DIY Carbon Tape Heated Gloves V2.0





Introduction: DIY Carbon Tape Heated Gloves V2.0

About: DIY carbon heated clothing.

Our hands and especially fingers the first to suffer from the cold and most in need of protection from the environment. But how we be able to warm our hands, keeping the mobility and sensitivity of the fingers?

I did it with the help of carbon fiber tape. Carbon tape conducts electricity and is the most efficient heating element, especially in the infrared range. This carbon tape is very soft and feels like a simple cloth. It's so thin that you can place it directly on fingers, and it will not cause inconvenience. The carbon tape can simply be stuck on any gloves and you will have a high quality heated gloves.

See how easy it is!

Step 1: All You Need Are:

Step 2: Just Glue It!

Cut 2 x 4 ft carbon tape (4 feet for one glove).

Fix wires on the carbon tape. One wire in the middle and two wires at the edges. Wires have to stick with a silver conductive adhesive. For convenience, we recommend that you sew wire to tape, and then apply a silver glue.

Cut the rough edge of the carbon, when the glue hardens.

Before stick the carbon tape on the gloves, try to arrange it, just a test how you will made it. You can choose your own location of the carbon tape on the fingers and the palm, for your convenience.

Step 3: And Glue It Again!

Apply a small amount of rubber cement to a small area of the carbon ribbon (just for one finger).

You do not have to apply the adhesive on a large length of the tape. You will be easier to stick a small portion of the tape, one finger after another, step by step.

Fast smudge the adhesive evenly over the surface of the tape. There is no need to wet the entire tape through, enough to moisten only the top layer. The less the glue, the softer get your glove.

Step 4: Make Your Heated Pattern.

Wait a few seconds until the glue dries and the surface will be similar to adhesive tape.
Put that portion of the tape to the glove, according to your idea of the location of the tape on the glove. Press it hard for a few seconds. Perhaps you would prefer to do this work with an assistant.

I recommend a little bend your fingers when you're sticking tape on the back of your hand.
Apply rubber cement to the next portion of the carbon tape and stick the tape to the next finger.

Proceed finger by finger and stick the whole carbon tape to the end.

Step 5: Connection

Look at the drawing and an equivalent circuit of the connection.
As you can see, the tape is connected in parallel 2x2 feet.

I used a voltage of 7.4 volts. One glove consumes 1.3 amps (about 10 watts) and heated up to 50 Celsius degrees.

Button glued thermal adhesive on the back of your hand and you can power up a glove as soon as it gets cold.

Step 6: Advanced Connection

Each glove consumes almost 10 watts. This is a very good emount of power, which will allow you to feel comfortable even in the dead of winter. But so you do not become hot recommend to use the thermostat on each glove. Thermostats are different temperature and you can always select the desired temp. It will automatically switch off the heating as soon as the temperature reaches the limit. You should place it under the carbon tape.
You might also be useful to have an LED power on indicator.

In this figure wiring diagram with thermostat and LED.

On the left glove extended connection, simplified connection on the right.
Choose your option and do as you need.

Step 7: Power It and Use

Heated gloves ready.

They are very thin and soft, and you can easily insert it into your winter gloves inside.

I stuck Velcro on gloves to secure the batteries holders.

At full power batteries will last for more than two hours!

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Can I use the glue from this link

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I need the tape for a project like next week, how can I get it quickly or is there a substitute?

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There are two types of carbon fibers: for reinforce (strong, inexpansive, tough, can heat but unevenly) and for heater (very soft, perfect for heated clothing). We sell carbon tape for heater only. You can buy it on our site

Thank you so much, so how long will it take to arrive if I live in NYC?

Hi, could l use carbon fibre sheet that is multidirectional, let say size 75mm x 180mm?

I want to use it glued/sewn to a insole!

Thank you.

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Hi MartinB333,

There are two types of carbon: for reinforce (very strong, tough, inexpensive, can heat but unevenly, easy to find) and for heaters (very soft as a silk fabric, expensive, heat evenly, rare).

