tent for maximum warmth!
Battery Powered Heated Blanket Reviews
These are our picks for the best battery operated heated blankets:
- Editor’s Choice – Cozee Heated Blanket
- Luxury – Zen Portable Heated Blanket
- Blanket Hoodie – Venustas Wearable Blanket Hoodie
- Most Heavy Duty – Kodiak Heated Blanket
- Softest – Maxwelf Apollo Heated Portable Blanket
- Non-Electric – Rumpl Camp Blanket
Editor’s Choice – Cozee Heated Blanket
The Cozee Heated Blanket is proud to be the only patented battery powered heating blanket currently on the market, and the company began because of their daughter, Brianna, who was born with Cerebral Palsy. She loved to go on outings, but got cold too easily. There wasn’t any portable heated blankets at the time, so Paul and Carolynne went on a journey to create the best blanket possible for their daughter. Now years later, they have a high quality heated blanket for outdoors that would be a great addition to your camping gear.
They were very thoughtful with their blanket, which has a micro-fleece interior for comfort and insulation, plus a batting material and heat reflective inner liner to insulate. The outer casing is a highly water-resistant shell that helps protect you from the elements. The design is meant to work with the user’s own body heat, where it redirects heat towards the body. Reviews frequently recommend using this blanket like a cocoon, as this is the way it will work most effectively.
The included battery pack offers up to 3+ hours of continuous warmth on three adjustable heat settings, and it’s rechargeable with a wall outlet or a 12v car outlet, so you can charge at home or on the go. The battery uses a unique surge to warm the blanket in just 5 minutes, then provides lower levels of heat that are intended work directly with the body’s own heat to keep the user warm.
- Automatic safety shutoff for failure detection and power surge protection
- Heat reflective outer and inner layer
- 3 temperature settings
- Dimensions: 60 x 60 inches
- 3 hours battery life
Kodiak Heated Blanket
Kodiak makes some high quality wireless electric blankets, and this product is much more heavy duty than the others on this list. It uses a woven wiring system that heats the entire blanket and not just patches of heat. There’s a soft micro plush interior and a water-resistant exterior to protect you from moisture and wind.
The Kodiak blanket comes with two battery packs, 1 surge and 1 non-surge. The surge battery pack lets you quickly and efficiently heat the blanket in just five minutes. You simply fold the blanket into thirds, let it sit on surge mode, and then it’s ready to use. Between the two batteries, you get a run time of 4 hours max, and you can recharge using a wall outlet or 12v car outlet.
There’s also three temperature settings, and the fabric is machine washable. With an automatic safety shut-off for component failure, as well as built-in power surge protection, this blanket has several safety features. You can’t go wrong with the customer service either, since this blanket has a 30-day money back guarantee and a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty from a company that’s based in the USA.
The Kodiak also comes in a Mossy Oak print.
- Dimensions: 72 x 60 inches
- 3 temperature settings
- Automatic safety shut off and surge protection
- 4 hour battery life with 2 battery packs
Maxwelf Apollo Portable Heated Blanket
The Maxwelf Apollo heated blanket is a soft and comfortable option that can either plug into an outlet or into the included battery. There’s three heat settings, and the blanket heats up quickly (as little as five minutes) and can last for up to five hours. There’s an auto-off after three hours so you don’t have to worry about if you remembered to turn it off or not, and the temperature ranges from 104-128 degrees.
A cool feature about this blanket is that there are buttons so you can snap it on and wear it as a cape, keeping it hands free if needed. The blanket is machine washable and dryer safe, but the material isn’t as ideal for camping. While it feels super soft, the fibers will hold onto dirt and debris.
- Dimensions: 63 x 47 inches
- 3 temperature settings
- Automatic safety shut off after 3 hours
- Battery included
Venustas Heated Wearable Blanket Hoodie
This blanket is a much different design than the others on this list, but it’s still super warm and cozy! It’s essentially an oversized hoodie that has three heating elements – one larger one in the front and two slightly smaller ones on the back. These panels heat quickly and have the longest lasting battery life of all the products on this list. With three heat settings, the battery life is as follows: up to 9 hours on low, 5-6 on medium, and 3-3.5 hours on high.
The material is a super soft, anti-pill Sherpa material and it comes in several different color options. It’s machine washable and dryer safe, and the company has stress tested the blanket over 50 wash/dry cycles to ensure longevity.
The main downside of this blanket is that the battery life lasts so long because the heating elements are smaller and only cover a small portion of your body. While this blanket is still a great option, you may consider looking at one of the other products on this list if you want more of a full coverage heating element.
