Are you one of those who is always cold? We have a great solution for you - a heated jacket! Read on to discover this amazing clothing accessory that can finally make you warm on a cold winter day! We’ll cover how it works, what types there are, and review the TOP 10 Best Heated Jackets on the market to make your shopping easier.

No one wants to bundle up like Ralphie (“The Christmas Story”) just to keep warm when they go outside in cold weather! A heated jacket with battery power helps keep you warm from neck to hands. There are also heated jackets with USB and phone charger capabilities. Heated jackets are designed to maintain a comfortable (72F. deg. – 80F. deg.) body temperature without restricting your movements. They make exercising, working, and playing outdoors pleasant again.

Who Needs a Heated Jacket?

A heated jacket with battery and charger is suitable for anyone that is sensitive or susceptible to the cold. Whether you are young, older, a child, a sports fan, a hunter, a jogger, or a walker, a heated jacket, vest, or hoodie will help the body keep warm during light activity or inactivity.

Although your body normally adapts to changes in temperature very well, extreme cold can require piling on layers of clothing. Prolonged cold weather exposure (either mild or severe) can result in hypothermia. Young children and older adults are at greater risk for hypothermia. Cold weather also suppresses the immune system, making pathogens (cold, flu, pneumonia) more prone to enter the body.

How Does a Heated Jacket Work?

Your heated jacket or vest keeps you warm using radiant heat technology. Technically, flexible carbon fiber heating element wires embedded in the jacket or vest lining provide radiant heat when they are connected to a battery. Carbon fiber is lightweight and does not restrict (body) movement. A small cable connects the heating elements to the battery that’s tucked away in a lining pocket.

How Do I Charge My Heated Jacket or Vest?

Many heated jacket batteries come with their own charger. You plug the charger into an outlet and place your battery in the charger until the indicator shows it is fully-charged.

Light 12V batteries charge in approximately 90 min. To charge, just connect the coax cable into your jacket or vest power bank and other end into an outlet.

Ultra-light 5V batteries can connect to any USB port (i.e.: desktop, laptop, tablet, etc.) to charge. These batteries are fully-charged in approximately 90 min. as well.

What to Look For When Buying a Heated Jacket

  • Heat Source / Heating Elements

Different quality jackets deliver different degrees of temperature. Flexible carbon fiber heating element wires are embedded in the jacket’s lining. They provide radiant heat when they are connected to a battery. They are very thin and will never touch the skin. As a result, most heated jackets require hand washing and air drying to avoid breaking the heating elements. Some heated jackets allow machine wash/drying. Read instructions carefully before laundering.

Different jackets also offer different numbers and locations of heating zones. Most offer heat zones in the chest and back areas. Some include heat zones around the neck, in the sleeves, or in the pockets.

  • Jacket Material

Your heated jacket is constructed from lightweight, insulated fabric. Many fabrics are breathable to help moderate temperatures and moisture. Some fabrics that withstand winds and water better than others may not provide as much cushion. While other fabrics are designed to withstand high winds, but may not provide as much cushion or comfort as desired.

Heated jackets intended for wear in very cold environments generally provide both comfort and maximum insulation. This is a great benefit for extremely cold climates, but may be too hot for many circumstances.

The garment must be able to breathe while keeping you warm. Failure to do so can lead to possible exertional heat stroke due to an elevated core temperature.

  • Pockets

Pockets allow you to store your personal belongings as well as batteries. External pockets are more convenient for warming your hands and easy access. They should have zippers or flaps to protect your items from the weather.

Several heated jackets have heated pockets. Of those reviewed here, the Milwaukee M12 has heated pockets.

  • Voltage

A 3.7V. battery is longer-lasting (approx. up to 10 hrs.) because it continuously turns on and off. Lower voltage batteries (3.7V., 5V.) are more suitable for USB connectors. 12V. batteries plug into mobile outlets (motorcycles, ATV, snowmobiles, etc.) and run as long as they are plugged in.

