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Old 11-23-2012, 11:33 AM   #286
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Throughout this topic, a number of folks are looking for coaxial connectors at Radio Shack. Radio Shack calls it a size "N" coaxial dc power plug (or jack).
I've been using these successfully to interface with the MC specific coaxial connectors.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:07 PM   #287
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After reading the thread on making your own heated gear I'd love to make my own heated gloves. I have seen pictures of heated jackets and the routing of the wires across the jacket and it makes sense.

What is the best way of running the heating elements on a pair of gloves?

I was thinking of possibly just looping the wires around each finger, a sure way to get heat to the top and bottom of your hand or would running the wire laterally to the end of the finger and back be better?

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Old 11-23-2012, 05:28 PM   #288
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Throughout this topic, a number of folks are looking for coaxial connectors at Radio Shack. Radio Shack calls it a size "N" coaxial dc power plug (or jack).
I've been using these successfully to interface with the MC specific coaxial connectors.
The Radio Shack units work fine (2.5mm pin, 5.5mm barrel, 9mm to 11mm length) however, the
plastic is prone to cracking.


So, after soldering I fill them with epoxy and then cover with shrink tube.


I have also bought extensions from Warm N Safe to cut up for use in my own gear.
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:24 PM   #289
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What is the best way of running the heating elements on a pair of gloves?
The thing to consider when making gloves is the resistance wire to use. Most people use 30awg copper which is fine for jackets but @ 0.1 ohm per foot, you'd need to pack 60 feet into a glove to get the watts down to around 30. You could run your gloves in series but if you lose one you lose both.

I use two 54" loops of 26ga nichrome (2.6 ohms per foot) in each glove to get 30 watts. It's quick and easy - the trade off is the nichrome is a bit more brittle so I carry spares on trips and have to repair breaks now and then. That too is easy - even on trips.


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Old 11-24-2012, 01:40 AM   #290
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Thanks Ken....just what I was looking for.

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Old 11-24-2012, 07:58 AM   #291
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:58 AM   #292
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Helmet heat

Hi Folks,
I only had time to read some of the posts, but was impressed with the ingenuity.

Has anyone made or thought about a heated helmet ? My head doesn't get cold but my visor is hard to keep clear in the winter and or foggy damp nights. How hard would it be to have a strip of wire around the face shield ? Would we have to total 30 watts ? Maybe run it off the jacket ? Any ideas ??
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:49 AM   #293
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Hi Folks,
I only had time to read some of the posts, but was impressed with the ingenuity.

Has anyone made or thought about a heated helmet ? My head doesn't get cold but my visor is hard to keep clear in the winter and or foggy damp nights. How hard would it be to have a strip of wire around the face shield ? Would we have to total 30 watts ? Maybe run it off the jacket ? Any ideas ??
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I have given it some thought but that's as far as I got. The nichrome would be well suited for use in a helmet liner since it would be stationary there. I imagine a helmet shell would retain heat very well too. I also considered gluing two shields together with a spacer to create an air gap between and run a strand of resistance wire around the inside perimeter to heat the air - like a snowmobile unit. I just never pursued it. My head doesn't get cold and my Respro Foggy breath guard takes care of shield fogging.
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:44 PM   #294
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Hi Folks,
I only had time to read some of the posts, but was impressed with the ingenuity.

Has anyone made or thought about a heated helmet ? My head doesn't get cold but my visor is hard to keep clear in the winter and or foggy damp nights. How hard would it be to have a strip of wire around the face shield ? Would we have to total 30 watts ? Maybe run it off the jacket ? Any ideas ??
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FORTY YEARS AGO we used these on snowmobile sheilds http://www.ebay.com/itm/Helmet-Face-...-/170599386551 add-on style. Now, there are hundreds of heated sheilds to choose from... http://store.ski-doo.com/product/570...Electric_Visor
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:03 PM   #295
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Hi Folks,
I only had time to read some of the posts, but was impressed with the ingenuity.

Has anyone made or thought about a heated helmet ? My head doesn't get cold but my visor is hard to keep clear in the winter and or foggy damp nights. How hard would it be to have a strip of wire around the face shield ? Would we have to total 30 watts ? Maybe run it off the jacket ? Any ideas ??
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Years ago my neighbour was looking for a heated visor for ATVing.
I made this for him and wrapped it up as a Christmas present!
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:09 AM   #296
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Years ago my neighbour was looking for a heated visor for ATVing.
I made this for him and wrapped it up as a Christmas present!
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:50 AM   #297
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You'll need a looong extension chord for that one
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:04 PM   #298
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But di he ever plug in your heated visor?
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But di he ever plug in your heated visor?
No, and I did not connect the wires either, I just made it appear to be.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:14 PM   #300
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Circuit Breakers

I had the bake apart and thought I'd post this idea here. I shudder to think of blowing a fuse to my electrics in near freezing rain with camping gear lashed to the pillion. Nope not me. I use these 15a pushbutton circuit breakers clamped to the frame for easy access.

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