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Thursday
Dec132012

Rechargeable Hand Warmers (Winter 2012 update)

Just a quick video about rechargeable hand wamers. You may decide that you prefer the more readily available lighter-fuel powered Zippo Hand Warmers. After all having something in your pocket that's on fire is always going to be cool.....and hot.

Battery powered devices do have some things in their favour though. For exampe, they can easily be switched off and recharged from an office PC ready for the journey home, and you wont get far trying to charge your phone with lighter fuel (at least not until fuel cell chargers become readily available anyway).

I should have mentioned that these hand warmers take a good few hours to charge up (a full morning or afternoon) and they take about 5 minutes to reach their maximum temperature. I've been very glad of these in recent weeks...it's just a pity I can't find a similar piece of technology that could unblock my head before I recorded this video voiceover. 

 

You can buy the Blue one here and the red one here. There are also other colours available if you have a search around on ebay.

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Reader Comments (3)

This is very appropriate. I've recently been using the Zippo hand warmer and I have to say it's pretty good. There's no actual flame on the device so it's safe to keep in a pocket. The only downsides are that it needs a bit of air, so I can't stick it in my socks, for example, and it does produce a faint smell.

Very handy though, just requires filling with lighter fluid (£1 from your local poundshop) and it's good to go for 6 or 12 hours depending on amount filled. A lot of people have said it can go for over 20 hours. I've only experienced it going for about 16 at the moment.

I also have some of those chemical warmers that look like paper sachets. Ten packs of two for about £7 from Amazon. These don't get as hot as the Zippo but they're good for sticking in my shoes or gloves and they last 7+ hours.I keep them in the car for emergencies.

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterchris

Dedication to the cause Matt, battling through the code in da dose!

The blue one looks like it could be a development of the rechargeable pack I've mentioned previously, with the addition of the hand warmer and flashing ability of the torch.

Get well soon, I've re-acquired a cold I shook off, just in time to go to a Christmas get-together. Grrr!

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

I had the blue. It was a very good little device. But it seems like I can't find it online now. Mine broke. Want another but want the same as it was so good. Anyone know where can be found? The link here doesn't bring it up. Thanks

September 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHunter

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