James Davis - CleanMPG - Dec 16, 2013. Winter is here, and driving a Volt we all know what running the heater does to the range. Winter also seems to keep me outside, in the cold way more than I'd like. What to do? Meet the Dewalt DCHJ060! Back in July Dewalt® announced its new line of heated jackets that can be powered by DEWALT 20V MAX or 12V MAX lithium ion batteries. The jackets are capable of providing hours of core body warmth and continuous heat. There are 4 different styles available: a soft shell work jacket, a hooded work jacket, a True Timber® camouflage jacket, and a True Timber® Blaze Orange camouflage jacket. Each jacket offers a water- and wind-resistant outer shell, an LED controller with three temperature settings plus pre-heat mode, and three core body heating zones: left and right chest, and back. The soft shell work jacket and camouflage jackets offer a fourth heating zone in the collar. The heating power is transferred from the batteries to the jacket by a USB power source that is also capable of charging up to two electronic devices that are USB-compatible. “Professional contractors work and play in all weather conditions. In cold weather, DEWALT heated jackets will provide warmth and protection from the elements,” says Sean Templeton, Product Manager, DEWALT. Jackets can be purchased kitted (jacket, 20V MAX/12V MAX USB power source, 20V MAX battery, and 20V MAX charger) or bare (jacket and 20V MAX/12V MAX USB power source only). The jackets (bare and kitted) will retail for between $149.00 and $229.00 each and are available in sizes S-3XL through distributors. The new heated jackets come with a one-year limited warranty and 90-day money-back guarantee. With a 90-day money back guarantee I said, "why not give it a try?" I made my way to the Shell Fuel Rewards Network Online Mall and found the Dewalt products offered thru Home Depot with 2X Rewards. Home Depot was also offering $25 off select Dewalt products and free shipping. I went with the Soft Shell Work Jacket with a retail price of $209, minus $25 off from Home Depot and $1.20/gallon in fuel savings from Shell Fuel Rewards Network ($1.20/gallon with 20 gallon max = $24 off my fillup in the Express van). The Soft Shell Work Jacket won my attention because of the 4th heating zone in the collar. The Good: - Upon picking up my box at Home Depot, I found everything included as promised and a bonus candy cane on the box. This jacket kit came with the jacket, battery, usb adapter, and battery charger. - The jacket has a nice fit and is thin enough that I can wear it under my other winter work coat. - The heat provided is excellent! All 4 heat zones (left chest, right chest, back, and neck) seem to provide equal and nicely balanced heat. - Battery charges fairly fast. Instructions say 30 minutes, but I havent timed it yet. - Adjustable cuffs on the arms and waist are nice too. - Openings are included in the jacket so you can route your USB charging cords inside the liner. The not so good: - Battery is a bit bulky and heavy for a jacket. It is placed in a pocket just above the left hip. While I have had no problems driving with the battery in place, it does hit my cell phone clipped on my left side. I have gotten used to the battery hanging back there. Most of the time I dont notice it until I take the jacket off - The heat has randomly turned off while driving the van. I think the seat belt is pushing the on/off button. Next time in the van I will watch where the belt hits. - It would be nice to be able to see the battery level gauge without unplugging and reattaching the battery. - Adjustable collar would be nice to help snug it up and keep the heat on your neck. - I could not find a size guide anywhere online before I ordered it. The only sizing information I could find was to order it snug so the heaters are heating you and not the air inbetween you and the jacket. A simple sizing chart would be easy for Dewalt to add to their site. FWIW - I usually wear a 42-44 jacket and ordered a large from Dewalt. It fits me nice. So far I have only went out in the cold with this jacket under my winter coat. Even on low heat I have ended up too hot. Tomorrow I will venture out without my big bulky winter work coat. It is supposed to be about 14F when I leave the house and walk 2 blocks to get the car. I am confident that my upper body will be plenty warm enough for the walk, and 15 mile ride to work (without the heat on in the Volt)! Approximate battery run times I've experienced: On high -1 hour 54 minutes On medium - 2 hours 45 minutes On low - 5 hours Recharge time from completely dead - 28 minutes I'm not the type that usually drops $200 on a piece of clothing, but so far I am extremely satsified with the purchase and performance of this jacket. Over the next couple weeks I will try to get some battery life times posted on each heat setting.