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Today we can combat the cold weather with some awesome technology of powered clothing using a rechargeable battery, and keep the warmth within the heated gloves, jacket or vest for several hours while on the go.
We use micro-alloy fibers for heating panels in our 12v Power Sports line, which provide durability, comfort and allows for more electrical current to travel through, thus improving heating efficiency. The micro-alloy fibers are ideal for larger heating surfaces while still being able to withhold a larger power supply – perfect for our 12 volt jackets, vests and pants. The micro-alloy fiber also provides enough strength to reach full heating capacity in under 10 seconds.
We offer Heated jackets, heated vests, heated gloves and heated socks by Mobile Warming and Venture Heat. Most insulating cold weather clothing can’t change their essential functions on the fly. So in stop-and-start activities such as hiking or skiing, you may find yourself sweating while you’re working hard then freezing when you’re resting.
Not anymore. Our heated garments solve both these problems, creating core body warmth only when you need it. You can turn down or turn off the heating when exercising to prevent overheating and turn it on again during rest periods to prevent that after-exercise chill. If the weather is a little warmer, detach the controller and battery easily, and wear it as a regular apparel.
Battery heated clothing with good, windproof insulation will trap the heat better meaning the heat generated will cocoon around your core, keeping you warm longer. This means you can lower the heat setting on the controls while still staying warm. As a result, the battery will last much longer than if you left it on continuously. So the better insulation is like a battery extender – increasing your warmth time. In the cold world outside, wind can suck the heat from your body, negating the benefit of any fabric insulation if the heated garment fabric is not windproof. One example is if you have ever been outside wearing a polar fleece jacket, a brisk breeze picks up and the wind just cuts right through as if you have nothing on.
2. Controller for adjusting the heating
If your heated clothing has appropriate insulation, you probably won’t need to have the heat level on the highest setting all the time so to extend your battery heating time, choose a model that has at least a high and low heat setting. More than three heat levels will become confusing so don’t pick a model with a complicated control system. Basically, if the controller has more than one button, it’s going to get too complex to use when you are out in the elements and want to simply adjust the heat. For our convenience, you’re are not going to want to dig around down inside your garment for the battery pack just to adjust the heat levels so look for a model that has a separate heat level controller and battery pack.
3. Heated Clothing – Batteries
What you don’t know CAN hurt you! This is one of the most important, but often overlooked issue when buying a rechargeable heated garment. Getting this issue wrong can be a real pain (literally!). Many battery heated jackets and vests are supplied with their own custom rechargeable battery. Lithium-ION batteries are used in most of the world’s laptop computers and five (5) million of them were recalled with the US Government in the 12 months to October 2007 because they can self ignite, catch fire and explode and some were doing just that! This would not be a good feeling when you’re actually wearing the incendiary battery on your person. Overcharging an unprotected rechargeable lithium battery will likely result in explosion and/or fire. Good lithium polymer battery packs have protection to prevent this built right into the battery pack to protect against such overcharging. You don’t want a system that has the overcharge protection built in the charger in case you accidentally plug in the wrong charger.
4. Impact Protection
To protect the soft battery cells, the battery pack as a minimum should have a rigid polymer/plastic casing. Further, some models have increased added protection such as neoprene outer cases to further to protects the battery cells against impact damage (when you take it out and accidentally drop it – it will happen!).
5. Separate Charging and Use power sockets
Preferably, the rechargeable battery pack has one socket for charging it and one socket for using it. This is much safer than one socket for both charging and using. Also, the socket sizes should be different so you can’t get confused about which socket to plug into.
6. Other safety issues
A common concern about heated clothing seems to be a misconception about electrocution, particularly when it rains. It’s virtually impossible to be electrocuted by portable heated clothing. Since most rechargeable heated clothing systems such as Venture heated vests and heated jackets run on low voltages less than 10V, you could jump into a river and the worst that could happen is you’d feel a mild buzz. Most battery heated clothing runs at voltage of only 7.4Volts which is lower than used in many children electronic toys.
What about that High Frequency EMF radiation? All battery powered electric heated clothing is also safe from high frequency EMF. The voltage operating any battery operated heated clothing is less than 13V DC, and the frequency is 0 Hz so there is no EMF.
Poor workmanship is another story. In 2007 at least one maker of battery heated clothing had their products recalled by a national retailer due to the risk of it overheating or catching fire. As with any product, all heated clothing is not created equal. Bad wiring design and workmanship can cause “hot spots” which do have a safety risk. You need to be confident the product you are buying is a safe one. So how can you develop this confidence? Firstly, check the manufacturer has independent tests to verify safety.