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Why You Should Create a Camping Checklist

Are you interested in going on a camping adventure or Beach Adventure?  Whether you would like to go camping alone, with a group of your friends, with your family, or with your romantic partner, you will need to bring multiple pieces of camping equipment with you, as well as other camping supplies.  Unfortunately, many campers realizes, often too late into their adventure, that they didn’t bring everything that they wanted to or needed to bring.  To prevent yourself from becoming one of those campers, you may want to think about creating a camping checklist for yourself, as there are a number of benefits to doing so.

One of the many benefits of creating a adventure checklist for yourself is that you are less likely to forget to bring important pieces of equipment like a Chaheati Chair or other needed camping or beach supplies.  Unfortunately, when it comes to camping, many individuals often wish to bring something, but when it comes down to remembering that is a different story.  To help you remember everything that you want and need to bring, you will want to make sure that you create a adventure checklist for yourself.  Remember to add anything that you can think of as more items cross your mind.

A benefit to creating an adventure checklist for yourself is that it makes it easy to go shopping for all of your supplies. In addition to forgetting to pack something important, many people draw a blank once they get to the store a camping checklist will help you make sure to remember everything you need.

What you will want to do is sit down with a pen and a piece of paper and start writing. You will want to think of everything that you will need to go camping or spending a day at the beach.  One of the best ways to create a camping checklist for yourself is to go through your daily activities. For instance, you will need a camping tent and a sleeping bag to sleep.  You are going to need somewhere to sit as well, so you know bring that Chaheati chair. When it comes to your food, you may want to add a cooler, hamburger meat, ketchup, mustard, rolls and so forth to your checklist.

Of course, creating a camping checklist for is something that is completely optional, but it may help to make your next adventure a memorable and a pleasant one. With camping or adventure checklists being easy to create, why wouldn’t you at least want to give making one a chance?  You may actually be surprised just how much a simple checklist helps to improve your next adventure.

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Should You Buy or Rent Your Camping Gear

Are you planning on taking a camping trip in the near future?  If this is your first time going camping, you will need to get camping gear to take with you, as you may not already own it.  While your first impulse may be to head on down to your local sports store and run up the credit card, did you know that you have another option as well?  You do.  In addition to buying your own camping gear, you may also be able to rent it.

When it comes to determining whether you should buy your own camping gear or just rent the camping gear that you need, you may have a difficult time deciding what to do.  If you are wondering what you should do, you will want to continue reading on.  Below, the pros and cons of both buying your own camping gear and renting your camping gear are outlined.

As for buying your own camping gear, you will find that the biggest con or downside to doing so is the cost.  Depending on what you need to buy, it can get pretty expensive to purchase your own camping gear with the exception of the Chaheati.  It’s an all season chair so you can use it anytime of the year and not just with camping.  With that in mind though, there are a number of camping gear equipment pieces, like camping tents or sleeping bags, that can be purchased for affordable prices.  If you are looking to camp on a budget, you can still buy your own camping gear, but you just need to know where to look.  Some great places to find used gear is thrift shops.  You can often find cooking gear and pretty decent backpacks in good condition.  However when you do buy try to buy gear that you can not only use for camping but also for sporting events like youth soccer, track or other outdoor activities.

Although there are a number of downsides, like the price, to buying your own camping gear, you will also find that there are a number of pros or plus sides to doing so as well. One of those plus sides is the fact that you will own the camping gear in question. This means that you can use it as little or as often as you would like.  If you are planning to take a number of camping trips in the future, you will find that it is easier, as well as cheaper in the long run, to buy your own camping gear.

It is also important to mention the freedom that you have, when buying your own camping gear. When buying your own camping gear, you can buy basically whatever you want. For instance, if you would like a camping tent that is the color black, you are free to do so.  When you buy your own camping gear, you have the ability to be picky if you want to be.  With a large selection of camping gear pieces to choose from, from a number of different retailers, the decision as to what you want to buy is yours to make.

