Best Battery Operated Heated Blanket: Warm Camping Unplugged

By: Derek Vitiello | Last Updated on March 24, 2024

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Welcome to my UPDATED list of the best battery powered heated blankets. The majority of other articles around the web are misleading. They recommend crap products or blankets that aren’t even cordless.

This is not one of them…

This list is brutally honest. I’ve spent HOURS personally testing every blanket and narrowed it down to only the BEST.

You could buy some other crappy blanket that’s recommended elsewhere. But I just don’t see why you would want to risk your warmth and comfort or waste your money.

Instead, hit up the warmth like it’s a Netflix special and binge on the cozy without being tied down to the nearest outlet.

#1 is definitely my favorite, but #5 could be a great pick if you’re on a tight budget.

AT A GLANCE: All the Portable Heated Blankets We Tested

Specs

  • Dimensions: 55″ x 62″
  • Three heat settings
  • Battery: up to 7.5 hours
  • Material: Waterproof outside and Micro-Sherpa inside
  • Battery charging time: 2 hours
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Guarantee: 30 days

Pros

  • Superior warmth with the highest heat output on this list (149°F)
  • Perfect for being on-the-go with a long lasting battery has a quick recharge time
  • Durable fabric means it can withstand the rigors of camping for years to come

Cons

  • Slightly more expensive, but the quality is worth it!

This blanket’s soft inner Sherpa lining is like a warm, comfortable hug. But that’s the only “soft” feature of this blanket.

The Zonli is truly designed to withstand the rigors of camping more than any other blanket.

The waterproof exterior is like Neo in The Matrix dodging things in slow motion. Except this blanket dodges water, dirt, twigs, and anything else the Earth can throw at it.

Then you can throw it in the washing machine when it gets too dirty. Easy peasy.

Neo dodging bullets in a meme that compares to the Zonli blanket, our favorite battery powered heated blanket

The 20,000 mAh battery has a super long run time and a super short recharge time. You can run this heated blanket for HOURS, then recharge it in no time.

This is perfect for being on the go.

Especially since it can even recharge in your car!

Plus, you can wear it like a cape. This is as close as you can get to looking as cool as Neo in his long black jacket (but I don’t think we’ll ever be that cool).

But that does mean you can wear your blanket hands-free while you do stuff around camp like play card games or poke at the campfire.

And get this – The Zonli Z-Walk has OVER 150+ five-star reviews. It’s not just our top pick but a favorite among many (including Neo)!

Once you cuddle this blanket while camping, you’ll wish you had made this purchase WAY SOONER.

Longest Run Time – Zen Portable Heated Blanket by GOBI Heat

The Gobi Heat Zen Portable Heated Blanket is ready for adventure with a long battery life that lasts up to 10 hours.

Specs

  • Battery Life: up to 10 hours
  • Dimensions: 70 x 50 inches
  • Three heat settings
  • Heating Time: 30 seconds
  • Battery charging time: 4-5 hours
  • Warranty: 1 year

Pros

  • The long last battery is perfect for more time away from a wall oulet
  • Larger size is great for sharing (or hogging the warmth to yourself)
  • 1 year warranty protects the product

Cons

  • Longer recharge time - but the battery life is worth it!

The SUPER LONG battery life is the standout feature of this Zen Portable Heated Blanket.

comparing the long lasting battery of the zen blanket to a nokia bar phoneThe battery may not last as long as the battery on the first generation of iPods or your old Nokia bar phone (because those things lasted FOREVER).

But it does last surprisingly long for being a battery powered blanket.

The battery can last up to 10 hours! Which is perfect for going camping and not having access to a wall outlet.

Longer run time = less time worrying about the battery dying = more time staying warm.

The larger size is the other feature where the Zen Blanket really shines.

It’s very shareable. Or you can hog all the warmth to yourself. (If they wanted to be warm they should have been smart like you and bought a heated blanket.)

But the size is great for lots of warmth and coverage. Whether you’re sharing it or not.

We did prefer the material of the Zonli blanket above (Editor’s Choice). But the Zen Blanket could be a better option for you if battery life is more important.

Most Luxurious – Cozee Heated Blanket

The Cozee Heated Blanket is the world’s only patented battery operated heated blanket. The thoughtful features, “cozee” material, and extra safety features are perfect for warmth in the outdoors.

