diy heated clothing kit

The pattern made from some factory vest.
6 meters ofcarbon heating flex tape (www.carbonheater.us) placed on back and both sides. By touch carbon is a little bit like a loose weave silk. It's very soft but strong enough.
Because of big length it provides uniform heating of body.

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I like this. Have you tried snap buttons instead? That way you can disconnect the connections.
You can see the battery connector and a power button the same as placed inside right there.
Can you wash it?
Yes, I can wash it without any problem.
<p>Question if OP is still active. Why the ZigZag pattern? Can I cover the entire surface in the tape or will it draw too much power? I am a recent BSEE graduate and understand the concept, but am wondering what exact materials I need in addition to the tape?</p><p>What gauge wire is used?</p><p>Is it possible to use a larger batter to last long or to have multiple battery packs you can interchange every couple of hours? </p>
<p>Well you could place it any pattern you would like I just tried to heat more area.</p><p>Yes you should cover it with a cloth fabric because the carbon is an open wire.</p><p>You also should cover it because any heater regures a thermo insulator on outside. The best for now is Thinsilate, the second Polartec.</p><p>I recommend you a soft silicone multystranded wires 18 AWG.</p><p>We used a larger battery, battery packs, bikes, cars, boats battery and any one we have.</p>
<p>$10/m is an interesting business for you but it's quite a fortune for us. Anyone found a cheapest carbon tape? Heating carbon is dead cheap look here http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=Heating+Film&amp;_osacat=20613&amp;_from=R40&amp;_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.XHeating+Film+carbon.TRS0&amp;_nkw=Heating+Film+carbon&amp;_sacat=20613 </p>
<p>I really like the concept. I will make a similar vest but thinking of ways to use flexible solar panels on my backpack / coat instead of batteries. Since It doesn't get &quot;THAT&quot; cold in The Netherlands and I'm not always cold while riding my back and I'm simply just a fan of solar panels and green energy, I would appreciate it very much if any of you had tips and tricks on how to realize this project. I know I would first have to start by simply making the basic jacket with tape and wires. But how do I connect the solar panels, they don't have to provide on demand power I just want as much power/warmth as the sun provides. Thanks in advance.</p>
<p>What is the voltage and maximum current your panel rated?</p>
I'm considering buying a couple of these:<br><br>3W solar panel<br>&bull; Typical voltage: 5.5V<br>&bull; Typical current: 540mA<br>&bull; Open-circuit voltage: 8.2 V<br>&bull; Maximum load voltage: 6.4V<br><br>(how much of these panels is advisable and what's the best way to connect them?)
<p>Well, the most of branded heated clothing have 50-75 watts of heat even chinese heated clothing have 10 watts at least. So with that 3 watts you could heat only mouse. I recomend you 5 or 10 the same solar panel.</p>
<p>The tape is so much better than the wire for vest #3 that I've made. The wiring just seems so wrong but by using your wiring schematic I just need to add connections to the tape to increase tape length. I ended up with 8 meters of tape sewn in so 8ea 1 meter energized sections of circuits to the 6 in your project.</p>
<p>Hi Shenzhen,</p><p>I finally managed to build my own heating vest with your perfect support :-) Love the heating vest - thanks for your brilliant instructions.</p><p>One last question: To with percentage do you unload your bpack? I bought a battery voltage tester (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4gv3FFoTpY" rel="nofollow">here</a>) to monitor my batteries.</p><p>Again, thanks a lot.<br>cheers<br>-b</p>
<p>Make an instructable about your vest and we send you 10 meters carbon for free!</p><p>And you get our prize of $50 if it became Featured!</p>
<p>send you a private message. Yes, will do it for a heating vest and heating socks</p><p><br>BTW: Here are some pictures showing my heating vest in action.</p>
<p>Yes, we used the same tester.</p>
<p>And? To with percentage to you unload your battery pack? I read this &quot;Never completely discharge li-ion battery ( below 2.5V under load )&quot;. What about you?</p><p>Nominal Voltage: 3.6 V<br>Charging Voltage: 4.2 V<br>Minimum Voltage: 2.5 V</p><p>What about your experiences with this batteries? I mean, having an actuall working range between 3.6V and max 2.5V is not much, or? </p>
