Battery Heated Gloves
Warmthru Fingerheaters Battery Heated Gloves
by "Mad Dog" Earle for webBikeWorld.com
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My safe prediction is that within the next year or two, motorcyclists will
be freed from their wired heated vests, pants, gloves and who knows what
Time -- and technology -- marches on, and as new generations of batteries
get smaller, lighter and more powerful, the day will soon come when the
wiring harness will go the way of the kickstarter and carburetor.
But not today...
We had such a great response to our review of the Jett battery heated vest
that we went on a search and found a couple of other battery heated vests
that we're currently evaluating.
More on that coming soon (some preliminary thoughts are included on the Jett
review page), but we also found these battery heated gloves, sold by
Warmthru in the UK, along with their version of a battery heated vest and
other garments, and we thought you might be interested in learning more.
Since I have the largest hands here, I was assigned the task of evaluating
the size XL "Fingerheaters" gloves shown here. They're made from some
type of lined Nylon-type fabric, and they're soft and comfortable with a
fleece liner and some insulation as padding.
I'd say that the Fingerheaters gloves have minimal specifications for
motorcycle use; they have a type of unnamed but apparently
abrasion-resistant material covering the fingers and palms, but no armor,
knuckle protectors or other safety features normally found on gloves
designed for motorcycling. They also have a Velcro strap on the back
of the wrist that provides some adjustment.
The gauntlet is non-adjustable, and I had some difficulty fitting it over
the wrists and cuff of a thick winter motorcycle jacket like the
Nevertheless, the company says that the Fingerheaters gloves are waterproof
and windproof. What makes the Fingerheaters gloves different is the
small Lithium-ion battery that's stashed away in a small pocket on the back
of each hand. The battery is 2-3/4" long by 1-15/16" wide and 9/16"
thick (69mm x 49mm x 15mm) and each one weighs 88 grams (3.125 oz.).
Warmthru Fingerheaters Battery Heated Gloves
Rechargeable Li-ion battery, pocket and on/off switch.
Fingers and protection.
Palms and protection.
The batteries are virtually unnoticeable on the back of the gloves, probably
because the gloves are light enough that the few extra ounces balance out
without a problem.
The batteries are claimed to heat the gloves to temperatures of 35C to 40C,
which is only 95 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, not very high actually.
The batteries are, of course, rechargeable; they're 3300mAh at 3.7 Volts.
The claimed charging time is 4 to 5 hours and the batteries last about 3 to
4 hours. They have a claimed 500 charge lifespan.
The gloves come with a separate charger and UK adapter; European or U.S.
adapters are available for an extra £6.00 (~$12.00) but you can use adapters
found in any electronics store. Simply plug the two wires from the
charger directly into the batteries and wait until the red LED light goes
The Fingerheaters battery heated gloves sell for £118.50, which, at the
outrageously ridiculous current exchange rate is nearly $230.00, making them
pretty much out of reach for U.S. motorcyclists.
The battery heated gloves have elements in the fingers and thumb.
There's no temperature control other than the on/off button switch on the
back of the hand. Push the button in to turn them on and out to turn
This all sounds great and I wish I could report that the gloves put out an
overwhelming amount of heat, but the lack of a heat control knob should be a
clue -- the heat inside the gloves is very subtle and not something that I
can really notice and say "Oh yeah, my hands are nice and toasty!".
In fact, I have a hard time determining whether the gloves are putting out
any heat at all. I've been called cold-hearted, but I know for a fact
that my body temperature is up around 98 degrees F. The narrow range
of heat in the Fingerheaters gloves just doesn't seem to be enough to really
The fabric is windproof and the gloves have a decent amount of insulation,
so they protect against the cold fairly well anyway, even without the
battery powered heating elements turned on.
I have to really concentrate to feel any of the heat, and my wife says that
if you have to do that, then I'm not feeling anything. I don't know...
it's hard to say, as the gloves do keep my hands warm, but how much warmer
the battery heated gloves are compared to other winter motorcycle gloves is
up for debate.
The so-called "winter" weather here recently hasn't helped much with an
evaluation of battery heated gloves -- yesterday was December 23 and the
temperature was in the 60's (F) and I went out for a nice, long ride with
nothing but a pair of
Roadgear overpants and the
Cayenne jacket over a cotton long-sleeved T-shirt.
Maybe if the weather gets really nasty, I'll discover that the heat really
does make a difference. On second thought, with the way it's been
going with global warming, maybe we won't need the wires OR the battery
heated gloves any time soon...
Review: Warmthru Fingerheaters Battery Heated Gloves
Retail Price: £118.50
Sizes: S to XL
|Notes: These gloves were provided by Warmthru for this
evaluation. Warmthru also makes a budget and mid-range
heated glove. Review Date: December 2006
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