Specs

  • Dimensions: 60 x 60 inches
  • 3 temperature levels up to 108 °F
  • Life of battery: up to 3 hours
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Return Policy: 30 days

Pros

  • Thoughtful safety features make this blanket safer to use
  • Heavy duty blanket that is ready to keep you warm in most conditions
  • Can take the battery in a carry-on when flying for extra portability

Cons

  • Short battery run time
  • Specific battery needed – can’t use your own

Once upon a time, a young girl with Cerebral Palsy needed a blanket to help with her poor circulation while out and about in her wheelchair. 

Her parents designed the world’s first (and only patented) battery powered blanket that has a wide range of applications.

We took it camping.

And we were immediately blown away!

The weight and coziness were the first things we noticed. This blanket is not just soft and warm. It’s heavy-duty and ready for all kinds of chilly weather

This blanket is so large and cozy that you don’t even have to run the battery to stay warm underneath it.

The Cozee also included a comforting level of peace of mind with built-in safety features. We never had to worry about power surges, too much heat, or forgetting to turn it off. 

AND it comes with a lifetime warranty. Peace of mind doesn’t get better than that. 

Our main complaints are the shorter battery life and a product-specific battery that’s quite expensive to replace. However, this blanket is perfect for you if you prefer the built-in safety features.

Heated Blanket Hoodie – Venustas Heated Wearable Blanket Hoodie

This Venustas Blanket is an oversized hoodie that is our favorite blanket hoodie of all time. You won’t want to take it off because it’s so comfortable!

Specs

  • Dimensions: 40 (length) x 72 (chest) inches
  • Hem length: 78.7 inches
  • Battery Life: up to 9 hours
  • Max Temperature: 131 °F
  • Washer & dryer safe
  • 3 temperature levels

Pros

  • Long lasting battery keeps you warm for HOURS
  • Wearable hoodie design keeps your hands free
  • Shorter length keeps it off the dirty ground

Cons

  • Doesn’t cover the legs, but that also means it doesn't drag on the ground

The Venustas Wearable Blanket Hoodie is SO SOFT AND COMFY. 

It’s as toasty as a cup of Central Perk coffee in an episode of Friends. And the battery lasts long enough that you could binge AT LEAST 20 episodes. (Best TV show ever!).

But we are talking about camping blankets. So this also means you can sit at camp for hours and hours without having to worry about recharging the battery. 

And all that time is spent hands-free because of the wearable hoodie design.

using friends to relate to a heated blanket hoodie

We didn’t love how this blanket doesn’t cover your legs like the others on this list. But that also means you don’t have to worry about it dragging on the ground and getting dirty.

Now we did love how it comes in 12 stinkin’ cute prints and solid colors. And get this – it’s a great price too!

Most Affordable – New Fi Heated Electric Blanket

The New Fi Heated Blanket is our favorite option when it comes to soft and comfortable materials for a budget-friendly price.

Specs

  • Dimensions: 55 x 33 inches
  • 8 heating zones
  • Battery Life: ~4 hours
  • 3 temperature settings up to 140°F
  • 3 timer settings
  • 20,000mAh battery included
  • Machine washable
  • 59″ extension cable included

Pros

  • Most affordable portable heated blanket on this list
  • Can be worn as a cape hands-free
  • Timing function lets you control when it turns off automatically

Cons

  • Smaller size only covers upper body

This New Fi Cordless Heated Blanket is as close as you can get to the dollar menu at McDonald’s. It’s still great but it comes with a more affordable price tag. 

That’s why this blanket made our list for the most affordable option.

You can get warm and cozy without spending more money on the expensive options above. 

The biggest trade-off is that this blanket is smaller (just like dollar menu items). However, it has more heating zones and warms your upper body better than some of the other blankets on this list.

However, we still appreciated that this blanket comes with a long-lasting battery, a timer option, and a 59″ extension cord so you can use it whether you’re near or far from a wall outlet.

How We Tested, Reviewed, And Rated These Portable Heated Blankets

We take product research and testing VERY SERIOUSLY.

We spent countless hours finding the best battery powered electric blankets and taking them outdoors to put them to the test.

We do it so you don’t have to. You can rest assured knowing that you’re purchasing the best of the best. 

First, we spend a lot of time on the computer. We SCOUR the depths of the internet for the best brands and most highly rated portable heated blankets.

