DIY Carbon Tape Heated Gloves V2.0

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About: DIY carbon heated clothing.

Our hands and especially fingers the first to suffer from the cold and most in need of protection from the environment. But how we be able to warm our hands, keeping the mobility and sensitivity of the fingers?

I did it with the help of carbon fiber tape. Carbon tape conducts electricity and is the most efficient heating element, especially in the infrared range. This carbon tape is very soft and feels like a simple cloth. It's so thin that you can place it directly on fingers, and it will not cause inconvenience. The carbon tape can simply be stuck on any gloves and you will have a high quality heated gloves.

See how easy it is!

Supplies:

Step 1: All You Need Are:

Step 2: Just Glue It!

Cut 2 x 4 ft carbon tape (4 feet for one glove).

Fix wires on the carbon tape. One wire in the middle and two wires at the edges. Wires have to stick with a silver conductive adhesive. For convenience, we recommend that you sew wire to tape, and then apply a silver glue.

Cut the rough edge of the carbon, when the glue hardens.

Before stick the carbon tape on the gloves, try to arrange it, just a test how you will made it. You can choose your own location of the carbon tape on the fingers and the palm, for your convenience.

Step 3: And Glue It Again!

Apply a small amount of rubber cement to a small area of the carbon ribbon (just for one finger).

You do not have to apply the adhesive on a large length of the tape. You will be easier to stick a small portion of the tape, one finger after another, step by step.

Fast smudge the adhesive evenly over the surface of the tape. There is no need to wet the entire tape through, enough to moisten only the top layer. The less the glue, the softer get your glove.

Step 4: Make Your Heated Pattern.

Wait a few seconds until the glue dries and the surface will be similar to adhesive tape.
Put that portion of the tape to the glove, according to your idea of the location of the tape on the glove. Press it hard for a few seconds. Perhaps you would prefer to do this work with an assistant.

I recommend a little bend your fingers when you're sticking tape on the back of your hand.
Apply rubber cement to the next portion of the carbon tape and stick the tape to the next finger.

Proceed finger by finger and stick the whole carbon tape to the end.

Step 5: Connection

Look at the drawing and an equivalent circuit of the connection.
As you can see, the tape is connected in parallel 2x2 feet.

I used a voltage of 7.4 volts. One glove consumes 1.3 amps (about 10 watts) and heated up to 50 Celsius degrees.

Button glued thermal adhesive on the back of your hand and you can power up a glove as soon as it gets cold.

Step 6: Advanced Connection

Each glove consumes almost 10 watts. This is a very good emount of power, which will allow you to feel comfortable even in the dead of winter. But so you do not become hot recommend to use the thermostat on each glove. Thermostats are different temperature and you can always select the desired temp. It will automatically switch off the heating as soon as the temperature reaches the limit. You should place it under the carbon tape.
You might also be useful to have an LED power on indicator.

In this figure wiring diagram with thermostat and LED.

On the left glove extended connection, simplified connection on the right.
Choose your option and do as you need.

Step 7: Power It and Use

Heated gloves ready.

They are very thin and soft, and you can easily insert it into your winter gloves inside.

I stuck Velcro on gloves to secure the batteries holders.

At full power batteries will last for more than two hours!

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nickmcerlean

Question 2 months ago

Shenzhen,
I’ve connected a fully charged 9V battery with the silver epoxy glue. There is little to no heating- I can’t tell. What am I doing wrong? This is around 26in (66cm) of carbon tape.

I can feel the battery itself get hot so I imagine there is current flowing through.

Also, for the silver epoxy glue, in order to cure it I blow torch the glue and connection immediately after the glue application for a 5 seconds.

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Clarinet_Jaynickmcerlean

Answer 2 months ago

So assuming that the 9V battery connector wire color scheem is red = +9V and Black = Common ground, you have your Red and Black wires touching each other. Because of this, current is going to go directly into the battery and not flow through the carbon fabric. This is very bad for the battery since it can get hot and potentially blow up (and/or become damaged).

So to fix this issue, make sure that one end of the fabric has the red wire connected from the battery connector and the other end of the fabric has the black wire connected from the battery connector. You should never have the red and black wires connected to the same end of the fabric.

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Clarinet_JayShenzhen

Reply 2 months ago

I'm sorry author, but what part of my explanation was incorrect?

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Shenzhennickmcerlean

Answer 2 months ago

And one more important note. Carbon tape is a bare conductor so crossing (contact between different parts of the tape with each other) should not be allowed. Electric current always follows the shortest path.

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Shenzhennickmcerlean

Answer 2 months ago

9V battery designed for a small current aplications only. They cannot be used for a heated clothing at all.

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sophiaw15

3 months ago

Would it be possible to make it solar powered?

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Shenzhensophiaw15

Reply 3 months ago

I think you will be happy with 20 watts gloves. If so you can use them with any solar panel with a power of 20 Watts or more.

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Kinnishian

6 months ago

I appreciate all the accurate information about batteries in this instructable! It seems you have a considerable amount of general knowledge in the area :-)!

My only questions left are:
Have you ever tried using e6000 as a glue? It typically is my preferred fabric glue (flexible elastomer.) And what is the main reason for using glue instead of sewing?

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ShenzhenKinnishian

Reply 6 months ago

You can use any glue to hold carbon on gloves. It is more faster than sewing. But if you sew carbon it will be more flexyable.

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ss2002

1 year ago

Can I use the glue from this link https://www.amazon.com/gp/huc/view.html?ie=UTF8&newItems=C35e25334-8ae9-4254-b1e9-90e9f7d9840a%2C1

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ss2002

1 year ago

I need the tape for a project like next week, how can I get it quickly or is there a substitute?

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Shenzhenss2002

Reply 1 year ago

There are two types of carbon fibers: for reinforce (strong, inexpansive, tough, can heat but unevenly) and for heater (very soft, perfect for heated clothing). We sell carbon tape for heater only. You can buy it on our site carbonheater.us

sale@carbonheater.us

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ss2002Shenzhen

Reply 1 year ago

Thank you so much, so how long will it take to arrive if I live in NYC?

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MartinB333

1 year ago

Hi, could l use carbon fibre sheet that is multidirectional, let say size 75mm x 180mm?

I want to use it glued/sewn to a insole!

Thank you.

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ShenzhenMartinB333

Reply 1 year ago

Hi MartinB333,

There are two types of carbon: for reinforce (very strong, tough, inexpensive, can heat but unevenly, easy to find) and for heaters (very soft as a silk fabric, expensive, heat evenly, rare).

So theoretically you could use any of them but this big sheet required really huge electric current and you have to use a car battery to power it. The only way is to cut it into a narrow stripe.

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MarioC169

1 year ago

Hello Shenzhen, thanks for this wonderful tutorial!

Looking for the carbon tape, I've read:

The power consumption of 1 meter is about: 0.7W/m (3.7V), 2.9W/m (7.4V), 7.5W/m (12V) [for the 15mm width one]

2.9W/m at 7.4V! Isn't that insanely low? Do you think it's just incorrect?

Many thanks in advance!

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ShenzhenMarioC169

Reply 1 year ago

Yes, it's just 2.9W/m at 7.4V for 1 meter length. And yes, 2,9W is very low level even for a heated insoles. So we should use shorter length (for insoles and gloves) or connect a few the same stripe in parallel (for a vest, jacket or trousers).

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MarioC169Shenzhen

Reply 1 year ago

Yes, the idea of parallel connection was genius indeed, I hope it will be enough for me!

Many thanks for the prompt answer!