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Spring sports are starting- are you ready?

According to Punxsutawney Phil, spring is still a few weeks away, but many ‘spring sports’ practices are in full swing, and games are just around the corner. From baseball to track, soccer, and lacrosse, parents everywhere are gearing up for a lot of quality time on the sidelines.

March and April are fickle months; one day you’re sweating in a t shirt, and the next, shivering in your ski jacket. Temperature highs and lows often fluctuate 20° or more during the spring, depending on your location. Planning ahead for weather at outdoor activities in the spring can be a challenge, since temperatures often shift dramatically throughout the day. Here are some best practices to help you get through various outdoor activities in changeable weather.

Layering

Everyone knows that layering is a good idea, but most people don’t really know how (or what) to layer for optimum comfort. To start with, each layer has a function. The base layer (against your skin) keeps you dry, the mid (or insulating) layer protects you from the cold, and the outer layer protects you from wind and rain. Mix and match as needed; if wind and rain aren’t concerns, the first two layers may be sufficient.

If you regularly attend outdoor sporting events or go camping, it’s probably worth investing in decent equipment. Most high-quality brands are designed to take a beating and last for years. Do your research — visiting a reputable outdoor gear shop or reading reviews online can be a good start.

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Addressing physical comfort

For most folks, standing during an entire little league double-header is not a good time. Bleacher seating is not much better- think hard, cold metal + annoying sports parents. Of course, we shamelessly recommend sitting in style (and comfort) in our Chaheati camp chairs. With four heated settings and a comfortable, durable design, our chairs are second-to-none when it comes to unpredictable temperatures.

Food & Beverages

Another way to keep warm or cool off at a game is from the inside out! A mug of nice, hot coffee makes a frosty, early morning event downright enjoyable, while a cold soda or bottle of water can be a life-saver in more sweltering conditions. Keeping those beverages and snacks at the proper temperature can be challenging, but an insulated cooler like this one can make a big difference to your enjoyment of that hot pastrami sandwich or cup of icy lemonade. (If you’re headed to a tailgate, check out these insulated shot glasses.)

No matter what sport your kid/niece/grandson plays, you’re bound to enjoy it more with a little advanced preparation. Sit back (preferably in your Chaheati chair), relax, and stay comfy, friends!

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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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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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Pay It Forward-Keep Someone Warm this Winter

It’s been a busy 2011 already for us here at Chaheati, and we hope everyone has had a great 2011 so far. We’ve had a pretty solid bout of winter weather hit us here in Illinois, forcing us to grab a blanket and a warm cup of hot chocolate. This got me thinking about the creature comforts of winter.

For centuries humans have found various ways to stay warm during the cold winter months. It wasn’t long ago that having shelter, a warm protective layer, and source of heat were most important to survival. Today we are more prone to taking these things for granted. We may find ourselves eyeing a new scarf even though we already have two, forgetting that there are some unfortunate people who don’t even have a roof over their head.

That’s why Chaheati is encouraging folks to warm up to giving. If you’re here, it’s probably because you’re interested in out heated chair. And trust me — our Chaheati will keep you warm for any indoor and outdoor activities you choose to participate in. After you pick up a chair, consider picking up those people who are less fortunate this winter. A donation of even a dollar is likely to help someone stay a little bit warmer this winter. So choose a charity that you can get behind and give a little to those who are most needy.

Happy New Year to everyone! May your 2011 bring you happiness and success in all that you do.

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Enjoying the Great Outdoors with Chaheati

Here in Illinois there are a heap of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, and we’re thankful for that. We can fish Lake Michigan, hunt ducks along the Mississippi River, rock climb in southern Illinois, or camp in hundreds of places in the state. With such a wealth of things to do outdoors year round, it’s no surprise that people bring along the best gear. When we go, there’s always one item we always have to bring with us: a Chaheati heated chair.

Now we don’t want to mock the importance of other outdoor items like water containers, hiking boots, and a good pocket knife. They all have an important place in the outdoorsman’s gear collection. But we regard our Chaheati as the Swiss Army knife of camp chairs: we wouldn’t leave home without it.