  • Battery

To ensure your battery and heated garment are of the highest quality, look for CE and UL (battery and wiring safety inspection) certifications. Some heated jackets are equipped with rechargeable battery packs. Some heated jackets use a constant external power source, such as to a 12V. (ATV, motorcycle, etc.) outlet.

Typically:

  • 7.4V. batteries last 5 hrs.(low), 2-3 hrs. (high).
  • 3.7V. batteries (continuously turn on/off) last 10 hrs.
  • 12V. batteries plug directly into snowmobile, motorcycle, ATV, etc. and run as long as they are plugged in.
  • Device Charging

Models with lower voltage batteries (3.7V., 5V.) also allow for USB connections that can power your electronic devices. They allow you to simultaneously charge your mobile device while wearing the jacket. Many, but not all heated jacket models offer this feature.

TOP 10 Best Heated Jackets

Further on, we’ll cover the TOP 10 Best Heated Jackets that will keep you warm during cold seasons. We’ll review jackets that can be used for various purposes, such as hunting, fishing, golf, running, and motorcycling.

Ororo Men's Lightweight Heated Vest with Battery Pack – Heated Jacket for Hunting

Ororo Men's Lightweight Heated Vest: photo

The lightweight ororo men’s heated vest is a stylish (unisex-style) battery-powered vest option. It has a 7.4V CE-certified battery and multi-step safety system that ensures the vest will not short-circuit.

This Ororo vest heats to 25C deg. / 77F. deg. The battery lasts approximately 10-12 hours on a low setting, approximately 6-7 hours on medium, and approximately or 3-4 hours on high. Carbon fiber heating elements may be adjusted to warm your chest, mid-back, and collar.

This heated jacket is constructed from durable wind- and water-resistant 100% polyester. It is designed to allow unrestricted mobility. It allows you to charge your smartphone and other electronic devices through its USB port.

While lightweight, the downside is that the material is thinner, reducing overall warmth.

Recommendations:

The Ororo heated men’s vest is designed for layering. It is well-suited for milder weather use by hikers, walkers, campers, outdoor activities, construction, etc. A 1-yr. warranty is also included.

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Bosch Men's 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Soft Shell Heated Jacket Kit with 2.0Ah Battery, Charger and Holster PSJ120M-102 – Heated Jacket for Work

Bosch Heated Jacket for Work: photo

Bosch’s soft-shell heated men’s jacket is a durable, stylish battery-powered jacket suitable for exercise, physical labor, or action-wear activities. It is 5V/1A USB-compatible with 4 pockets for your electronic devices, documents, etc. plus a side-rear pocket battery holder.

This Bosch heated jacket runs on a BHB 120 lithium-ion (included) and has a Bosch 12-Volt Max backup. A battery charger is also included. The maximum run time is approximately 6 hours. Quick-warming elements are controlled to warm your chest and back. Each heating zone(high, medium, low) is regulated using a 3-level button controller (red, green, blue).

This heated jacket is constructed from 100% durable wind- and water-resistant polyester. It is hand washable/air dry. It may be taken on a plane. However, TSA requires that the battery be put in the holster. The spare battery must be stowed in your carry-on.

The downside is that this heated jacket pockets are somewhat small. There have also been some disappointment that while all the zones heat well, it falls short heating all over.

Recommendations:

The men’s Bosch soft shell heated jacket is intended for work on tough outdoor job sites. A User Guide, 1-yr. limited warranty (jacket) are included. If you sign up for the free 3-yr. ProVantage Tool Protection Program for the holster, a 3-yr. holster tool protection and 2-yr. battery coverage are included.

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Milwaukee Jacket KIT M12 12V Lithium-Ion Heated Front and Back Heat Zones All Sizes and Colors - Battery and Charger Included – Heated Jacket for Winter

Milwaukee Jacket KIT M12: photo

Milwaukee’s heated KIT M12 heated jacket is highly-rated, durable, high-loft-insulated, and stylish battery-powered jacket. It has three outer-zip pockets, an inner-zip pocket, and a low-profile battery pocket.

