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Heated Jacket? 65 or 90 Watt?

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

  1. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

    Oct 5, 2005
    Louisville, Tn
  2. rycomm

    rycomm Been here awhile

    Apr 26, 2009
    Lee's Summit (KC) MO
    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.

  3. rjsurfer

    rjsurfer Been here awhile

    Apr 6, 2006
  4. bob393

    bob393 Been here awhile

    Dec 23, 2010
    Goshen, NY
    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.