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Does anyone know if the controller still draws power when shut off. I have Gerbing jacket and glove liners which draw about 104 watts which from what I read on the forum my 2011 should be able to handle. I don't have any other power draw GPS etc..
 

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The controller is totally off when clicked. Even in use, it is solid state and uses practically no power itself. You might want to check out controllers at Heat-troller Coax too. They use the same connectors.
 

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Thanks GW, someone told me that even when shut off the heated gear still draws power. Since electronics and electrical are a completly over my head I figured I'd ask.
 

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I believe that my Gerbing only draws power when the little green light is on. So, unless you have it turned all the way up, it will cycle on and off which the light will indicate.
 

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I always wire stuff like that to a relay that is switched by the ignition. When the bike is off, the heat (or whatever) cannot be left running even if I forget to turn it off. On the Wee, I have a FUZEBLOCKS.COM fuse block that is switched or constant 12v for each output depending on which slot I put the fuse into. It's the bee's knees for stuff like this.
 

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I always wire stuff like that to a relay that is switched by the ignition. When the bike is off, the heat (or whatever) cannot be left running even if I forget to turn it off. On the Wee, I have a FUZEBLOCKS.COM fuse block that is switched or constant 12v for each output depending on which slot I put the fuse into. It's the bee's knees for stuff like this.
I wired an outlet dirrectly from the battery. I only use this outlet for two things, my heated vest and my battery charger. When I leave the bike the vest has to be off because I can't leave without unpluging it. This also gives me dirrect access to the battery for my trickle charger.
 

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I wired an outlet dirrectly from the battery. I only use this outlet for two things, my heated vest and my battery charger. When I leave the bike the vest has to be off because I can't leave without unpluging it. This also gives me dirrect access to the battery for my trickle charger.
Yep, this is how I have mine wired as well.

I do have a fuse block (that uses a relay to electrically disconnect all devices connected to it when the bike is turned off) for all my other farkles that draw power but the electric vest and the trickle charger (which use the same connection just not at the same time) are wired directly to the battery (through a fused connection on the wire). It is hard to leave my bike when I am using the vest without unplugging it. I prefer that the trickle charger (a Battery Tender) remain connected when I am not with the bike and it is hard to remove the bike from the motorcycle shed without disconnecting it. So the possible problems remain small with this connector.
 

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I wired an outlet dirrectly from the battery. I only use this outlet for two things, my heated vest and my battery charger. When I leave the bike the vest has to be off because I can't leave without unpluging it. This also gives me dirrect access to the battery for my trickle charger.
This is exactly what I do too. Eastern Beaver left-side powerlet outlet wired directly to the battery runs my Gerbing jacket and is also the plug for my Optimate3.
 
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