<p>Found the answer to my own question.<br>The final discharging voltage with is 2.5 V (also called as Minimum Voltage) ;-) <br>Thanks anywhy</p>
<p>Hi,</p><p>I build a battery back based on 12 6x18650 connected in parallel and serial to get 13.600 mAh and 14,8V and I'm using only ~4m carbon tap (15 mm).</p><p>Now, my first test (only a beta test to get a feeling of (a) continues heat, (b) last long, (c) get family with what I'm doing) was a kind of OK but I burned the 12V RF Wireless Remote Switch probably because of peak output current 12A. </p><p>Q: Do you have any idea how I can still use my BPack but with a different switch or can/should I sill use the recommended 12V RF Wireless Remote Switch? Actually, any switch to control the heat is welcome. </p><p>Thanks in advanced<br>-b</p>
<p>1. How do you connect the tape?</p><p>2. What is the current for now?</p>
<p>Hi Shenzhen,</p><p>the connection was the issue. I connected the tape in parallel with just 55cm in between which was to much for the Remote Control. I tried it first with a distance of 1m (as you did) and it worked perfect but it got colder and colder as closer it get to my neck. </p><p>So, I decided to short the tape/connection to just 55cm (instead of 1m) and that burned my Remote Control (max power output: 5A),</p><p>I ordered 5 new and now am trying to find the optimal distance for a 3,50 m long (15mm) tape. Can you recommend a optimal distance for me? </p><p>Thanks in advanced<br>-b</p>
<p>Well at first those 12A RF dimmer maybe arent comfortable but the most powerfull on the market. They even do not hot at 10A. I think it was an accident it died.</p><p>1. We recommend you to make your vest 30-50W of total heat power for that battery pack you made.</p><p>2. If I were you I would make it ~50W.</p><p>But with tape you have it could be 5 pieces x 70cm.</p><p>(0,93A x 5 = 4,65A; 4,65 x 12V = 55,8W)</p>
<p>How do you decide what battery to use? Is there a rule to follow when choosing them? Thanks!</p>
<p>The best you can find for now is Panasonic 18650 3400 mAh. You could use the most of rc toy li-ion batteries. Anyway you should use a protection board.</p><p>The rule is:</p><p>battery capasity you should to buy = your heated clothing power consumption x run time you need.</p><p>Example: 50 W x 2 hours = 100 W</p><p>If you will use a 12v battery 100W / 12V = ~8,5Ah</p><p>So if you like your 50W heated vest lasts 2 hours you need a 12V 8,5Ah battery.</p>
<p>All carbon fiber weaves can be used to do this right?</p>
<p>Well, yes and no...</p><p>Yes, because all of carbon fibers are conductors and can heat.</p><p>No, because the most of them have thick fiber, does not have constant resistivity, too tough to be used for clothing.</p>
<p>Hi Shenzhen,</p><p>I'm looking for such a heating vest since month but they are all incredible expensive and than I found you / your heating vest - amassing!!! I already bought 10m of tap and the recommended WiFi controller. It's already at home but now I'm struggling with the right power supply.</p><p>I'm looking for exact the same setup what you have done (6m of tap in a vest). I have searched for your suggested batteries but I don't know if they last long enough. I need a power supply which heats the vest for, let's say, 3h to 4h+ with &quot;not that much of continues heating&quot; (whatever this means ;-) ).</p><p>May I ask you why you are not using RC battery packs like http://www.ebay.de/itm/1-Stueck-Lipo-Akku-3-7V-7700mAh-1S-JST-SYP-2P-Stecker-Schutzschaltung-/351193214708 or http://www.ebay.de/itm/12v-5000mAh-SubC-NiMH-akkupack-Vapextech-/222002879989 Is it because of the voltage?</p><p>How many batteries do you recommend for my purpose (vest with 5m to 6m tap; up to 4h using by mind head)?</p><p>Thanks for your perfect manual, it's fantastic</p><p>cheers</p><p>-F</p>
<p>The battery you linked 3-7V-7700mAh is good enough just connect them 3 in series.</p><p>The second one is 12v 5000 mAh only but I used 6 pieces of 18650 3400 mAh connected 3x2 so 12v 6800 mAh.</p><p>The run time at wull power you can canculate this way:</p><p>Your battery power capasity / heated clothing power consumption = run time in hours.</p><p>For example:</p><p>this instructable battery pack is 75w and the heated vest is 36W</p><p>75/36=2 hours (approximately)</p>
Can you give some details about your battery pack and charger? And how about a pwm controller for heat level control?
