FAQ

Q. What is the difference between foil and wire?

A. Wire Wound element uses a round resistance wire and is ideally suited for small quantities and low cost sampling. It also lends itself to larger sizes to a maximum of 900mm x 3000mm not only can it be used in adhesive static applications but also where repeated flexing is required.

Etch Foil uses a chemically etched stainless steel track (see pic above) much like a printed circuit board suited to high power densities and medium to large quantities. Used mainly in static applications. Maximum size 600mm x 2500mm.

Q. What temperatures can heater mats be used at?

A. Silicone rubber remains flexible from -60°c to 180°c. Specialist high temperature silicones are available for applications in excess of 250°c.

Q. What is a silicone rubber insulated heating element?

A. Comprising of a wire or etched resistor laminated between sheets of silicone rubber compound. These heaters are ideally suited for the heating of surfaces in a multitude of applications. Being of low thermal mass their heat transference is exceptional and being resistant to moisture do not suffer moisture ingress associated with mineral insulated heating elements. Their thin lightweight construction and ease of installation make them a cost effective, reliable heating solution.

Q. What shapes can I have?

A. Practically any shape, size or profile is available along with holes, cut-outs and slots (pic) within the maximum sizes of 900mm x 3000mm for wire and 600mm x 2500mm for etch foil.

Q. Can I cut the heater to size?

A. No, all the heaters are designed with a border between the edge of the heater and the resistor wire of approximately 5mm and therefore any cutting may damage the internal element.

Q. Can I have a 1 off?

A. Of course you can. FULLCHANCE are pleased to produce 1 of heaters be it for a problem solving application or prototypes for OEM (original equipment manufacturers) projects.

Q. How much will my 1 off be and how quickly can I have it?

A. Delivery on small quantities is normally 7-10 days including design. Cost is dependent upon the size of heater, but set up charges are minimal for wire wound heaters. Etch foil prototypes are available within 2-3 weeks and still only incur tooling charges of a few hundred dollars.

Q. What voltage supply can I have?

A. The heaters are a pure resistor and therefore can be designed to suit any supply voltage, AC or DC, single or three phase.

Q. What power will I need and how long will it take to heat up?

A. FULLCHANCE can provide detailed power calculations and offer advice for individual applications. Heat up times will depend on many variables such as ambient temp, mass & specific heat value of product and whether thermal insulation is utilized. Please contact us for application assistance.

Q. Do FULLCHANCE have any third party approvals?

A. Yes, our manufacturing partner(s) meet all the relevant European directives and are CE marked accordingly. VDE approval as well as UL/CSA recognized products are available on request.

Q. What quality system do FULLCHANCE operate?

A. Our manufacturing partner has ISO 9001:2008 approval which is audited by Underwriter Laboratories.

Q. How are the heaters fixed?

A. For static applications a self-adhesive backing is a simple, quick method of installation. Where removal is requested hooks, eyelets and springs, Velcro, magnetic bindings are available.

 Q. How can I control the temperature?

A. Heaters can be supplied with thermal limiting devices hard wired directly to the heater. Temperature sensors such as thermocouples, PT100’s and thermistors can be fitted to the heater mat for connection to external process controllers.

Q. What IP rating are the heaters manufactured to?

A. IP ratings as high as IP67 can be achieved in special circumstances. IP65 is the highest standard rating when using a moulded silicone cable termination.

Q. What standards relate to the product?

A. See standards datasdheet.

Q. Are the heaters CE marked?

A. See CE statement.

Q. Does FULLCHANCE produce heaters other than Silicone?

A. Polyester and Polymide (Kapton) are used in a variety of applications. Contact our technical sales for further details.

