Wednesday, July 6, 2022


RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): Some like it hot (not)… Relief for hot flashes

Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you’re a newbie who’s never plugged in a shore power cord (or ask – what’s a shore power cord?), or wonder why your daughter’s hair dryer keeps tripping the circuit breaker, this column is for you. Send your questions to Mike Sokol at mike (at) with the subject line – JAM. Today I discuss relief for hot flashes (yep!).


Dear Mike,
Do you know anything about the Embr Wave watch that my wife can wear to help relieve her hot flashes? It looks interesting, but how can something you plug into a charger keep you cool? Is it really a tiny air conditioner, or what? —James

Dear James,

You’re in luck! My wife, Linda, has been suffering through hot flashes for the last 9 years, and has been using various medications prescribed by her doctor. While they work much of the time, she still gets hot flashes throughout the day, and I can see her glistening from across the room. Yikes! If she’s near the freezer she’ll grab an ice cube and rub it on her chest or wrists, and that usually helps. But since Linda can’t haul a cooler of ice cubes with her all the time, she was interested when I showed her the Embr Watch 2 video. But, first, take a listen to Robert Palmer’s song “Some Like It Hot” HERE.

Fast forward…

So right after your email I looked up Embr and was quickly contacted by their marketing department. After telling them my wife’s history of hot flashes and my background in electrical testing, they agreed to send me an Embr 2 for evaluation.

How does it work?

It’s actually a computer-controlled Peltier effect module that chills the inside of your wrist (and the blood flowing through it) for 3 minutes of quick cooling in hot-flash “boost” mode, or up to 8 hours overnight in a more gentle sleep mode. And it’s all under smartphone control that lets you set how cold it gets for how long at the touch of the buttons on the side of the Wave.

Once you set it up on your smartphone, you can operate the Wave without messing with a phone. But the app does allow you to log your hot flash intervals and adjust the default settings. They also include a mini-charging station to recharge it every day, depending on just how much chillin’ you need.

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Does it do anything?

Well, yes, it does! In hot flash mode you can feel it get really cold (almost like an ice cube) in a few seconds. And Linda tells me that if you can chill your wrist quickly enough, the hot flash will subside before it turns into a raging inferno.

Does Linda like it?

Oh, yes, she does. While this isn’t cheap technology (it’s around $300), it’s really inexpensive compared to all the various over-the-counter and prescription meds she takes all the time. Plus, after the first few weeks of use she’s getting more tuned into her own hot-flash warning signs and quickly hits the boost button.

There’s a 30-day easy-return policy for the Embr Wave 2, so if it doesn’t work for you, then it doesn’t cost you anything. But Embr claims something like 90% of women say it really works for them, so I think it’s worth a try. Here’s their website for more information.

Please take this poll

I’m really curious as to how many women who camp have hot flashes. So please take this survey below and let me know.

OK, everyone. Remember that electricity is a useful and powerful force, so we all need to pay attention to safety precautions while using it.

Let’s play safe out there….

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Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 50+ years in the industry. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.

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1 month ago

What the heck does this have to do with RV Electricity or RV’s at all?

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Luke

Hi, Luke. Well, a lot of RVers are women. Just sayin’. Have a great day (and be glad you’re a man). 🙂 –Diane

Mike Sokol
1 month ago
Reply to  Luke

If your better half is having a hot flash while camping you’ll probably need to run the air conditioner at full blast all night long.
I’m also studying EV technology for tow vehicles as well a Toads. And I’m now testing solar power stations for better boondocking experiences.
I’m asking for a CPAP machine so I can determine just how much RV battery power is needed to run all night, and I want to get hold of an AED to demonstrate how a defibrillator works to restart your heart.
The list is endless…😁

Diane K
1 month ago

My Cancer has me taking a hormone blocker pill. Getting flashes daily now, when I never had hot flashes during menopause. Guess it’s getting back at me.

1 month ago

I’m 74 years old. I SHOULD be able to say been there, done that, but I can’t. I still get terrible hot flashes and usually wake up most mornings with a wet back YUCK! I’m still trying OTC stuff that my Dr. recommended but it’s not much help. Wish I could put out $300 for something only I can use. I have a very budget-conscious roommate and he couldn’t use this ’cause he doesn’t HAVE hot flashes! Ah, well, I do seem to be getting better by a little bit compared to a couple of years ago – wish me luck for a drier future!

1 month ago

At the age of 25 I had a hysterectomy due to cancer so for the past 33 years I think I have been on nearly every drug imaginable (including over the counter meds) to stop hot flashes. I’ve gone off them completely and was miserable for over 2 years, back on. New drug, flashes again. Longest menopause ever. Now they no longer make the pill that worked so I’m using a patch and still have a few flashes every day.

Leanne Hopkins
1 month ago
Reply to  kat

I had breast cancer in 1999. I, too, had a hysterectomy which began hot flashes. Took OTC and then started on prescriptions. As a last resort I was started on low dose Effexor and for some reason it worked. Through the years I’ve tried to wean off the drug, but the hot flashes inevitably begin again. I’m sorry you’re having to deal with this lengthy “menopause ” but it helps to know that there’s another woman in my boat.

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