Introduction: DIY Carbon Tape Heated Gloves V2.0

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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:

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Step 2: Just Glue It!

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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!

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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!


ss2002 (author)2018-01-12

Can I use the glue from this link

Shenzhen (author)ss20022018-01-12

Wrong link

DanP217 made it! (author)2018-01-07

This are 16in tall tree climbing boots, what would be your best recommendation for heat source? Just adding a few short strips of carbon heat tape and follow your instructions? Since these boots are so tall it's not feasible for battery pack to be placed on leg. Also, is there any difference in the rechargable Energizer batteries compared to regular AA?

Shenzhen (author)DanP2172018-01-08

As I know rechargable Energizer batteries are NiMh type only. It's just 1,2v but heated clothing should be at least 7,2v (12v is better) so you 6 batteries of 1,2v to get 7,2v. It's also required a special charger with sufficient slots. NiMh like to be fully discharge before charging. We could find more contra but of course NiMh not so bad and often used even for military applications. You buy them ones and can use 300-1000 times so you can keep lots of money.

If I were you I would place a stripe of 15mm carbon tape zigzag. Length depend on your voltage. For 7,2v I recommend 60cm but you should know it's 5Watts only I think 10W will be better (2x60cm connected in parallel).

ss2002 (author)2018-01-02

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

Shenzhen (author)ss20022018-01-03

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

ss2002 (author)Shenzhen2018-01-07

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

MartinB333 (author)2017-12-10

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.

Shenzhen (author)MartinB3332017-12-10

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.

MarioC169 (author)2017-11-01

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!

Shenzhen (author)MarioC1692017-11-01

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).

MarioC169 (author)Shenzhen2017-11-01

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

Many thanks for the prompt answer!

OtavioF4 (author)2017-06-26

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.

Shenzhen (author)OtavioF42017-06-27

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.

OtavioF4 (author)Shenzhen2017-06-27

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!

Shenzhen (author)OtavioF42017-06-27

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

pmountford (author)2017-03-22

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?

Shenzhen (author)pmountford2017-03-22

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.

pmountford (author)Shenzhen2017-03-27

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 ?

Shenzhen (author)pmountford2017-03-28

Now it can connect and disconnect even in
salt water.

pmountford (author)Shenzhen2017-03-29

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

Shenzhen (author)pmountford2017-03-30

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.

charles10 (author)2017-03-19

Wonderful! Thanks. I saw this and the Carbon Tape Heated Vest tutorial. I need to make both but I have a few questions.

Glove: I will use the simple series connection in your example on the right. Can you confirm that the temp control does not have polarity and can be connected to the wires in any way? Is the Carbon Tape 15mm or 44mm wide? It uses 2 batteries?

Vest: will the Carbon Tape heat up if I arranged it in simple series? I am confused by the schematics. In the example it uses 4 batteries. Will the vest work with just 2 batteries?

Thank you!

Shenzhen (author)charles102017-03-20


Yes, it does not have polarity and can be connected to the wires in any way.

The tape is 15mm.

It can use 1 or 2 or 3 battery. You shouls change the tape length because of different total voltage.


We used 1 meter of carbon to get the temperature of ~60-70C maximum, the same as the most branded heated clothing do. If you take more length you get less temperature.

The temperature depends on current. To get enouph temp you need a big current. To get a big current you need a big voltage or a small heater resistance. If you would like to use just 2 batteries (7,4V) you should use shorter length of carbon.

charles10 (author)Shenzhen2017-03-21

Thank you again! I really appreciate your explanation. I bought carbon tape from the US site to make both projects.

For the vest, will arranging in series/simple be safe to wear or do you strongly suggest arranging in parallel? Is the gauge on the lead of the battery holder large enough for the voltage used? It looks like a 18AWG. What is your advice?

For the glove, just to be sure I have the connections right, could you please provide a series schematic that includes: click on-off switch button, LED, and thermostat control?

Shenzhen (author)charles102017-03-21

safe to wear arranging in series??? We have to connect them parallel to have the length 1 meter x 6. That length at 12 volt gives 60C.

gneuhgneuh (author)2017-03-14

Hi there,

Great project.