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If you are unable to buy your own camping gear or if you would prefer not you, your other option is to rent your camping gear.  When it comes to renting camping gear, you will also find a number of pros and cons. As for the cons of renting your camping gear, you may find that you are faced with a limited selection of camping gear pieces to choose from.  Many camping gear rental stations only carry the basic items, like tents, hot plates, and coolers.  While you may have some choices, you will mostly find that your selection is limited.  Also keep in mind that if you rent the investment you make in the rental will never go toward you earning your own equipment.

As for the pros or plus sides to renting your camping gear, instead of buying it, you will find that the cost is much more affordable. Despite being relatively affordable, different camping gear rental stations charge different rental fees.  You will also find that camping gear can typically be rented for as little as one day or as long as a couple of weeks. Renting your camping gear is nice if this is your first time going camping and if you are unsure as to whether or not you would be interested in doing so again.

As you can see, there are a number of pros and cons to both buying your own camping gear and renting it.  In addition to the two above mentioned options, you may also want to think about borrowing camping gear from someone that you know.  You may even be able to do so free of charge.

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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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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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Join us at the eWomenNetwork Holiday Shopping & Networking Extravaganza Dec. 10th

Join us at this festive Shopping & Networking Holiday Extravaganza at the DoubleTree in Chesterfield, MO this Friday, Dec. 10th @ 11pm.

Experience the excitement and power of Accelerated Networking, a unique eWomenNetwork process that assures you have an opportunity to:

Promote who you are and what you do;
Ask for what you specifically need from others;
Develop new business alliances and friends; and
Learn new ideas and strategies for promoting your business and generating more revenue

Or you can arrive at 12:30pm when it opens to the public and Shop, Shop, Shop!! We can’t wait to see you! Happy Holiday.

Please go to https://events.ewomennetwork.com/event/details.php?eid=13218 for futher details and registration information.

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Holiday Shipping Special for You! Happy Holidays!

It sure has been a long, hard and amazing year for Kyle and I. We have had to sacrifice time with our friends and family through this journey. Please enjoy every moment with them through this Holiday Season. We want everyone to be able to buy an all-season heated chair for their wife, husband, kids, aunts, uncles, whomever! In order to say “Thank You”, we are offering Free Shipping & Handling from Dec. 1st-Dec. 19th. Have a wonderful Holiday Season!

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Holiday Gift Ideas-Sport’s Minded

Holiday Gift Ideas-Sport’s Minded

There are tons of people out there that are just not good gift givers…like me. I have to start researching online months before Christmas just in preparation. Here are a few gift ideas for sport’s minded people:

• CRUZIN COOLER, http://www.cruzincooler.com, the cooler is light and small enough to fit in most trunks. The cooler can be used for hunting, sporting events, races, camping, golf or even a trip to the grocery store to keep your food cold all the way home.

• POWERMAT WIRELESS CHARGING MATS, http://www.powermat.com, Powermat Wireless Charging Mats provide a simple, fast and efficient way to keep all of your favorite personal electronic devices charged. Just place your device with a Powermat enabled Receiver on the Mat to start charging wirelessly.

• BIONIC GOLF GLOVE, http://www.bionicgloves.com, Designed by a leading orthopedic hand surgeon, Bionic technology is totally unique in the marketplace. There is nothing like it. The difference is found in the design based on the anatomy of the hand and the science of ergonomics.

• SPORT’S TICKETS: Purchase local football, baseball, hockey, etc. tickets for your loved ones.

And of course,

• CHAHEATI ALL-SEASON HEATED CHAIR, www.chaheati.com, The Chaheati™ is cordless, lightweight and collapsible so you can bring it anywhere. Its heating system has four heat settings and provides up to six hours of heat. Now, there’s no reason to pack it in early when the weather turns cool outside – Just grab some heat with Chaheati!

