Heated pants liner


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Heated pants liner

Postby The Wolf » Sat Dec 27, 2014 10:18 am



Just got a Hotwired pants liner with a controller for Xmas.. I also have a warmnsafe jacket liner that came with the bike when I brought it ... My question is would the Hotwired controller also work with Warmnsafe jacket? I'm sure plugging em into my 12 v won't be a problem but controlling temperature might be without correct controller. Does anyone have any experience doing this? Same thing if I buy some heated gloves. Appreciate any help!
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Re: Heated pants liner

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Dec 27, 2014 12:37 pm

The controllers all work more or less the same way: by pulsing the current on and off, varying the duty cycle based on the heat setting. Whether or not your controller has the capacity to run both your pants liner AND jacket...depends on how it is made. If it doesn't, you could end up burning out the controller.

More important, does your bike have the electrical capacity to run both? At best, you have about 70 watts of spare power on the GL1100 - when running the engine at 3000 RPM and above.

Looking online, the Hotwired pants are 46 watts. The Warmnsafe jacket draws 65 watts or 90 watts, depending on which version you have. Best case, running both you're going to be pulling 111 watts, worse case will be 136 watts. In both cases, it's more power than your bike can provide, which means that when you turn on your heated gear, you're going to be drawing down your battery: instead of charging the battery, your bike will be emptying the battery as you ride, until the battery no longer has enough power to keep the bike running, and you'll find yourself stranded.

You might have to look at a Poorboy-type external alternator modification in order to generate the power you are going to need.

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Re: Heated pants liner

Postby f1xrupr » Sat Dec 27, 2014 2:29 pm

I see by your post that you are riding a 1500- this is the 1100 forum...welcome anyway. However, wattage still may be a concern-you may be able to scrape up enough on that 1500 by changing some of your lighting to LEDs...I believe they take about 1/8 of the amps as do incandescent.
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Re: Heated pants liner

Postby The Wolf » Sat Dec 27, 2014 3:35 pm

Ok thx for the information-sorry about being on 1100 section, but my 1500 has 90 amp alternator so I'm good there. I'm just getting al my ducks in a row, planning on doing the 40 to Phoenix in April and might need the heated gear. I've been riding some in 40 deg weather not too much problem, but hands get a little cool.
Again thanks for the infor.
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Re: Heated pants liner

Postby f1xrupr » Sat Dec 27, 2014 3:44 pm

Wow...90 amps! Our 1100s only have 20 amps at 5000 rpm.
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Re: Heated pants liner

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Dec 27, 2014 7:32 pm

The Wolf wrote:Ok thx for the information-sorry about being on 1100 section, but my 1500 has 90 amp alternator so I'm good there. I'm just getting al my ducks in a row, planning on doing the 40 to Phoenix in April and might need the heated gear. I've been riding some in 40 deg weather not too much problem, but hands get a little cool.
Again thanks for the infor.


Ah, OK. You originally posted this in the GL1100 section, and I saw that you had both a GL1100 and a GL1500, so I figured you were talking about your GL1100. I've now moved this thread into the GL1500 section, so it makes more sense.

With the 90 amp alternator, you'll have absolutely no issue with available power. You may still have a problem with the controller not being able to handle the additional amperage of both items - and I'd probably put money on that being the case. You will likely want to get a second controller, which will be better anyway, as you will be able to set the temperature of each item separately.




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