A heated electric jacket is a must-have winter accessory

Slippers are getting traded for boots and shirts for jackets because the weather is slowly but surely transitioning from fun in the sun to ‘get your umbrella out.’

The thing with clothing is that in order for someone to be continually kept warm, multiple layers of clothing need to be applied, and when the weather starts to clear, some of them have to be removed. It seems as though regular clothing just isn’t cutting it, and companies have been thinking outside of the box to ‘change the game’ when it comes to keeping warm.

Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to wear and walk around with an electric blanket-like jacket where you can adjust the levels of heat to suit your preference? Probably wishful thinking, right? Not at all because there is a heated electric jacket on the market you can actually buy to do precisely that.

The jacket is made up of micro-sized stainless steel strands that are interwoven and protected by a waterproof material coating – in case there are any worries about electric and water exposure. The onboard temperature control is generally powered by a low voltage rechargeable Lithium-ion battery pack that provides hours of continuous heat.

The battery can take up to 3 hours to charge and offers longer-lasting warmth that, depending on the heat setting, can usually last as follows: 8 hours on low power, 6 hours on medium, 4 hours on high, and 2 hours on extreme. Cold-affected sections like the arms, back, chest and collar can all be heated up with relative simplicity.

Most of these jackets are manufactured in the USA, so it was designed with extreme conditions (like snow) in mind. During winter, it can get pretty cold in South Africa, so the jacket will come in handy when the cold and wet weather starts picking up. Venture Heat, Nomakk, and Gerbing are some of the brands that specialise in heated apparel.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local service information close to home.

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