Riding in company
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Rumson, NJ, USA
Heated clothing.....blown fuse
I purchased a Gerbing jacket liner and a pair of gloves from my dealer, who also cheerfully sold me a controller and a patch cord terminated with a BMW powerlet male. All stock Gerbing stuff. I was given to understand that I could wire myself up, plug in, and get warm. It was very nice until the fuse blew.
The powerlet on the bike (KRS '04) is fused at 7.5 amps, or used to be. How much does the jacket/glove combo draw? I thought it consumed something like 170 watts, full on. Although I didn't use it, the gloves and jacket came with wiring for a direct battery connection. There's a 15 amp fuse in that wiring, which certainly ought to do it. Should I replace the bike fuse with a 15 amp one? Is there any reason to suspect that the powerlet is not wired to carry that current? The fitting itself certainly looks heavy enough.
How about installing another powerlet in the lower blank hole, wired directly to the battery with the fuse in line? I hate to run unswitched power to an outlet.
BSA Victor '68ish
Club Car golf cart '92