- Wearable blanket hoodie
- Battery life up to 9 hours
- Washer & dryer safe
- 3 temperature settings
Zen Portable Heated Blanket
This Zen Portable Heated Blanket is one of the best battery powered heated blanket for camping for several reasons including the battery life, quality, and warranty policy. The company who makes the Zen blanket, Gobi Heat, is one of the leading companies in the industry when it comes to heated gear and clothing, so it’s a great brand that makes high quality gear you can trust.
This blanket is a larger size (70 x 50 inches) compared to most of the others on this list, and is extremely highly rated. The included battery is 20,000 mAh, meaning you can power your blanket for up to 6 hours on the go – this is the longest battery life on this list! You can recharge it only 4-5 hours, or it also comes with a direct power kit for when you have access to an outlet. You can control your heat settings, with options for low, medium, and high heat, so you can customize your warmth depending on the situation.
The battery heated throw blanket has three large heat zones surrounded by conductive thread technology, so the whole blanket will be warm and cozy. The premium materials ensure great heat retention and extra warmth. The entire blanket is machine washable on gentle cycle (just make sure to remove the battery first), and it all comes with a one year warranty.
- Three heat settings
- Heats up to 136 degrees F
- Dimensions: 70 x 50 inches
- Up to 6 hour battery life
- 1 year warranty
Rumpl Camp Blanket
If, for some reason, you have decided to forgo using an electric heated blanket, but still need something to keep warm, a Rumpl camp blanket is your next best option. It’s built to withstand the ruggedness of camping and is made of 100% recycled materials. The DWR finish repels water, stains, and rain, and the ripstop fabric resists snaps and tears.
It includes a cape clip, which allows you to wear the blanket over your shoulders hands free, so you can still move around camp or use your hands and optimal heat retention. It’s perfect for travel since it packs down really small, and is super lightweight for the size and warmth of the blanket. This Rumpl blanket is easily the best camping blanket currently available and we highly recommend it if you’re not going to use something that’s heated.
- Dimensions: 52 x 75 inches
- Fabric: DWR Finish and recycled polyester
- Packed size: 7 x 16 inches
- Weight: 2.1 lbs.
Thing to Consider When Choosing a Heated Blanket for Camping
Because it’s essential for you to choose the right blanket for your situation, here’s some features to consider when deciding:
The whole point of using a battery operated heated blanket is that you can get heat in situations that don’t have a electricity, which means it must be truly battery operated. Don’t get confused by travel blankets (which will usually rely on a 12v plug), or usb heated blankets (which require a usb plugin, these normally don’t include a battery) versus battery operated blankets. During our research, we found several blankets that didn’t fit the qualifications. There are very few blankets on the market that are truly battery powered, and even fewer that are highly rated. Be sure to confirm that the power source really is a battery and that the blanket is highly rated!
The other option for a power source that still makes your blanket portable is the use of a power bank. If you have one of these already, some of the blankets above would be great additions to your gear, especially the Cozee blanket (Editor’s Choice above). Since it comes with an adapter that it can run solely off electricity or be battery powered, you have the flexibility of using it with a plug or battery. A separate power bank can even act as a extra batteries so your heated blanket can working for hours on end.
Other than that, we purposefully didn’t include any plug-in heated blankets on our list because that defeats the purpose of the ‘portable’ blanket for most people.
Battery Life vs. Intended Use
The blankets above have a wide variety of battery lives, and the higher the battery life, the more expensive it will be. That being said, you should base your required battery on your intended use. For example, if you specifically need a blanket that can last somewhere close to a full night’s sleep, don’t settle on a cheaper one with a battery life of 2 hours. On the other hand, if you just want a blanket for around camp here and there, don’t bother spending tons of extra money on a larger battery.
The heating element in a blanket is the main feature, so don’t settle on something with a small heated area (unless that’s what you’re looking for, of course). If you truly want to be warm, the heating element should be spread throughout the majority of the blanket, and not just concentrated in one place. The blankets on this list above do a good job of dispersing the heat throughout the material.
Whether you’re sitting at a chilly campsite, sleeping in a cold tent, or cheering on your kid from the sidelines, these cordless battery operated heated blankets are great options when you can’t rely on having electricity. Their battery packs vary greatly in the amount of heated hours, so make sure you’re taking into consideration intended use and the size of the battery before purchasing!
About the Author
My goal with my writing and Know Nothing Nomads as a whole is to share my passions of hiking, camping, and a love of the outdoors with our readers. Making the difficult and uncertain feel more approachable to people that might not know enough to feel comfortable taking their first steps into the wilderness is a driving factor for me. When I’m not writing you can find me on a trail, in a forest, or next to a river with hiking shoes on my feet and a fly rod somewhere close by.