So theoretically you could use any of them but this big sheet required really huge electric current and you have to use a car battery to power it. The only way is to cut it into a narrow stripe.

Hello Shenzhen, thanks for this wonderful tutorial!

Looking for the carbon tape, I've read:

The power consumption of 1 meter is about: 0.7W/m (3.7V), 2.9W/m (7.4V), 7.5W/m (12V) [for the 15mm width one]

2.9W/m at 7.4V! Isn't that insanely low? Do you think it's just incorrect?

Many thanks in advance!

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Yes, it's just 2.9W/m at 7.4V for 1 meter length. And yes, 2,9W is very low level even for a heated insoles. So we should use shorter length (for insoles and gloves) or connect a few the same stripe in parallel (for a vest, jacket or trousers).

Yes, the idea of parallel connection was genius indeed, I hope it will be enough for me!

Many thanks for the prompt answer!

Nice project! I'll try to do my own, but first I'd like to ask something.. This rubber cement isn't really easy to find (and I've heard that it can be lethal if inhaled!), so I was wondering if I could use just Loctite Super Bonder instead.

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Loctite Super Bonder is for metal, plastic or something smooth surface. Bat you need a glue for cloth fabric and Loctite vinil cloth will be a good choice.

Nice! I'll search this one, must be easier to find. Still another option I was wondering about is using that colorless silicone sealant - usually used to sealing sink. I still have a tube in home so I could use it if it's not inappropriate too. Well, it seems to be, but.. Just to be sure!

Silicone sealant is a good idea. Drying time longer but you can fix it with needles.

Hi, this is very interesting project. I had 3 questions

1- I see that you are using 2x 3.7 volt LI-ON batteries, is it possible to use 8x AA Ni-MH (I believe each one is 1.2V)?

2- In your design, you are attaching 3 wires via silver glue to the carbon tape, one on each end and one in the middle, does the set-up work with just one on each end?

3- To your knowledge, is there any issues using the LI-ON batteries inside a scuba dry suit. In other words, could these batteries react to the under water pressure?

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1. Yes, you can use 8x1.2V.

As for me it's not comfortable because you cannot recharge them with balanced charger, because they have less power then lion and because... A large number of batteries dramatically increases the likelihood of a quick discharge of one of them. For normal operation of such a system is necessary to select a battery with exactly the same internal resistance, which is a difficult task. If this is not done, the weakest battery will quickly die.

2. As you can see on the right picture the central contact divide carbon tape into two parts each of 2 feet. This connection type called Parallel and means we have 2 independent heaters. If you remove the central contact you get one heater only. The problem is... to achieve the desired temperature and power for a given voltage, you must use the appropriate length of carbon tape. If the length is greater, then the temperature and power will decrease sharply.

3. Nice question. Yes, we use li-ion batteries for scuba diving even inside dry suits. We have few big pressure chambers and test all our equipment upto 30 bar. And yes, it's a very bad idea to place any batteries inside dry suite. I do not recommend you to do it. You can easily make a diy battery canister and diy ip69 connector.

thank-you for the information to my three questions. For the first 2 questions I'm good, but was hoping for a bit more help with number 3. I did find a number of good posts for battery canisters, but am not clear on ip69 connector. As you seem to also scuba dive in dry suit, can you send me a link to the connector you mean, and how do you get the wire into the dry suit, did you go through the inflator valve? I have the carbon tape from you and am waiting on one more piece to give this a try ?

excellent, this is exactly what I'm trying to make and thanks for the link ... one last question, in picture number 6, did you install this on your dry suit? Do you have a link to that part? Thanks

It ai a diy also. I cut out 5 circles with a diameter of 60mm from a sheet of transparent acrylic 5 mm thick. 4 circles glued together and drilled in them a hole 12mm for the connector. The connector was glued with epoxy. The outer and inner circles were pulled together by three screws. It painted with black paint. I made over 100 ice dives with this thing and everything works fine. In our diving club we all use the same connectors for light and for heating. The canister can be undocked under water and shared with a baddy.