Introduction: How to Make DIY Heated Insoles

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Step 1: To Do Such Heated Insoles You Need!!!

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In today’s video I am going to share a brilliant idea about how to make a DIY heated insoles. With the help of the electric heated insoles you will be able to heat any shoes. You can quickly catch cold, when sitting at the computer desk or if you have cold floors at home because excessively cold feet cause catching a cold. But if you make such DIY heated insoles, it won’t be easy get sick.

Step 2: It’s Very Simple and Easy to Make Such DIY Heated Insoles!

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Step 3: You Can Take Then When Setting Off on a Fishing Trip, Having Charged Them With a Screwdriver Battery!

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Especially if you take drill ice auger with you)) It’s two in one make holes, take your battery out, connect it to your insoles, get warm and you can fish not worrying to much about getting your feet frozen) In general it’s an awesome idea, I think you will fully check that out) All pretty simple and easy.

Step 4: Don’t Be Lazy to Make a Pair of Such Heated Insoles, It’s Worth It!

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Thanks for watching!!!


1MoClimb (author)2016-01-16

Heated insoles are very useful, I have them in my sailplane when on long and/or high altitude flights. For that they have to be powered by a low-voltage battery, mine has 12V. There should also be a pulsing power supply with the duration of the pulse controlled by a solid state switch. All of that you get in Gerbig insoles that they sell mostly to motorcycle riders (that's where I got mine). A version that you can only use at your desk is useless to me.

kenobi (author)2016-01-05

totalblank yes you get sick from viruses or bacteria BUT why are you susceptible? The virus/bacteria can be around you & you don't catch cold. The cold feet put extra stress on your immune system & make you more vulnerable to getting sick. So yes cold can cause one to catch cold. BTW I've been a physician for 60 years, there;s a good chance I know what I'm saying.

AMuslimPharmer (author)kenobi2016-01-07

Old wives tale dude, sorry. There are studies showing that being cold, having wet hair, etc. does not affect your immune system in any perceivable way.

brthomas46 (author)2016-01-06

Cold feet or cold anything for that matter does not cause you to catch a cold virus that is a myth. Just wanted to point that out otherwise good instructable.

This. I didn't even get past the first page before coming down here to comment.

amrus2011 (author)2016-01-07

Why bother? Just go down to your local Sporting Goods store and buy a pair of electric socks used by hunters.

snowy1998 (author)2015-12-16

What AWG of nichrome are you using for 12v @ 3A are we talking warm, toasty, or incinerating for that current?

zeikette (author)snowy19982016-01-06

ha ha ha , good one ! ( warm , toasty or incinerating" heat ) LOL

ChrisB13 (author)snowy19982016-01-04

36 watts should get nice and toasty. I would start with something thin, if it doesnt give off enough heat you could always put a second element in parallel.

Ghostrider13 (author)ChrisB132016-01-05

What size wire?

Gordyh (author)Ghostrider132016-01-05

Watch the video. 4mm wire.

ChrisB13 (author)Gordyh2016-01-05

4mm is what? 6awg? That cant be comfortable to walk on.

Ghostrider13 (author)ChrisB132016-01-06 seems to think it's 0.4mm not 4mm. See his comment above.

Ghostrider13 (author)ChrisB132016-01-06 seems to think it's 0.4mm not 4mm. See his comment above.

Ghostrider13 (author)ChrisB132016-01-05

ChrisB13, it's 26 awg. I looked it up. Its size would be like industrial electrical cable if it were 6 awg.

david.roseman (author)2016-01-05


How much wire? How do you control the temp from not accidentally burning up? What voltage?! Drill batteries vary, so does everything else? This instructable is just a disaster waiting to happen.

FlorinJ (author)david.roseman2016-01-06

Ohm's law and basic thermal insulation computations.

When you buy the wire, you get its resistance expressed in ohms per meter. You should know your power supply's output voltage. (I'd expect it to drop insignificantly on the wire, if it's a power source meant for more powerful devices, such as an electric drill or screw driver.)

Given the material of your soles, you should know its thermal conductivity. From that, plus one sole's area, you can compute what power is lost through it for a specific temperature difference between its two sides. (Of course, there will be the sole of the shoe on the other side too, so you need to take that into consideration too - but it's basically the same type of math.)

You now just need to match the wire's length with the desired temperature difference.

