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Old 11-10-2012, 11:47 AM   #1
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Winter's here, electric gear

It's getting cold out there. I safety pinned my homade electric heat shirt into my riding jacket today.....and thought that some other cheap bastids might like to see how I made it.

For this shirt I made it from a perforated sports t-shirt, and cut it down the front so I could pin it into a jacket.

I either use 38 to 40 feet of 30Ga stranded copper wire (uses about 4 amps), or 55 to 60 feet of 26ga (uses about 5 amps). The pictures that follow are of the 30 ga.

Here's a good wire routing....
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BTW you can click on these shirt pictures. That will take you to a page where you can click on a zoom tool, upper right.

Show's short sleeve electric shirt pinned into my riding jacket.
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Shows wires run in left breast and safety pin method as well as electrical connection on left.
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Jacket with arms prepared to put jacket on. Good picture to use the zoom tool.
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Back section...use roughly 2/3s the allotted wire in front and 1/3 in the back.
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Electrical connection come out just to left of belt buckle.
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I securely sew the electrical connection to the shirt fabric. I use heat shrink tubing at the connections to the small wires.
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Remember the closer that your heat gear is to your body the more heat effect you get. If you wore a heat shirt in place of a t-shirt, you could stay warm with a couple amps or less if you use several layers on top of it as well as a jacket.

I like putting my gear between layers where it doesn't require a heat controller. If you have experience with can save yourself the cost of a controller.

A cheap controller can be made with an electronic flasher by wiring your heat gear to use the flasher or omit it. That will cut you heat down to nearly 1/2.

BTW, 30ga wire is used in household tele extension cord....and 26ga is often used in, in wall, commercial tele wiring, or you can buy 26 ga at Frys.
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