This is for those motorcycle riders, who like me, don't know when to quit and can't afford store bought heated clothing. I'll show you how I made my pants, but the same can be done for a jacket or whatever else you can think of. I made these last year during the middle of a road trip to battle the bitter cold, and it worked wonderfully. This is how I did it, I'll put some links to other ways on the last step. Also, I took the pictures while taking my completed pants apart (I think I can make them better), so there are not many action shots. Sorry and enjoy the instructable.
* The chief concern with anyone I tell this to is always "Can you catch on fire?". Well to answer your question, no. If you follow the steps as outlined, there is no chance of you catching on fire. There are companies that sell clothes made the exact same way, just with nicer looking materials and a higher price tag. The flash point of most fabrics is much higher than this suit is capable of producing.
Step 1: Materials
- 30ft of 30 AWG Teflon wire
- Some normal copper wiring (16 AWG)
- Connectors (See note 1)
- Ring connectors for connecting to the battery (See note 2)
- Fuse (Over 4 amps with just pants, over 10 if you make a jacket)
- Fuse holder (See note 2)
- An SPST switch (optional but recommended) (see note 3)
- Thermal underwear (or whatever you want to use)
- Cloth to make a lining
- A thick sewing needle
Note 1: You'll want to chose a connector that can be can be quickly disconnected. This is for the cases where you forget to disconnect from the bike and you try to walk away. Rather than tearing anything apart, the connectors will just come apart. There is an instructable on how to make one that's pretty cool. Here's the link: http://www.instructables.com/id/ThinkSafe%3a-A-Magnetic-Power-Connector-for-Thinkpad/. But if you don't want to make one, you should get a coax type plug or maybe a quarter inch plug, like the ones used on guitars. The coax plugs are what is used on professional clothing. I have a bunch of bullet connectors laying around, so that is what I'm going to use.
Note 2: You can buy a pre-made battery harness with fuse holder for pretty cheap. It's actually cheaper to buy the pre-assembled one than it is to make one unless you have the parts laying around. This second time around I'm using a pre-made one. http://cozywinters.com/shop/wg-dcjk15amp.html
Note 3: You can also buy a pre-made switch which looks pretty nice and is waterproof. This is what I'm using this second time around: http://cozywinters.com/shop/wg-oocoax.html