Microwave Hotties

    Keep warm with a microwave hot water bottle hottie, warms up in minutes and stays warm for hours. The Hottie couldn’t be simpler to use, it microwaves in minutes and stays warm for hours. No toxic gels, just water. The Hottie offers a safe and reliable alternative to the comfort and warmth of a traditional Hot Water Bottle without the need for boiling water and tricky stoppers.

    The Hottie never needs emptying or refilling, and contains water, soaked onto a nonwoven material pad. The Hottie contains no dangerous sticky gels or wax. The Hottie will get warm not really hot and stay warm for a few hours.

    The Hottie microwave hot water bottle is available in different sizes as a hot water bottle, as a back warmer, foot and knee warmer too. Inner core replacements are also available. They come with removable covers.

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    Environmental Note

    A traditional Hot Water Bottle uses an average of one litre of water each fill.

    Over a winter season (conservatively estimated at 13 weeks, that’s 91 litres (20 gallons) of water for every bottle used.

    For every 1 million users of HWB’s that’s 91 million litres (20 million gallons) of water.

    A Hottie® is pre-filled once only and sealed for life.

    The electricity used in heating a HottieTM is a third less than boiling a kettle: A kettle uses on average 2.2kw of electricity for 4 minutes :- 0.147kw A “D” rated microwave uses 0.75kw for 3 minutes: - 0.037kw In pure cash terms the direct consumer saving over 100 fills is £1.68 ( Electricity at £1.54 7p/kw - Water at £0.14p 66p/M3.)

    Safety First

    MICROWAVE THERMAL PACKS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR 15 YEARS OR SO. They provide heat and the health benefits of heat without the fiddle of hotwater bottles or the hazard of handling boiling water to fill bottles.

    Are they safe? Firstly we should say that conventional hot water bottles cause a significant number of serious scalds. In the last published HASS figures approx 1500 hot water bottle scalds were referred to A and E in the reporting year. Hot water bottles have been the subject of a number of product recalls for faulty stoppers or substandard construction.

    Gel and wax containing products can reach very high temperatures and may explode or combust. In 1999 after several serious incidents a woman was killed in the North East when her gel pack exploded and in effect napalmed her with hot sticky gel. Gel products have as a result been largely withdrawn from the UK market. Some gel cold packs can still be found which say they can also be heated in the microwave. This should never be done.

    Many products have been introduced with wheat, seeds, peat, fruit stones, lavender and other natural products. These are natural products and vary in their water content. With use they dry out, even if a glass of water is placed in the microwave. When they dry out, the time to heat up in the same power microwave greatly reduces. If they overheat and reach a high temperature, they can start to cook and continue to heat up further even after they have been removed from the microwave. This heating can lead to spontaneous combustion. Earlier this year a woman was burnt to death when her lavender wheat bag set alight in her bed. The fire brigade reported that they had been called out to at least six serious house fires caused by igniting wheat bags. Great care must be taken with these products.

    Hotties are different. They contain a fixed mass of water absorbed onto a nonwoven pad and sealed under vacuum in a specially engineered laminate pouch. This means that the rate of heat up is mathematically predictable. If the product is overheated it will expand and burst. Remember, steam fills 22.4 times the space of water. This prevents dangerous temperatures and pressures being reached and is a visual indicator that overheating has occurred. The nonwoven pad is capable of holding much more water than is put in the Hottie, so even after it has burst, the water does not rush out. Most of the water remains in the pouch. These safety features were built into Hotties from the beginning. That is why in 11years and 1.5 million Hotties, nobody has been seriously scalded.