Rowe Electronics Power Distribution Module PDM60: anybody try one?

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  1. John Smallberries

    John Smallberries Long timer

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    It looks like they could not find a way to use a standard USB cable connector on the PDM60 end (mini, micro, etc.), so they probably had to pay someone to tool up a special one. Given that they only sell a few thousand of these gadgets, they probably aren't making any killing - even at $40 per.

    I am curious as to why a simple mini-USB wouldn't have worked. You have the problem of making it waterproof either way.

    Hey Rowe guys - fess up!

    Regardless - the new one is still on my "wanna have" list......
  2. RocketMoto

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    Correct. The latest firmware permits one 20A circuit. Does not increase the 60A max for the entire unit though. If you have a PDM60 that was sold prior to about February, we'll update the firmware for you at no charge, other than return postage. The firmware update also enable the USB cable programming.

    We'll update our description on the site - thanks for catching that.
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    We will send you a $3 USB cable. If you can figure out how to make that work, we'll pay you $10 each. That's a whole lot less than we pay to Rowe and you'll make a fortune on these. :evil
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    The PDM60 was never intended to be end-user programmable. These are programmed with a PIC debugger at the factory (or dealer), and it's not USB on output of the PIC-IT tool. That's the reason behind the non-USB header programming connector on the PDM60, and the new cable is not just a plain ol' USB cable. Perhaps on the next version of PDM60, whenever that is, the programming interface will be different. I've provided some input in this regard.

    Hope that helps.

    We'll update any Version 2 PDM60 - regardless of where it was purchased, to the new USB cable compatible firmware, for the cost of return postage.
  5. dirtyoffroad

    dirtyoffroad Been here awhile

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    I can drop mine off and pick it up when its ready if thats OK Adam.
  6. John Smallberries

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    I figured out my problem and can now wake the neighbors easily with my Stebel running through the PDM60. I had mis-wired the main connector (mine is the earlier version). I had the red wire (Circuit #4 - 15 amps) stuck in the hole for Circuit #3, which is only 5 amps!! So - I was just repeating my previous failure of trying to get 20 amps by combining a 5 and a 15: Andre-Marie Ampere will simply not allow this to work. I now have Circuits #1 and #4 properly tied together allowing two 15-amp circuits to feed a 17-20 amp load. All is good.

    It also confirms Rowe's decision to eliminate the connector altogether: customer failure mode avoidance!!!

    The PDM60 is the way to go - assuming you can follow directions!
  7. Squelch

    Squelch Everyday People

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    I've got some Gerbing's heated gloves and a jacket liner that I want to hook through the PDM60. Should I leave the fuse in the system, or does the PDM60 take the place of the fuse?

    Also, with the PDM60, do I still need to run a relay for an aftermarket horn, or will the PDM60 handle it once I've programmed a 20AMP circuit?

    Thanks!
  8. John Smallberries

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    Gerbings: The PDM60 takes the place of the fuse - that's the idea.
    Horn: The horn button on my 1200GS is not setup to carry 20 amps of current - so I used a relay. PDM60 current to the horn via a relay switched by the horn button.
  9. RocketMoto

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    Give us a call. Swing over, and I can update it for you in just a few minutes.
  10. BruceWA

    BruceWA Been here awhile

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    Anyone done a PDM60 installation on a 2013 BMW R1200GSW? Looking for info.:ear
  11. pilot3

    pilot3 Been here awhile

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    What info you looking for? Finished up one on a 1200GSA recently.
  12. srowe41

    srowe41 Mr. Resistor

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    We did one at the MOA National. It fits nicely behind the right cover that hides the right cylinder intake. There is a jump start/charge lug there to pick up battery power. It's a good central location. BMW really made it difficult to access the battery on this bike.

    Steve
  13. BruceWA

    BruceWA Been here awhile

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    pictures and obstacles.:evil
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    BruceWA Been here awhile

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    Thanks, will be taking a gander to see what can be done. :wink:
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    BruceWA Been here awhile

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    At this time I'm not going to install a power distribution module, will have to have a need, don't have one now. But that may change in the future.:evil
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    Steve - what did you use as a trigger on the GSLC?
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  19. Deerhead

    Deerhead Be Safe Out There!

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    Hi all,
    Is there a new and improved PDM60, I see they're about $155 now. I just received a email blast from CycleNutz about it.
    Ride Safe,
    Robert
  20. RocketMoto

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    Same version since February last year.
    Can you forward that email to me? adam@rockemtoto.com
    Perhaps they know something that we don't.