So how does Chaheati make the great outdoors even greater? First, the rugged design of this chair will keep you out there longer than many other chair. We put a lot of thought into our design, drawing on the work of other extreme sports equipment manufacturers. We wanted to make sure that the materials we used would guarantee a lifetime of comfort outdoors.

The metal tubing used in the chair is designed to be weight-tolerant, allowing for bodies of any size to comfortably use the Chaheati. Next, our heating design ensures that when you need warmth from your chair, you’ll get it quickly and efficiently. Simply plug in the battery and select from four convenient temperature settings. We also know that a camping chair is frequently used around water and fire. That’s why we chose a fire and water-resistant fabric for the Chaheati to ensure safety and comfort no matter the season.

As for the battery, it keeps you warm in your Chaheati for up to six hours. It’s easy to recharge your battery pack afterwards, and it can even be charged from a vehicle’s cigarette lighter. For extra mileage, outdoor fans can have a second battery pack waiting in the wings.

So if you’re considering going ice fishing in winter or camping in the summer, Chaheati makes the perfect all-season camping chair. Its rugged yet comfortable design will have you sitting in it again and again, no matter if it’s in the mountains or your own back yard. We certainly do!

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What Does Chaheati Do Exactly?

Can Chaheati save a kitten from a tree? Can it cure cancer? Will it tuck your kids in at night? With all the attention that Chaheati has been getting lately, we thought it was time to clarify what the Chaheati heated camp chair can and can’t do. Our most fanatical customers might claim that the chair can stop world hunger, but we have to draw the line somewhere. In this blog post, we dispel the myths surrounding our heated camp chair.

1. Chaheati DOESN’T…defuse a heated argument with the referee at your child’s winter football game.
Chaheati DOES help you keep your mind off the cold so you can keep your cool with the referee. With four different temperature settings, you’ll surely find just the right amount of heat you need.

2. Chaheati DOESN’T… wash, rinse, perm, color, and blow dry your hair.
Chaheati DOES… keep your bottom and back warm and dry in all but rainy weather. The woven heating elements provide unobtrusive, uniform heat distribution within the water-resistant fabric of the chair.

3. Chaheati DOESN’T… effortlessly chop down trees like a rugged lumberjack.
Chaheati DOES… have an extremely rugged design. Most every potential use for the chair was imagined, and most uses require a structure that is durable. This baby is made to last.

4. Chaheati DOESN’T… keep you charged and energized even though you got only 30 minutes of sleep last night.
Chaheati DOES… provide up to six hours of heating with its specially designed rechargeable battery. Simply charge it up and go. Now that’s something you won’t lose sleep about!

5. Chaheati DOESN’T… double as an all-season replacement tire for your vehicle.
Chaheati DOES… make the perfect all-season camp chair. Use it without the battery during the summer for your float or camping trip. Plug in the battery for your late-season tailgate party.

6. Chaheati DOESN’T… require a degree from MIT to use it.
Chaheati DOES… require a certain degree of appreciation for its ease of use. Simply connect the battery pack and choose a temperature. In less than 20 seconds you’ll be sitting in heated comfort.

As you can see, the Chaheati heated camp chair won’t solve all the world’s problems, but it will solve a few of them. If you’re looking for a sturdy, comfortable, easy-to-use heated camp chair, look no farther than to Chaheati.

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The Tech Behind the Chaheati

We’ve received a few questions about the technology we’ve used in the Chaheati heated chair and the rechargeable battery pack. While a lot of the tech behind it is patent-pending, we wanted to address the questions as best we could without giving away too much information or making it overly technical.

When we went through the long process of designing the Chaheati, much of our inspiration was drawn from the companies manufacturing some of the best high-end extreme sports equipment. We chose these types of companies for inspiration because of our vision of creating a comfortable yet durable all-season heated camp chair. Those same manufacturers know that weather extremes put outdoor gear to the test just as much as a user’s wear and tear on it. Cold and heat cause expansion and contraction of materials, while water and fire can corrode or damage in different ways. Not only do the structural components of a chair need to stand up to these weather elements; electronics do as well.

