Reusable Hand Warmers Vs. Disposable Hand Warmers: Choosing the Right Type

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Published: 20th December 2010
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Portable hand warmers provide heated comfort to people roughing the elements. There are two major categories of portable hand warmers, disposable and reusable, and deciding on a category involves some cost/benefit analysis. This article does just that.


Googleís search engine was used to find the price range of disposable and reusable hand warmers. Many experts believe that people typically only browse the first three pages of a search engine, so only the first three pages were analyzed. The keyword phrase "portable hand warmers" was used to search for disposable hand warmers, and the phrase "battery operated hand warmers" was used for reusable hand warmers. The price range for disposable hand warmers fell between $0.26 and $0.59 per unit. The price range for reusable hand warmers fell between $39.50 and $59.99.


Now letís assume a consumer purchased two portable hand warmers, a disposable and a reusable, and got the cheapest price for both. Letís also assume the consumer uses both products 500 times, since that is the number of times a reusable hand warmer can be used without showing signs of diminished effect (according to one manufacturerís user manual). Over the course of 500 uses, the consumer will spend $130 more for disposable hand warmers. Of course, this excludes the cost associated with repeated visits to a retailer for the purchase of disposable hand warmers. Reusable hand warmers have a clear cost advantage over disposable hand warmers when used frequently. However, for the infrequent user, disposable hand warmers may make more sense (much like the disposable camera is for people who seldom use cameras).


That covers the cost part of analysis, and now itís time for a discussion of benefits. Reusable hand warmers last up to 10 hours, while disposable hand warmers last up to 18 hours. In other words, disposable hand warmers can last for every hour a person is awake. Reusable hand warmers require more selective use. Reusable hand warmers also require an energy source to recharge. Reusables are only practical for one day excursions, and not for week-long camping trips without an energy source. To summarize, reusable hand warmers are more cost effective if used frequently, but disposable hand warmers have more flexibility for use.Buy a portable hand warmer today!

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