We have learned that Bosch has developed a new 12V Max heated jacket (PSJ120) that will be available starting in the early Fall of 2013. Bosch’s heated jacket features 3 quick warming core heat zones and a 3-level heat controller. Runtime is said to be up to 6 hours on low with a 2.0Ah battery, or 11+ hours with a 4.0Ah battery pack.
The jacket is designed to keep you warm, comfortable, and highly maneuverable in wet, windy, and cold jobsite conditions. But it looks subtle enough, at least in my opinion, for casual wearing as well.
- 3 heating zones: 2 in the chest area, 1 in the back
- 3 heating levels: high, medium, low, with color coded LED indicator
- Push button heating level control
- Water and wind resistant
- High collar
- 5 inside and outside pockets
- Adjustable sleeves and waist
- Reflective features for improved safety
- Available in S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL sizes
- Included BHB120 power port can power or charge USB-compatible personal electronics simultaneously with PSJ120 heated jacket
- 12V batteries and charger look to be sold separately
The USB charger has a maximum output of 5V DC at 1 A, which should allow for quick charging of USB-compatible personal electronics, such as smartphones and MP3 players.
The heated jacket is powered by a new 12V power port (included and also available separately) that can power the jacket and personal electronics (such as cell phones) at the same time.
What I particularly like about the power port is that it can be stowed away in the jacket’s built-in holster pocket, or placed on your belt with built-in clip. This way you can move it around so it doesn’t poke into your back or side. Plus, you can carry it around easily for use as a cell phone battery backup with or without the heated jacket.
Pricing: Sizes S-2XL: $179; 3XL: $189
For new Bosch 12V Max users, the SKC120-102 starter kit comes with a 2.0Ah BAT414 battery and charger for $49.
The jackets will be available around October 1st.
First off, the jacket looks GREAT! Milwaukee’s black heated jackets look good, but these look better, at least going by the product images. I am a sucker for small details, such as contrast stitching and quick-grab zipper pulls.
It will be interesting to see how Bosch’s heated jacket compares with Milwaukee’s in terms of comfort. The original Milwaukee heated jacket was well received, and the second generation is quite warm and comfortable.
Amazon’s preorder price is a bit high at ~$230 for the jacket, and I anticipate that the prices will drop down a bit once the products are officially released in 2 months or so.
The jacket looks comfortable, insulated enough to provide enough warmth for cool weather, and with thoughtfully placed heating zones to provide enough warmth for cold weather.
Right now Black is the only color option. I don’t mind the color, but hope to see the jacket released in Bosch blue as well.