These little hand warmers pack in a lot of heat! We were a bit skeptical at first, because the metal exterior on the original model we tested was initially cold to the touch. But once you flip the switch, you almost instantly feel it working.
The warmers are now available in three models:
- The Enduro 7800 is the largest and the longest lasting with both high (115°F) and low (109°F) settings. The heat lasts 6.5 hours on high and 7 hours on low.
- The HEF 5200 is the smallest and more compact model with a single setting that packs a punch at 117°F and can last for 5 hours.
- The Ellipse 5200 offers the best of both with high (118°F) and low (107°F) settings, plus an ergonomic oval shape (hence the name) that is a real comfy fit in the palm of your hand. Heat will last for 5 hours on high and 6.5 hours on low.
Warmth is generated on each side of the unit, so both the palm and fingers stay toasty. For the models with two temperature settings the higher one is really too warm to place directly next to your skin for any amount of time, but if you’re wearing gloves, heating a pocket, or if you slip the warmer into a pouch, the high setting is heavenly on a cold, windy day! The heat duration quoted above is a guideline, but it will vary based on the setting, the absolute outside temperature, and whether or not the unit is insulated inside a bag or a pocket.
I tried the HEF 5200 one chilly afternoon when I couldn’t get my hands warm inside, and it was just what I needed for instant warmth, and it felt so good, I didn’t want to let go! I left the Enduro out while it was heating to time how long it lasted and it was amazing – my husband (who never much comments on products I test) was really impressed at both the heat level and the duration, then he asked for one to keep out in the barn. But the Ellipse was my favorite as its oval shape grips so comfortably in your hand you’ll want to stop giving it a hand hug!
Each warmer is a multi-functional device that can also be used as a back-up battery for any mobile device that charges through a USB cable. The downside is that you can’t use the battery-charging feature while the warmer is running (always a catch!). The Enduro and HEF models also include a handy flashlight feature.
This is a well-made product, with some heft to the grip. The Enduro weighs just under 7 ounces, while the two other models are just under 5 ounces. I have pretty small hands, and can just barely wrap mine fully around the two larger models.
The button controls are located on or near the top (pending the model), so it’s easy to access with the index finger or thumb without moving your other fingers away from the warm surface. Models come in a variety of colors and trim combinations.
One thoughtful feature we learned only by speaking with the manufacturer: The unit comes ready to go – already charged. The instruction booklet will tell you to plug it in for 5 hours before use, but it’s likely not needed (only if that particular unit has been in storage for some time). Try plugging it into the charger for a quick check, but if the battery light is constant, you’re all set. Just push the button and get set to feel toasty!
Special Offer for Raynaud’s Members
Offer Code RAYNAUDS17
TrueToSource (formerly Beanworthy), the retail division of the manufacturer, is offering our members a 10% discount on these handy rechargeable, portable heaters. To place an order online, click the link below (or specific model links above) and provide the Promotion Code RAYNAUDS17 at checkout. And explore TrueToSource’s other great heated items sure to warm the hearts of Frosties, including heated desk pads, foot warmers, and heated mouse products.