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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-30-2019, 07:03 PM
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This seems like a good thread for this question
Any reports of issues with battery charging and voltage regulators?
Iíve got a three month old 2017 AT. 40w spot lights and Oxford heated grips connected via switched Easter beaver fuseblock. Use the spot lights most of the time ( but always on and off via their own switch, when I turn the bike on I make sure theyíre off) and for now the grips very occasionally.
Did 500 miles 2 weeks ago and even during that trip, when I turn the bike on, sometimes it rolls over a bit too long and a few times failed to start on the first go. Pulling clutch in seems to help a bit but it feels like the battery is weak (had similar symptoms when my Varadero battery was 8 years old!).. I never lleave the ignition on more than a few seconds without turning engine on.
Just ordered a voltmeter to test the load but until then, happy to hear any tips or suggestions of things to check or known issues.
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I think there's plenty of power available. Maybe someone with the technical expertise can measure it.

I have had the following running simultaneously for good chunks of time (hours) with no issues:

USB charger x2 (charges phone and iPad)
Heated grips
Heated Seat
Denali D4 lights
GPS

Voltage meter still reading the correct standard voltage. No issues with charge on the battery or starting the bike later.

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load test the battery, even new batteries can be bad.
That is of course, after you have checked ALL the simple things, like the connections.
There are on line 'Fault charts' for things like this, they really help.

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The service manual states:

Alternator Capacity 0.49 kW/5,000 min (rpm)
but there will always be some losses associated with the voltage regulator and wiring etc.

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You are overthinking it. Just connect your stuff the the Eastern Beaver and ride. Don't recall on this or other forums any reports of insufficient power.
I've got Denali Aux lights, heated grips, heated jacket, GPS and Power socket charging things. No issue.
Unless you are running heated pants, jacket, gloves and full Aux lights whilst idling at Starbucks charging laptops and cameras you won't have a problem.
Concur 100%. I run a PDM60 similar to the Eastern Beaver. Its has six circuits and I run my skene's, heated grips, BD front aux lights, BD side aux lights, a pig tail for a heated jacket liner, and the last keyed circuit I installed a multi-meter. With everything on at highways speeds the voltmeter indicates a fluctuation btw 13.7/13.8 up to 14.0V depending on conditions (granted you get a little bit of line loss but it's pretty close).
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Concur 100%. I run a PDM60 similar to the Eastern Beaver.
That's interesting. I've just ordered an Amplink from the same company. May I ask how your install went?
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That's interesting. I've just ordered an Amplink from the same company. May I ask how your install went?
Actually it went fairly well. I like only having one positive and one negative coming off the battery....especially given how tight it is in the box. The negative I have a small bus bar and ground all accessories to that. I mounted the PDM under the seat. The nice thing too with the PDM is the amps per circuit are programmable as long as they all add up to 60amps. Other than routing cables under the tank to get the BD front aux lights the hardest thing was wiring the Skene tail light modulator with the conspicuous flicker....but that is another story. Let me know if you want me to post some pics. Good luck.
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