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Old 10-18-2013, 04:19 AM   #1
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DIY carbon tape heated modular vest

My main idea was to make a modular system that can be used with different clothes. I made two identical heating panels that can be combined into a single vest or attach to any outfit.








Each panel has 2 meters of carbonribbon. Chose the maximum width of the tape to provide a very even heating. Size panels 34 x 42 cm, since it is better suited for the size of my clothing.
In each panels tape connected in parallel 2x1m and has an independent power button.. It takes about 3A under 12V (36W) for each one or 72W together.



You can sew wire to carbon tape to make a good and flexible connection. The contact place shouldn't be hotter than the tape itself. If not you must increase the contact area. Sewed contact very flexible.


Contacts may be sewed by sewing machine or just wraped with a wire.
But as you can see sewed contact is colder than the tape itself (left contact).
Wraped contact (on the right) is more hotter than tape.




On each panel sewn 4 pieces of Velcro . Now I can combine them into a single heated vest . A bit like a bulletproof vest. It's very soft and thin.




Due to Velcro this vest will be comfortable to wear for a big man or a small woman.


Each panel can be used independently with any clothes.
On the inner surface of conventional jackets I sewed 4 pieces of Velcro.
Now I can at any time fix the heating panel on the jacket and make it a heated jacket.









It is fully warmed up to 40 degrees in less than one minute. 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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Old 10-18-2013, 04:58 AM   #2
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When are you going to market these heating panels ?????
This is a great and cheap idea that could be a sailable item.
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Old 10-18-2013, 05:03 AM   #3
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Very neat idea. Couple of questions:

1.) Where do you find said "Carbon Tape"

2.) What is the cost?

3.) Do you use some sort of Heat Troller with it, or how do you power it?

4.) Could a old jacket be used instead of the panel, to basically make a heated jacket "liner"?

Thanks! Again, very interesting idea!

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Old 10-18-2013, 07:05 AM   #4
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Waterproof? Just for that "there was no rain forcasted" factor. Just hope there's nothing to short the system.

I know the other styles use hook-up wire which is still shielded in a silicone coating.

However, this setup definitely looks like it'll keep you warmer!
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:29 AM   #5
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Very neat idea. Couple of questions:

1.) Where do you find said "Carbon Tape"

2.) What is the cost?
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Each panel has 2 meters of carbonribbon.
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:41 AM   #6
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Very neat idea. Couple of questions:

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1. "Carbon heated tape" on Ebay.
2. $ 5-15/m
3. "dc motor controller" on Ebay ($10-30)
4. Yes, I think so.
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:12 AM   #7
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Old 10-18-2013, 05:10 PM   #8
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I wonder why it, the tape, appears to only be available (or at least all I found) from the Russian Federation??
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:30 PM   #9
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What is the final cost per unit?
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:27 AM   #10
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What is the final cost per unit?
Well, in my first heated jacket was only 50 cm of tape, it's about $4,5
A longer tape provides more uniform heating. We can make a very inexpensive vest, but the area of ​​the heating element will be small, less comfort.
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Waterproof? Just for that "there was no rain forcasted" factor. Just hope there's nothing to short the system.
I'm not sure shorting is an electrical consequence with resistance wire which this basically is. It's spaced so much that I don't see it happen, but I guess it'll simply get hotter because the length if shorted due to the short.

Didn't know there was a fabric version to resistance wire. Might have to do something myself.
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:30 AM   #12
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Just wondering as to if the carbon used in the "tape" is something special or is it just carbon fiber fabric?
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Just wondering as to if the carbon used in the "tape" is something special or is it just carbon fiber fabric?
Of cause it's just a kind of carbon fiber fabric.
All of them are conductive. Some of carbon fabric is more strong but less flexible, you can use it but its not so comfortable to wear and doesn't wear-resistant. This one designed especially for heaters, its more thin, soft, flexible, not so easy to wear-out.
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:23 PM   #14
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Well I did find this on my search out there: https://www.inventables.com/technolo...n-fiber-fabric

Wonder if this would do the same. Cheaper per unit for more material...
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Well I did find this on my search out there: https://www.inventables.com/technolo...n-fiber-fabric

Wonder if this would do the same. Cheaper per unit for more material...
No, it doesn't. This material provides surface resistivity of 10 5 Ohms per square. "Provides excellent static discharge and grounding" only.

For heating we need about 5-100 Ohms.

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