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The Shipping Adventures of the Heated Outdoor Chair

Today, I want to focus on LOGISTICS! Wow, I have to thank my wonderful Husband for his persistence and patience in dealing with the shipping/logistics of getting our heated chairs here in Illinois. From our Manufacturing blog, we have two manufacturing facilities. One is in Ningbo, China and the other is in Kaiping, Guangdong. The all-season heated chair assembly is in Ningbo and the powerpacks and chargers for the chair’s heating system are in Kaiping.

The first action you should take when dealing with international shipping is find a trusted Freight Forwarder. This person is responsible, as a 3rd party, in organizing and arranging shipments. They will help you with communication between you and your manufacturers. Please ask for references and then call them! You will start with asking questions about US Customs/import process, logistical acronyms, transportation process and expectations. Don’t hesitate to ask them anything you don’t understand. Logistics is typically new to all of us starting this process! Then you will want estimated container costs, duty fees, entry bonds (ask about continuous bond) and any additional fees that may apply. Duty is calculated as a percentage of the commercial value (Cost) of the goods being imported and the cost of transportation (Freight). This is called CIF value. If you pay $15,000 for the product and freight costs $3,000 you would pay duty on $18,000. In this process if you do not have a warehouse lined up, please work with your Freight Forwarder on this. One line of caution if you are using multiple manufacturers—Sales Tax of 17% may apply if you are shipping from one mfg. location to another. Please ask these questions at the beginning so you don’t run into problems at the end. There are alternatives so please ask your Forwarders.

Another thing to keep in mind with logistics is you will need to assign item numbers or a sku for your products to help identify the items once they make it to warehousing. Keep great records of the numbers you assign to your products to prevent confusion later on. You will need to know how the product/s will be shipped in the container. Will they need palletized, packaged, etc? You will need a Bill of Lading and signed Custom Power Of Attorney(make sure you fill out EVERYTHING). One more thing I will add, make sure your manufacturers take pictures of your final product in their shipping packages or pallets. Make sure they are protected for the ride to their final destination may be a rough one.

The best advice I can give when dealing with logistics and your Freight Forwarder is to educate yourself, stay confident and be persistent! The next Chaheati Journey Blog will discuss the beginning of the Sales and Marketing phase.

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Manufacturing the Ultimate Heated Outdoor Chair

I spoke in my last Blog that our next Journey would be on the manufacturing process of our All-Season Heated Chair. We use two manufacturing companies, both of which are in China. One is our heating system manufacturer; including, the batteries and chargers. The second gathers all the raw materials and builds the final outdoor heated chair.

When communicating to international manufacturers, you have cultural and language challenges to overcome. We were fortunate with the manufacturer that was assembling our outdoor heated chair that we had an established relationship with one of their Managing Directors. He is from St. Louis. We were also able to meet his partner and other Managing Director when she made a trip to the States. However, most of the time we were communicating via email with a Project Manager. In order to communicate our product specifications, we sent Specification Documents, Scope of Works, photos and sometimes video. We used the same communication methods with both manufacturers. Patience and illustration (visual) are vital to effectively communicating your ideas, plans, etc. We had 3 samples developed and shipped to us before we arrived to the final sample and ultimate outdoor heated chair.

I recommend getting a Mentor/Coach or Product Designer to get involved at some point to review your details-final product and quality. When you are so close to a product, you might overlook details like hanging tags, fabric tags, quality stitching, packaging (shipping and in-store), etc. If you are working with manufacturers you do not know, you will want to interview and hire a 3rd party Quality Assurance person to investigate your manufacturer. Please make sure they send you video!! This is not as expensive as you may think. Please be careful that someone does not take advantage of you.

Manufacturing was one of our biggest learning curves and challenges. We stayed strong, patient and persistent to get the quality product, All-Season Heated Chair, we wanted. The next learning curve and extreme challenge of product development is Logistics. What is a freight forwarder, duty fees, FOB, LCL, etc????? Check out our next Chaheati Journey Blog-Logistics-Shipping of the Heated Outdoor Chair.