chili-feet heat insoles convert pressure energy into heat when walking. This requires a minimum weight of 48 kg.
Development and mode of operation
After an initial feasibility study, which analyzed different technologies, the technical variant was discovered at the end of 2010 to develop a sole based on a new type of polyurethane material (PUR), which converts pressure into heat when walking.
As a result, several development teams were commissioned in parallel by Wafe Technology GmbH in 2011. A great deal of knowledge was required to optimize the material so that it could convert as much energy as possible (resulting from the pressure when walking) into heat. It was equally important to achieve that the material relaxes again in the rhythm of normal walking to such an extent that heat can be gained again from the pressure during the next step.
After countless trials, a development team delivered convincing results:
In late fall 2011, a prototype sole material was developed that produced a permanent output of over 2 watts - the desired goal had been achieved! Extensive and extremely successful testing was carried out in the winter of 2011/2012.
Impressive temperature rise
Tests in the laboratory show the temperature rise of the 3mm/5mm chili-feet warming soles. After 12 minutes, the sole temperature is 5°/10° C higher compared to the start temperature.
Tests in the laboratory show the temperature rise of the 3mm/5mm chili-feet warming soles. After 12 minutes, the sole temperature is 5°/10° C higher compared to the starting temperature. Below a video shows such a test:
Flexible and versatile use
The chili-feet warming insoles can be individually cut to size for sizes 35 to 47. They are available in the thicknesses 3mm and 5mm. The 3mm soles are primarily suitable for the transitional seasons (autumn/winter) and the 5mm soles for the cold season at lower temperatures.
The heat producing material can be compressed about 1.5 million times. This corresponds approximately to the distance from Zurich to Hamburg and back again. The microfiber surface ensures a pleasant wearing comfort and absorbs any sweat directly. chili-feet are washable at max. 30 degrees.
More information about the function of the chili-feet insole can be found in this factsheet.