This article, and distribution, was paid for by Zippo and produced in conjunction with POWDER.
Humans have mapped the depths of the ocean and landed robots on Mars, so why are we still shaking bags of hot sand to keep our hands warm on the ski hill? This winter, Zippo has decided it's high time for a heat alternative, introducing a new rechargeable hand warmer, the HeatBank 3, to their existing line of refillable and rechargeable hand warmers. That's right, the company known for its lighters is bringing a different kind of fire this ski season—straight to your glove game.
Unlike traditional, one-use hand warmers, the Zippo HeatBank 3 and 6-Hour Rechargeable Hand Warmer are designed to be used every single day of your ski trip. Simply charge the 6-Hour Rechargeable Hand Warmer overnight and score consistent heat up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit for six hours (the HeatBank 3 reaches temperatures of 113 degrees Fahrenheit over 3 hours). Sure, the ski day is eight hours long, but with the heater's on and off button, you can save heat for when you need it most. The warmers also feature adjustable heat settings (five levels with the 6-Hour and two levels for the HeatBank 3), giving you personalized heat control and avoiding the hot mitten soup of hand warmers past.
At roughly the size of an old iPhone 4, the warmers aren't going to sit in your glove all day, but they do fit comfortably in a jacket pocket. Each provide an even, dual-sided heat, making it easy to bring both of your hands back to life on the lift ride up or before ratcheting down the roof rack in the parking lot.
But Zippo didn't stop at keeping our digits alive and kicking. The Zippo rechargeable hand warmer collection also features a USB port for charging electronics. Thanks to the 6-Hour Rechargeable Hand Warmer's 5200 mah lithium ion battery (no fuel or burners here), smart devices can now get enough juice to last until final bell, or at least long enough to figure out where the aprés is at.
Ah the future, coming in hot.