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Hand warmers

Post by geezyrider » Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:15 pm

Anybody got an idea what the best non reusable Hand Warmers on the market are? I Purchased a set of reusable Zippo Hand warmers and they just don't seem to get warm enough, besides being too bulky and uncomfortable inside the gloves.
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Re: Hand warmers

Post by ViragoJoe » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:54 am

geezyrider wrote:Anybody got an idea what the best non reusable Hand Warmers on the market are? I Purchased a set of reusable Zippo Hand warmers and they just don't seem to get warm enough, besides being too bulky and uncomfortable inside the gloves.
Hello Hal,
One sure way to keep you hands warm during the cold months is stay inside and wait until spring!

Also, you can invest in electric powered gloves. Prior to purchasing them, check and determine what the power draw is and if your bikes stator can provide sufficient power to power them and provide enough power to keep the bike battery up and the bike running. Unless, they have their own power source.

Consider: lights burning bright, coils draw, fuel pump draw and any other accessories that may have been added to the bikes current draw to see if the stator can support the extra draw of the heated gloves.

A 535cc Virago battery is around 12 AH (Amp Hour), So, I would say you stator output is somewhere in that range.

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"In the case where your Virago Charging Systems is not putting out enough power at running speeds to meet the load needs (plus keep the battery charged), then the battery has to keep contributing its own power in order to keep the bike running. Eventually it uses up all its power and goes bye-bye.

It follows that one way you can be sure your battery will discharge is to overload the system with accessories. The factory manuals/road tests call out charging power which ranges from 220 watts for earlier models to 280 wats on 1100’s. (Watts are volts times amps.) They say that’s the ouput at 5000 rpm, so at lower rpms output may also be somwhat lower. How much additional load can you put on the system? I don’t know and haven’t made a study of this. We start with the headlight (60 watts), tail light, running lights, (at maybe 30 watts?) and ignition load (?), all present when the bike runs. Then we have brake light and blinker lights, which are only on momentarily, and are probably not too much of a factor. Many owners run a set of 60 watt “driving lights” successfully, and maybe other stuff as well. Anyone with more information on this subject is welcome to contribute."

Hope, this helps or wait til spring to ride. Just say'n.

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Re: Hand warmers

Post by geezyrider » Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:18 am

Thanks Joe, for the input. I was just mainly interested in the Hand warmers one gets from over the counter. I purchased a set and used them a while back and even though the temps were in the 40's, they didn't seem to do a very good job. Got them at a convenience store. Maybe they were sitting there all summer and didn't have very good shelf life.
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Re: Hand warmers

Post by ViragoJoe » Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:34 am

geezyrider wrote:Thanks Joe, for the input. I was just mainly interested in the Hand warmers one gets from over the counter. I purchased a set and used them a while back and even though the temps were in the 40's, they didn't seem to do a very good job. Got them at a convenience store. Maybe they were sitting there all summer and didn't have very good shelf life.
Hal,
I would imagine they may have a shelf life due to the chemical properties within the packets. They state on the packaging that maximum temperature may reach 158° Fahrenheit. The operative word here is "may". Really no guarantee what temperature they will reach.
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Re: Hand warmers

Post by geezyrider » Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:25 am

Maybe I should have looked for a "Use by Date" warning, eh?
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Re: Hand warmers

Post by ViragoJoe » Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:46 am

geezyrider wrote:Maybe I should have looked for a "Use by Date" warning, eh?
Not sure if they have a use by date. Might just be hit or miss on how well they work!.
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Re: Hand warmers

Post by Schu » Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:09 pm

If you are looking to keep your hands warm while riding, then these are your best bet. I used them back when I used to ride snowmobiles. Better than heated grips or heated gloves.
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Re: Hand warmers

Post by geezyrider » Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:45 am

Thank's Schu, They sound like a winner. I only need them for a 100 mile round trip to my monthly meeting at the Washington Vintage Motorcyclists Club, and may give them a try if the next set of hand warmers don't work better. I'm gonna give the "Hot Hands" brand a try. I do have a set of Deer Skin mitts that do a pretty good job of insulation with the regular hand warmers.
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Re: Hand warmers

Post by Schu » Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:52 am

Let us know how the Hot Hands work out for you. My last ride this year was about 40 miles at 42F temperature and my frozen fingers were the only reason I turned back. I added a pair of these to my Xmas list, so we will see if Mrs Clause comes thru for me.

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Re: Hand warmers

Post by ViragoJoe » Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:03 am

Schu wrote:Let us know how the Hot Hands work out for you. My last ride this year was about 40 miles at 42F temperature and my frozen fingers were the only reason I turned back. I added a pair of these to my Xmas list, so we will see if Mrs Clause comes thru for me.
Hey Bill,
When has Mrs. Clause said no to you?! Look at all the motorcycles that are parked in your garage!! :lol:

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