It was my birthday coming up and unfortunately it falls within the winter months, February. me and a friend were shopping around for things he could buy me for my birthday, me not wanting him to spend a massive amount of money I was searching for small, cute and useful things. When I saw this penguin hand warmer I was in River Island and instantly knew before even knowing what it was that I wanted it. The first thing I do is check the price! especially in river island, to my surprise is was only £3.50 so I didn't feel guilty when asking for this as a present. Something even though it's small from river island I would expect the price to be a lot higher than it was.
This mini hand hot water bottle came in a clear plastic casing to keep it safe from getting damaged and dirty so because it was wrapped up it made for a nice gift. The penguin measures approximately five inches tall and is fairly flat, approximately one and a half inches thick. So this was small enough to hold in my hand comfortably. There isn't much detail on the design of this, it's fairly simple. The penguin has eyes a orange round flat beak, it's yellow belly and two feet which are flat coming off it's body. Although simple to me it's really cute and I loved it.
On the back was a flap where you can take the inside out, this is the part which heats up to keep your hands warm. I couldn't figure out how to work it but on the oval heat pad there are instructions saying:
*Do not put hot water inside
*Do not microwave
But reading a long a little more it said to snap the metal circle in half that is inside the oval, this will cause a reaction and fuse with the liquid inside heating it up. once you have done this to re heat you can put in a pan of boiling water to re use. So snapping the circle inside, it didn't even do anything with was disappointing, so I had another fiddle around with it and eventually got it to work.The liquid inside instantly hardened and turned a cloudy white and was really hot which I had to quickly put back in the penguin.
This stayed hot for around an hour and was still warm for a couple of hours after that which was surprising due to it's size. When I got round to using this for the first time it wasn't for me, but it was to keep a new born baby duckling alive who didn't have a mother. We had to have the duckling in the house until it was old enough and strong to take care of itself with the other birds, so holding this all the time for the warmth made it settle really well but when it came to night time and us having to go to sleep ourselves I first used this without the penguin casing so it didn't get dirty, I placed this under it's nesting so the duckling settled on it really well.
Even though I first used this for a duck it has come in handy a lot for myself and with the penguin cover on the top and will come in handy for times like bonfire night and at times I can't find any gloves. I've had this five months now and it's still great, still looks cute and I still love it.