This Milwaukee heated jacket runs on a M12™ REDLITHIUM 2.0 battery pack (included). All M18™ REDLITHIUM™ batteries work as well. The maximum run time is approximately 8 hours. Carbon fiber heating elements may be adjusted to warm your chest, back, and/or hands (outer pockets). Each heating zone may be warmed separately using the one-touch, 3-setting, LED controller.

This non-restrictive heated jacket is constructed from durable wind- and water-resistant ToughShell Stretch Polyester, which gives the jacket 5X longer life. FreeFlex Mobility gussets provide improved mobility. It is machine washable and dryable. It can also be taken on a plane (TSA-approved).

The downside is that this heated jacket is more expensive than some comparably-equipped heated jackets w/battery and charger. Larger KIT M12 Milwaukee jacket sizes are available but they tend to be significantly more expensive.

Recommendations:

The KIT M12 Milwaukee jacket is intended for use in harsh environments by contractors, tradesmen, etc. Although more expensive, it is highly durable, has superior heating, and allows excellent mobility. A 1-yr. limited warranty is also included.

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DT Electric Heated Vest – Heated Jacket for Golf

DT Electric Heated Vest: photo

The DT electric heated vest is a safe and sturdy, battery-powered fleece vest with a 3-setting, maximum heating temperature of 131F. degrees. Carbon fiber heating elements may be adjusted to warm your chest and from your mid to lower back.

It has a 7.4V. battery that lasts as long as 8-14 hours on a single-charge on the lowest setting, 6-8 hours on the medium setting, and 4-5 hours on the highest setting. It is also USB-compatible.

This heated vest is constructed from water-resistant fleece which provides improved mobility. It has securely-zippered pockets that can fit your smartphone. It can also be taken on a plane (TSA-approved). Remove the battery first and check it separately.

The downside of this heated vest is that its heating controls (front and back) work simultaneously. They cannot be individually adjusted. This vest must also NOT be machine washed or dried, wrung-out to line dry, ironed, bleached, or dry cleaned. It must be hand washed in cold water. Remove the battery before laundering.

Recommendations:

The DT heated vest is intended for active wearers in cold or warmer weather. It is well-suited for joggers, hunters, walkers, golfers, or for other activities. It may also be worn under a standard (unheated) jacket.

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DEWALT DCHJ060C1-L 20V/12V MAX Black Heated Jacket Kit – Heated Jacket for Fishing

DEWALT Heated Jacket for Fishing: photo

Dewalt DCHJ060C1-L heated jacket is a simple, easy to operate, soft shelled stylish battery-powered jacket. It has five pockets including those on either side of the waist and outer chest, as well as one pocket on the inner left side of the jacket. One pocket may be designated for your smartphone and conveniently plugged into the USB port on the battery for charging.

This Dewalt heated jacket runs on 20V/12V. Max USB power. It has a DCB201 20V. Max battery and DCB101 20V./12V. battery charger. The maximum run time is approximately 7.5 on average. Carbon fiber heating elements may be adjusted to warm your chest, mid-back, and collar. All heating zones are operated by an LED controller that regulates 3 temperature setting plus a pre-heat option.

This non-restrictive heated jacket comfortable and soft outer shell is constructed from durable water-resistant polyester. Its waistline and cuffs are adjustable to allow you to gain the best fit possible. It can also be taken on a plane (TSA-approved). Remove the battery and check it separately.

The downside is that this heated jacket battery is pretty bulky and obtrusive. This jacket also has no heated pockets to keep your hands warm and must be hand washed and air dried.

Recommendations:

The Dewalt DCHJ060C1-L heated jacket is intended for use for all types of outdoor cold-weather activity. A 1-yr. limited warranty on the jacket and a Standard DEWALT 3-yr limited warranty on the USB charger/power source are also included.

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Ororo Heated Hoodie with Battery Pack (Unisex) – Heated Jacket for Running

Ororo Heated Hoodie with Battery Pack: photo

The lightweight Ororo heated hoodie is a relaxed-fit, unisex-sized, battery-powered garment. It is casually-designed with cotton (outer) and polar fleece (lining) for ultra comfort, mobility, and contained warmth.