Next, we either buy the cordless blanket or work with the brand to get it for a discount (don’t worry – we remain unbiased no matter how we procure the product).

Then we took all the blankets camping. Did I feel a little ridiculous taking SO MANY blankets with us? Yes, but that’s okay!

We tested every aspect of each blanket throughout the next few camping trips. This includes:

  • how the fabric felt against our skin,
  • if the fabric repels or sticks to dirt and debris,
  • the overall quality of the materials,
  • how warm or hot the blanket felt,
  • battery run time,
  • battery recharge time,
  • and overall perceived happiness with the product.

WHEW, THAT’S A LOT.

Finally, we assembled all our thoughts into this article. We try to make it easy to read and user-friendly.

That way you can easily pick the best blanket for you.

Comparison Table

Here’s a table comparing the top features of the battery powered heating blankets above:

Zonli Z-Walk Pro
Zen Blanket
Cozee Blanket
Venustas Wearable Blanket
New Fi Cordless Blanket
Battery Included?
Yes!
Yes!
Yes!
Yes!
Yes!
Battery Duration
Up to 7.5 hours
Up to 10 hours
Upwards of 3 hours
Up to 9 hours
~4 hours
Dimensions
55 x 62 inches
70 x 50 inches
60 x 60 inches
40 x 72 inches
55 x 33 inches

Choosing the Best Heated Blanket for Camping – A Buyer’s Guide

We’ve laid out the information above so you can pick the best blanket for you.

But we’re here to help convince you if you’re extremely indecisive (like me!) and still don’t know which one to choose.

This buyer’s guide breaks down the nitty gritty details. That way you can learn more about the specifics and dive in to which blanket is truly the best for you.

Intended Use

Everyone has a different ideal when it comes to camping.

why tho meme to describe people who want to suffer while camping

Some people are glampers. Some people want to suffer with the bare minimum (why..?).

We are somewhere in between. But we also understand that everyone is different.

TO EACH THEIR OWN, RIGHT.

So let’s break down the best intended use for each of the blankets above.

The Editor’s Choice Zonli blanket is the best all around for most campers. It perfectly balances, price, quality, and effectiveness so you’re getting the BEST OF ALL THE WORLDS.

Seriously, it’s AWESOME.

The Zen Blanket is for people who want the longest battery life possible and/or largest blanket. It also comes from a great company. Which means you know you’re getting a quality product.

The Cozee blanket is for someone who wants a heavy-duty blanket. The battery life may be shorter. But it’s super heavy and warm where you don’t really need the heat function to stay toasty.

The Venustas Wearable Blanket is for campers who want a wearable hoodie that comes in cute prints and colors.

The New Fi Blanket is for the most budget-conscious campers. The affordable price tag outweighs the smaller size and shorter battery.

Make Sure Your Blanket is Truly “Battery Powered”

NOT ALL HEATED BLANKETS ARE CREATED EQUAL.

When we go camping, I want a blanket that’s truly battery powered.

This means it runs completely on batteries. No outlet required.

A lot of “portable” heated blankets run off a 12v car charger. But there’s not many times that I’m sitting in my running car while camping.

A regular heated blanket needs a wall outlet. But we mostly camp in sites with no electric hookups.

I don’t want to be tied to a cord even if we did have electricity at our site.

The battery means you can take your blanket ANYWHERE. Then you can recharge it using less portable means like a generator, electric hookup, or a wall outlet at home.

ALL THE BLANKETS ABOVE ARE TRULY BATTERY OPERATED unlike many other camping blanket lists.

That means you can stay warm and comfortable no matter which blanket you choose from above.

FUN FACT: Several of the blankets above include a 12v and/or wall outlet connection. This means you can use them as a regular heated blanket when you do have access to electricity. 

Related Post: Battery Operated Heaters for Camping – Fact or Fiction?

Choosing the Right Battery Length

Imagine you’re hanging out under a warm heated blanket on a chilly night camping. You’re the coziest you’ve ever been.

Then, BOOM. The battery dies on your blanket.

You have no way to recharge it.

That doesn’t sound like fun.

Obviously, the BATTERY is an extremely important part of a BATTERY POWERED heated blanket.

Normally I would say the longer the better, but that’s not always the case (right, guys?).

Look at the handy-dandy comparison chart below.

The Zen blanket is the winner at up to 10 hours. It’s closely followed by Venustas (9 hours) and our Editor’s Choice Zonli at 7.5 hours.

