Product Type: Hasbro gadgets
Newest Review: ... 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 ... more
Hands up if gloves just aren't enough!
Heaties USB Rechargeable Hand Warmer
Member Name: steves001
Heaties USB Rechargeable Hand Warmer
Date: 19/01/12, updated on 07/04/12 (132 review reads)
Advantages: Simple, effective, rechargeable, inexpensive
Disadvantages: I want one of these for both hands now!
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!
* www.geniegadgets.com/heaties-usb-handwar​ ;mers.html
[© SteveS001 2012. A version of this original review may appear on other review sites]
Summary: Neat little gadget helps keep hands warm in cold weather
More reviews in the field of Gadget
- Great little can opener if you don't mind one thing....
- Not bad overall
- Clearly a gimmic but excellent for small children.
- For perfectly baked cakes
- How to murder a lemon....
- A Cow to Light My Way
- An alarm clock with a light on it, what more can I say?
- Great Little Time Keeper!
- Egg~tremely cute!