This heated hoodie runs on a quick-heating 7.4V CE-certified battery. The maximum run time is approximately 8 hrs. on average. Carbon fiber heating elements may be adjusted to warm your chest and mid-back using the one-button, 3-level controller (Low, Med., High). A USB port is included to enable mobile device charging.

This heated hoodie is constructed from breathable material composed of 60% cotton and 40% polyester. It is (easy care) machine washable and can also be taken on a plane (TSA-approved). Remove the battery and check it separately.

This heated hoodie may be machine washed but should be air dried. Due to the heating element wiring, it should not be twisted or wrung-out to remove rinse water, or put in the dryer.

Recommendations:

The Ororo heated hoodie is intended for use for all types of outdoor cold- or warm-weather activities. It may be worn alone or under a protective jacket. A 1-yr. warranty is included.

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Firstgear 90-Watt Warm and Safe Men's Grey Heated Jacket Liner – Heated Jacket for Motorcycle

Firstgear Heated Jacket Liner: photo

This Firstgear heated jacket liner is form-fitting and temperature-neutral. It is intended to be worn close to the body under a standard protective jacket. It has heating elements in the chest, back, and sleeves. It has zippered pockets including one on either side of the waist and on either jacket sleeve. One pocket may be designated for your smartphone and conveniently plugged into the USB port on the battery for charging. This heated jacket liner packs into its zippered pouch for easy use, storage, and transport.

The downside is that this jacket liner does not come with a heat controller or wiring connections for gloves. Both items must be purchased separately. It may be plugged into a 12V. outlet, but this liner does not heat without the heat controller otherwise.

Recommendations:

The Ororo heated jacket is intended to be worn under a protective outer jacket. A 1-yr. limited warranty is included.

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Venture Heat - for Sports Enthusiasts and Motorcyclists

VentureHeat Heated Hoodie: photo

Venture was founded in 2003 in California by a bunch of enthusiasts passionate about technology and sports. Over the years, the company has pioneered several leading product lines: first Lithium-ion Battery Powered Heated Vests, Tri-zone heating bonded panels, 12V Micro-Alloy Fiber flexible heating panels, Portable Far Infrared Ray Heat Therapy product line, and Grand Touring Heated Motorcycle line. In 2018 they registered the Far Infrared Ray Heat Therapy Pain Relief with FDA.

The Venture product store features versatile clothing items: from battery heated jackets for both men and women to heated motorcycle gear and infrared heat therapy products.

Heated Hoodie featured in the Heated Motorcycle gear section is made of breathable fleece with built-in 3 hair thin heated panels. The hoodie comes with a digital heat controller and external USB battery power connector that’s compatible with any brand of 2.0A Output USB Power Bank Battery.

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Dragon Heatware - now Gobi - Suitable for Harsh Winters

Dragon Heatware Suitable for Harsh Winters: photo

Gobi Heat is another brand that we wanted to cover in this article. Previously known as Dragon Heatware, the company is based in Utah, from where it operates. The Gobi Heat now sells all kinds of heatware clothing, from vests to gloves and socks.

Here’s one of their products falling into Heating Jacket category: Dragon Heatwear Sahara Mens Heated Hunting Jacket, which is made of wind and water resistant polyester softshell fabric with fleece lining. The product features three-zone heating with two in the chest and a one large zone in the back and comes with an LED controller. Works on 4400 mAh/7.4 volt slim-profile battery and comes with Compact DC charger.

Overall, consumer response to Gobi Heat and Venture Heat products is positive, so we thought you should know about these options.

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Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Heated Jacket

Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Heated Jacket: photo

Makita jacket is available in six sizes so would fit everyone, the thinnest or the chubbiest. It also looks like a great option for those working outside in cold harsh environments. It features three core heat zones (two on the chest and one on the back) for optimum heat distribution. It also has three standard heat settings (high/ medium/ low) to help you choose the desired level of heat, as well as an on/off heat controller with 3 LED indicators.You'll be happy to find four pockets for your convenience: zipped on the chest, left and right pockets on the sides, and one sleeve pocket. This feature not to be disregarded if you seldom have to carry around tools, instruments, appliances, or anything else for work. The jacket works on 18V Compact Lithium-Ion batteries that will ensure up to 28 hours of heat. There’s also a convenient USB port to charge your mobile devices. Overall, this is a good value jacket for the money.

