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Six ways Chaheati will save you summer

Greetings and Happy Fathers’ Day, readers! As the nonstop stream of barbecues, baseball games, and longer days kick into high gear, you’ll need to be prepared. You know that rain or shine, you’ll be outside, and Chaheati has your back every time. Literally. See what we did there?

In a shameless plug for our product (it is our blog after all), we’ve assembled a list of the myriad ways Chaheati chairs can improve your quality of life this summer.

Little League

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If you have kids, you’ve probably spent some portion of your life attending activities that involve hot, dusty fields and chain link backstops. Although you’ll likely transport about a half ton of gear to the field, make sure you prioritize! Your Chaheati camp chair will be the envy of all your fellow spectators as they squirm on the blazing hot bleachers. And Chaheati’s Water-Resistant Denier fabric means it will dry quickly after those summer storms that aren’t quite enough to call a rain-out, but just enough to leave things damp and uncomfortable (no guarantees that your shorts will dry as quickly).

Fireworks

As a patriotic American (sorry Canada), it’s pretty much mandatory that you find and view some kind of fireworks display on July 4. What would Independence Day be without hearing the cries of “oooohs”, “aaaahs” and “I told you not to light sparklers in the garage!” from your friends and neighbors? You’ll be pleased with Chaheati’s rugged construction and ability to stand up to 280 lbs as the small children screaming in terror start to pile up in your lap.

Parades & Festivals

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Summer brings with it a nearly endless variety of summer festivals and parades. Whether you’re interested in music, historical reenactments, rodeos, or strolling heifers, someone somewhere is busily planning their homage to your favorite things. Sit parade-side in style with your oversized Chaheati chair. Bonus feature: two cup holders mean fewer trips to concession stands!

Barbecues

Fire up the grill–summer wouldn’t be complete without barbecues. Whether you like your sauce tangy, sweet, or fiery hot, you’ll need a place to sit, or face the increased probability that you will be wearing that sauce home. You’ll be grateful for the comfy, baked bean-resistant sweet seat you’re in, and our hosts will be grateful for your BYOC (bring your own chair) thoughtfulness as they haul out lawn chairs from the depths of the garage.

Camping

One of our favorite ways to use our Chaheati camp chairs is to do just that–camp! Chaheati’s rugged and durable construction means you’ll sit in comfort at the beach, on a mountaintop, or anywhere in between. The super high efficiency battery lasts for over 500 uses, which means one less thing to worry about on your trip! The water- and fire-resistant fabric make Chaheati a perfect addition to your camp furniture collection wherever you roam.

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Lawn Seats

A growing number of cities and towns now boast outdoor concerts and theatrical performances, many of which have free or lower cost ‘lawn seats’ available. While lying on a blanket under the stars is a lovely idea, after an hour or so my back is not on board, and I know there will be a price to pay. In addition to the super-comfy seating surface, our Chaheati camp chair also offers four heat settings (look ma- no coil!) to keep you cozy long after the sun goes down.


We hope that wherever you are, you enjoy your summer. We love product feedback and love your Chaheati stories even more! Drop us a line and we may feature you in a future blog post. Happy summer everyone!

 

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Are You Ready for Memorial Day?

Memorial Day is around the corner, and everyone is planning for the long weekend. Longer daylight hours offer lots of opportunities to get off the beaten path and see Mother Nature coming back to life. You can also attend one of the many festivals held across the US.

Every state has their “go-to” campgrounds, but we love to look for the hidden gems tucked away in remote (and sometimes not-so-remote) areas. National parks are always a good choice too, whether it’s a day hike or a multi-day expedition.

Whether you’re spending a weekend hiking the Appalachian trail or enjoying the view from a canoe, you’ll want to be prepared. We suggest toting along our heated camping chair (of course!). No matter where you roam, the nights are likely to be chilly, so snuggle in and turn up the heat. And, for a limited time, Chaheati is offering free shipping to US customers!

We hope you enjoy your Memorial Day weekend. We are honored by your patronage and grateful for the men and women who died for our freedom. America truly is beautiful.

Have a special place you want to share? Leave us a comment and we may feature it in a blog post!

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The Boys of Fall

I love this time of year.  School is back in session and the kids are excited looking forward to a new school year.  Well, perhaps there are those few who are dreading it.  Doesn’t summer vacation always seem so short!  But, I’m sure that they are looking forward to the upcoming fall sports activities.  I know it’s not “officially” the fall season, but it has always been my mindset that when school starts, it is.  And all across the country, the fall season is synonymous with F-O-O-T-B-A-L-L.

