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Old 11-17-2010, 01:23 PM   #1
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Rowe Electronics Power Distribution Module PDM60: anybody try one?

Hi;
I'm looking to upgrade my GS with a fuseblock for my growing list of electronic gadgets. There are numerous threads here on the most common choices: 1) Blue Sea, 2) Centech, 3) EasternBeaver PC-8, 4) Fuzeblock - and others.

Aerostich is now selling a solid-state module called the PDM60 ($109) that looks quite interesting. Surprisingly - I can't find any discussion of this device on the site. (Google> site:www.advrider.com aerostich PDM60 = NOTHING!)

The Aerostich site provides little technical information beyond three photos.

The idea sounds great: no fuses to replace, excellent water-proofing, choice of switched, timed and unswitched power, 60 amps total.



http://www.aerostich.com/powerpak-po...ule-pdm60.html

Has anyone tried one? Any comments?
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:19 PM   #2
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You could be the first to try one and report on it

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Old 11-17-2010, 05:15 PM   #3
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You could be the first to try one and report on it

I'm "the guy who has everything", so this is a good item for Santa. As such, I won't be able to give it a try for a while.

Just in time for me to add some big-ass lights (PIAA 610s, Fuego's or Clearwater Kristas)
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Old 11-18-2010, 02:00 PM   #4
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Wiring diagram

Ida, from Aerostich customer service emailed me a .pdf of the manual for the PDM60 module. It looks very good and suitable for what I need. Here is the main wiring diagram:


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Old 11-19-2010, 11:42 AM   #5
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So I first looked at and and asked myself why we need another option, and then I looked closer. Now, I might need one, if only they would post the manual up on their site.
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What is time- out at 180 seconds about?
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Time out!

I believe it means that the circuit stays hot for 180 seconds after the ignition circuit is turned off. If you hooked your aux lights to one of these, it would give you 3 minutes of "walk into the house" light after you key off.
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:44 PM   #8
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What is time- out at 180 seconds about?
Circuit reset time after an overload. Gives time for things to cool off before restoring current.

This thing looks good.
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:46 PM   #9
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For an aux. power distribution block for non-critical systems, okay - for replacing an existing fuse core system fuse block that comes with the bike and feeds critical systems - I'll stick with plain fuses, thanks.
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What is time- out at 180 seconds about?
probably similar to RetainedAccessoryPower in modern vehicles where some ignition circuits are powered after then ignition is turned off for a limited time.....
kool idea BUT I will stick with fuses thanks unless maybe if they make a shiny version
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Full manual

The .pdf manual for the PDM60 is only two pages long - so I'll post the whole thing:


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The .pdf manual for the PDM60 is only two pages long - so I'll post the whole thing:
Awesome, I appreciate it. Now I need one! Not sure what I need it for, but I know I need it.
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so, what's the verdict on this thing?

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Old 11-23-2010, 07:45 PM   #15
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Some Quirks, Unspecified Data

I, too, am interested in this device, as: 1) I received the Aerostich catalog in today's mail, and; 2) I was thinking about cleaning up my accessory wiring as a Winter project.

However, I have at least one reservation regarding the PDM60 so far. This concerns circuit 1, the circuit that can be controlled by a user-supplied switch. If I understand the documentation correctly (thanks, John Smallberries, for posting that), that circuit is always hot if you enable it to be externally switched. This means, in what I see as a real-world typical application, that someone could come along, hit the switch to turn on your added driving lights on your parked bike, and walk away (or, you, yourself, could forget to turn them off). Right?

Now, you could always add a relay to, say, one of the other two 15-amp circuits, and a switch to the relay trigger, but this sort of defeats one of the major advantages of the electronics of this gizmo.

A couple of other comments. Unless I'm having a senior moment or two, I don't see any specs regarding the lengths of the included wires (the ones built into the connector). Be nice to know that; this would determine how many posi-lock connectors (or similar) you'd need to be working with, to connect all your added farkles.

Last, I'd also like to see some documentation regarding both the type of ground connectors provided and the min/max range of wire sizes they can accommodate. That is, are we talking about screw-downs on the wires, slip-over blade connectors, etc.?

Executive summary: I think it's an interesting concept, I think it has at least one flaw - the user-switchable circuit - and I'd like more details.

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