Rechargeable heated clothing is on the rise. Rechargeable heated gloves, rechargeable heated socks, rechargeable heated slippers, rechargeable heated jackets and rechargeable heated vests are now incorporating some of the most cutting edge heat technology available. If you have done your research, you will see that there have been companies in and out of the rechargeable heated clothing scene since 2006. There are very few that have made it past the 5 year mark and continue to make products and update with new technology. How do you know which voltage of heated clothing is the best for you?
When looking at power sources, you need to know one thing. Is the heated garment I am looking at, made to run off of a rechargeable battery or hardwire in to an electrical system? Now to further clarify in case you are still confused, get on your thinking cap and read on.
12 Volt Heated Clothing has traditionally been for motorcycle riders
By in large, 12 Volt heated clothing made specific for motorcycle riders isn’t intended to run off of a rechargeable battery. The 12 Volt Motorcycle heated clothing is usually powered by hooking up a wiring harness to a motorcycles electrical system and using connecting wires to then produce heat. The benefit to this is extremely high heat output and greater coverage due to the large amount of energy you are connected to. The downside of 12V heated clothing is that it does require you to be tethered to a wiring system that is connected to the power source. In short, the 12 Volt Heated Clothing items for motorcycle riding are awesome on heat and extremely poor on portability and general daily use.
7 Volt is perfect for portable, rechargeable heat
Now let’s look at the 7 Volt or rechargeable battery powered heated clothing that is currently on the market. If you look at companies like Volt Heated Clothing, you will notice that the 7V portable heated products are the primary focus. This makes the Volt product line suited and perfect for not any one specific activity, they are great for everyday use. Typically these 7V items will have a rechargeable battery that will fit in a pocket on the product somewhere making it easy to incorporate and use day in and day out.
The major benefit to the 7V heated products is that they are rechargeable and portable. This allows the consumer to use their heated clothing anywhere they want. The downside is that with less voltage you get a decreased coverage area from a 12 Volt system.
5 Volt is extremely versatile and replaceable looking in to the future
When looking at 5 Volt heated clothing, the trend continues but there is a new added benefit. As the voltage of the power source decreases, so does the heat coverage. The major benefit to the 5V products is that 5 Volt power banks or batteries are extremely easy to find at most large retailers. These batteries usually charge and discharge through a USB and Micro USB connector. The 5V batteries that you use to power your heated clothing item can usually double as a backup charger for your cell phone given you have a USB charging cord for your cell phone.
3 Volt power has its place among the most elite heated clothing voltages
The 3 Volt Heated Clothing items are primarily footwear like heated socks and heated slippers. The heat for products of this nature is usually focused at the bottom of the foot in one pad. This pad can heat anywhere from your toes all the way back to your heel or just the toe area. Volt Heated Clothing uses the same heat pad for all of its heated footwear and it provides heat from the tip of your toes all the way back to the beginning of the heel. The downside of a 3V battery powered product is that heat coverage is decreased once again. The benefit to the 3V system is that you only need that amount of coverage for your feet and the batteries are a little cheaper so as to keep the MSRP as low as possible.
We hope that this information has helped clarify the different voltages used by heated clothing companies and what voltage might be best for you. If you are still unclear or have questions regarding this article, please contact VoltHeat.com at 888 518 6871 and we would be happy to further explain the products and help guide you in finding the correct heated clothing item for you. One thing to keep in mind with the different voltages is how it affects heat coverage and the wide variety of heat configurations and pad placement. That gives us a great idea on the next Volt blog post to add to the VolHeat.com blog spot!
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