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Bluesman
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PostSubject: Battery heated gloves   Sun Nov 06, 2011 5:57 pm

Bought these battery powered heated gloves in Maplin today - £14.99
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3 AA batteries in each cuff for about 2 hours power. Guy in the shop tested them with rechargeables and they seem fine. Okay - they don't have armour but they have a big cuff to go over your sleeve and can be used on or off the bike in winter. I can use these on either of my 2 bikes. I thought for the price and if using rechargeables, they were a bargain. Very comfy and well padded with non slip rubber grip. Went out for a ride yesterday and my fingertips were just starting to hurt on the open road. I have not got heated grips so thought I'd give these a whirl - will let you know how well they work when it gets cold (I did suffer quite a bit last year with frozen digits being that I like to ride through the winter except when it's icy of course).
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:03 pm

I have thought about heated gloves in the past but dont like the idea of a wires attached to gloves, Seems like a novel alternative.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:16 pm

They also have heated waistcoats, insoles etc. Maybe we need never be cold again - as long as you've got lots of batteries!! Only fingers seems to bother me although I understand if you heat up your body, the extremities get warmer.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:51 pm

Rode today with gloves switched on - face was a bit chilly in my full face helmet but fingers as warm as toast. We will see how they perform when the temperature really drops. As for the face, when the winter takes hold I shall wear my balaclava.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:44 am

This interests me.
My ride to work is only 7 mile, but in the winter, my fingers suffer, the seven miles is just long enough for pain.
I don't want to mess with wires and connectors on my little 125, so these seem ideal. Not bothered about waterproofing really, as I find when it's raining, it's not as cold anyway, and I can use other gloves.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:46 am

Badger wrote:
This interests me.
My ride to work is only 7 mile, but in the winter, my fingers suffer, the seven miles is just long enough for pain.
I don't want to mess with wires and connectors on my little 125, so these seem ideal. Not bothered about waterproofing really, as I find when it's raining, it's not as cold anyway, and I can use other gloves.

Seems ideal for what you want! The large are quite big (ex.large?) and the medium would suit a lot of people but best to try. I went into Swansea store and they had loads by the door - at that price I would think they will sell. There's not an excess of heat but will keep away the painful fingers I'm sure. At least it gives me something to do with all these rechargeable batteries I've got lying around!
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:20 pm

Very clever, I might get a set for my pushbike
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:18 pm

Went out today. Wore the gloves without switching them on. Rode for 1/2 hour and the wind chill was up a bit but the fleecy lining kept fingers ok. Then as my fingers started to complain as I went over the Gower at speed, I stopped and switched the heat on. Wow - what a difference - hands felt at normal temperature - I felt I could ride all day. Seems much safer to me to have full response of the fingers. Batteries seem to have lasted a couple of hours now (2300 rechargeable). Will recharge every couple of rides I think. My rides in the winter can be about and hour now - last year kept to 1/2 hour ish. Sooooooo........went off to Maplins this afternoon and got another pair to keep in the box in case these break sometime down the line and they stop making them. I prefer the AA battery ones - could not be bothered with being connected to the bike battery but for longer tours, I suppose this would be the way to go. I am not usually bothered by the wind underneath my full face helment but of course with warm hands, today I did notice. Still everything helps when you are a winter rider! We'll see how they cope when the temps drop nearer to freezing (I don't ride below about 2 degrees C and won't if there is any danger of ice) Heated grips are fine as well I'm sure but as I ride 2 bikes, I find the heated gloves a better option, particularly as I have a habit of changing my bikes from time to time!
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:51 pm

Well after reading what you have said after testing them I reckon a trip to Maplins could be in order for me, at that price and your recommendation of the product, that's good enough for me
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:20 pm

The proofs in the pudding at at that price, happy days.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:19 am

I have a pair now, but not tested them yet.
I have bought a charger that takes 8 batteries, so that is the gloves, and two batteries over. I have 12 batteries, so as it takes about 180 mins to charge, it should be ok for what I need. I see you can get solar chargers, but we don't get a lot of sun in Wales, especially in the winter.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:09 pm

Badger wrote:
I have a pair now, but not tested them yet.
I have bought a charger that takes 8 batteries, so that is the gloves, and two batteries over. I have 12 batteries, so as it takes about 180 mins to charge, it should be ok for what I need. I see you can get solar chargers, but we don't get a lot of sun in Wales, especially in the winter.

