“ Brand: Heaties / Type: USB Rechargeable Handwarmer „
Dimensions: 9 x 4.2 x 0.8cm
Colour availability is variable: the standard silver one is always available accompanies a grey sock. Heaties have found a way of employing one sock; surely this is headline news.
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During stressful times my circulation regulator goes on a hiatus, an ill-timed one. It has the mindset of an energy company CEO - waits till the heats off and then sheepishly trots back wondering what all the fuss has been about. Having learnt from previous experiences, I have to seek outside help. Heaties is employed as my circulation regulator for my hands; unlike most watchdogs they do try and help - by warming my fingers up. I can cope well with stress but of recent I'm more wary of triggers, my overall body watchdog working overtime perhaps, now that one never goes on a hiatus. Sods law, because the older I get the harder it works. Every ache and pain is documented; questioned and mentally investigated. This isn't hypochondria but evidence my carefree youthfulness is dwindling somewhat, and being replaced with a committee of 'what's happening to me now' thoughts. Instead of ignoring them, I pander to it and inadvertently act like an old mother hen when it comes to my ailments caused by stress. I could easily manically rub my hands till they can't help but be 'toastie' - alas, I opt for a rechargeable hand warmer, in a snug sock. RRP 18.00 GBP - The peripheral is connected via USB to a workstation or laptop and quickly manifests heat within. You could go on a jog around the block also to generate the heat - but I choose not to subject my neighbourhood to my sounds of generating body heat and as I'm not an eco-worrier I don't mind using a laptop's full charged battery to fully charge the device for my own comfort. Heat is heat, I'm not fussy it is artificial heat. I'm more bothered with the dire brand name 'Heaties' - resembles a cheap Subway slogan 'The Sub's Heaties, hot food on the hop' - 'for every Subway heatie you get two points on your loyalty card' - only four thousand points to go to get a diet coke!
Oblong in shape and available in blue, pink, silver and black the device is really just a battery with a cover casing - coloured to appeal to a consumer and neatly manufactured into a sock especially made for the battery. Its simplicity and functionality could easily be used for warming up other parts of the body, perhaps be chained around the neck like a medallion, so it warms up hearts - or put in the back of your pocket to warm up cheeks, maybe in the front pocket to warm up the inner thigh. For the older generation who swear on the heating wonders of the hot-water-bottle have them shaped as hot-water-bottles - it saves the elderly on boiling-up hot water and trying to aim the scolding hot water into a 4 cm diameter hole. Cater for the old rather than the peripheral hoarders like me, who just adore USB gadgetry orientated bumf. What happened to the wireless culture? Surely some wise soul could've put a USB connector pin at the derriere of the coloured USB Hand Warmer, instead of cultivating extra wiring, which in three years time will again become obsolete. You'll be pleased to learn the Hand Warmer can warm your hands to close to three hours maximum, after 100 minutes being plugged into your workstation's USB port. At most I've held the Hand Warmer for fifteen minutes, this is my recommended duration - well, I'm not a Raynaud's disease sufferer and I refrain from wearing hot-water-bottles, even in the midst of winter. This isn't a high-tech device, it works in the same manners as all USB gimmicks, 'The Heated Coffee Warmer, 'The Can Cooler', and the 'USB Christmas Tree' - the common denominator is 'temperature and light'. A green LED light appears when it is fully charged, and turning off the device is easy, simply click it off.
Naturally, there are a few major drawbacks with holding a heated battery in a sock; it inhibits hand usage. Such as putting a key into the lock, checking your mobile, and basically it requires the full attention of that one hand. You could swap hands, then again this is doesn't solve the problem of disabling one arm. Strapping the hand warmer onto the wrist could be an option. Although, Heaties the brand could easily claim the gadget is making the fingers mobile by producing heat. Therefore, regardless of the shape and awkwardness it is doing a service endeavouring to enable finger mobility. Not recommended if spontaneous applauding is required of you. Another irk is the entity it the most none-malleable object there is. No-one in their right mind would get great gratification in holding an elongated battery in a sock. I've thought about losing it several times but know that it would be highly embarrassing if some-one picks the object up and quips: "Er, who owns this sock - urgh, lord knows what's in it; something warm and hard?"
'Mayhem' stocks it and many other ambiguous sounding stockists have got on the USB orientated gravy-train. If, warming your hands is of great priority to you, this is recommended - If, you're incessantly on the move, doing stuff with your hands, this device will burn a hole in your pocket; literary and monetary wise.
Three stars.©1st2thebar 2013
Despite the occasional promise of sunsyhine and the slight abating of floods we've ben experiencing; the appearance of buds on the trees and daffodils making their attempts at starting to bus, it's clear that winter is very much still here.
