Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: J'ville, Alabama
I bought an "out of box" Blue Seas ATC fuse block off Ebay for $20 something with fuses, I've had Centech in the past too. But, I didn't see the need to spend so much on a fuse block this time. I don't use a relay, I want it on all the time.
Eastern Beaver's fuse block is really nice if you want the relay and switched and non-switched terminals. Comes in handy I suppose. But, the only thing I have on switched power is my GPS.
I would go with a decent fuse block personally because you never know what you might want to add later. Mine has 6 circuits including a built in ground block. So, you can ground everything directly to the battery via one extra cable.
I have two grounds coming off my battery, one for the bike and one for the fuse block. Everything else is wired to the Blue Seas box. I use the SAE cord for battery charging and charging various electronics like my phone. Never felt the need for a cig plug mounted outside. I just use a SAE to a cig three way on which goes in my tank bag, so I can charge multiple items while riding rain or shine. Heated gear lead and HID headlights come off the block too. I have room to grow if needed and I did not spend much on it, already had the wire and the connectors.
If you choose to go with a fuse block, remember to factor in the wire and connector cost or get a "kit". Highly recommend getting a digital volt meter, lets you know if your charging system is OK and how its doing at idle with lights on etc. I like put voltage meters on all my bikes with stators.