Glad you got them - be interesting when you have tried them. On chargers....I have two, one is a slow 20 hour trickle job for 4 (which I believe gives max life to batteries) and the other an ultra fast one which will charge 4 in 1/2 hour but will give shortest battery lfe. I most often use the fast one, because I can't wait! I am charging 4 and then flicking on to the 2 charge setting so six batteries takes me about 45 minutes. The slower chargers probably give longer power output as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:04 pm

It's gotta be good. Before now, I have had to stop at the side of the road about a mile from work, as it was too painful to continue. My workplace is just that little bit too far to ignore the cold in the fingers.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:38 pm

I went in to Maplins after reading your post about these Bluesman. Asked the girl behind the desk about them and she said that they'd had a few pair brought back by motorcyclists because the fingers are not heated, just the palms. She warned me off them by also telling me that they shouldn't be left on for longer than about 10 mins at a time and that they were designed to be turned on / off as required rather than left on constantly. Didn't fancy pulling in every 10/15 mins to turn them on / off so consequently I didn't buy them .. sound like she didn't know what she was talking about !

Planning to get heated grips as soon as i can anyway but might get a pair of these in the meantime after all these comments.



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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:06 am

Twojobmick wrote:
I went in to Maplins after reading your post about these Bluesman. Asked the girl behind the desk about them and she said that they'd had a few pair brought back by motorcyclists because the fingers are not heated, just the palms. She warned me off them by also telling me that they shouldn't be left on for longer than about 10 mins at a time and that they were designed to be turned on / off as required rather than left on constantly. Didn't fancy pulling in every 10/15 mins to turn them on / off so consequently I didn't buy them .. sound like she didn't know what she was talking about !

Planning to get heated grips as soon as i can anyway but might get a pair of these in the meantime after all these comments.



Mick

Interesting..........I rode for about 1/2 hour -seemed nice and warm. The wires go along the fingers. I will try when we get a really cold day and report back!
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:42 pm

I was going to try these out today, but one set of batteries had drained.
My fault, as when I checked the packs, one was already switched on.
My advice here, is to put them safe, with the pack out of the glove, visibly
switched off, as when they are in the glove, it is real easy to accidentally
switch it on when moving them around.

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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:28 pm

i want some! my fingers were numb after 1/2hour yesterday, also thinking of making some jury rigged wind deflectors i can slip over the levers.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:43 pm

Good wind deflectors cost around £80, or you can do the old dispatch rider's trick,
and cut down a couple of plastic milk cartons.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:48 pm

milk cartons eh, i was thinking of fashioning something out of some black sheet rubber i have. before i get any sarky comments its sound insulating rubber.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:06 am

Or handlebar muffs Miker, look a bit woosy but they do the job mate !
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves    Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:52 pm

bloody hell mick we complained when zen(dave) was going to wear his -------mind you it was august!
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:58 pm

Zen seems to have disappeared off the face of the planet, he went from very active to not seen almost over night, not sure why
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:01 pm

miker wrote:
i want some! my fingers were numb after 1/2hour yesterday, also thinking of making some jury rigged wind deflectors i can slip over the levers.
I managed to get hold of an old screen off of a mate, I might try cutting it soon and try to make some screen lowers and some wind deflectors for my hands. if it works great, if not then nothing lost!
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves    Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:11 pm

Know what you mean MrI mick pmed & texted him last time we rode out but got no responce so don't know what's happening?
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:36 am

why do i get the strange feeling that if i get the heated gloves that my knees and feet will be next to be unbearably cold, heated knee pads and socks anyone
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:24 am

Yeah I been giving this some thought, I reckon we should sell our bikes and buy nice warm cars lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves    Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:19 pm

Bloody hell MrI that's a bit extreem, what sort of car that will put a smile on your face and get you through traffic?
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:31 pm

I think it's called a Sherman
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:11 pm

A tank up the high street now thats the sort of thing dreams are made of lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:10 am

Wings have had foot warmers for a long time. Two little flaps that open on the chrome lower body panel to direct engine/radiator heat to flow around your boots. Not so much warming your feet as you notice they're not overly cold. Manual operation from the rider's position. Close them on hot days!
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:21 am

Now thats Very clever
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:38 pm

Yes let's not forget the bike's natural central heating system - I often rest my hands lightly on the engine sides when stopped at lights. Storing gloves on the engine whilst parked (not too hot of course!) is another. I like the boot warmer idea too!
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:15 pm