The Zen blanket is a great choice if you need the longest battery possible.

We recommend the Editor’s Choice Zonli if you want to balance out other features with a good battery life. It’s the best bang for your buck when it comes to the overall design and price.

PRO TIP: Just buy a second battery if you want to double the battery life. DUH! They’re super cheap and readily available on Amazon (like this one for $31).

battery powered heated blanket battery life comparison chart

Warranty and Return Period

The Cozee blanket is the front runner for an outstanding warranty. It’s covered for good with a LIFETIME WARRANTY.

The Cozee is the best option if a great warranty is the most important feature for you.

Now that being said…

The Editor’s Choice Zonli and long-battery-life Zen blanket both have a 1 year warranty.

The Zonli ALSO has a 30-day guarantee that you’ll love the blanket. 

The Venustas hoodie and budget-friendly New Fi don’t have a warranty or guarantee. But the trade off is the significantly lower price tag on both.

The Editor’s Choice Zonli wins for us personally because of the warranty and guarantee. Plus it’s just a great blanket overall.

Safety Considerations

There are some safety aspects and potential risks involved when using these battery powered heated blankets. 

All the blankets above are safe for the average person when used according to the instructions.

You should never leave the blanket on unattended.

Always ensure it’s kept away from flammable materials (like your campfire and tent material).

You may consider consulting a doctor before use if you have certain medical conditions. The Cozee is the best blanket for people with medical conditions because it doesn’t risk overheating the user.

Heating Element & Distribution of Heat

A heated blanket isn’t HEATED without heating elements. 

These are coils sewn into the fabric that radiate heat. 

More coils and larger coils may mean better heat distribution. But the larger number also means a shorter battery life.

Some coils are hotter than others.

This is illustrated in the maximum temp of the Zonli (149°F) compared to the Cozee’s 108 °F max.

We choose the Zonli as the best overall balance of coils, temperature, and heat distribution. But you may prefer the Cozee or another blanket depending on your needs, battery life requirement, or medical condition. 

Picking the Right Size

In the chart above, we’ve compared the size of the blankets.

The Zen Blanket is the largest at 70 x 70 inches. This size is very shareable (if you want to share, that is – you could hog the blanket too).

Next is the Cozee at 60 x 60 inches and the Zonli at 55 x 62 inches. Both of these are kinda shareable, but they’re better suited for one person.

Both the Venustas Hoodie (40 x 72 inches) and New Fi (55 x 33 inches) are significantly smaller. These are better for people who prioritize price over size.

FAQ

Are heated blankets good for camping?

Cordless heated blankets are GREAT for camping, especially in the fall, winter, and early spring (or if you’re perpetually cold like me). Just make sure it’s actually  battery operated so you can have heat wherever you go.

Can you get battery operated heated blankets?

Yes! Battery operated heated blankets exist! ALL the blankets on this list include a compatible power bank. That way you can stay warm even when you don’t have access to electricity!

Can you run an electric blanket on a battery?

We don’t recommend running a regular heated blanket on a battery or portable power bank because they will drain the battery quickly. However, you CAN get a battery powered heated blanket or 12v blanket. These blankets draw less electricity and can run for HOURS on alternative energy sources.

Can you run an electric blanket on a battery?

A battery powered blanket is 100% WORTH IT. You’ll wonder why you didn’t get one sooner! These blankets are especially worth it if you frequently camp, attend sports games, or sit outside in chilly weather.

Related Post: Heated Camping Gear You Need for Your Next Chilly Adventure

Conclusion

These blankets are SERIOUSLY A GAME CHANGER for the chilly camper.

I couldn’t imagine camping without one. I even wish I had purchased one way sooner

We hope this guide has helped you pick an awesome heated blanket! One that you’ll love for many years to come!

Pro tip: Pair your blanket with a tent heater, candle heater, solar tent heater, or a Mr. Buddy Heater in your tent for maximum warmth! We hope you enjoy your new blanket on your next camping trip!

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Derek, Co-Founder at Know Nothing Nomads

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.

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2 Comments

  1. Tam Ross

    So cozy. I got one for Christmas that broke after a couple months and the week or two I was without it I missed it dearly.

    Bought another one and I’m just so happy every time I go take a nap or go to sleep.

    Reply
    • Derek Vitiello

      Total gamechanger right! Thanks for commenting!

      Reply

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