Ororo heated clothing is “on fire” right now. They are popping up everywhere.
Ororo is a leading manufacturer of heated apparel. Their range of heated jackets and heated vests are lightweight and comfortable, and offer adjustable heat settings so you can find the perfect level of warmth for your needs.
The standard battery pack included with the Ororo heated apparel is great and usually offers enough power to last through a cold day or night. However, if you plan on taking longer trips or running your jacket or vest on higher heat settings for longer periods of time, it’s worth purchasing an extra Ororo Battery pack.
Having an extra battery pack also means you can use it to charge your phone or other devices while outdoors with its USB port, giving you peace of mind when you’re away from home or traveling long distances.
Ultimately, an extra battery pack is a great way to ensure you stay warm on long trips or in extreme weather conditions. Whenever temperatures dip or you’re away from home for longer than usual, having an extra battery or USB power source could be the difference between being comfortable or cold and alone.
In this blog post, we’ll review the Ororo battery pack options in detail and discuss why having a backup battery is a great idea.
So read on to find out more!
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What are the Ororo Battery Pack Options?
Out of the Box
We ordered the standard B19G rechargeable battery pack from Ororo because this is the one we have with our current vest. It came nicely packaged in an Ororo box with a user guide included. We did not get an extra charging cable as we already have one. We wish we did. We’ll explain later.
Size and weight
The battery itself is not small, but it is not big and bulky either. You can see in the photo that is does fit in the palm of my hand, but barely. But for what it does, having it in your pocket of your heated jacket or vest it is not really a big deal.
The B19G battery has rounded corners making it more comfortable in your pocket. Ours came in standard black which I like but for those of you who prefer a little more pop, they do offer the battery in a few different colors such as blue, red and green.
We like the powerful standard battery for its fast preheat as well as long-lasting power. You can get up to 10 hours on low, 6 hours on medium, and 3 hours on high. This is enough power to charge your iPhone twice. But, we’re here to stay warm not just have a charger for our phone!
Overall, it’s lightweight. It weighs 8.47 ounces. Not bad at all and you kind of get used to it in your pocket. And you will certainly think it’s worth it when you need it!
The battery is well made. It has a USB charging port so you can charge other devices if you need to. On the side are battery life indicator lights, an easy on-off switch, and an adaptor port to charge it. Clean, simple, and easy to use. No issues there.
Ororo claims this rechargeable battery can be charged up to 800 times and is UL and CE certified so you know it’s built right.
Ororo suggests giving it a full charge overnight before first use. We typically do that anyway as we always want to make sure we have a full charge and it’s ready to go.
One thing we don’t like is that you have to use the Ororo plug and adapter. It just doesn’t charge without it. Or at least we couldn’t get it to charge. We have so many plugs and blocks that it would be nice to be able to use them. Perhaps we should have ordered an extra one so we can charge both at once.
Overall, I recommend getting a second battery for your Ororo apparel.
Size and Weight
The Mini 5K came out with an upgraded design and is 40% smaller than the standard Ororo battery pack. This compact design is certainly a nice feature compared to the standard battery’s size. The battery pack is also lighter than the standard battery.
The Mini 5K will certainly fit in the palm of your hand. And with its rounded corners, you will barely notice it when you carry it.
So, how about the power? Compared to the standard battery’s 5200 mAh, the Mini 5K has 4800 mAh. Slightly less by the numbers, and I would say barely noticeable as to the standard having a longer battery life.
As far as charging time, it claims a full charge in just 4 hours. That is very solid. It is also claimed to have a slight faster preheating time.
Again, this battery needs the Ororo charger which is a little bit of a negative in my option.
Claimed run time is equal to the standard battery at 10 hours on low, 6 on medium and 3 on high.
You do get a few different color options with the Mini 5K. There is purple, orange and pink (which I’m sure is the only battery color my daughter would get 😊)
What about price? The Mini 5K is only $10 more at $79 versus $69 for the Standard.
So for $10 more you get a smaller, lighter battery that has almost the same amount of power.
I have no issues with the standard battery, but something smaller and lighter would be an advantage to me. And for just $10 more, I’d go with it.
Eventually, I see Ororo just doing away with the standard battery and going only with the Mini 5K which seems to be how their heated vests and heated jackets are being sold now.
Our Final Thoughts
So, after having a heated vest for a few months, we would strongly recommend a second battery purely for the added convenience and options. I would not say it is completely necessary, but it is a nice option to have. You have spent a decent amount of money on a heated vest or a heated jacket, so you might as well get the most of it while you use it.
Which Battery Do We Choose?
We would go with the Mini 5K. I don’t see any reasonable power difference in the standard battery that would offset the $10 more price tag and feel the cost is worth the size and weight gains you get from the smaller battery.
Ororo has done an awesome job with their heated apparel and only seem to be improving off what they have already succeeded with.
That is nice to see in a company that is constantly trying to improve and innovate.
Ororo products have topped our “best of” lists in the past and they are proving yet again, why they are one of the best in the heated apparel market. Hope this has been helpful!