Q. Applications- Where can the heater be used?

A. Anywhere a surface is required to be heated to 200c (click her to see just a few of the applications).

Q. What is a high power density?

A. This is dependent on the application and type of control used. 

A. Of course you can. FULLCHANCE are pleased to produce 1 of heaters be it for a problem solving application or prototypes for OEM (original equipment manufacturers) projects.
Q. How much will my 1 off be and how quickly can I have it?
A. Delivery on small quantities is normally 7-10 days including design. Cost is dependent upon the size of heater, but set up charges are minimal for wire wound heaters. Etch foil prototypes are available within 2-3 weeks and still only incur tooling charges of a few hundred dollars.
Q. What voltage supply can I have?
A. The heaters are a pure resistor and therefore can be designed to suit any supply voltage, AC or DC, single or three phase.
Q. What power will I need and how long will it take to heat up?
A. FULLCHANCE can provide detailed power calculations and offer advice for individual applications. Heat up times will depend on many variables such as ambient temp, mass & specific heat value of product and whether thermal insulation is utilized. Please contact us for application assistance.
Q. Do FULLCHANCE have any third party approvals?
A. Yes, our manufacturing partner(s) meet all the relevant European directives and are CE marked accordingly. VDE approval as well as UL/CSA recognized products are available on request.
Q. What quality system do FULLCHANCE operate?
A. Our manufacturing partner has ISO 9001:2008 approval which is audited by Underwriter Laboratories.
Q. How are the heaters fixed?
A. For static applications a self-adhesive backing is a simple, quick method of installation. Where removal is requested hooks, eyelets and springs, Velcro, magnetic bindings are available.
 Q. How can I control the temperature?
A. Heaters can be supplied with thermal limiting devices hard wired directly to the heater. Temperature sensors such as thermocouples, PT100’s and thermistors can be fitted to the heater mat for connection to external process controllers.
Q. What IP rating are the heaters manufactured to?
A. IP ratings as high as IP67 can be achieved in special circumstances. IP65 is the highest standard rating when using a moulded silicone cable termination.
Q. What standards relate to the product?
A. See standards datasdheet.
Q. Are the heaters CE marked?
A. See CE statement.
Q. Does FULLCHANCE produce heaters other than Silicone?
A. Polyester and Polymide (Kapton) are used in a variety of applications. Contact our technical sales for further details.
Q. Applications- Where can the heater be used?
A. Anywhere a surface is required to be heated to 200c (click her to see just a few of the applications).
Q. What is a high power density?
A. This is dependent on the application and type of control used.
What is the correct voltage for this heater?
 
Standard heaters are specified by resistance,not voltage.This lets you operatethem at different power levels, In selecting a heater model you should consider the size, att density depends on the insulation type,mount-ing method and operating temperature. Graphs of these limits are included in each product section of this bulletin.
 
Can I immerse these heaters in water or other liquids?
 
Generally the answer is no. The material used in polyimide insulated thermofoil heaters are waterproof, but edges are not sufficiently sealed for immersion.custom designs(including all PTFE heaters) can include increased border areas and sealed leadwire connections that make these heaters immersible in water. Silicone rubber insulated heaters require RTV cement or similar materials along all exposed edges and leadwire attachment areas for immersion in water.
If your application requires contact with other liquids contact. 
 
 
Can a heater be used suspended in air?
 
Because the mass of a heater is very small they are generally not suitable for heating in air. The heaters operate best when mounted to an object that can be heated by conduction rather than convection or radiation.
 
 
What is the dielectric strength of each different insulation material?
 
The heaters with polyimide,silicone rubber or mica insulation are test to verify 1000 VAC minimum dielectric breakdown voltage. We can provide custom models with thicker insulation to increase thedieletric rating,but this will reduce the maximum power and temperature rating for the heater.
 
Another consideration is the amount of dielectric leakage current at operating voltage.Because an etched element covers 50% or more of the heater surface area,it can acts as capacitor when AC power is applied. The result is a leakage due to capacitive effect. This is not failure of insulation but it may exceed the very low limits required for some medical and other applications .
 
 
Can I trim a heater to the size and shape I need after I have received it?
 
