diy heated clothing kit

The pattern made from some factory vest.
6 meters of carbon 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.

Step 1:

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.
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?
<p>Please look at the picture. Carbon tape consumes 1.59 ampere and heated to a temperature of 50.6 degrees Celsius at a supply voltage of 12 volts. Tape always works, it can not work poorly or incorrectly, as it is a conductor of electricity with constant resistance. If you have a tape consumes little power and is not heated, so poor <br>contact between the tape and wire, or the power supply does not provide <br>enough voltage and current.<br></p><p>1. Please show a picture of your product, which can be clearly seen the point of contact of the carbon tape and wire.<br></p><p>2. What is the voltage across the wires at the point where they connect with the carbon ribbon?</p>
<p> maybe it was the contact point. I was using small clips on one edge of the tape. When I ran the wire around the tape, as in the picture, I got 7.75 V @ 1.3A. The tape was almost equal to my skin temperature. With insulation and proper contact points, I can make a better heated jacket. Thank you for the explanation.</p>
<p>I recommend that you replace the AA batteries with rechargeable batteries 18650. Every heater consumes a lot of energy and AA have to be replaced frequently. It's expensive. Furthermore, at a current of 1.3 Ampere AA batteries have a large voltage drop, so the the tape is not heated sufficiently.</p>
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<p>Created a terminal end for joining 22ga wire to the carbon tape... and this happened [see pic]. I have a series of 4 carbon strips ~10&quot; in length and this was the 2nd strip... Has this happened to anyone else? Or how do you prevent this from happening?</p>
<p>To answer your question you need to know:<br> 1. Voltage, current<br> 2. Photo the other side of your contact.</p><p>Could you provide, please.</p>
<p>We're running 12V - 1.5A</p>
<p>We need to see how the wire placed on the carbon but it closed with that red fabric. Could you open it?</p>
<p>excellent project...what width tape are you using here?</p>
<p>15 mm.</p>
<p>Hi Shenzen, received tape yesterday and made a similar jacket to this one. I am now nice and warm thanks to you. I will be buying some 44mm to try out in the New year. Really excellent project and it really works fantastically well. Best project on this site. Well done, you are my Hero!!!</p>
<p>Thank you for the good information.</p><p>Now you could make some instructables about, get &quot;Popular&quot;, and we send you 10 meters of carbon tape for free! Every one can be a Hero, just do it!</p>
<p>can a 3s 2200mah lipo pack be used as power source and do i need a protective circuit? (due to the nature of the lipo packs, they are tend to burn or bubble)</p>
<p>That pack has about 20-25 Watt of power. It's not much but of course you can use it.</p><p>Protective is very usefull and recommemded.</p>
Do you have a sketch of the electrical connections on the vest, I am not clear as to how this is wired, it appears that the wiring is connected in multiple spots on one continuous ribbon....
<div class="almost_half_cell" id="gt-res-content"> <div style=""> <span id="result_box" lang="en"><span class="hps">The tape is divided</span> <span class="hps">into 6</span> <span class="hps">equal parts</span><span>,&nbsp;</span><span class="hps">1 meter</span><span> of each.</span> <span class="hps">Parts</span> <span class="hps">are wired</span>&nbsp;<span class="hps"> to obtain</span> <span class="hps">6 parts in&nbsp; parallel</span><span class="hps">.</span> <span class="hps">The first figure</span> <span class="hps">below shows the</span> <span class="hps">wiring</span> <span class="hps">on the vest</span><span>.</span> <span class="hps">The second figure</span> <span class="hps">shows the</span> <span class="hps">equivalent circuit</span><span>.</span></span></div> </div>
2 questions on this. In step 7, the positive and negative connections appear to be in the same location at the top of the vest. Are the connections isolated from each other right there? Also, the 6 - 1 meter sections... Are they separated, or is it a continuous strip with power connections in the middle? Thank you.
<p>Yes, it's a continuous strip with power connections in the middle.</p><p>It is just one connect with two wires. Sorry about different colors.</p>
<p>This looks awesome. I have a quick question about safety:</p><p>How do you insulate the tape?</p><p>Can you touch the tape when power is connected?</p>
<p>Yes, you can touch it when powered because of low temperature and voltage.</p><p>I insulate it with a thick fabric only.</p>

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