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FAQ

Are the batteries high quality?
To ensure your battery and heated garment are of the highest quality, look for CE and UL (battery and wiring safety inspection) certifications.

Is there a danger of electrocution?
Your skin never comes in contact with the heating element wires to cause any electrocution risk or hazard. The battery is also equipped with an auto shut off feature should overheating be detected.

Can it charge my tablet or phone?
Lower voltage (3.7V, 5V) batteries allow for USB connections that can power your electronic devices. Of those reviewed here, the men’s Ororo heated vest and heated hoodie, Bosch PSJ120M-102 heated jacket, and Dewalt DCHJ060C1-L heated jacket have USB connectors.

Where are the heaters located?
Flexible carbon fiber heating element wires are embedded in the jacket’s lining. They provide radiant heat when they are connected to a battery.

Can my jacket catch fire?
There is no risk of catching fire. The battery does not supply enough power to catch the heating elements on fire. It shuts off when overheating is detected.

How long do the batteries last?
Typically, 7.4V. batteries last 2-5 hrs., 3.7V. batteries last 10 hrs., and 12V. batteries that plug directly into mobile outlets run as long as they are plugged in.

Are heated jackets heavy?
Heated jackets are designed to be lightweight and breathable for easy mobility and movement. The carbon fiber heating elements are very thin wires weight almost nothing. The main weight comes from that of the battery.

Where is the battery kept?
Typically batteries tuck into pockets inside the lining.

Are the heated jackets hard to wash?
Spot cleaning is recommended. Remove the battery before washing. Some heated jackets can be machine washed and dried. As a rule you should hand washed and line/air dry.

Are heated jackets safe?
Heated jackets are very low-voltage with no risk of electrocution! Many batteries are CE-certified and safety rated. Be aware of poor garment construction and wiring that can cause short circuits before buying.

Can you wash a heated jacket?
Due to the wiring, it is recommended to hand wash and line/air dry heated garments. Some can be machine washed and dried. Read the instructions and remove the battery before laundering.

Is there a heated jacket that has heated pockets?
Several heated jackets have heated pockets. Of those reviewed here, the Milwaukee M12 has heated pockets.

Should I get a hoodie or a jacket?
Your activity determines what style works best. More energetic outdoor activities generally require a jacket. However, heated vests and hoodies can be worn alone or with a jacket over top.

How should I charge the battery?
Batteries for these jackets have special chargers. Many come with designated chargers although some you will need to purchase separately. Just place the battery into the charger that is plugged into a standard wall outlet.

Can I bring my heated jacket on an airplane?
The TSA allows heated jackets. However, they require the battery to be removed and checked separately. Inform TSA beforehand to avoid any confusion.

Which heated jacket do you recommend for skiing?
Skiing and other lively activities require jackets/vests that are lightweight and allow maximum mobility. Of those reviewed here the Milwaukee M12 or the Dewalt DCHJ060C1 heated jackets are recommended for men. The Dewalt DCHJ060C1 heated jacket or Ororo heated down vest (worn under a standard ski jacket) may be preferred by women.

Is it safe to wear a heated jacket while riding a motorcycle?
A heated jacket is a good option for protecting from wind and dirt/dust while riding. Heated vests and hoodies are also good options.

How do you charge a heated jacket?
Charging your heated jacket only requires removing the battery and putting in the charger that is plugged into a standard wall outlet.

Can heated jackets cause cancer?
There have been no studies that have shown heated jackets, vests, or hoodies (heating pads, electric blankets, etc.) alter one’s electromagnetic field (EMF) to cause cancer.

