Q. Is the chemical in the CoolPack toxic?
A. The chemical in the CoolPack is
completely nontoxic, safe, and environmentally friendly. Should the
CoolPack become punctured and bleed onto your skin, it may cause very minor
irritation, so it's important that you scrub with soap and water. If you'd
like a Material Safety Data Sheet on this product, just ask.
Q. How many times can the
CoolPack be used?
A. If the CoolPack is not
punctured or torn, it can be used indefinitely.
Q. How long do CoolPacks take to
A. Typically 20 minutes in ice
water, and slightly longer in a freezer. They recharge more quickly in ice
water because of the conductive method of chilling. In a freezer, they
chill convectively, which takes a bit longer.
Q. What are the benefits of
CoolPacks over ice or frozen gel packs?
A. There are three key benefits:
CoolPacks operate at a much more comfortable 65° F
temperature. That means they won't cause skin or tissue damage, or
cause extreme discomfort.
CoolPacks will be effective for a longer period of
time between charges. The reason? The difference in temperature between
ambient (surrounding) air and the phase change product is much less
than the difference in temperature between ambient air and ice. That
means more cooling is absorbed by the body and less is lost to the air.
CoolPacks are cooled
to a temperature that is above the dew point. That means they won't
condense or sweat against your body or clothing. Ice and frozen gel
packs are below the dew point, so they sweat, making them uncomfortable
to wear and adding to the weight of the vest or jacket. Condensation
also robs the ice pack of efficiency because condensation creates heat,
which is absorbed by the pack, further reducing its efficiency.
How do CoolPacks compare with evaporative-type products?
A. CoolPacks provide much greater
efficiency and better performance. Evaporative-type products, by their
nature, retain water, so are always wet and can absorb bacteria. This makes
them uncomfortable against your skin. And it means they'll mildew quickly
over time, since they never dry out. Further, evaporative-type products
can't operate in high humidity, because the atmosphere is already saturated
with water, so there is no place for the evaporation to go. CoolPacks, on
the other hand, are unaffected by humidity.
Q. Will CoolPacks reduce body
A. Yes, they will. But keep in
mind that our products are worn to maintain core temperature. The purpose
of phase change cooling technology is to maintain a comfortable core
temperature and prevent that temperature from increasing. It's our goal to
help you avoid heat stress in the first place.
Q. Isn't water a phase change
A. Yes. A phase change occurs
whenever matter changes from one form into another. Water can change from a
solid (ice) to a liquid, as well as to a vapor. Water changes into a solid
at a specific temperature: 32ÂºF. But CoolPacks change into their solid
form at 65Âº F. Since water changes into its solid form at such a low
temperature, it loses more of its cooling ability to ambient (surrounding)
temperature. It's also below the dew point, so it causes condensation as it
warms. Further, it's uncomfortable and requires a freezer to refreeze.
Q. Will CoolPacks cause
A. Not at all. That's one of the
beauties of CoolPacks: They function within a comfortable cooling range
that doesn't allow vasoconstriction of blood vessels, unlike ice. This is
an important benefit, as nonconstricted blood vessels allow your
circulatory system to freely move blood throughout your body, then release
heat at the skin surface. With ice, the body is fooled into thinking it's
cold. It reacts by constricting the blood vessels near the skin, limiting
the body's natural cooling system. The heart then works harder, expending
extra energy in the chest cavity and creating yet more body heat.
Q. During cardiovascular
exercise, will CoolPacks help slow the heart rate?
A. Yes. These products will slow
the rise in your heart rate so that you can exercise longer and with more
intensity, allowing for higher calorie burn. Of course, it's important that
you check with your doctor before undergoing an intensive exercise program.
Where can I purchase Barbosa Cool Products?
to offer you the most expedient service possible, and allows you to choose
from several ordering options:
Our Online Store is temporarily down. Please call
214-358-6857 to order, or email to
and we will call you back to answer questions and place your order for you.
Thank you for your
interest in Barbosa Cool Products and our cooling technology