<p>I've used Panaconic 18650 3400 mAh batteries connected 3 in series and 2x3 in parallel. That pack connected with charge/discharge protection board:</p><p><a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/1PC-3S-6A-Li-ion-Lithium-Battery-18650-Charger-Protection-Board-11-1V-12-6V-/291552638166?hash=item43e1e434d6:g:SIMAAOSwTapV4~FJ">http://www.ebay.com/itm/1PC-3S-6A-Li-ion-Lithium-B...</a></p><p>You can use it as a good charger but that one is one of the best:</p><p><a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/iMAX-B6-Lipo-NiMh-Li-ion-Ni-Cd-RC-Battery-Balance-Digital-Charger-Discharger-CU-/351524518995?hash=item51d87e7c53:g:GSkAAOSwFnFWAXNZ">http://www.ebay.com/itm/iMAX-B6-Lipo-NiMh-Li-ion-N...</a></p><p>As a pwm controller I recommend an RF LED dimmer:</p><p><a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/12V-RF-Wireless-Remote-Switch-Controller-Dimmer-for-Mini-LED-Strip-Light-New-DX-/261808125175?hash=item3cf4faf4f7:g:rH8AAOSwEeFU~~mw">http://www.ebay.com/itm/12V-RF-Wireless-Remote-Swi...</a></p><p>But you can use a special heated clothing controllers:</p><p><a href="http://carbonheater.us/accessories.htm">http://carbonheater.us/accessories.htm</a></p>
<p>Hi I tried this pwm controller from ebay but it doesnt work? are there any circuit modifications needed or?</p><p>The remote has no effect for dimming or on/of</p>
<p>Could you send a link to that controller?</p>
<p>We used hundreds of them without any modification and problem. You should check your connection. I could help you if you send your connection diagram and a photo of heater you made.</p>
<p>I ran a test using 12v mains switched DC power supply 240vac to 12v dc to led rf module and the output to a 12v car interior light and tried a 12v halogen bulb both of which just light up but the remote has no effect with any of the buttons not even on/off.</p><p>Tried 2 new battery but one thing I notice is that small lamp on the remote will flicker when pushing buttons but very faint and not visible in daylight but in the dark its very low light.</p><p>Maybe remote is faulty and or the module?</p>
<p>&quot;but very faint and not visible in daylight but in the dark its very low light&quot; - that is OK.</p><p>1. You have used a very powerful power supply. If you ever short circuited just for a second the dimmer maybe died, always on and cannot be off.</p><p>2. Maybe they are wrong pair receiver-transmitter. You should buy another one.</p><p>3. How many Ampere is that halogen?</p><p>4. Of course they maybe faulty but we use it very often and nether sow any fault.</p>
<p>never shorted thats for sure.</p><p>halogen 12v 36w</p><p>ineterior car bulb 12v 7w</p>
<p>Yes your lamps are not so big for this dimmer.</p><p>Could you test the transmitter battery voltage.</p>
<p>battery new tried 2 both 3.3 volts</p>
<p>The last we can try is match them.</p><p>1. Press and hold transmitter on/off button</p><p>2. Connect receiver to a power supply</p><p>3. Release the on/off button</p><p>Transmitter and receiver paired.</p>
<p>i reordered replacements.</p><p>Strange think is I have tried to run my heated car seat cover with various pc laptop switched power supply's and they just dont work.</p><p>Why is that? The car seat is same as vest with wire.</p><p>The seat is rated 50w but even a 90w supply wont heat the seat cover.</p><p>I tried a 12v 6a LED power mains supply and that wont run the seat.</p><p>The seat runs when its plugged into car cigar socket ok.</p><p>So Im baffled?</p>
<p>Maybe you should make a heater with that carbon tape. I could help you.</p>
<p>Hello</p><p>I am wondering if you could power this with an IPhone or Android?</p>
<p>You can control your heated clothing with an IPhone or Android but you cannot use them as a power supply for heated clothing.</p>
<p>How do i know the amount of volts required?</p>
<p>It depends on what kind of heated clothin you going to do. Lets think together, I can help you.</p><p>As usual we have 12 volt bike or car battery. You can find a lot of power bank of 12v or an RC batteries 12v. </p>

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