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Zippo Hand Warmer 2012
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- Zippo's award winning rugged all-metal with stamped Zippo logo. Sleek, compact design fits comfortably into pocket or gloves. Easily refillable with Zippo premium lighter fluid to prodcue constant warmth for up to 12 hours.
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Zippo Refillable Chrome Hand Warmer. Enjoy the Great Outdoors even when it's cold outside. Our rugged, metal hand warmer has a high-polish finish and a sleek, thin design that easily fits into pockets. It's virtually odorless (great for hunters) and provides up to 12 hours of gentle, consistent heat. It's refillable with Zippo Premium Lighter Fluid, so it doesn't end up in a landfill.
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My body struggles to stay warm often, so this warmer is quite a blessing. It just so happened that I was out of town this weekend, first real cold front of the year, my friends decided to take me to a restaurant with outdoor seating, and I hadn't quite packed warm enough clothing. Zippo hand warmer to the rescue! I only put 6 hrs' worth of Zippo fluid into it and it ended up going for 12 hours. Even though I only had one, it kept me comfortably warm.
A few observations:
1) Take your time in filling it up, as it's easy to fill it too fast and have it spill. Wipe off the extra and wait a minute for the excess to evaporate.
2) The instructions say you're supposed to use 2x the fuel the first time you use the unit. See #1 -- I tried putting fuel in too fast and ended up spilling a bit, which ignited on me when I went to warm the burner. Not a big deal -- just blow it out. Still, it was a bit exciting for a few seconds.
3) The warmer put off a noticeable burning charcoal lighter-fluid smell on the first burn. Subsequent burns haven't produced this.
4) It's best to let the unit get up to temperature by leaving it UPRIGHT outside of the pouch for a good 5-10 minutes until it gets almost too hot to touch, then put it in the pouch. It'll stay nice & warm from that point forward. I've occasionally had it lit, then set it down flat only to find that it had extinguished itself. I finally figured out that laying it sideways was sending liquid into the catalyst, quenching it. The catalyst works on vapor, not liquid.
5) After refueling, wait at least a minute after attaching the burner before trying to light it. The catalyst works by oxidizing the vapors from the fuel. Giving the vapors time to permeate the burner will make lighting much easier and faster.
6) In the initial stages (after filling, after lighting), I find it helps to prop the burner upright to help get the fuel vapors rising into the catalyst.
7) If the burner and/or cover aren't fitting tightly, you can squeeze the edges closer together with your hands/fingers. I've not had a problem with the burner popping off like other reviewers had, but I did tighten mine up to be on the safe side.
I'm planning on buying a second unit, so I can have one in each pocket.
*** Update 11/19/2013 ***
Okay, so I've since bought a second one and have had the chance to use these about 10 times now. They definitely get easier to light after the first 1-2 times. I'm still getting ~12 hrs out of "6 hours" worth of fuel according to the little Zippo fuel filler cup. I've also tossed these in the bed a few times as well on the cooler nights when I didn't feel like turning the central heat on. I also notice that there's virtually no smell from them when they're going unless you have them right up near your face.
I'm really surprised at just how well these work at keeping me warm, and I do get chilled very easily. In times when I'd normally need a jacket, these keep me plenty comfortable without. I also have to say that they get plenty warm. I'm not sure how/why people aren't getting plenty of heat out of them -- I get plenty, enough that the warmer can't be held comfortably in my hand without being inside the felt pouch.
Here's my advice to get the most out of your warmer:
* Give the heater some time to get going before you drop it in the pouch - when the heater is almost too hot to touch, drop it in the bag.
* If you want REAL WARMTH, ditch the fleece pouch and put it directly in a pocket. The pouch extends the burn time, but significantly reduces the heat output.
* you can also regulate the heat output by leaving the drawstring open and exposing the catalytic burner to more O2. Conversely, closing the drawstring will reduce the heat.
*DO NOT place the metal warmer directly against your bare skin for more than a few seconds as it WILL cause a burn. (this is especially important if your fingers have gone numb from cold)
If you don't mind the filling process and keeping fuel around, you'll appreciate the extra warmth for your fingers.
Let the warmer sit outside of the pouch to give it plenty of oxygen while it heats up. If you don't do this, it will only get a little warm (which could be what you want if it's not all that cold out). By letting it breathe, it will get hot enough to seriously burn you without its pouch. The more air, the hotter it gets. The down side is that more air uses more fuel, although even in open air this thing goes and goes. I let mine sit outside the pouch for a good 10 to 15 minutes while I'm getting other things taken care of. By the time I pick it up to put it in the pouch, OUCH! Ya, it's very hot. In comparison to the chemical warmers, here are some pro's and con's:
Pro's: MUCH cheaper than the cost of the chemical warmers, even when considering the cost of fuel (which is very little). MUCH hotter than the chemical warmers. Better dispersion of the heat... it may be a picky thing, but the manner in which it heats feels considerably different than the chemical warmers. Lasts longer than the chemical types. For those environmentally conscious, it's re-usable... you aren't throwing something in the trash. The chrome finish is very nice, and when the unit is only warm, it has a nice smooth feel out of the pouch. The metal is plenty strong and lightweight. Funny that something so hot could also look so cool.
Con's: You have to light it. If you have no lighter or matches, this could be a problem. Side Note - the chemical types need to be shaken to get air in them in order for the chemical reaction to take place and make them reach their potential heat. Once you are used to lighting this, you'll find the lighting process to be a whole lot faster than the chemical shaking process. Another small con is that every once in a while, you will smell a slight scent of fuel (this doesn't happen very often).
I love this thing, and if you're cold, you will too!
My Personal Use: I am a professional pianist/keyboardist. Often, my hands are cold, and performing with cold fingers can really be a challenge. This warmer completely fixes that. Many years ago, I remembered seeing a school friend bring one of these with him to school. That's how I even knew these existed. Years later, I found the warmers that use a liquid pouch and can be boiled to reset them for another use. After those wore out, I began using the chemical warmers. I wasn't fully satisfied with either of those two methods, so I bought this. Other than to use the chemical warmers in my winter boots, this warmer is all I need and it exceeds my demanding expectations.