Product Type: Hasbro gadgets
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Warm your hands up, again and again and again...
Heaties USB Rechargeable Hand Warmer
Member Name: pmcds
Heaties USB Rechargeable Hand Warmer
Advantages: Easy to use and recharge, clear indication, works very well
Disadvantages: Costs a bit, warmth only last 15 mins or so
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.
Summary: Effective and recommended rechargeable hand warmer