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Gear & Gadgets We all use em - Helmets, Jackets, Gloves, Electronics! Share what you know and find out what you don't.

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Old 12-02-2012, 09:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Heated Accesorries

I'm hoping for input about heated gloves, jacket/pants liners, socks, and grips.

1)--Is there a calculation for the limit of power you can expect from the bike's battery to run the fore-mentioned accessories?

2)--Is a thermostat device available to control suit temperatures instead of a rheostat?

3)--Any opinions on wireless control vs permanent install on bike?

4)--Any comments or recommendations about the different brands or style of heated liners?

5)--Good/Bad experiences with bike battery powered heated accessories.

Thanks, appreciate all input.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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From the Gerbings website:
Q: How much power will I draw off the battery?

A: That depends on which garment you are using. For the most accurate information, read the specifications that came with the product(s).

Approximate power usage Product Amps/Watts at 12 V Amps/Watts at 13.8 V Gloves pair 2 A/24 W 2.3 A/32 W

7.5 A/103 W

6.5 A/78 W

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Vest 4 A/48 W 4.6 A/64 W Pants 4 A/48 W 4.6 A/64 W

1.6 A/22 W

1.4 A/17 W

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Fuse ratings Fuse color Amp rating Violet 3 A Tan 5 A

7.5 A

Brown

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Old 12-02-2012, 11:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Seen some complaints about the comfort of Garbing gloves (feeling the wires through the fabric) I have Powerlet I got through Pashnit, they have a controller that fits in your pocket, comfortable and durable over 2 winters use.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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the previous versions of gerbings had wires that could be felt and created *hot spots* that could get uncomfortable.

their new ones use a different style of heating elements that eliminates those issues.

I just received a new pair last week but we've had really nice weather so haven't really put them to use yet. ;-)
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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All the replies helped in my research. BDKRIVIT steered me to the Gerbings site which allowed me to plug-in to their 'amp calculator' and $MSRPs. Today I ordered my Firstgear liner, gloves, and dual rheostat setup from a local merchant.

My takeaway is that the MSRPs and warrantees across the brands are pretty close, so...give your local shop a chance to gain your business by their discounting and using their preferred line of heated accessories.
P.S.--NJ does not tax on "clothing"
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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As per Firstgear, their pants liners have "Heated zones cover thigh, knee and upper seat."

My questions for you folks, before any purchase are:

1)--What about the shin/calf areas??
2)--Know of any other brand that has better thermal 'coverage'??
3)--What the H*ll is an 'upper seat' and do I really need to keep it warm??
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Davidp: the heat only works when the heated stuff is touching your body. A liner with loose arms makes the arms less useful. With a sung shirt over it the arms are nice and warm. I would assume the calves would be loose for movement and would not stay warm.


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Old 12-15-2012, 06:42 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Im glad to report that I've crossed over to the "Warm Side"

The time you folks took to help guide me is really appreciated and influenced my purchases! You could drop over a $1K so easily by buying liners, acc., outerwear all at once.

My night time, 31F rollout, hitting some high notes convinced me that Kris Kringle may need to drop off the pants liners next!!
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