A somewhat recent development from the 100 year past of space heaters is mica band heaters. The mica in micathermic is really a silicate mineral split into thin sheets employed to form the rectangular exterior front panel of the micathermic heater.
The mica panels themselves will not generate any heat. Their function would be to quickly radiate the heat generated by heating elements behind the mica panel in to the room.
Mica thermic heaters can be bought in two styles. The very first is the flat panel type which resembles a compact LCD television. The second design, made only by Soleus, is named the “console” model and appears such as a well used fashioned car radiator with rounded corners. (In reality it’s far more attractive compared to the description).
The incorporation of mica panels into space heater design adds a qualification of versatility not located in other heaters. This same design, however, leads to some minor drawbacks also.
Since mica thermic heaters do not have fan, a person with an aversion to noise can rest comfortably without annoying distractions.
Note: The exception to this is the fan equipped flat panel model BH1551-U from Bionaire which, during my humble opinion, defeats the idea of fast and silent heat. Additionally, most 42dexgpky who may have purchased this model claim that the fan is just too noisy and lacks the power to generate a difference inside the heating coverage area.
The ultra thin model of the flat panel version allows it to snug up against a wall or held on the wall itself using the included hardware. And there’s even a flat panel model by DeLonghi which they feature as safe for bathroom use.
Unlike an oil filled radiator which can take twenty minutes to heat up, it is possible to feel the heat radiating from a mica paneled heater quickly when it’s switched on.
Most mica heaters weigh almost 40% under oil filled or baseboard convection heaters and all of come designed with a handle (some with wheels too) for simple portablility.