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Hotronics heater plate: using thicker padding than the cambrelle cover

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I apologize if this has been asked and answered - could not find!

 

I have very fussy feet - I am especially sensitive under the balls of my toes. Thus, I really like/need a layer of soft-ish padding as a top layer of my insoles. This would typically be a 3.2 mm or 1.6 mm fabric-faced polyurethane/Poron TM layer. I can get into details how I do that, but this is irrelevant to this topic.

 

So, two (a bit contradictory) questions:

  1. Instead of the "standard way" of installing the heater, by gluing it to the top surface and laying the cambrelle cover over it, how bad will it be if I tuck the heater under the top layer of 1.6 or 3.2 mm polyurethane padding? Will I squander too much of the heat and render it ineffective?
  2. At the other extreme: If I place the heater on the top of the insole, as per the standard instructions, can I forgo the cambrelle cover entirely? Has anyone tried that? Will it keep catching my socks once it's "baked in"? Or will it be too hot?

 

Thanks!

 

post #2 of 3
I have the red cover on mine. No issues. My only complaint with the hotronics is now that my toes are warm, I notice that on the insanely cold days, my heel on my right foot gets cold.

A friend had a boot fitter install hers without any cover. He said it will prevent any blocking of the heat and she wouldn't notice it not being there. She doesn't.

I don't know if that helps or not.
post #3 of 3
On your second question.
Yes, it could be done. I did exactly that, install the heating pad on top of my insoles and not using anything on top of it.
5he only thing, i actually used is a piece of alum. tape to hold the pad in place. It hasn't moved since.

I did all of that, cause otherwise it wasn't hot enough for me, now is perfect.
GL to you.
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