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>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>
<p><a href="http://www.carbonheater.us/temperature.htm" rel="nofollow"> <br> Temperature <br> vs. </a><a href="http://www.carbonheater.us/temperature.htm" rel="nofollow"> <br> Length</a></p>
<p>I'm thinking of making a heated pad to have on the back to help with back pain. Some follow up questions are can the carbon tape take more than 12 volts? Can i regulate the temperature and if so how? Can the carbon tape work in wet conditions?</p>
<p>You can use any voltage you would like up to 220V.</p><p>The temperature can be regulated with a dimmer. This one up to 24V:</p><p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Controller-Dimmer-Wireless-Remote-Control/dp/B00RUX1DEC/ref=sr_1_1?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1429996500&sr=1-1&keywords=rf+led+dimmer" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/Controller-Dimmer-Wireless-R...</a></p><p>or a thermostat (up to 220V):</p><p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/KSD9700-Bimetal-Thermostat-Temperature-Switch/dp/B005FULR7A/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1429825568&sr=1-2-catcorr&keywords=KSD9700" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/KSD9700-Bimetal-Thermostat-T...</a></p><p>You can find an additional information here:</p><p><a href="http://www.carbonheater.us/accessories.htm" rel="nofollow">http://www.carbonheater.us/accessories.htm</a></p>
<p>Last question for now. Can the tape work in wet conditions?</p>
<p>It's doesn't matter for the carbon but maybe not good for a human body so we should isolate it somehow. I like it with a silicone:</p><p><a href="http://carbonheater.us/tips.htm">http://carbonheater.us/tips.htm</a></p>
<p>Can the carbon tape sand up to salt water? I'm thinking about heating my floor mats in my car, but they will potentially be exposed to salty water, from snow melting off my boots...</p>
<p>By itself, the carbon tape is not subject to galvanic corrosion and is not afraid of salt. But wires at the points of contact with the tape can be damaged by salt. I recommend you soak the tape and contacts with silicone sealant.</p>
I received the tape in the mail (44 cm), and cut a 1m strip. Only 500 mA went through it, with a 10V drop, when run through a 12V supply (8 AA (1.5V) in a pack). No heat generated. Is there a mistake in my prototyping configuration?

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