I must admit that even before this year’s Polar Vortex, Alberta Clippers or just a plain ‘ol Michigan winter day, I have slowly accumulated battery powered clothing from Ansai Mobile Warming Gear. This year, these battery operated mittens, jackets and vests have been appreciated more than ever.
Let me tell you a little bit about this amazing company and their products. They make men and women’s shirts, jackets, vests, mittens and gloves. Their product line covers all outdoor sports, including hiking and hunting. They do offer a specialized line for golf and motorcycling. To be quite honest, I have been known to wear my vest or jacket to chilly football or soccer games too.
There are three heating panels within the clothing. Don’t worry, you don’t really notice these small steel alloy fiber elements. There is one heating element on the back and two panels on the chest, one on each side. You can even wash it on delicate cycle or hand wash if you prefer. Ansai recommends that you don’t wring after washing. Just for safety precautions, I try not to fold my heated clothing so that I don’t damage these panels.
Included with your heated clothing is the 7v 2.2 AhLi-Ion Battery with a charger. This battery is pretty small, about 1 inch wide by 2 inches long. It plugs right into a little cord in the pocket and tucks safely back in when you are ready to go. Ansai says that the batteries last up to 10 hours and I agree with this statement. Of course, if the battery is turned up to high, the length of duration before charging would be less. If you needed a longer duration, you are able to purchase additional batteries and change them out when necessary.
The batteries are rechargeable for over 500 cycles and it only takes 4-6 hours to recharge the batteries. The batteries are water resistant, not to be confused with water proof. Fortunately, I have not had to test just how water resistant these batteries are.
When out with your heated clothing, the batteries have four settings, ranging from low to very high. Quite honestly, out of the four settings, I have only set it at 3 a handful of times and eventually have to turn it down to 2 to stay comfortably warm without being too hot.
- Their clothing runs true to size.
- The women’s clothing have a nice feminine cut to them, my favorite being the Jackii vest and the Cypress heated jacket. Both of these have the Windshark fabric with an embossed pattern. The Windshark has a 4 way stretch, high breathable waterproof fabric.
- Ansai’s heated clothing reach 135 degrees set at full power.
- When skiing or outdoors in cold temperatures, wear your Mobile Warming gear with a lightweight moisture wicking shirt under the garment and then your coat over the jacket.
Ansai Mobile Warming is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and whenever I’ve contacted them directly, they have been very helpful and informative.