Most high schools have already had their first few football games of the season. We’re definitely looking forward to this coming Friday’s game!  Sometimes, I think it is the parents who look forward to those Friday night high school football games.  It reminds us of simpler days when we were younger. We were looking forward to Fridays when we could hang out with our friends and go to the varsity football game.  These days, we look forward to it because we’re proud of our kids.  If you have a son who plays football, I am sure you are very proud of him.  If you have a daughter or son who is a cheerleader, I am sure you are cheering along with them.  We are their biggest fans!  We see the team practice out on the field at least four days a week.  We can hear the coaches pump up our boys.  We see the cheerleaders perfecting their pyramid and the “fliers” fly higher to show off their skills.  (Competitive cheerleading is a big sport in the cities where I have lived).  The kids love their sports.  They want to make us proud.  They want to make their hometown proud.  We get the team pumped up when we fill their high school football stadium and cheer them on.

I sometimes watch football practices and cheerleading practices.  I enjoy hearing the sounds around me — the school band, the kids, and the nature.  I bring my bottled water, a snack, and my Chaheati™ chair.  It’s a perfect item to have especially for this time of year.  The Chaheati™ is a cordless, lightweight, collapsible, heated chair you can take anywhere.  Its rechargeable heating system has four settings and provides up to six hours of heat.  It is also water resistant.  It’s great!  Don’t have one yet… Don’t let me stop you grab one www.Chaheati.com/store

I love fall.  It is beautiful for all it has to offer — the weather gets cooler, the leaves start changing its colors (depending in which part of the country you live), the early sunset, a new school year, fall sports, and the upcoming holidays.

I am looking forward to our own hometown Friday Night Lights, cheering on our Boys of Fall and keeping warm in my Chaheati™ chair.

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The Chaheati as a Therapeutic Device

So you’ve finished using your Chaheati after a week-long camping trip or a tailgate event. What do you typically do with it afterwards? Like most people who own camp chairs, your Chaheati heated camp chair likely rolls around in the trunk of your car or sits in the corner of your garage or basement. Well, what else are you going to do with it? Consider this: you could be using your Chaheati in the home as a therapeutic device.
“Use my heated camp chair as a therapeutic device?” you’re probably saying. No, we haven’t lost it completely. Heat therapy has been used for centuries as a way to heal what ails us. It’s only recently though that medical professionals have fully understood what happens when we apply heat to stiff and achy muscles and joints.

Heat therapy can be used to lessen the pain associated with arthritis, for example. Heat has the tendency to increase blood flow to the heated part of the body. This increased blood flow applies not only to the joints but also to the muscles and skin. For those suffering from arthritis, this loosens up the joints and tends to reduce the pain levels associated with it. If you have ever had a grandparent complain about achy joints in cold weather, it may be easier to imagine how the Chaheati heated camp chair could be used as a therapeutic device.

But heat therapy isn’t reserved for only those with arthritis. Any active person who uses their muscles to lift, grab, run, or climb could benefit from heat therapy. Many athletes will use heat before a workout or event to increase blood flow and loosen up tight muscles. You can utilize this same therapeutic premise before your own workouts or physical activities with your Chaheati.

Finally, some folks who suffer from migraine headaches have figured out that heat can reduce the symptoms. Sometimes tight muscles in the upper back and neck (often brought on or amplified by stress) are the culprit for migraines. Many folks have been able to apply heat to these areas to loosen the muscles and lessen the strain. As the Chaheati features a fully heated back and bottom, which can easily be applied to many parts of the body. (Though, a heating pad may be needed for the neck.)

So know that your Chaheati is more than just a camp chair that keeps you warm. It’s also possible to look to its potential therapeutic heating ability as a reason to use it inside the home as well as outdoors. Happy heating!

(The content of this post shouldn’t be considered a substitute for medical advice. If you have chronic or acute pain, please consult a physician for the best advice on how to manage it.)

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Spring Activities: How to Enjoy the Outdoors More in the Spring

For many the call of spring means melting snow and cleaner homes. For others it’s a time of renewal and new-found motivation. And while temperatures still fluctuate between warm and brisk, there are plenty of reasons to enjoy the outdoors during the spring. In fact, there are many outdoor activities that are better done during a chilly spring morning or evening.

Camping during the spring can be a real treat due to the contrast of comfortable midday temperatures with brisk nighttime air. You may not notice this phenomenon as much if you live in the city, but those who reside in the country understand. Go hiking during the day in your shorts but then slide into your pants in the evening. By the time the sun has fully set, you’ll probably want to pull up a Chaheati and sit by the campfire. And in the morning you’ll be greeted to frosty or cold, dewy grass. If you’re prepared for both warm and cold temperatures, spring camping can be truly amazing.

