Heated Car Seats

  1. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    How much current do they draw? I’ve got the inkling of an idea brewing in my head, dangerous times
     
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  2. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    Got to be 15A+....are you thinking of a retrofit?

    I'd probably work backwards from the power req for the heating element you are thinking of using. If its a retrofit I'd look at the fuse used in the sonar car and go with that I reckon?
     
  3. Parm

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    I’ve got an idea going round my head to make a top gear style chair with a heated car seat.

    I can get plenty of heated seats from a scrappie, just need an idea on the size of 12v supply required
     
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  4. Cobbler

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    Just think Parm, connect it to 240v when the in-laws are coming. Your own electric chair :laughing:
     
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  5. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    Ahh....I would check the fuse in the donor car I think and then just maybe make sure you double the power of the supply so you have plenty of headroom built in.
     
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  6. Parm

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    Don’t give me ideas, I have a que of candidates that are suitable test subjects
     
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  7. Parm

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    Good plan, but it does make power supply options quite expensive
     
  8. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    Depends how "getto" this build is going to be.....aren't computer PSUs rated at a lovely stable 12v?
     
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  9. rtcosic

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    Just for you I checked mine: Both front and rear seat (note singular) are 25A fuses.

    I'm surprised - I expected each front seat to have individual fuses.

    Mine have three settings.

    1. Hot
    2. Chuffing Hot
    3. Dear God that hurts Hot.
    Lurking somewhere I have an 'overseat' heater cum massage pad from Lidl that has a mains transformer as well as the cigar lighter. I'll try to find where SWMBO has hidden (stored).
     
  10. Parm

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    Is it a BMW? As they are same settings on mine
     
  11. Parm

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    I’ve got quite few +100amp 12v CPU supplies. Only problem is the annoyingly noisy cooling fan
     
  12. Cobbler

    Cobbler Codger bodger

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  13. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    My Tucson also has the same problem....really all I want is a seat that heats to body temperature.

    Heated steering wheels are just plain odd.....no two ways about it!

    At the weekend the adaptive cruise tried to kill me....someone pulled out so it decided to hit the brake and I had a van right behind me.

    Then I tried to change lanes with the lane assist on and it spotted a car 2 lanes away and decided to go nuts.....turned it all off and it's staying off for good!
     
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  14. jsf55

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    Not seen any over 25 amp on the VW sites
     
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  15. rtcosic

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    A BMW!!!!!

    A BMW!!!!!

    Certainly not, I'd never be seen dead in one of those! Once sent a visitor to go and park theirs around the corner where I couldn't see it when they had the temerity to park one on my drive. She never came again fortunately.

    Had to train a succession of overseas secretaries not to order them as hire cars. They all did it for the first order then learned never to do so again!

    No, I'm a gentleman and drive Jaguars.

    How do you plan to control the heat settings though? Mine have always been controlled by the seat module that does all the up/down, left/right shake it all about and memory as well.
     
  16. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    I'd test build with what you have....if its all working you can always upgrade to a quiet power supply at a later date?
     
  17. owas

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    The heated seat cover I use is only 20w, it's comfortably hot
     
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  18. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    Maybe get the dash out of the donor car too...and the loom...etc etc etc :laughing:
     
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  19. mrsbruce

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    And the wheels.... oh, and the engine.

    In fact, you could just sit in the car.:scared:

    Back in the 80’s, a dear friend had a very posh car seat bolted to a couple of old wheel rims (laid flat), and kept it in his mancave.

    Don’t know if we had heated car seats back then. At least not in the wrecks we drove.
     
  20. slim_boy_fat

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    Mine have 3 X heat settings, as well as being cooled (not in this weather though) plus a massage function. Stop sniggering at the back....:rolleyes:
     
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