We’re teaming up with Phillips and Temro Industries to introduce you to the FreezArmor Heated Tool Bag. With winter just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to see if this Made in the USA tool storage solution can keep you productive as the temps drop.
The Problem: Cold Weather
If you work in cold weather climates, you know the trouble winter brings with it. Lithium-ion batteries don’t work or charge as well and caulk becomes impossible to apply, making an already uncomfortable situation even more frustrating. Here are some stats to consider:
- At 0°F (-18°C), typical lithium-ion batteries deliver 50% of their maximum potential
- Charging lithium-ion batteries below 40°F (5°C) isn’t recommended
- Charging lithium-ion batteries below 32°F (0°C) can cause permanent damage to the battery
- The recommended storage temperature for lithium-ion batteries is 50°F (10°C) or higher
- Lithium-ion batteries self-discharge faster at temperatures below 50°F (10°C)
- Lithium-ion batteries start flatlining around -4°F (-20°C)
- Latex caulk can freeze at temperatures below 32°F (0°C)
- Most caulks should be applied above 40°F (5°C) to improve application, adhesion, and curing
It’s a Heat Source
That’s where FreezArmor comes in. Heating pads inside the bag keep your batteries, caulk, and other temperature-sensitive gear in a warmer temperature so they’re ready to work as soon as you pull them out. In outside temperatures as low as -30°F (-34°C), the interior of the bag maintains a range of 50° – 70°F.
Using the heating function is simple—just plug it into a 120V outlet and game on! If the temperatures get high enough that you don’t need the temp assist, unplug it.
It’s a Tool Bag
The bag itself looks very similar to other tool bags you may own. There’s bulk storage inside with enough space to store caulk tubes, high-capacity power tool batteries, or an entire compact combo kit. There’s even a mesh elastic top pocket for items you’d like to separate.
On the exterior, there are eight pockets on the sides. The front has a single pocket with a hook and loop closure, while the back has two.
The 600 Denier construction is designed to thrive on construction jobsites and holds up to 45 pounds. Even if you do manage to puncture or tear the material, the heating still works. The flexible heating plates fit in between the exterior and interior material and give the bag a rigidity that won’t flop in on itself when you have the lid open.
We got our hands on the large contractor bag and it runs $229. It’s 14 inches long x 13 inches wide and 10 inches deep. The heating power on both the contractor bag and the smaller 13″ heated bag runs around 55 watts. FreezArmor also has 20-watt heating pads available for light-duty use.
If you don’t need that much space, there’s a small bag (13 x 10 x 8 inches) that’s $169. For those of you who don’t want to give up the tool bag you already love, there’s also a heating pad you can use to wrap around the inside. It’s 13 x 8 inches and retails for $79.99.
The Bottom Line
You already have the gear to keep you warm and working during the cold winter months, so why shouldn’t your tools be able to keep up? When you add a FreezArmor heated tool bag to the mix, Old Man Winter can do his worst, but it’s not going to stop you or your tools from getting the job done. For more information visit the FreezArmor website.