Hand warmers

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Tech' started by BlueTrain, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. BlueTrain

    BlueTrain Trail Blazer

    Anyone here use hand warmers? I'm referring to the Zippo-type that use some kind of fuel, presumably lighter fluid. I realize that it doesn't get that cold in the U.K. or even where I live but I see mention of them in things I read. How do they work?

    While we're at it, anyone use the other kind, the chemical reaction type?
  2. MartinK9

    MartinK9 Section Hiker

    Had a complete batch of the chemical ones fail in Norway, despite testing before leaving the UK.

    I use the charcoal strip ones now.
  3. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    I take a pair of Little hotties per day for temps under 0F /-18 or so for trips abroad to proper cold. They stay in my mitts or gloves and save me having to keep the gloves warm inside clothing and also keep them nice and dry. Not so much use over here, it's very rarely cold enough for me to need anything. They wil do 8hrs usually, often more when it's really cold.

    Whilst the Zippo type warmers are very good, they get quite hot and I also don't want any more 'faff' than necessary..I quite like working the powder around the packet too. Martin is unlcuky, I've never had a Little Hottie fail yet.

    Morning coffee is usually had in a Nalgene, that hot Nalgene is the best hand warmer ever; especially with a litre (quart) of Java inside. Sat inside a jacket pocket, it's like a little furnace in the mornings.
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  4. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Maasdrop recently offered some USB power pack hand warmers.
  5. BlueTrain

    BlueTrain Trail Blazer

    I will agree that carrying along hot coffee in just about any container is good and I usually do on trips away from home, which I'm not allowed to do very often.
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  6. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Section Hiker

    I've used the zippo ones extensively. I spent a fair amount of time working night shifts outdoors through the winter on film sets which meant a lot of standing around being cold and miserable. A pair of them, one in each pocket of my inner jacket helped keep the core temperature up and stop me from freezing. I had a third which stayed in an outer pocket for unfreezing fingers when doing fine work where I had to take off gloves etc.

    They work much like a zippo, you fill it up with lighter fluid, put the top on and light it. I found it best to fill it, put the top on and then leave it for a few minutes so that the catalyst had vapours coming out nicely then light it, and one of those jet lighters is useful to get it going. I didn't measure using the little jug they give you, I just filled it up to the top. I could get about 12 hours use out of a fill.

    I wouldn't be without mine in that sort of situation and they went everywhere in one of my equipment boxes because you never knew when the rota would change from inside a studio to outside in the mud at no notice.
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  7. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    The iron filings tea bag things are good for work, counteracting freezy fingers, when wearing the thickest gloves is not an option.

    Or, on one occasion, strapping to my ear with a buff for soothing an 'Ice Pick Headache' .. :arghh:
    Look it up - its an actual condition.

    Got one of those Zippo things, and it's nice for onsite use, but imo it would be too much weight and faff for backpacking..

    It requires its own special fuel -
    And is already heavy by itself.
    Surely an indulgence too far??

    Those gel filled pouches which you boil, and then reactivate with clicky metal disc..?

    I always take one tea bag thingy backpacking - but never yet used it en route -

    Nice to have as an option though :geek:
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  8. BlueTrain

    BlueTrain Trail Blazer

    To be honest, it doesn't really get all that cold where I live now (Northern Virginia) to justify bothering with them and of course you don't need them in fair weather. But I just can't imagine how any of them work. On the other hand, I don't know how my 50 year old Svea stove works like a blow torch without blowing up. Hard to get started, though.
  9. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    They mainly work through a combination of blind faith - hydrocarbons - and witchcraft.

    That's all you need to know.

    You just gotta beleeeeeve hunny... :geek:

    (the iron filings are also activated by the introduction of oxygen when the packet is opened and tea bag shaken - in the presence of witch craft - of course:angelic:)
  10. MartinK9

    MartinK9 Section Hiker

    Well my box of 50 didn't work one January in Norway where it was as cold as a witches T*t..... so that puts paid to the witchcraft idea:D

    TBH as Pete says I probably had a bad batch, still that didn't cheer the other 4 blokes up who were relying on them for warm boots in the morning.
  11. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Well I can see your mistake right there Martin :rolleyeses:

    Respectful offerings, of items, must initially be made, to appease said witches.

    That they might clasp them to their own frozen bosom first.

    Then your own won't suffer malfunction....Simple stuff really.

    Schoolboy error imo :geek:
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2018
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  12. MartinK9

    MartinK9 Section Hiker

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  13. benp1

    benp1 Summit Camper

    I have a zippo hand warmer that I've never used. I wanted to take it to lapland but didn't want the faff of trying to find lighter fluid or it being confiscated. I also wanted to be able to have 1 hour of heat, then stop, then another hour etc

    I bought a USB powered one, it's excellent. Gets hot and also functions as a battery pack. We had one that we shared around to warm up hands etc
  14. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Someone mentioned these the other day.

    Sounds promising :)

    How many hours heat per charge??

    How much money he cost??
  15. benp1

    benp1 Summit Camper

  16. stonemonkey

    stonemonkey Summit Camper

    I suffer with raynaurds so if it's cold where I'm going I use them and sometimes take them to work depending where and what I am doing. But i rate them

    Bit of lighter fluid which you measure out in the little measuring cup they provide.

    They work fantastically well at first but now abit hit and miss but maybe that's due to not being used for long periods of time?
    They seem to come to abit tho after a few uses but I have found I can get any hot time from an hour to 12 hours which is annoying.

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