Heated Jacket? 65 or 90 Watt?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by rycomm, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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  2. rycomm

    rycomm Been here awhile

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    I finally got around to doing my little watt load test on my jacket and 'troller. First I have the transportable 1 zone heatroller and the FG 90W jacket. I removed the ring terminals and soldered on a set of "stackable" banana jacks. I can put them in line and run my GPS and jacket. That probably voided some warranty, but works for me and my multi bike portability. I hooked it up to a watt meter and a 30A power supply @ 13.8v.
    I first turned on the controller and the meter read 91W and 6.8A. After a couple of minutes it dropped to 88W and 6.5A. After it was warmed up, I turned the knob down to half. Then it could be seen cycling on and off in about 1 second intervals. I didn't know if it would draw half the current all the time, or full current in short cycles, which is what it does.

    I then took it out to the 'Strom, and tried it out. It plugged in and worked as expected. Unfortunately, it was late, and I had no place to go, so I still haven't had a chance to try it on an actual ride. Maybe tomorrow, if things go right.

    Ryan
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  4. bob393

    bob393 Been here awhile

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    I have a 90w jacket on the same circuit as my gloves, the socks and pants are on the other circuit. If I turn the controler up enough for my hands to be warm than the jacket is way to hot for me. Pants and socks together are fine. It was sugested that I get a second controler but I'm not ready for that yet. I think I should have gotten the 65w jacket. Just my 2 cents.
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