The tubing used for the chair structure is 19-gauge, which is preferred for more rigorous outdoor use. The fabric we decided to use is meant to protect the ultra-thin heating elements embedded in it from adverse conditions and to also stand up to physical abuse. The “600D” we reference in the features of the Chaheati fabric is simply a measure of the durability of the fabric. A 600D polyester fabric is tougher than a 420D fabric. This fabric — combined with the 19-guage tubing — can hold some serious weight! We’ve rated the chair to safely seat up to 280 pounds.

The battery and heating element represent the other side of the Chaheati’s tech. When thinking about ways to heat the chair, we didn’t want a bulky heating coil or some other obtrusive design. Comfort was just as much a priority as functionality during its design. We decided to go with a unique ultra-thin carbon fiber (non-wire) based heating system. The fabric is strong but flexible to accommodate the wide variety of body types it encounters, and is of low-voltage design to maximize their longevity.

The rechargeable lithium-ion battery we chose had to provide long-term heat and to have a rapid recharge rate. With a constant stream of research and investment into lithium-ion technology, it made perfect sense to adopt it for Chaheati. We also wanted it to be extremely safe so we incorporated a digital circuit breaker into the battery unit. The battery is integrated into the small hand-held temperature controller, which features four convenient temperature settings.

All of this tech combines to make the Chaheati heated camp chair what it is: a durable, all-season camp chair made to withstand a variety of climates and conditions. It keeps you warm on those cold outdoor evenings and comfortable all year round. We’re proud of the design, and we hope you will be too.

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Finding the Right Tailgating Supplies

We’ve been doing a fair share of tailgating lately, talking football and spreading the word about the Chaheati heated camp chair. As we’ve moved from one event to the next, we’ve noticed that some people take their tailgating seriously. We’ve seen everything from Rams-branded barbecue utensils to beer belts that hold six cans. “Wow!” we think. “Where do people find this stuff?” There’s obviously a market for tailgating accessories, so we started looking around at who’s supplying.

Our first stop is TailgatingFanatic.com, a company based in Georgia. The folks at Tailgating Fanatic have been working tirelessly to bring the best tailgating experience to folks for years, understanding that tailgating is a lifestyle for many people. The company even encourages its customers to send in photos of their tailgating events to both gain a better understanding of what tailgaters use and to “maintain a personable relationship” with their customers.

Their site is relatively easy to use, though how the shopping cart functions seems a bit strange. When you add an item to your cart, a PayPal page is automatically opened. You do have the option to choose to continue shopping, which automatically closes the window. There’s also an issue with their FAQ not loading properly on the site. However, the selection is rather impressive as it’s not limited to only branded items. For example, a search for St. Louis Cardinals gear yields the predictable branded glasses and banners. But that same search also yields a wide variety of portable grills, lights, and collapsible tables — all things that are quite useful at a tailgate event.

FansEdge.com is another popular destination for folks looking for licensed sports products. These folks have been around for over ten years, with stores in many parts of the U.S. The company appears to have a strong focus on service at its core, providing a wide variety of goods for sports fans. They have a “Tailgating, Outdoors & Automotive” section for numerous professional sports, including non-team sports like golf, boxing, and tennis. A search of St. Louis Blues tailgating gear included flags, banners, koozies, and mats. We were slightly disappointed that they didn’t have as impressive a selection as Tailgating Fanatic, but FansEdge still offers a lot of options.

Finally, we can’t forget about another great tailgating item: the Chaheati heated camp chair. The fall and winter sports of football, hockey, and soccer all bring tailgaters outdoors despite cold temperatures. Wouldn’t it be nice to celebrate your team from the comfort of a heated chair? Our comfortable and durable Chaheati chair is easy to operate: simply plug in the slim battery pack and select a temperature. Within 20 seconds you’ll have a warm chair to kick back and talk sports in. Take a look at the features of our chair and discover how it makes the perfect tailgating accessory!