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Old 07-20-2009, 09:44 AM   #21
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Dammit where was I earlier for this conversation? lol.


Redux knows his electronics.


I personally would wire it directly to the battery, fused by itself and if you're really concerned about power draw w the socket, unplug your devices, cap the socket or even put a high amp switch like a ten-amp in the way(recommended ground side.)

Wiring through a headlight or other predetermined device, even the key, will interfere w function. If you wanted to have a switch ignition power, run a relay along side the K15 signal so your higher amp device doesnt blow the fuse for your headlights etc.

Keeping accessories in a complete stand-alone series circuit will help eliminate problems down the road or make removal easy at a later time. If your devices are sensitive to voltage changes you may need to consider an electrical filter as well.
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:52 AM   #22
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I personally would wire it directly to the battery, fused by itself and if you're really concerned about power draw w the socket, unplug your devices, cap the socket or even put a high amp switch like a ten-amp in the way(recommended ground side.)

Keeping accessories in a complete stand-alone series circuit will help eliminate problems down the road or make removal easy at a later time. If your devices are sensitive to voltage changes you may need to consider an electrical filter as well.
yeah I would hate for my silly accessory to cause a problem with something I needed to ride. So it will be wired directly to the battery with 10A fuse and >=10A switch.

What is the reason for putting the switch on ground side vs the + side?

Fuse on + side right?
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yeah I would hate for my silly accessory to cause a problem with something I needed to ride. So it will be wired directly to the battery with 10A fuse and >=10A switch.

What is the reason for putting the switch on ground side vs the + side?

Fuse on + side right?
Fuse on the positive side. Make sure your switch can support the current (read the ratings). If you really wanted to make it "proper" I would use a basic relay to offset the switch noise.
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Now that I think of it, you will be hard-pressed to find a switch to support 8amps DC, so a relay is a good idea. A relay is basically a double switch - a small switch that closes a bigger switch. Thus, you can have a very small and insignificant flipper-switch that will activate the relay, which, in place, will activate your aux circuit.
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i like using relays, but for a aux/input, i would wire directly to the battery. That way it can function as a battery tender charging port as well.
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Now that I think of it, you will be hard-pressed to find a switch to support 8amps DC, so a relay is a good idea. A relay is basically a double switch - a small switch that closes a bigger switch. Thus, you can have a very small and insignificant flipper-switch that will activate the relay, which, in place, will activate your aux circuit.
just picked this one up at Radio Shack $3 - 25A 12VDC. This should work right?

Installing accessory power adapter AKA cigarette lighter
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yep, and you even got one that lights up....I did the same thing for my cooler radio....kinda hard to not notice the big red light on the switch if it's left on when not needed.
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What is the reason for putting the switch on ground side vs the + side?

Does it matter?

Also should it be (where (+) and (-) are the battery)

(+) --- fuse --- switch --- outlet --- (-)

or


(+) --- fuse --- outlet --- switch --- (-)

or some other configuration?
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(+) --- fuse --- (+)outlet(-) --- switch --- (-)
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Ok. The reason I asked was because Cali mentioned in an earlier post to put the switch on the ground side.
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Ok. The reason I asked was because Cali mentioned in an earlier post to put the switch on the ground side.
I put mine on the + side and have had zero issues.
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Ok. The reason I asked was because Cali mentioned in an earlier post to put the switch on the ground side.
You'll be fine. It can be argued that its better to shut off the ground, etc, etc. In all reality, do whatever is easier to fit on the bike. You will not be drawing enough current through the socket to make a difference.
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You'll be fine. It can be argued that its better to shut off the ground, etc, etc. In all reality, do whatever is easier to fit on the bike. You will not be drawing enough current through the socket to make a difference.
What about my flux capacitor? what size fuse should I use for it and where should I place the switch?
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i installed my flux capacitor on my ruckus and it's working great. 40A fuse and switch on + side....just having issues reaching 88 mph.
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What about my flux capacitor? what size fuse should I use for it and where should I place the switch?
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i installed my flux capacitor on my ruckus and it's working great. 40A fuse and switch on + side....just having issues reaching 88 mph.
Oh you two keep laughing, you have NO IDEA what kind of electrical madness my next bike is cooking up to be.
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Oh you two keep laughing, you have NO IDEA what kind of electrical madness my next bike is cooking up to be.
my ruckus/drz is turning into that right now.
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Looks like you got a lot of good advise here , I did this on my cruiser.
As a cigarette lighter I blew out 20amp fuses, so I just wired it directly, but mine is with in a few inches of the batery and the wires run over no metal work.
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Looks like you got a lot of good advise here , I did this on my cruiser.
As a cigarette lighter I blew out 20amp fuses, so I just wired it directly, but mine is with in a few inches of the batery and the wires run over no metal work.
You should really never have a circuit with no fuse. If you had a fuse and it blew, there was a short somewhere. If you replaced it and it kept blowing, there is a problem and it should be fixed.
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