Reviewed by David Savage
The sun is shining and the weather here in Yorkshire today is glorious and hot. A great day for not having to worry about keeping warm … or is it? I have a problem with cold hands, sometimes freezing cold, while half of the time they don’t feel cold to me. So even while the rest of me seems warm, or even hot, my hands are cold to touch. Apart from wearing gloves constantly, and wearing them indoors would be extremely odd (at least I think so anyway), it is just something I have to put up with. Until now.
When Zippo asked me to try out their new HeatBank Rechargeable Hand Warmer & Power Bank I jumped at the opportunity, although I was very sceptical on how good it would actually be as I expected a warmish heat that really wasn’t worth the bother. After using it, I absolutely love it and will have to get one for my mum who has Raynaud’s, so has to keep her extremities warm, and the HeatBank will be perfect for her in the winter to keep in her pocket.
I have used hand warmers before. They are generally disposable and I don’t find them very good, not hot enough for my liking. Zippo are a well-known brand, mainly for their lighters, and they have created the HeatBank – a reusable, rechargeable hand warmer and power bank.
The Zippo HeatBank is available in two versions; 3 hour and 6 hour run times and both feature dual-sided heat.
The 3-hour Rechargeable HeatBank (RRP: £24.95) is powered by a rechargeable 2,600 mAh lithium polymer battery for lasting, dependable warmth of up to three hours. Two adjustable settings – high and low – with an operating temperature of up to 45°C. It is available in two colour options: silver and black.
The 6-hour Rechargeable HeatBank (RRP: £39.95) is powered with a 5,200 mAh lithium-ion battery, offering up to six hours of run time. It has five different heat settings and a maximum operating temperature of 50°C. It is available in two colour options: silver and green.
I was sent the 6-hour version in green for review.
The HeatBank 6 is a kidney shaped device which fits nicely into the palm of your hand with its ergonomic design. It has 5 different heat settings which are easily selected at the touch of the button. And it does a really excellent job of warming your hands. If that wasn’t enough, you can even use to pop some charge into your phone while out and about. It also has indicator lights to let you know what heat level you are set at (1-5) and also to how much charge is left in the battery.
The primary purpose of the HeatBank is to keep your hands warm and it does this fantastically well, a lot hotter than I expected. I started off using it on level 5 but very this this becomes a bit too hot to be entirely comfortable (this might be a better setting for outdoors in the winter). I found levels 2 and 3 to be the best settings for me to keep my hands warm without being uncomfortable. The heat is felt from both sides of the HeatBank and seems quite even all the way around (a bit cooler near the base).
You can get up to 6 hours usage from one charge depending on what heat level you set it at.
The secondary purpose of the HeatBank is a portable charger for your USB devices such as a phone or tablet. The supplied USB micro USB cable is used not only to charge the HeatBank but also to charge your phone. I have a Samsung Note 9 and I got a full charge into it using the HeatBank.
Overall, this is a fantastic little device that is small and light enough to keep in a pocket. It is very comfortable to hold and the one push button makes it very easy to use. It does a fantastic job of keeping my hands warm. I also found another use for it which it works well for; I suffer from migraine headaches and with then comes a lot of neck pain (all concentrated down one side) and while at home I use a hot water bottle to help relieve the pain, I obviously can’t do that while out but the HeatBank is an excellent replacement.
If you work outside or in a cold environment, enjoy camping or just generally suffer with cold hands then this is a must have little device to keep your hands nice and warm with the added bonus of being able to charge your phone too!
The only extra thing I would have liked to see supplied with it is a small bag to store it in.
RRP: £39.95 (HeatBank 6-hour)
For more information or to buy visit www.zippo.co.uk.