Reviewed by Paul Magnan
I have worked in the building trade for several years now. One huge downside to my job is that I tend to feel really cold during the winter months. I was therefore over the moon to be offered a Zippo series 9 heatbank to review. I was already familiar with Zippo lighters which I have always found to be excellent quality. The Zippo 9s heatbank is no exception. They are available in champagne, black and silver. I received black. The product arrived quickly in perfect condition due to being so well packaged. I was surprised by how small and compact it is. For a little device it packs quite a punch so to speak.
The quality of this device is exceptional. It looks amazing, very stylish in fact. Sometimes I find I compromise on style in order to get the functionality I want but this is not the case with this product. I was amazed and delighted to find out that I could use this handy little heatbank not just to warm up my hands, but for charging my mobile phone. Because I work on various different building sites, I do like the security of knowing that I have a charged phone at all times. I will be taking this to work with me in the summer … hopefully warmer… months for the purpose of being able to charge my phone. In fact the Zippo heatbank s9 will actually charge tablets as well as smartphones as long as they have USB connectivity. I also love the fact that the heatbank will run for around 9 hours. This is plenty to cover a day at work. I also think that the heatbank would be perfect for outdoor activities, such as a winter walk or even for those with office based careers to use in a chilly office. I think it would be ideal generally speaking for people to use on their commute into work. (caution – not whilst driving, as a passenger)
Features (as per the Zippo website):
- Charges USB compatible devices including mobile phones, mp3 players, cameras, tablets etc.
- Dual sided heat up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit/50 degrees Celsius operating temperature. There are heat settings for adjustable and comfortable warmth.
- Battery and heat indicator lights.
- Rechargeable 5200 mah lithium-ion battery included for lasting reliable warmth – up to 9 hour run time.
As someone who is environmentally conscious, I am pleased that I am disposing of less waste by using this device. I also love the adjustable heat settings which are perfect for days where it’s not quite as chilly as others. The heatbank measures 4.88” x 2.38” x 0.95”. It weighs 5.52oz and has a 2 year warranty. This makes it’s £39.99 RRP exceptional value when you think that you have a portable hand warmer for around £20 a year. Note – the product does not use any fuel or burners.
I would recommend this product to others. I think it would make an excellent Mother’s Day gift for if you have a mum who likes practical gifts. I suspect that I may end up losing this heatbank to my mum! If you want to treat a special adult in your life at Easter, I think that this would be perfect for that purpose too.
Available to buy from www.zippo.co.uk.