No, the heaters cannot be cut or trimmed. The element conductor covers the entire area to maximize the heat spreading effect of etched-foil design.Cutting into this would create an electrically open circuit and expose the electrically live element.
 


1 Silicone rubber heaters are flexible, thin and flat, and can be used in many situations where metal heaters cannot be used
Consists of two sheets of calendered silicone rubber and fiberglass fabric.The silicone rubber sheet is capable of resisting wide range of temperature from -50 to 250°C [-58°F to 482°F].
Possesses high thermal response due to low thickness, with a standard thickness of 1.5mm.
Can easily be fit on cylinders, cones, and various curved surfaces because of its high flexibility.
Uses safer nickel-alloy wire elements, unlike carbon element heaters.
2 Silicone rubber heaters can be designed in any shape desired
Can be made into any shape, from a triangle to a torus, and can be designed with holes or other perforations, unlike carbon element heaters.
Our internationally patented process allows us to custom design even a single heater.
3 We can design heaters for almost any situation you can imagine
Our heaters have been used in a wide variety of industries and facilities.
Thin, flexible heaters offer a simple solution to problems of weight reduction and miniaturization.
*A thermal controller is necessary, since the heating surface is capable of quick heating, but lacks inherent temperature control.
4 The Standard Type, E-type, and MG-type can be used continuously and semi-permanently at 200°C [392°F]
Can easily be adhered to the heated object. 
Up to 100°C[212°F]- Double sided adhesive tapes. 
100-150°C[212-302°F]- Silicone Adhesives (RTV)
We recommend our fusion process for continuous use at temperatures above 150°C [302°F].
5 The H-type can be used continuously at 300°C [572°F]
We stock 300°C heat resistant adhesives KE3418RTV(B)
 What power options do Fullchance waterbed heaters come in?
170W and 325W
What temperatures correspond to the controller dial settings?

1=70ºF, 2=75ºF, 3=80ºF, 4=85ºF, 5=90ºF, 6=95ºF, 7=100ºF
What do I do if my waterbed is not getting warm enough?

Check that you have the 325W high power model heater, WB6405. In some colder areas a single 325 watt waterbed heater may not be able to maintain a temperature above 90 degrees in some waterbeds. This effect is most noticeable in king size full motion or deep fill waterbed mattresses and mattresses with only a few fiber layers. If you need a heat setting over 90 degrees two heaters are recommended for the above criteria.
How long is the warranty for a Fullchance waterbed heater?
5 years limited warranty, see instruction manual for more information.
What does it mean when my red LED light is blinking?

It is a heating feedback signal checking the temperature of the water at the heaters location to determine if the heater needs to continue to produce heat.
How long should it take for my waterbed to reach temperature setting?
This can take 48-72 hours depending on the mattress size, the temperature of the water used to fill the mattress, and the temperature inside the room. Process can be sped up by circulating the water and adding adequate covering. Make sure the dial is turned to full power position (dial setting 7) initially, but do not force the dial to spin past setting number 7 as this will break the dial and cause operating failure.
What is considered packaging?
The cardboard, clear plastic wrapping, rubber band, printed instruction book, and flyer. The coating and white tape on the heater are NOT packaging. DO NOT REMOVE.
Why does the red LED light NOT come on when I plug in my heater?
The red LED only comes on when the heater is actively producing heat. If the waterbed has been filled with warm or hot water, which we recommend, the heater will not turn on until the temperature has fallen below the dial setting.
Check that there is power at the wall outlet.
Slowly turn the dial to full power position (dial setting 7), but do not force the dial to spin past setting number 7 as this will break the dial and cause operating failure and circulate the water in the bed. If the waterbed is already warm the light will only turn on once the temperature of the waterbed has fallen below the dial setting.
What is the minimum purchase order quantity?
Fullchance only supplies to OEM companies and requires a one box minimum order. One box includes 14 heaters.