Who Invented Heating Pads?

Heating pads have been around for a long time. From ancient times, people who had aches and pains rubbed hot stones or other objects on their bodies or applied heat directly to the skin to relieve pain and discomfort.

People who lived in tropical climates found that they got fewer aches and pains when they sat in the warmth of the sun. They eventually figured out how to keep warm with heated rocks by placing them in beds or clothing. They also noticed that when there was no sun for days, such as during the winter, they felt more pain than usual. But they are not the ones who invented heating pads as we know them today.

We needed electricity to come into play for this!

So, who invented heating pads?

The first name used for electrical heating pads was – “El Warmo.” And the one who invented heating pads as we know today is:

Earl Richardson

In 1911, a Canadian named Earl Richardson invented the first heating pad. He was a utility employee in the region of Ontario, Canada. With an incredible sense of humor, he named his invention “El Warmo.”

He was a creative individual who liked to play with things. In reality, he also created other everyday objects still in use today.

Some of his most famous inventions include:

  • El Perco (an electric coffeepot)
  • El Chafo (chafing dish)
  • El Tosto (electric toaster)
  • El Stovo (an early hotplate)
  • El Eggo (egg fryer)
  • El Perco (an electric coffeepot)

As you can see, Richardson loved to play with electricity and invent things.

This is also why he invented the first electric heating pad that we all use today, the legendary “El Warmo.”

The story goes that Richardson’s wife used to work in a rubber factory. 

 She brought home some pretty strange-looking material: waterproof and very stretchy. Earl liked to play with it and stretch it for fun, so he decided to design an electric pad out of it. The idea turned out so well that his brother, who worked at a textile mill, asked him to make more of those pads for their company. An agreement was signed between the two parties brought together by this invention. ALCAN industries (owned British American) who marketed these pads as “Babco” and Earl, who invented heating pads got an agreement to make electricity heating pads for them.

Types of Heating Pads

Modern-day heating pads are available in many sizes to fit everyone’s needs. Shopping for one is very simple.

The most common heating pads are the ones that have an electric wire coming out of them. The electric wire usually plugs into a wall, so you don’t have to worry about the batteries running out while using your heating pad. You can also get cordless electric heating pads that run on rechargeable batteries. They are perfect for where looking for electrical power may be difficult or impossible, such as camping, hiking, or other outdoor activities.

Microwavable Heating Pads

These are great if you’ve got small children who might not be careful enough with electrical cords around the house since they need to be microwaved before use. They are also very convenient if you don’t have an electrical outlet nearby.

When you microwave them, they usually last for about 10 minutes or so, after which you need to reheat them again. To make sure they don’t burn your skin when microwaving, make sure you follow the instructions carefully and put a towel over it while cooking in the microwave oven.

Heating Pads with Elastic Bands

This type of heating pad is perfect if you like to wrap it around your body (like my father, who always wanted to put his heating pad on his neck). They are also a good option for people who find tying strings around themselves too complicated. However, this type is quite challenging to clean since all its components are sewn together.

Heating Pads with Built-in Magnetic Clips

These heating pads can be attached to any part of your body and make you feel warm all over. They are also quite versatile since you can attach them to a chair, your bed, or even your desk as you work. These types of heating pads come in different sizes and shapes – square, round, and duffle bag-shaped. The LPG mask I mentioned earlier is similar to this type of heating pad.

Heating Pad for Kids

You can never go wrong with choosing a fun and colorful design for kids who will want to play with the pad before using it on their bodies. If possible, choose cartoon characters or other cute designs so you won’t have any problems convincing your kids to use them. Heating pads for children are usually microwavable. You don’t have to worry about finding an electric socket nearby. They can be used by adults who want a smaller pad specially designed for kids.

Heating Pads with Water Packets

Some heating pads come with water packets that must be activated before the pad is ready for use. These types of heating pads are great if you’re looking for something that stays warm for quite some time after microwaving or boiling. Since there’s liquid inside them, these heating pads make sure they never burn anyone who uses them since the liquid acts as a barrier between the heat source and your skin. This makes them perfect even for people who suffer from low blood circulation and often feel pain and numbness when using thicker heating pads.

Plastic Heating Pads

These are great for people who don’t want anything other than a thin pad to warm up their bodies. They usually come in the shape and size of a large plastic (or Styrofoam) bag and can be thrown away after use. These heating pads take the shortest time to get ready for use since no preparation or cooking is required before using them. Also, they are not very expensive. It makes them ideal if you’re looking for an emergency heating pad while traveling or camping (if it’s summer) but need something that will help you warm up quickly. You can simply pull it out of your backpack, activate it, and wrap it around yourself. Some even come with pockets filled with rice or wheat to heat just the right area you need. This type is also perfect if you have allergies to certain fabrics since they are usually made of plastic.

None of these heating pads are electrical cords, so you don’t have to worry about burning your skin by accident since there are no exposed heating elements or wires. All of them are safe for anyone who needs warmth – including small children who often find electric cords fascinating, so if this includes you, then you’re all set!

There you go, now you know who invented heating pads!

For more awesome inventions, head to the Who Invented page and find out who invented the rest of the household items!