Went out yesterday and really got sore fingers even with my armoured gloves and inner gloves so.............today I went out with the Maplin Specials, fully charged and switched on from home. Very good and with the wind it was pretty cold here. I could feel the wires touching my fingers. After an hour with them on (stopped a couple of times but left them switched on) only one finger was feeling slightly cold (left hand index always my worst) but as I wont ride more than about 3 more degrees colder I recon the heated gloves with my inners should see me through the winter. Trouble is, as someone said, my feet got a bit cold today - you can't win! Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:16 pm

They certainly do the job. I went to work, and one glove wasn't working.
Got to work, and one hand was freezing, and the other was fine.
There's the proof.
[a little bit of wire under the connector fixed it].
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:31 pm

Definitely going to get some of these. It's starting to get really painful riding to work. Made the mistake of putting my hands straight on the radiator once I got there to warm up. Felt like my fingertips were going to explode out of the ends of my gloves, incredibly painful. The heated gloves wont be armoured, but I actually think its more dangerous having armoured hands that are so cold they can't operate the controls properly, rather than nice warm unarmored hands.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:46 am

Bunso Steel wrote:
Definitely going to get some of these. It's starting to get really painful riding to work. Made the mistake of putting my hands straight on the radiator once I got there to warm up. Felt like my fingertips were going to explode out of the ends of my gloves, incredibly painful. The heated gloves wont be armoured, but I actually think its more dangerous having armoured hands that are so cold they can't operate the controls properly, rather than nice warm unarmored hands.

Good point about warmth being safe. I put ordinary thin leather driving or ladies gloves inside my Maplin heated gloves as they are quite a generous fit anyway. This gives a little more protection from possible scrapes as well as even more warmth. Make sure you get rechargeable batteries if you get the gloves - that way you can always have them fully charhged before you go out. The little switch can go to off easily when you are putting the gloves on so a little tip is to put sellotape over it. You can still see the red l.e.d. and it gives you peace of mind that they are actually on. In the recent near zero riding conditions my hands have not been warm in them but definitely not cold!
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:55 am

John is right there, these gloves are not 'hot' or the same as heated grips turned up full, but they do take that 'painful edge' off the ride.
I am thinking of getting a pair of handlebar mitts to help as well, to remove the wind chill factor.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:09 am

Badger wrote:
John is right there, these gloves are not 'hot' or the same as heated grips turned up full, but they do take that 'painful edge' off the ride.
I am thinking of getting a pair of handlebar mitts to help as well, to remove the wind chill factor.

Check out the Tech-7 mitts at M&P - I got a pair for £18 and they really do cut out the wind - look a bit big mind, but better than being cold!
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:59 am

I went to buy some last week & they had none
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:16 am

Mr Intruder wrote:
I went to buy some last week & they had none

John must have had the last pair. [ I wouldn't let that lie if I were you ]
Badger . . . champion shit stirrer 1997 - 99
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:04 pm

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Badger . . . champion shit stirrer 1997 - 99
Bloody hell Badger, I am so sorry but I am going to have to have to remove you from the forum as we have a minimum age of 16yrs old. By your own admission you are 2yrs old.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:32 pm

Nice knowing you Badger
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:19 pm

Mr Intruder wrote:
I went to buy some last week & they had none

Gloves or mitts?
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:06 pm

Gloves, they had heated vests in though that I was tempted at buying, but didn't.
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:57 pm

I think they're still around - I've seen them in a couple of branches lately. I removed the innards of one glove to fit inside my normal bike glove. So now I have 1.5 pairs! The inner fits well inside the leather glove but I have still to find a way of housing the battery pack. If I do work it out I might have a cheapo pair of battery heated armoured gloves!

I think the answer will be to lengthen the cable and push the pack under the glove strap - perhaps you can get spare extension connectors?
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:54 am

Handlebar muffs sure do look goofy but you know what - they really work!
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Sat Feb 04, 2012 8:04 am

CycleBiker wrote:
Handlebar muffs sure do look goofy but you know what - they really work!

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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:38 am


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just a thought john...this stuff is great, up their with cable ties .
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PostSubject: Re: Battery heated gloves   Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:17 pm

peter perfect wrote:

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just a thought john...this stuff is great, up their with cable ties .

Good idea - I think I've got some of that somewhere!
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