Pros & Cons of Heated Jackets

Pros:

A heated jacket:

  • is battery-operated (does not require charging or being plugged in).
  • ensures your body will be kept warm and protected on cold days or in harsh environments.
  • keeps you warm without having to wear layers of clothing that can restrict movement and mobility. 
  • allows you to keep connected to your electronic devices via the USB while keeping warm.

Cons:

  • Different quality heated jackets will have varying degrees of heating zones, temperatures, settings, features, and performance.
  • Not all heated jackets have heated pockets, sleeves, or USB connectors.
  • Not all heated jackets allow you to control/change temperatures.
  • Different heated jacket brands are sized differently.

Tips for Using Heated Jackets

How you use your heated jacket, vest, or hoodie depends on what activity you’ll be doing when you wear it! While jackets are designed to fit over other clothing as protection against inclement weather and harsh environments, vests are designed to be worn either as outerwear or under other garments.

Heated jackets are well-suited for working comfortably outdoors. They are designed to be lightweight protection from dirt/dust and weather, allow easy movement, and provide long-lasting durability. Cyclists can appreciate the protection from high winds while riding. They are also comfortable for hunters or other outdoor activities.

Comparative chart of Heated Jackets

Product Features Price

Ororo Heated Vest

Ororo Men's Lightweight Heated Vest min: photo

Max. Temp: High: 131F. deg.; Med.: 113F. deg.; Low: 100F. deg.
Battery Life: 10-12 hrs. (Low); 6-7 hrs. (Med.); 3-4 hrs. (High)
No. Heating Zones: 4 (2-Chest, Back, Neck)

Bosch

Bosch Heated Jacket for Work min: photo

Max. Temp: Standard 90F. deg. (Low) – 131F. deg. (High)
Battery Life: 6 hrs. (Low)
No. Heating Zones: 3 (2-Chest, Back)

Milwaukee

Milwaukee Jacket KIT M12 min: photo

Max. Temp: Standard 90F. deg. (Low) – 131F. deg. (High)
Battery Life: 8 hrs.
No. Heating Zones: 5 (2-Chest, Back, Pockets)

DT

DT Electric Heated Vest min: photo

Max. Temp: High: 131F. deg.; Med.: 122F. deg.; Low: 104F. deg.
Battery Life: 8-14 hrs.(Low); 6-8 hrs. (Med.); 4-5 hrs. (High)No. Heating Zones: 4 (2-Front, 2-Back)

DEWALT

DEWALT Heated Jacket for Fishing min: photo

Max. Temp: 85F. deg. (Low) – 100F. deg. (High)
Battery Life: 7.5 hrs.
No. Heating Zones: 4

Ororo Heated Hoodie

Ororo Heated Hoodie with Battery Pack min: photo

Max. Temp: High: 131F. deg.; Med.: 113F. deg.; Low: 100F. deg. Battery Life: 8 hrs.
No. Heating Zones: 3 (2-Chest, Mid-Back)

Firstgear

Firstgear Heated Jacket Liner min: photo

Max. Temp: Standard 90F. deg. (Low) – 131F. deg. (High)
Battery Life: Not listed
No. Heating Zones: 4 (Chest, Back, 2-Sleeves)

VentureHeat

VentureHeat Heated Hoodie min: photo

Max. Temp: 3 modes (temp not listed)
Battery Life: 12 hrs
No. Heating Zones: 3 ( one the back and two on the chest)

Dragon Heatwear

Dragon Heatware Suitable for Harsh Winters min: photo

Max. Temp: 3 modes (temp not listed)
Battery Life: 10 hrs
No. Heating Zones: 3

Makita Heated Jacket

Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Heated Jacket: photo

 Max. Temp: 3 modes (temp not listed)
Battery Life: 28 hrs
No. Heating Zones: 3

Conclusion

Heated jackets, vests, and hoodies are great wardrobe additions for anyone! They make outdoor activities in inclement, harsh, and cold weather more bearable as well as more enjoyable. These heated outer garments aren’t just for keeping your core warm. Many have features that allow you to charge your electronic devices, store a variety of documents, tablets, and other items, and keep your hands warm too. They are a good investment for anyone that works, exercises, or plays outdoors.