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Old 11-06-2008, 06:27 AM   #241
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I'm wiring my Bandit right now, and intend on running my heated clothing, and heated grips off one controller.

should be no problem.
only thing is I like my grips (new to me and I like'em) warmer than the jacket liner ... actually last weekend I found I like them on low with unlined gloves even when the jacket is off ...

I'm running them off the toggle switch setup (no resistor) and the rest on a controller
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Old 11-07-2008, 02:57 PM   #242
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Now if I plug pants and gloves intot he vest, am I theoretically elongating the wires by adding the length of wire inside the pants and gloves, thus making the entire setup run less warm? Sorry if I am not understanding it, as my electrical knowledge is less than nil.
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Old 11-07-2008, 03:15 PM   #243
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Now if I plug pants and gloves intot he vest, am I theoretically elongating the wires by adding the length of wire inside the pants and gloves, thus making the entire setup run less warm? Sorry if I am not understanding it, as my electrical knowledge is less than nil.
rushing outta here so I'll look in later

gloves, pants, etc should be in parallel with the vest

1/R(total) = 1/R1 + 1/R2 + 1/R3 ....

the resistances in parallel will decrease the total circuit resistance, increasing the total circuit current ... so no

if they were in series with the vest, it'd be R1 + R2 + R3 ... = R(total)
INCREASING the total circuit resistance, decreasing the total circuit current, lowering the watts, making you cold.

I'll be back in a while ... sometime tonight
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Old 11-07-2008, 03:17 PM   #244
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Now if I plug pants and gloves intot he vest, am I theoretically elongating the wires by adding the length of wire inside the pants and gloves, thus making the entire setup run less warm? Sorry if I am not understanding it, as my electrical knowledge is less than nil.
Right, That is what would happen if you made them a series, or one after the other, circuit. So you would also need to run a pair of thick wires from the plug-in on the jacket to the plug-out.

Under normal use, this would do nothing, when not in use, as it is open (not connected to anything) on the out end. When in use it would become a parallel circuit.
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Old 11-08-2008, 05:21 AM   #245
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So it would be wiser for me to make a splitter with seprate plugs to go to jacket, pants, gloves, each one getting power right after the controller?
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Old 11-08-2008, 05:32 AM   #246
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So it would be wiser for me to make a splitter with seprate plugs to go to jacket, pants, gloves, each one getting power right after the controller?
If you are going to use one controller (which I question the wisdom of) then yes. It probably should be sewn into the jacket in order to avoid the problem of too many wires.
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:53 PM   #247
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just a bump 'cause it's gotten chilly out

and I lost the damn thread in all my subscriptions

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Old 01-18-2010, 05:06 PM   #248
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And another because it"s still chiily out.

I'd like to hear any updates on how the jacket is working out...
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:36 AM   #249
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new heating season bump y'all
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:58 PM   #250
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Has anyone tried to take apart a 12v heated blanket and use the heating elements and controller?

Something like this:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Wagan-12v-...i_sku=10928423
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Old 10-11-2010, 01:31 PM   #251
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Has anyone tried to take apart a 12v heated blanket and use the heating elements and controller?

Something like this:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Wagan-12v-...i_sku=10928423
that's like 72 watts (5A * 14.4 volts = 72 watts)

depending on if it's one wire/element or more could be fun figuring how to route in a vest for coverage, but

it should work fine

for $20 it ain't a bad investment to experiment with

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Old 10-11-2010, 01:41 PM   #252
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I wonder if you might be able to poke a head hole in the middle and use a couple pieces of velcro to make a tight-fitting poncho.
If it's a two-wire setup, it wouldn't take too much effort to make it high-low switchable.
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Old 10-21-2010, 12:02 PM   #254
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Hmmmm...that time of year again!

Once again, I've used Walmart and Canadian tire heated seat cushions to make these things....

Heated vest controllers, finished product. I use a "hide a key" case, it has a fairly powerful magnet to attach with.



Schematic. Use the FET that I put in here, and you won't need a heat sink.
Super low turn on resistance of .003 ohms.

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Old 10-21-2010, 06:19 PM   #255
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Hmmmm...that time of year again!
That time indeed. Nice work on the controller! Mine lasted one winter and I gave up and sprang for HeatTrollers to the jacket and gloves. I use a DPDT series / parallel toggle on the insoles.



I find myself wanting to make some more heated gear but my old stuff still works.

my heated stuff
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