V-Strom Riders International
04/24/14 1254 Hours


Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Login with username, password and session length
News: For login problems please contact admin - motorcycle@vssupportqueue.com
Advanced search  
  Pages: 1 |   Go to Bottom of page
EMAIL THIS TOPIC | PRINT
Author Topic: DIY heated insoles...easy and cheap.  (Read 3982 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
BillT
**
06/24/06 2330 Hours
Posts: 21
06 DL650 (red)
Lenoir City, TN
Offline
« on: 02/17/09 1656 Hours »
| All unread Move to top Move to bottom  

Ride every day except ice/snow.  East TN has several days in teens, quite a few days in 20s and 30s. Wear a Widder vest/arm chaps and insulated pants, boots, and gloves.  Always very comfortable except for toes.  Not super cold, but not comfortable.  Finally got around to making first prototype of heated insole.
Design specs:
2 ½ feet of 0.01” nylon covered SS bead wire (~37 ohms, readily available at craft/hobby store) adhered (serpentined) to bottom of boot insole with electrical bundling tape (not duct tape).  Covered only area from ball of foot to toes.  Supply wire (26 gauge telephone wire/handy and small) connected via white plastic, two conductor connector from RS to common cig plug for current.
Performance:
Works perfectly.  Draws .38 amp = 5.3 watts @ 14 V.  IR thermometer shows ~100 degrees at insole upper surface. Toes stay “not too warm, not too cool, just right”.  Lot of design and work remains for power supply lines.
Cost:
Wire = ~$1.98/100’
Connector = $1.99
Elec. Bundling tape = <$.05
Cig. Plug = Huh? (had it around)

Respectfully,
Bill T.
Logged

BillT

Any day on a motorcycle is better than any other day.

BillT
**
06/24/06 2330 Hours
Posts: 21
06 DL650 (red)
Lenoir City, TN
Offline
« REPLY #1 on: 12/08/09 1822 Hours »
| All unread Move to top Move to bottom  

To the really cold weather riders,
Finally tried my DIY heated inner soles and they couldn’t work better.  Always made it fine without, but on the really cold days (only 27 this am) my toes would be a little cold.  Mixed 2 1/2 feet nylon coated stainless steel wire (Hobby Lobby) taped to bottom of boot inner soles + short two-conductor cables up and over boot tops with small coax connectors + “Y” harness down inside of pant legs with matching coax connectors at feet and at waist + power wire to cig adapter in faring.  Produces 5-6 watts @ 14 volts.  Could not work better.

Cheers,
Bill T.
Logged

BillT

Any day on a motorcycle is better than any other day.
nelmo
***
04/14/09 1922 Hours
Posts: 293

K6 DL650 GT
Reigate, Surrey, UK
Offline
« REPLY #2 on: 12/09/09 1002 Hours »
| All unread Move to top Move to bottom  

Impressive bit of work... Thumbs Up

If that was me with my DIY skills, it would have been a Mastercard moment:

Wire = ~$1.98/100’
Connector = $1.99
Elec. Bundling tape = <$.05

Sight of rider being electrocuted at 80mph : priceless!!  Grin  Shocked
Logged

"The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made." - Groucho Marx
jlmg
*
01/29/11 1316 Hours
Posts: 1
DL1000 k8
Canada
Offline
« REPLY #3 on: 03/19/11 0226 Hours »
| All unread Move to top Move to bottom  

pics and wire part number please
Logged
StromTech
***
08/14/09 0440 Hours
Posts: 198

done
Offline
« REPLY #4 on: 03/19/11 2013 Hours »
| All unread Move to top Move to bottom  

What's it like walking about on the wires?
Logged
Devo2002
***
11/13/08 0215 Hours
Posts: 238

2006 DL650
Westchester, NY
Offline
« REPLY #5 on: 03/19/11 2018 Hours »
| All unread Move to top Move to bottom  

 Worthless

Not really, but would help an idjit like me  Hello
Logged

-Devo
Pages: 1 |  Go to Top of page
EMAIL THIS TOPIC | PRINT
Jump to:  

 B l a c k - R a i n V.2 by C r i p ~ Powered by SMF 1.1.18 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines MySQL | PHP | XHTML | CSS   
Copyright V-Strom Riders International 2003-2013