I arrived to these instructions through your thread on scubaboard., and I really consider going for it.

using during a dive, how do you accomodate the batteries? (one battery
at each arm? one battery for both gloves? how do you insure the
positioning of battery?). I can hardly think that the pictures here,
with the battery on your wrist, are matching the use of dry gloves,
unless I'm wrong.Thanks

Shenzhen (author)gneuhgneuh2017-03-15

I use it with external canister battery.

gneuhgneuh (author)Shenzhen2017-03-15

Thanks for the answer. I guess you have then a contact/command through the dry suit valve, or did you manage to make an "external/internal" connection through the suit?
Anyhow, great concept.

Shenzhen (author)gneuhgneuh2017-03-15

I made it through dry suite. Used Chines connector upgraded to ip69:)

abrummet (author)2017-02-02

Great project! Is there any reason why a 9V battery wouldn't work or would be unsafe?

Shenzhen (author)abrummet2017-02-03

9 v battery designed to work with low current and shouldn't be used for heaters.

pheebster (author)2016-12-13

So I'm in a group project that calls for us to make warm gloves for workers who work with frozen fish. I have a few questions:

1. Are these gloves flexible enough to work in?

2. I must make the gloves waterproof, so could I put another layer of fabric over the entire thing, and would that maintain the flexibility?

3. How could I keep the battery pack from touching any water?

4. How dangerous is this?

Shenzhen (author)pheebster2016-12-14

1. 2. Well me and my friends used the same gloves for ice diving for 3 years. I wear it as undergloves with the Showa gloves. The result is very warm and flexible sandwich. By the way Showa has a special gloves for workers who work with frozen fish.

3. I recommend you Showa gloves with a long sleeve. A batery holder on a belt. Wires go from gloves to belt.

4. All the heaters are potential dangerous. Even iron or kettle can be deadly dangerous.

There are two different problem with all the heaters: high voltage (110-220V) and high temperature.

a. With that carbon tape you do not need a high voltage but just 12V. 12V can be used with open wires even underwater and often used for underwater welding. Yes, you can safely use it.

b. High temperature... One of the first problem for factory made heated clothing is contacts (wire-heater) overheating upto fire. To avoid it (for carbon heater) you should use a silver glue. My the first carbon heated vest I made with a silver glue and it is still working for 4 years.

I often work underwater and heated gloves are really the best thing to make your work comfortable!

pheebster (author)Shenzhen2016-12-18

Can you explain what to do if I wanted to use reusable batteries

Shenzhen (author)pheebster2016-12-19

Of course you should use it with a reusable batteries. The best for now is Panasonic 18650 3400mAh.

pheebster (author)Shenzhen2017-01-05

so the click switch link you have takes a long time to ship, can you tell me where else I can buy it like in a store or amazon with prime because i ned it fairly quick

pheebster (author)Shenzhen2017-01-08

I've spent hours on amazon but I just can't find a click switch with prime please help.

Shenzhen (author)pheebster2017-01-09

Please, write directly to uor address

pheebster (author)Shenzhen2017-01-08

would this work for a click switch i've bought everything else

pheebster (author)Shenzhen2017-01-06

instead of the work gloves, can I use thinner running gloves?

Shenzhen (author)pheebster2017-01-07


pheebster (author)Shenzhen2017-01-05

would something maybe like this work for the click switch

Shenzhen (author)pheebster2017-01-05

Yes, it will work but this is a thermostat switch not a click switch.

pheebster (author)Shenzhen2017-01-06

so the carbon tape you suggested takes at least a month, but I need my materials for the project this week. Can you please help me find carbon tape and if possible the other materials as well that can be shipped within a few days? I live in California, US.

Shenzhen (author)pheebster2017-01-07

We can send it EMS 12 days.

Shenzhen (author)pheebster2017-01-08

All the carbons are conductor of electricity and can work as a heater but this one you linked designed for reinforcement and you will not be lucky with it in your clothing.

pheebster (author)Shenzhen2017-01-05

what charger would I buy for these batteries? Also, does any type of wire work or does it need to be these specific one

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