With the electronic elements inside, many people think that heated jackets must be difficult to maintain. A question we see a lot is: are heated jackets washable? In this article, we'll go over some common tips and tricks to help you care for your heated jacket.
Once you have a quality heated jacket, it's very difficult to go back to a traditional jacket. These clever designs are growing in popularity in parts of the United States with some of the harshest winters, such as the American Midwest and the North, and considering how effective they are, it's easy to see why!
1. Before cleaning
Make sure to remove the batteries before washing your heated jacket. If the battery cannot be removed, the jacket should not be washed. After removing the battery, tuck the battery cable back into the battery pouch and zip it up. A loose cable can cause it to get caught in other clothing in the machine or the machine itself.
At this point, it's also worth taking a quick look at the care label, if possible. Sometimes you may learn something specific to your jacket.
2. Prewash and Decontamination
If your jacket has stains, you should pre-treat your jacket before washing it. Find any areas on the jacket that need to be treated and do a very gentle stain treatment. Make sure not to use bleach and only use treatments that are safe for jackets and technical clothing.
If you're not sure, it's best to test the cleaner on a small, invisible area. This way you can check to make sure you haven't damaged your jacket. The inside waistline or hemline is a great place to do this.
3. Wash your jacket
Now you can go ahead and wash your jacket. You have two options - hand wash, or machine wash, gentle cycle. You should use 86°F or lower and do not use any fabric softener. Finally, we recommend keeping the wash cycle to 45 minutes or less, and most delicate wash cycles will do that anyway.
If you're washing your hands, mix up the detergent and use a large bucket of warm water. Carefully massage the stained area, but do not wring or twist the jacket, as this could damage the heating element. Then, empty the tub and rinse the jacket a few times with cold water.
4. Dry your jacket
We strongly advise against tumble drying your jacket as it may damage the material. You should hang it to air dry. Do not place it on a radiator, near or touch any hot surface.
How to maintain the heated jacket?
Do not use the heated jacket if the power button does not turn on and off. Any heated jacket that cannot be controlled via the power button is dangerous and must be repaired.
Disconnect battery pack from heated jacket before storing. This preventive safety measure reduces the risk of accidental activation of the heating jacket.
Store out of reach of children and do not allow persons not familiar with these instructions to operate the heated jacket.
Maintain the heating jacket, checking for damage and any other condition that may affect the operation of the heating jacket. If damaged, repair the heating jacket before use.
Use and maintenance of battery tools
Charge only with the charger provided with the jacket. A charger designed for one battery pack may create a fire risk when used with another battery pack.
When not using the battery pack, keep it away from other metal objects such as paper clips, coins, keys, nails, screws, or other small metal objects that can connect one terminal to another. Shorting the battery terminals together could result in burns or fire.
- Make sure the heating pad and input wires are not creased or damaged.
- Make sure to place the battery pack away from metal parts that could cause it to short out.
- When storing, it is best to keep the battery at 80% of the charge. Storing the battery without charging may damage the battery cell.
- Store in a cool dry place. See below for recommended storage temperature and humidity levels.
- This heated jacket is not suitable for use by persons (including children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities or lack of experience and knowledge unless they are supervised or instructed in the safe use of the equipment by someone in charge of them.
- Children should be supervised to ensure they do not play with heated jackets.
- Do not use this heated jacket on babies, children, helpless people, or anyone who is not sensitive to heat, such as those with poor circulation.
- If you have a medical condition that makes you sensitive to excessive heat, or if you use any personal medical device, please consult the device manufacturer and/or your physician to determine the suitability of this product.
- Do not use if liner is wet.
- It is not recommended that the heating element come into contact with bare skin.
- If discomfort occurs, turn off the power immediately.
- Do not pinch the wires.
- If you find that the heating jacket is not operating properly, please stop using it immediately and contact the place of purchase for repair.
- Do not use pins. They can damage wires and heating pads.