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khathaway
01-28-2009, 04:13 PM
Hi All -

Is there a limit to how many pigtails one should connect to their battery? I currently have one hooked up for my battery charger and am thinking of adding another for some heated gear.

Is it possible to use the same connection for both if I get the SAE to jack adapter? Do I need to go to a larger in-line fuse?

Thanks!
Kharon

deilenberger
01-28-2009, 04:57 PM
Kharon,

Two connections isn't excessive. When it gets to be a messy bundle is time to think about a fusebox.. :)

You certainly can do both charging and heat via a hard-wired accessory socket to the battery. Dunno what size fuse you're currently using, but I'd suggest a 10A or 15A fuse for your heated gear (and that depends on the gear you're using and the wattage of the gear.) It's doubtful if a motorcycle battery charger will exceed 2A, so 10A is more than adequate for that purpose.

khathaway
01-28-2009, 06:21 PM
Kharon,

Two connections isn't excessive. When it gets to be a messy bundle is time to think about a fusebox.. :)

You certainly can do both charging and heat via a hard-wired accessory socket to the battery. Dunno what size fuse you're currently using, but I'd suggest a 10A or 15A fuse for your heated gear (and that depends on the gear you're using and the wattage of the gear.) It's doubtful if a motorcycle battery charger will exceed 2A, so 10A is more than adequate for that purpose.

Thanks for your help....again. Sorry, electrical stuff freaks me out, so I always want to be sure I know EXACTLY what I am doing first. You should have seen me when I went to hook the battery leads back up after installing the charger and I got a super tiny spark off the negative...I started calling everyone I knew before I did anything else. Ha ha ha.

I assume the second connection should go on the other side of the battery post?

Rich
01-28-2009, 06:48 PM
I've got the coax connector for my warmnsafe heated gear. And my charger has the SAE you mentioned, so I purchased the adapter to eliminate more than one pigtail hanging out. I wouldn't have worried about a second pigtail but I have another bike with the coax, so the adapter was the way to go.

Bottom line is, either way you will be just fine.

deilenberger
01-28-2009, 06:53 PM
I assume the second connection should go on the other side of the battery post?I'm not sure what your post looks like. On my battery (Exide in an '07 R12R) - the post has a bolt that goes down from the top into a captive nut inside the post. All the connections have to be made under the bolt head. Certainly if you have a post that has both the nut and the bolt head in the clear - it would be an option to use the "other side" for a second connection.

SPOWELL
11-29-2009, 07:42 PM
Where can the coax connector (with SAE) be purchased? Does Gerbing have it?

PAULBACH
11-29-2009, 08:14 PM
Check out the Fuzeblock.

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g264/PaulBach/ClipArt/fuzeblock.jpg

For their Q&A click here (http://fuzeblocks.com/index.php?pid=5#faq40)

Semper_Fi
11-29-2009, 08:40 PM
or then Centech:

http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm43/Semper_Fi_LR/Centech%20Panel/DSC03451.jpg

hotspice
11-29-2009, 11:56 PM
Check out the Fuzeblock.

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g264/PaulBach/ClipArt/fuzeblock.jpg

For their Q&A click here (http://fuzeblocks.com/index.php?pid=5#faq40)

+1 on the Fuzeblock.

It's especially nice for those not that familiar with electrical work because it's a simple matter of 3 feed wires and you're done connecting it to your bike.

I'm a firm believer that any more than one accessory on the bike should go through some sort of a fuse block.

XTrooper
11-30-2009, 12:19 AM
Another vote for the Fuzeblock.

Regarding your original question, when you can't get the battery terminal nuts started back on the bolts because of all the connections, you have too many. :D

PGlaves
11-30-2009, 12:40 AM
Another vote for the Fuzeblock.

Regarding your original question, when you can't get the battery terminal nuts started back on the bolts because of all the connections, you have too many. :D

Unless you get a longer bolt.

flymymbz
11-30-2009, 02:40 AM
Another vote for Fuzeblock. I have them on three of my bikes.


PAULBACH,

Can you show a side view of yours? I think I see two zipties bundling the wires then some of that plastic accordian tubing?

Two of my 'installations' look like a rats nest, and I'm trying to figure out the best way to tame the mess.

Thanks,

Dee