While debatably a sport of opportunity, horseback riding ranks highly among spring activities for many of the same reasons. A cool spring morning is the perfect time to ride full gallop through a field or trot down a mountain trail. The chilly air racing across your face will remind you that you’re alive, while you fully enjoy the blossoming trees and flowers. If you don’t have horses of your own, planning an outdoor spring excursion with horses is still possible, especially through specialty travel agents like Hidden Trails.

When talking about spring outdoor activities, it’s difficult not to mention the barbeque. Lighting up the charcoal or gas grill for the first time acts as reminder that yes, spring is here. The first spring barbeque makes the perfect excuse to invite your friends and family over. When the cool night air arrives, pull up the camp chairs outside and keep the party warm by the fire pit. Share stories and catch up with what’s been going on with your friends. You may even feel inspired and begin planning your next spring outdoor vacation while your there.

This excellent springtime activity — great when the weather is still brisk — may surprise you: stream and river cleanups. The National River Cleanup initiative strives to keep citizens informed of the importance of the nation’s rivers and streams. With massive amounts of trash making its way into America’s streams and rivers each year, it’s important volunteers help with putting garbage where it belongs. Why is spring great for this? In early spring the ground is still slightly firm and easier to tread on in the morning, especially around waterways. Cleanups around the banks of rivers and streams are considerably easier when you’re not getting stuck in mud the entire time.

In all, there are plenty of reasons to enjoy spring outdoor activities. Don’t let a little bit of cool air indoors keep you inside. Let nature’s call of spring lead you out of the house and into the great outdoors.

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Support Your National Parks This Spring

Americans are increasingly turning to national park vacations as a cheaper travel alternative. In 2009, U.S. national parks nearly set a new record in overall attendance. And while numbers dipped again in 2010, overall attendance remains strong among the best national parks in the country. And for good reason: U.S. national parks are among the best in the world.

Despite the dip in attendance in 2010, several U.S. national parks set or nearly set new records. After seeing several years or attendance increases, Yellowstone National Park saw another record shatter last year, with over 3.6 million people visiting the park. Glacier National Park in Montana was another park that saw a surge of attendance in 2010, falling a mere 3,800 people short of its 1983 record of 2,203,847 visitors in 1983.

Yet whispers of a potential government shutdown are causing alarm, with concerns that a repeat of 1995’s nearly month-long closure of national parks could drastically affect those planning spring activities in those locations. Additional funding cuts to national parks are being proposed as part of the budgeting process occurring in Congress, drawing an even darker shadow. “We need to keep our national parks open and well-funded,” said John Gardner, a budget and legislation representative with the National Parks Conservation Association. “During a time of economic hardship, we need to adequately fund the places that protect our American heritage and draw tourists from throughout the world.”

It’s difficult not to agree with Mr. Gardner. Americans have been keeping travel more local over the last several years, meaning more tourist dollars for already cash-strapped states. It would be a shame if national parks had to shut down because of budget issues. That’s why it’s more important than ever to support your national parks. Grab your national parks pass, camp chair, and tent, and see America’s beauty. Let your representative know that national parks should be free of the whims of politicians. Tell them that national parks are not merely local draws: people from around the world wish to experience our natural wonders.

Finally, if national parks do get shut down this spring, don’t be afraid to turn to state parks or private museums for your vacation. State parks and attractions are having their share of budget woes. They often don’t have the same pizzazz as national parks, but there’s still plenty to be discovered.

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Hitting the Open Road with Chaheati

So you’ve decided to hit the open road with your RV and see America? With nearly 50,000 miles of interstate highway in the United States, you’re guaranteed to pass through interesting terrain and see some amazing sites. Of course, you’re going to want to stop in many places along the way. RV parks, campgrounds, and even the middle of nowhere may suit you well. But you’re probably not going to stay cooped up in your RV the entire time either.

When you finally do settle on a place to park your RV, you’ll want to enjoy the great outdoors. That means hiking, grilling, or relaxing around a campfire. And when you’re ready to relax, why not relax in comfort? That’s why you brought your Chaheati heated camp chair with you on your RV trip.

Any time of year is the right time for Chaheati! It makes the perfect travel companion. Why? It was designed with many purposes in mind, and our conclusion was that it had to be both versatile and durable. For example, you’re probably going to be opening and collapsing your camp chairs frequently as you travel from stop to stop. You want a chair that’s going to stand up to a lot of physical handling. But you also want your camp chair to be portable and easy to stow when you are on the move again in your RV. Chaheati meets all these needs and more.

