several questions on heated gear


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several questions on heated gear

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I rode about 130 miles today and the high temp was 37 so I had my heated jacket and gloves on. I just picked up this 05 a few months back so I’m still learning. I feel that I should be able to run the jacket and gloves on high without any problem (but would never be able to stand that much heat). So today I used them on very low or alternated turning jacket or gloves up at different times. I’m thinking my stock unit puts out around 78 amps, is that correct? So with my jacket and gloves both would be 9 amps or so pulled from that 78 amps. The rest of my bike is stock.
So are you guys running this without a problem? What if my wife is riding with me so we would have 2 sets of heated gear? Do I need to upgrade to LED bulbs and would it save that more by doing that upgrade to make it worthwhile?


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Re: several questions on heated gear

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The GL1800 alternator has more than enough output to satisfy a stock bike's needs as well as the heated clothing and gloves that you and your passenger wear.
The only time you need to worry about sufficient current is if the bike is not running. The battery would not last long under the load of heated clothing.
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Thank you, that is what I was looking for.
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I've run full heated gear, jacket liner, gloves, pant liners and socks at medium with no problem. As Mike said the 1800 alternator puts out more than enough juice.
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I was able to run jacket and gloves on my GL1100's stator without issue, as long as I was on the highway. At a stop, it would definitely start drawing down the battery.

On a GL1500 or GL1800, you're going to have no issues at all - there is plenty of extra power to run a couple sets of heated gear. If you're worried, you can always switch out high-power draw items like headlights and tail/brake lights with LEDs, which will reduce your power draw considerably. Replacing two 60 watt headlights with LEDs will change your power draw from 120 watts total to about 12 watts total: that frees up 9 amps of power for you to use to power something else.
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I have an 89 1500 and wife and have heated jacket liners,gloves,with heated grips and heated seat have been over 150,000 miles(in 5 1/2 years) since purchased with no issues just all year riding, it is the best money spent for options.
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The GL1800 alternator puts out ~ 80 amps. at 'normal' RPM the out put is about 60~70 amps. With high beams on the draw to run everything on the bike is less than 20 amps, which leaves 40 ~ 50 amps free.
A heated vest will draw 4 amps at full power.
A jacket with sleeves will draw 10 amps at full power.
gloves are 2 amps each or 4 amps for a pair. (varies a bit with different makes)

So in my case with my heated jacket and my wife's jacket and her gloves at full power (if you can stand that much heat) the total extra draw is 24 amps. That is a long way from its total capacity.

To answer your question there is no shortage of power on the wing. Crank it up and stay toasty warm!
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Bought my 96 1500 in Oct 2020 rode it every day til Dec21. Do I use the available 5amp accessorry terminal for heated gear? Interested to know how everyone power connected the gear from the GL1500A. Appreciated the details of Amps drawn from each accessory. I dont have any heated gear yet. Are their in-line fuses with heated gear. Thanks in advance for all your input.
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Mooremusicman wrote: Fri Jan 01, 2021 12:39 pm Bought my 96 1500 in Oct 2020 rode it every day til Dec21. Do I use the available 5amp accessorry terminal for heated gear? Interested to know how everyone power connected the gear from the GL1500A. Appreciated the details of Amps drawn from each accessory. I dont have any heated gear yet. Are their in-line fuses with heated gear. Thanks in advance for all your input.
No to the acc fuse and heated gear.
Yes most heated gear come with an inline fuse, if bought new.
Add an accessory fuse block, relay triggered off the acc fuse, to power all your accessories to protect the bike wiring harness.
Showchrome makes a good fuse panel.
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;) Thanks newday777, I will get it. I upgraded my front 7watt speakers to the Showchrome 30watt, been happy with them. Are you saying to power the Showchrome fuse block off the existing 5amp accessory fuse relay or do I run the Showchrome fuse block directly to the battery? I am sure it has instructions but I am somewhat ignorant when it comes to electrical instructions and value your opinion and the opinions of the members here who have already installed acessories
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Mooremusicman wrote: Fri Jan 01, 2021 4:17 pm ;) Thanks newday777, I will get it. I upgraded my front 7watt speakers to the Showchrome 30watt, been happy with them. Are you saying to power the Showchrome fuse block off the existing 5amp accessory fuse relay or do I run the Showchrome fuse block directly to the battery? I am sure it has instructions but I am somewhat ignorant when it comes to electrical instructions and value your opinion and the opinions of the members here who have already installed acessories
It has a relay in it that uses the 5 amp as a trigger switch to turn on the power line from the battery so it uses both the 5 amp acc fuse and the battery to give full power to the accessories directly from the battery without using the main harness to try to feed clean power. There are fuses and relays in that panel.
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Re: several questions on heated gear

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:D Thank you for the clarification, thats what I needed to understand. Very helpful! I was just reading another post linked to this Jan 2021news letter on Total Bike Blackouts and learned alot from your insight. Going to watch the video you shared on installing the accessory fuse block. Thanks again!


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