Yesterday I went for a walk with my family and it was freezing. No wind chill to factor in, adn the sun even came out, but it was so very cold. I was wrapped up nice and warm but the one thing I didn't have was a pair of gloves.
Numb and grumbling, my wife pulled out a well used product in our house - hand warmers. Usually, you'd expect something like this to crack and then the chemicals inside would start working to produce some heat. Here though it's a bit different, as these are rechargeable with a USb attachment. There's a sort of button that you push in to activate them and then a little light comes on to indicate it's starting to work. I'd say it takes about ten seconds or so before you can tell the heat is coming through, although it was a bit longer yesterday as my hands were so cold and numb.
Once the heat has come through it stays the up side of warm but easily bearable, to keep your hands warm. The palms of my hands were warming up quite nicely, and after a few minutes the outsides of my hands didn't actually feel too bad either. Usually with these, they have a relatively instant effect, so the fact that my hands were so cold beforehand had obviously affected this in terms of how long it took to warm me up.
They've comfy too, not too bulky so that it's awkward to hold, and once you've finished using them you can just pop them back into the little fabric glove they come with. We've used these a number of times, although to be honest it tends to be my wife using them as I rarely feel the cold quite like this and generally keep my hands wrapped up in my hoodie pocket. Yesterday I had our 18 month old son's reins so this wasn't possible and I really needed these warmers once I'd handed over the reins!
Charging them is so easy as well. The short cable goes in easily to this and then to a USB port, so you can charge it either in your laptop/PC or by using a USB plug adapter. I've had mixed success with using Apple devices like this, but others, such as my motorola charger, work fine. usually though we charge it straight from a computer. A light will come on to indicate it's charging, and then go off once it's finished. I honestly haven't counted how long it takes, but it's never noticeably long.
Once charged this lasts for a good 15-20 mins, and once you start to feel the cold again they pack up nicely. I was slightly disappointed at the length it stays warm for, as the price is quite hefty for this. You're looking at paying around the £15 mark for them, quite a bit I know, although I have seen them on offer for a good amount less and also for slightly more. If you're after something reliable and rechargeable though, and you're the sort of person who needs this sort of product quite regularly, then it's possible worth the cost.
Overall, a reliable and effective hand warmer that recharges and is useable very easily, but you're paying more than a standard hand warmer.
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The product I am reviewing is a USB re-chargeable hand warmer. My boyfriend actually purchased this for me when he went to Switzerland with his boss on a work trip. Every morning when going to work I either have to wait for the bus or train and he thought this would be a great present to help to keep my hands warm when waiting at the bus stop or platform. The product has a sleek, stylish design and can be re-used over and over again unlike some other hand warmers that are available to buy. The hand warmer can be recharged through a laptop, computer or other USB compatible devices. The hand warmer is available to buy in a range of different colours including Silver, Blue and Pink. Each hand warmer has a matching sock which the hand warmer fits snuggly in. I received the silver hand warmer which comes with a black and grey knitted style sock to keep the hand warmer in. The hand warmer is suitable for up to 3 hours use and can be fully re-charged in just 2 hours via USB. The product is powered by a Li-ion battery which comes in a protect case. The USB charge cable is provided with the hand warmer. I'm not sure how much my boyfriend paid for this but you can buy them for about £18.00 from various different websites, if you just type the product into Google it will come up with various different websites.
Using the Product
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The first thing I needed to do was to charge the hand warmer. The USB cable is very short and is black in colour. This makes it perfect for leaving on the desk whilst charging. The charger simply fits into the top of the charger and a red light will appear to show that it's charging. Once the hand warmer has charged the light will go off. On hand warmer is a lovely matte silver colour and has some writing one side of the hand warmer which tells you where the charger goes in and how to switch the hand warmer on/off. I slipped the hand warmer back into the knitted sock and popped it into my coat pocket ready for when I went to get the train the following morning. It was a very chilly morning and as I walked to the station I pressed the small grey button on the top of the hand warmer which stayed down. A green light appeared to show that the hand warmer was warming up. Within a few seconds I could feel a small amount of heat coming from the hand warmer, but I expected it to get a lot warmer than that. The hand warmer took just over 1 minute to heat up fully which is when the green light on the hand warmer went out. Now the hand warmer was really warm and it felt lovely when I held it in my hand. The sock is a brilliant idea to keep the hand warmer in but you could feel the warmth from the hand warmer much more if you take it out of the sock which is what I tend to do. The hand warmer will stayed really warm all the time whilst waiting for the train which was at least 15 minutes. Once I had got on the train I switched the hand warmer off by pressing the grey button again which popped back up after pressing it. I used the hand warmer again when waiting for the train to go home again and this again warmed my hands up and stopped them form feeling cold. I also find that if I leave the hand warmer in a pocket it gives me a bit of extra warmth as well. I have sometimes even popped the hand warmer inside my gloves to keep them warm whilst my hands are inside them. The hand warmer does stay charged for2-3 hours but after about 2 days of using the hand warmer, I always put it on charge to ensure that it's fully charged and to ensure it doesn't run out when I am using it. The sock that the hand warmer can be stores in is great as it protects the hand warmer from getting scratched and damaged. I have to admit that I haven't always put the hand warmer back inside the sock so my hand warmer does have a fair amount of scratches on it; how-ever it still works fine with no problems. I have had this hand warmer for about a year now and I always ensure its charged ready to use when the colder weather comes.
