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Anyone running a heated russell seat? Does the wee have enough juice?

I am looking at ordering a russell seat for my new to me wee strom. I have a 2007 with the 375 watt alternator I believe. The bike has suzuki heated grips on it now and a powerlet connector that may get used for my iphone. Will i have enough juice to run the heated seat? Anyone doing this now? I am not forseeing the addition of any other electronic except maybe a gps later or some driving lights. Am I asking too much of this bike for charging?

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I am looking at ordering a russell seat for my new to me wee strom. I have a 2007 with the 375 watt alternator I believe. The bike has suzuki heated grips on it now and a powerlet connector that may get used for my iphone. Will i have enough juice to run the heated seat? Anyone doing this now? I am not forseeing the addition of any other electronic except maybe a gps later or some driving lights. Am I asking too much of this bike for charging?
How much does the Russell seat draw ? It is my understanding with the 375 unit you have about 125w overhead to draw from.

I have a complete Gerbring set, heated jacket liner, pants liner, gloves, and socks and if I need the complete set I would need to unhook one headlight and this with an 09 Wee.
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Russel Cycle Products, Inc. is proud to announce our new Seat Heating System. Each seat unit is equipped with a thermal switch that keeps the seat at a comfortable 100-105 degrees. The On/Off switch is installed on the seat for driver and passenger, with a dual application. The heater connects easily to the battery with quick disconnects. For accessories connection, you must see your Dealer. Each unit draws approximately 1.5 amps. This is not a constant draw as when the heater reaches it's temperature, the thermoswitch turns on and off. You will love this new addition if you are a cold weather rider and love the comfort of a warm seat!

Prices: Solo $170.00, Dual: $290.00 (Costs are in addition to seat prices)

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1.5 amperes x 13.2 volts = 19.8 Watts

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So it seems like it doesnt draw alot. How much does a set of suzuki heated handgrips draw? It looks like I should be fine running a set of heated grips and seat then, right? I can probabaly hook up the ipod too. If I were to ever get a heated vest as well, what do those typically draw?

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A jacket liner will typically draw between 65 and 100W, depending on the brand. A K7 Wee only has about 100-125W overhead available. A voltmeter, single headlight cutout switch and variable controllers help me balance heat and draw. My 90W jacket liner, 37W grips 18W socks and 24W gloves can't be run at full power. Those are the important areas to keep warm. My butt has never gotten cold and I would consider heat there to be wasting energy where it is not needed so much.

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I run heated grips, heated Sargent seat, navi, and lights simultaneously and have never had a problem.

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My butt has never gotten cold and I would consider heat there to be wasting energy where it is not needed so much.
I had bun warmers in the last cage I owned and scoffed at the idea. When winter came, I never shut them off. Just sayin'! :mrgreen:

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I can see a heated seat and grips on a cool morning as a nice addition. If you ride in the cold though and have limited power available, it needs to be channeled into the torso and extremities. The car has plenty of electrical power and no wind chill factor.

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I can see a heated seat and grips on a cool morning as a nice addition. If you ride in the cold though and have limited power available, it needs to be channeled into the torso and extremities. The car has plenty of electrical power and no wind chill factor.
Well, you should note that I live in California.......the coldest my riding gets is in the 30's and that rare. Our idea of a cold morning is in the 40's and thats like summertime for you right............? LOL

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