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This should keep your ass warm on the go – test

This will keep your butt warm while on the go

But do you really need a seat cushion with a battery in it?

In cold periods, warmth is absolutely necessary to feel comfortable on the go. There are now a number of clothes and appliances that have battery-powered heating cables installed.

We have already tested several garments that have this solution; Gloves, sweaters, hats and shoe soles.

But there are also other types that gradually got the same solution. One of these is a seat cushion from Heat Experience – which costs you just under 500 kroner online.

We’ve now brought a couple of these with us on a trip to see if it actually makes sense to replace your regular seat cushion.

Heat experience seat cushion with heat

Heat experience seat cushion with heat

quotationA very comfortable way to sit outside in winter

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    Gives you a high level of comfort

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    Standard USB connections make it easy to connect power supplies and charging

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    The button makes it easy to see what power level you are using

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    waterproof

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    It can also be used without power

Often you attach the seat cushion to a fairly rigid board that provides free space from the cold seat. But the Heat Experience seat cushion is very flexible, so you can roll them together perfectly compactly when you’re in your backpack. The panel is still insulated and covered with a tarp that keeps water at bay. So don’t get wet even if it warms the snow you’re sitting on.

The seat cushion isn’t exactly square, and you have an “extension” on one short side where you place the battery that will push the heating cables. The compartment is closed with a regular zipper which means the battery does not fall out easily. Something we tested, for example, with the first gloves from the company, where the corresponding mechanism was a Velcro strap that didn’t quite hold up.

When you turn on the heat, or adjust the amount of power you want to use, the same extension also has the Adjust button, which is similar to the button we’ve seen in previous products from the company. You must hold the button down for a while before turning on the product before you can adjust the heat with one touch. Red represents the highest energy level, white represents middle ground and blue indicates the lowest.

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One thing we didn’t like about the previous products we tested from Heat Experience is that the gloves and jacket have special solutions for how the battery is connected and charged. The Slippers, on the other hand, had a more practical solution as they used traditional Micro-USB plugs to give the batteries new life.

It’s rarely a positive that a product has its own type of charger, rather than a standard cable that you use to charge your mobile phone, for example.

So, it’s gratifying to see that Heat Experience has brought a new twist to this seat cushion. Now you’re only using regular USB or Micro-USB to charge the battery pack – it’s basically a regular 3600mAh power bank. This has two standard USB ports, so you can charge your mobile phone while keeping your butt warm while on the go.

The disadvantage of using the battery as an emergency charger for other things, is of course that you reduce the time you have with the heat. Because without charging the phone, you will usually be able to draw about 4.5 hours of use before the battery needs to be recharged.

But we love that you have the opportunity, not least that you can charge the product with any Micro-USB cable. It’s worth noting, however, that we’d very much like to see Heat Experience use USB-C here, rather than Micro-USB, but it’s at least better than the previous proprietary solution.

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With the battery on board, the seat cushion weighs a lot more than the regular types. Our weight shows the weight goes up from around 120g to just under 250g with the battery. However, we have to say that this is not a deterrent heavy, although it is much larger than what you get with a classic foam base.

But this is not a seat cushion for you who want to save weight and possibly go on a multi-day trip. Then you might end up pulling out unnecessary empty batteries. Then other alternatives will be much better.

However, if you are taking a day trip with family or friends, where a large part of the trip involves sitting in nature around a campfire, the extra weight will not be an obstacle.

One of the things we quickly notice is that the seat cushion could have been bigger with an advantage. Now, I won’t draw any conclusions about people’s seating, but for the undersigned, the Heat Experience seating pads are hardly big enough. But then it must be said that I am the kind of person who casts a shadow on the sun. However, the size may be a little larger when you are, for example, sitting straight in the snow, where you would like to have a little “fold” to the sides.

But there is no doubt that the heating element provides a more comfortable experience than a traditional seat cushion. Especially with the protractor that crawls below zero, this is a bit like having heat in the seats in a car when you’ve just sat on cool leather seats.

So it is quite obvious that this seat cushion is in the utmost comfort when connecting the battery and heating cables. But it also won’t be useless if you run out of energy. It is completely insulated so you can still have a good experience.

Hot tools are rarely particularly cheap. It is also not this seat cushion if you intend to buy a copy for each family member who is going on a trip. 459 kr is too much for a seat cushion.

But if you first invest in a seat cushion with built in heating, we think the product meets the most important points.

The seat cushion is sturdy and well built, and works well without turning on the heat either. As the temperature rises, you get a very positive experience when you sit for longer with cooler temperatures around you. It simply helps to provide a very relaxing time around the fire before the walk.

The seat cushion is waterproof, and easy to fold compactly so it doesn’t take up much space in your backpack. However, they weigh a lot more than traditional seat cushions, but still 250 grams for the entire package isn’t a deterrent if you’re taking shorter trips.

Heat experience seat cushion with heat

Heat experience seat cushion with heat

quotationA very comfortable way to sit outside in winter

Benefits

  • Check

    Gives you a high level of comfort

  • Check

    strong

  • Check

    Collapse

  • Check

    Standard USB connections make it easy to connect power supplies and charging

  • Check

    The button makes it easy to see what power level you are using

  • Check

    waterproof

  • Check

    It can also be used without power

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