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This was a great item to receive off my boyfriend as it stops my hands from getting really cold when waiting for the train. I'm one of these people who feel the cold really bad so it was great when I found out how warm the hand warmer actually gets. I always have the cable for the hand warmer at work so I can charge it when I get to work every few days. The hand warmer is really simple and so easy to use anyone could work out how to use it. I am actually tempted to purchase another hand warmer so I can have one in each pocket when waiting for the train or the bus. I used to have the hand warmers in which you could use once and then they would have to be put into boiling water ready to use again. This hand warmer is just hassle free and much easier to use than these other hand warmers that you can buy. This would make a great present for someone, and if like me they have to wait for public transport to get to and from work I'm sure they will appreciate this as much as I did. I haven't found any faults with this product during the time I have used it so I think it deserves a full 5 stars.
(review also on ciao)
It doesn't take a lot to persuade us in the UK to take that extra step to keep warm, with our glorious typical rain and windy weather there's a slight nip in the air at the best of times..
Back when I was unemployed and was really struggling to get back in to the workplace I decided to do some door to door canvassing for a local double glazing company, possibly one of the worst mistakes of my life may I add.. People really aren't the friendliest when its chucking it down with snow and your trying to convince them in to having a complete set of windows and doors!!
I have always felt the cold from a young age and when your out for hours on end in that condition of weather you just need that little extra to keep you going.. In this case it was this handy genius design of a hand warmer, quite fairly priced at just £14.99 from Amazon!
The unit is rechargeable and operates via a USB connector which can connect to any PC/Laptop etc with a USB interface, this came in quite handy as I could charge the unit back at the car whilst on a lunch break and then it would be ready to serve its purpose again, It does take over an hour to fully recharge the device however just by connecting it to a USB for 10-15 minutes will give around half an hours worth of heat.
The unit also comes with an insulating sock/cover which traps the heat keeping it warmer for slightly longer, I think it was just over 2 hours before it ran out of life completely after a full charge, but in terms of a quick warm whilst your travelling in the cold its a well worth investment.
Thanks for reading!
Here's a neat gadget to help you through these cold winter months: this cunning little device charges directly from your laptop or any USB source then keeps your hands warm for up to two hours. I got mine as a timely present last Christmas and it has proved a real boon recently when out walking the dog or scraping the windscreen. Could be handy at home too during a power cut!
At first I was quite sceptical as to whether it could really provide enough warmth to make a significant difference. But this isn't just a gimmick - it really does help. I just slip it under alternate gloves when out and about in very cold weather and appreciate its gentle warming effect. I'm even considering investing the modest sum of under £15 for another - one for each hand!
~~Design & construction~~
I quite like the simple design and rugged anodised aluminium construction. The neat little sock into which it fits may well provide insulation and keep it warm for longer, but I soon realised the unit was much warmer without this and I just keep this as a protective pouch when not in use.
Without going into technicalities, I'm quite impressed with this for a low voltage/wattage battery-powered device. It apparently utilises a lithium-ion battery and charges via the supplied cable from any available USB port or adaptor.
The unit is small enough to fit easily into the palm of the hand and weighs less than a basic mobile phone.
~~Instructions and usability~~
As this is such a simple device to use, instructions are minimal. There's just one on/off button, a mini-USB charging socket and two LED indicators for charging and warming functions. Basically, I just charge it till I get the green light, then use it till I get the red - 'simples'!
The unit never seems to take more than an hour to recharge fully, but this is probably because I've only ever used it for roughly that length of time. According to the manufacturers, it 'warms for up to 2 hours', then apparently the red LED will flash when the unit has less than 15% power capacity.
~~Availability & price~~
I received this as a gift so can't be sure of the source or price. However, Amazon are currently offering this 'Heaties'-branded product for £14.99 with free shipping from Barracuda. They are also available from Genie Gadgets for slightly more. (Address below).
For information, the box refers to 'Mayhem UK Ltd, London W3 6UG'
This neat little gadget helps keep hands warm in cold weather, with minimal fuss and without breaking the bank. You just need access to a USB outlet.
* Simple, effective, rechargeable, inexpensive
* I want one of these for both hands now!
[© SteveS001 2012. A version of this original review may appear on other review sites]