There might be differences among countries, and I suppose school has changed significantly since I went through it, but this was basic high school physics some 25 years ago.

Or you can just go very basic and do a few very simple experiments - put tension onto the wire, and see at what length you get a reasonable temperature.

Agreed. Disaster. This wire is used for cutting styrofoam so if a person has the wrong power supply, they will brn themselves pretty well. There are some folks out there lacking common sense and this Ins. doesn't take that into account. A materials schedule would have hurt either.

AttilaS11 (author)Ghostrider132016-01-06


What is the fact only the Amperage can burn; but with the strike voltage - without big voltage there is no chance to burn anything includes the skin of people.

Under 48 and under 6 years old 24V there is nothing dangerous; because they won't licking those cables, I think.

5V with 1A means 5W - touching with the skin is not a danger you may avoid at.

If this heating cable is sharp you can make upper cover using by the same material what applied at the bottom.

So nothing special.

Basically, I think this is a good idea but it should have to think better before apply on the grandma's feet. :)



Gordyh (author)david.roseman2016-01-05

It's all explained in the video.

Ghostrider13 (author)Gordyh2016-01-05

No it's not. There are a lot of gaps in the video and it's been dubbed over in English. I would have liked to see the battery hooked up and as he said the polarity doesn't matter. How do you walk with these, drag a large extension cord around. So it's not explained in the video.

I was wondering what wire size too. Drill battery shouldn't have been brought up because a person could be burned. He should have included plans and examples for the drill battery instead of talking about it. Not very responsible.

clothier_bruce (author)2016-01-05

I think what he's done is to thread some nichrome wire through a long piece of heat-shrink tubing. Neat idea, although it isn't easy to do. Then you heat the heat-shrink ( he used a lighter, which is not as good as a heat-gun ). The wire certainly isn't anywhere near 4mm; possibly 0.4mm, a size I've used for a foam-cutter. There are tables available online which tell you what current you need for any wire gauge to reach your required temperature. If you can do Ohm's law you're home and dry, otherwise you're going to struggle. As a rule of thumb, nichrome wire of around 0.3mm will get nice and warm if the current is around 1/2 Amp. He's using about 2 foot of wire per foot ( sorry about the pun) and the resistance will be somewhere around 10 ohms. You only need 5V at 1A for both appendages, easily done with a 5V 1A charger.

That's better and understandable. He has a good idea here, but it needs to be fleshed out and made clearer. It seems like I used the NC for my rockets as an igniter when I was a kid. Hmmm.

ArkadyG (author)2016-01-05

Роман, удивлен увидеть Вас на этом сайте! Похвально, что завлекаете зарубежную публику.
Очень полезная инструкция, спасибо!

DonaldQ1 (author)2016-01-05

I guess you have never used an outhouse that has no heat and a wooden seat. Your body will heat a seat wooden seat faster than plastic.

DonaldQ1 (author)2016-01-05

What are you using to hold the wire to the insoles?

Luna Lovegood1 (author)2016-01-05

I got to make these

Luna Lovegood1 (author)2016-01-05


rayxoxo1 (author)2016-01-05

The video is on youtube:

Hope this is a help.

gareyn (author)2016-01-05

So where are the instructables ??? Lots of pictures. But I'm not clairvoyant . And besides , you can buy these allready made up and with a HEAT CONTROL

Gordyh (author)gareyn2016-01-05

Was the video added after you posted this ??? It must have been as no one seems to have watched it.

Ghostrider13 (author)2016-01-05

What size wire and where is the parts list? Not a good instructable because you leave out a lot of info. Can you update please?

Phil_S (author)2016-01-05

Looks like underfloor heating to me without the floor.

You seem to have hit on a cure for the common cold, not bad for a virus.

fstedie (author)2016-01-05

Wow, there is a reason why you can't buy something like this in a store - incredibly dangerous. Great way to get blistered or burned feet. Or burn down your house.

totalblank (author)2016-01-05

You don't catch a cold from cold feet. A cold is caused by a virus, which you catch from somebody or something that already has the virus.

teomanB (author)2015-12-16

what is inside in tube

snowy1998 (author)teomanB2015-12-16

Nichrome Wire (Nickel Chromium Wire) It is used for heating elements, and quite cheap, about a $1-2 a metre

rmacmurphy (author)teomanB2015-12-16


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