Saturday, November 29, 2008

Heated powder packs for winter

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I was reading about Thomas's post on how the Japanese keep warm during winter months and I thought of all the heated powder packs that I dragged to London during the summer of 2007 after hearing much about how miserably cold London's winter can be.

Frankly, I'm surprised that these heated powder packs "Ho Ka Ron" (pardon my limited Japanese) aren't more popular over here in Europe. It functions on a really simple mechanism - just rub the packet, mixing the contents in the process and heat will be produced in a matter of minutes.
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Japan-hot-powder-packsThe heat will last for any time between 30 minutes to a couple of hours depending on the size of the pack. Some are designed to fit into your jacket's inner pockets while others are large enough to lay just below your mattress cover. One drawback, however, is that the heat is localised and you can get burnt if your skin comes into contact with it for an extended period of time.

I know for a fact that it is sold in the North Face outlet just off Covent Garden (30-32 Southampton St Covent Garden London WC2E 7HE Tel: 020 7240 9577). I have seen the shop assistants over there throw in a couple of packs for a sizable purchase.

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14 comments:

EastCoastLife said...

Just returned from China, it is getting colder and being a Singaporean, I really cannot take the cold. haha...

Deb said...

A friend gave me a whole stack of those b4 I left for my 2 week trip. Not used to the cold esp at nite, about 8 to 10 degrees, so they came in useful having one in each pocket. They worked, and stayed warm for up to 12 hours.

kyh said...

Interesting thing! So is it really THAT warm till one can get burnt?

SheR. said...

Yeah heard of that.. but never tried it. No need for it. I worked in the kitchen!!!

Dutchie said...

Just checked in my store of winter thingys n found 2 heart-shaped hot compress. I hv never used them but I gather than my hubby got them from one of his trips to finland.

It's getting colder now. I'm piling on the blankets. At some point it would be time for the feather-light downs blanket.

Joerup said...

Pssst... Japan Centre does sell these... lol

xiaocangshu said...

A few years ago a group of us were in China in winter, and one of us forgot she had such a heat pack in her pocket and put in a (wrapped and sealed) piece of chocolate. No prizes for guessing what happened next. :P But I think she managed to get it back by taking it out and letting it solidify.

Siaoeh said...

yes they do have stuff like this in UK.. and that's the good old fashion hot water bottle which uses just hot water (or from the hot tap if you have very hot ones!). I think they are ever so slightly more eco friendly than the one-use instant ones, as there's no chemicals, no waste after, though it does takes a little fuel to heat up the water. Saying that, I must admit I do have some of these with compliments of Daiso and they can be a life-saver when I'm out wandering about in the mountains or by the sea! :-)

Marti said...

When i as in japan years ago, as a student Iknew about these packs, but I always thought they were too expensive since you canonly use them once then you have to throw them away. Instead, I would buy to cans of hot coffee out of the vending machines and when they started to cool down Iwould drink them or take them home to drnk later. lol lol I love the taste of Mr Coffee canned coffee too. I can't understand why America never adopted the hot canned coffee vending machines.

Thomas said...

When I was young, we used these when we went skiing - only when we went skiing. It surprised me to see them all over the place in the winter when I came to Japan.

Martin in Bulgaria said...

There used to be hand warmers that consisted of a live burning element in a container a biut like a short hardcase spectacle holder. It lasted for around two hours They worked well but they smelt terrible from the fuems that were let off.

Duni said...

I could definitely use one of those heat packs over here in Germany! Last winter I bought the 'click and heat' variety which are based on a chemical reaction...they don't last very long, and then you have the hassle of re-heating them in a pot of hot water to be able to re-use them!

G@ttoGiallo, the Instigator said...

Found it for the first time in Paris' "Bazar de l'Hotel de Ville" in the 70th... Stunning at that time.

iWalk said...

We just bought many same heated powder packs for the people of WenChuan earthquake disaster area.

There are still many people have no house to live in this cold day.