Review by Susie; Product provided for review by ThermaCELL Heat Packs
I will come right out and admit it. I’ve bought those chemical heat packs, my family has given them to my for Christmas and my birthday, and I seem to have them stashed just about everywhere. But the environmentalist in me just cringed every time I had to rip open that foil packet and I would feel like I was literally throwing out money by needing to use them. Yet, if I’m cold… well, I’m cold. Heat packs are practically a way of life for me in the winter.
That would be when ThermaCELL came to my rescue with their HeatPack products: heated insoles, hand warmers and a pocket warmer. For this review, I’ll be looking specifically at the pocket warmer, which ThermaCELL sent me to review. The large pocket warmer is 4 inches x 2.8 inches x 0.45 inches in dimension and is equipped with an integrated rechargeable Lithium-ion Polymer battery in addition to a USB wall charger with USB charging cord.
Other features include:
- Charges in 4 hours or less
- Lasts up to 6 hours per charge
- Thin and lightweight
- Easily turn off at the touch of a button
- Indicator light to show status (on/off) and heat setting
- Three temperature settings reaching up to 116°F
- Lasts up to 6 hours of constant heat per charge
Additionally, the unit itself has a red, texture material on one side which is where the heat radiates from. The Pocket Warmer is charged through a micro-USB cable, which is the same as my cell phone. I love it when the chargers are a standard format so that you don’t have to worry about losing the proprietary cable and, therefore, needing to spend a fortune to have your gadget up and running again. ThermaCELL goes so far as to include a diagram demonstrating charging the Pocket Warmer through your laptop. Talk about convenient!
Going forward with the Pocket Warmer, my primary concern is going to be where to stash it when exploring the great outdoors and where it would be the most helpful. If I put it in a pocket in my coat, will it be able to dissipate the heat to my core through my other layers? Unfortunately, I don’t typically have pockets on the layers closest to my skin and, if I don’t, they are not big enough for the Pocket Warmer. Fortunately, the temperatures are only going to get colder for the rest of the year, so I’m going to have plenty of opportunities to try it out and find where it works best for me. Stay tuned to see what my thoughts are in the next few weeks!