Many folks go on year-long adventures in their RV, passing through a wide variety of weather conditions. Of course, Chaheati is the perfect camp chair for these kinds of changes! It may be the middle of summer, but spending the night in the mountains could still get chilly. That’s when you plug in your Chaheati battery pack and select one of four temperature settings. Within seconds your chair is warm and ready for you to sit in. And when you’re in warmer conditions the following week, you simply leave off the rechargeable battery and enjoy a comfortable seat.

The chair is also tough on moisture. The water-resistant fabric is durable, helping to keep moisture away from the ultra-thin heating elements woven into it. So on those days when you get an unexpected rain shower, leaving your Chaheati in the elements isn’t a problem. And don’t worry about extreme heat either: the fabric is fire-resistant as well.

So before you head out on your next RV trip — whether it’s across the state or across the country — be sure to stow your Chaheati heated camp chair. And don’t forget to bring your 12V car charger as well. With it you’ll ensure that you have a warm seat any time you please.

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Chaheati’s Advanced Heating Technology

We talked previously about the technology behind the Chaheati heated chair, but we wanted to specifically discuss the heating technology today. We originally said that when we designed the Chaheati, we tried to avoid a bulky, obtrusive heating coil. Not only would it weigh down the chair during transport, but such a rigid coil would be prone to bending damage. And we can only imagine how comfortable such a heating unit would be to sit on.

What we ended up settling on is a technology involving a little something called Far Infrared Rays (FIR). What does this mean? Well, FIR is merely infrared energy at a higher wavelength than that of the visible light radiated from the sun. This infrared energy easily penetrates human tissue, warming the skin quickly. But don’t confuse it with ultraviolet light, which is responsible for giving us sunburn.

If you’re still confused, think of infrared energy this way: you still feel warm even after applying a coat of sunscreen. Why? The sunscreen blocks only the ultraviolet light, not the infrared light, which warms you. That same sort of infrared energy safely keeps you warm while sitting in the Chaheati.

So how does Chaheati tap into this infrared energy to efficiently heat it? Rather than using traditional metal wires and running high-voltage electricity through it to heat you, we opted to use carbon fibers panels to capture and transmit energy in the form of heat from FIR. Our heating system utilizes a lightweight, low-voltage lithium-ion battery to provide energy to the carbon fibers, which in turn radiate energy. You stay naturally warm at a lower temperature because FIR penetrates skin more readily. The added benefit is that you end up with longer battery life than you would with a more conventional heating system.

We hope that that better explains the tech behind the heating unit but in a relatively simple manner. As always, if you ever have any questions for us, contact us. We’ll get to your questions as soon as we can.

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Chaheati Journey Blog: China Food and Beverage

Regarding food and beverage, the food is NOT like your local Chinese Restaurant. The food is Cantonese so no egg rolls or crab rangoon. We primarily ate Cantonese with the exception of some Japanese. We went from beginner chopstick users to expert users in a week! Most places we went were chopstick only but you could ask for silverware if you knew how. The napkins were more like beverage napkins or moistened towels. I love the moistened towels though but I can’t imagine all the laundry.

As for beverages, we drank a lot of hot green tea which was wonderful. The water actually came hot as well. We only received cool water if we bought bottled water and only saw soda in vending machines. They will sanitize their bowls, chopsticks and spoons in their hot tea. Their popular beer was really good and I unfortunately forgot the name of it. We learned at our first lunch with our team that they love to do “Cheers” and they did it about every 10 minutes, lol.

We loved the food and drinks but when we got to Hong Kong, we spent $100 on 2 Angus Burgers and 3 Ice Teas!! We were craving them after a week.

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Chaheati Journey Blog: China Trip Experiences

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Last blog I talked about the language barrier we encountered. There was other things we had to get used to as well. First thing was definitely the bathrooms. In some of the factories and office buildings, there was no high rise toilets with the bowl and seat. Their toilets are in the ground but still made of porcelain. You had to squat to go to the bathroom; that was a new experience to me. Also, at some of the locations there was no toilet paper or soap. If travelling there, make sure to bring toilet paper and/or wet wipes, hand sanitizer and soap. We fortunately had been advised.

A really cool or chilly thing was in our hotel room to activate power you had to insert your hotel key into an outlet on the wall. Great energy saving technology; however, every time we left the heater kicked off so it was freezing when we got back. Winter is short in Shenzhen and only really gets to the low 50s so there is NO heat in most locations. Most buildings were freezing inside and we left our coats and gloves on.