A heated vest is actually pretty simple and somewhat like the way a space heater works. It’s not complicated or high-tech and is quite affordable. It is made from the highest quality of synthetics to handle the wiring network and heat whether a standard vest or one of the best heated vests on the market.
The heated vest has a level of electricity that travels through a metal device that works like a resistor, converting the current into heat. It’s basically the same thing as currents that run through computers or batteries which is why they become quite warm. Unlike these devices, where heat is not wanted, the heat in the vest is meant to be there.
The heat is created by a flexible mesh which is located in various areas of the vest where heat is needed. If you are concerned about the heat, there is a limit to the level of heat that will be produced by the vest.
The vest’s power supply is a rechargeable battery pack which is lithium-ion which is common in most other devices including flashlights, phones, power tools, etc. The batteries can come in various forms such as AA battery shapes or some look like bricks. The batteries are not as heavy as they used to be but they do add some weight to the vest.
Simply place the heated vest on and then put on a heavier jacket, coat or other gear. Then sip it up, snap it closed or whatever style closes the jacket. Once everything is in place and you are comfortable, turn the heat on. Vests can be different and operate differently but generally, it’s an on and off button along with a temperature control button or knob.
Depending on the design, some have a simple knob or controls where others have a small display or can work with your phone using its Bluetooth feature. Keep in mind, the batteries will not last a long time.
Most of these vests are machine washable unless the label specifies otherwise. If it’s washable make sure you remove the batteries, the controls, and, in some cases, you will have to remove the heating elements.
Always make sure to read the instructions for proper care of the vest as they can vary from one to another. Again, as these vests are very simple in technology, there are no standards beyond the basic safety and quality control regulations and the principles of safety when dealing with electric heat directly on your body.
That pretty much depends on your preferences and taste when it comes to the materials and design. That said, there are some things you should look for such as materials that can be environmentally “unfriendly”. So always check the material and read any information about it. There might be other things that might matter more to you than other things including if it’s the best heated vest on the market. At this point, we have listed some factors you might want to think about.
If You Ride A Bike
Whether it’s a standard bike, a motorcycle, moped, ATV, etc, you are moving faster than if you were simply walking. You should know that you are moving at a pretty good clip so you should look for materials that are water-resistant and are wind-breakers. If you are riding around on an open vehicle like the above, you are exposed to the elements so you need to consider something like vinyl. Again, read the package or ask someone in the store to help you out.
Consider Your Gender
The only reason I mention this, there are three kinds to choose from. Men, Women, and Unisex. In most cases, women can wear any one of the three styles but a women’s heated vest will look really strange on a man where unisex are more practical in there shape.
Are You Wearing More Clothing Over This?
Outside of your basic jacket, if you will be wearing more items over the vest, keep in mind that some items might be too bulky or possibly not bulky enough. If so, choose a vest that is not overly padded which would make wearing other items difficult to do.
Picking The Right Size
I’m not really sure if these vests come in different sizes but I would definitely check and then choose what is your normal size.
Let’s face it, nothing in life is perfect, everything has its upsides and downsides. These heated vests are no different. Even the very best heated vest has its ups and downs:
The Upsides –
- If you live in a really cold climate, a heated vest is an excellent choice, it’s like being wrapped up in a really warm blanket.
- Because they are designed neutrally, you will not stand out or feel out of place.
- Heated vests are very comfortable to wear,
- They provide good warmth for a decent amount of time.
- Heated vests are rechargeable.
- Most are machine washable.
- They are a little more expensive than a standard vest but not to the insane.
The Downsides –
- They fit tightly.
- Some vests only have a few preset levels rather than digitally controlled.
- Buying clothing can be a problem due to size, gender, or other reasons.
- Batteries will run out, so do not depend on using this vest for long survival trips.
- The heat is provided in very specific areas.
Be sure to shop around before deciding on just one vest. There are different designs and materials to choose from along with how bulky it will be. Happy Shopping!
Now that you know the ups and downs, keep in mind when you have to recharge the vest you must be by your phone, tablet or vape pen. You will need a USB port but hopefully, the entire world will have these ports by next year.