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Old 12-13-2006, 11:30 PM   #1
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Power Inverter Q's

Ok, so I'd like to get a little festive and add Xmas lights to the bike, but the power iinverter I have is 300 watts and my bike's output is somewhere around 60 or 70 for add-ons. Right now all I have pulling from it is the GPS, which I'm told is less than 10 when it's in the cradle.

If I plug in a strand or two of lights, will it only pull what it needs or does the inverter pull the whole 300 to have 'on reserve' or something? I have an in-line fuse going to the cigarette lighter socket on the bike, so all it can do (I hope) is blue the fuse.

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1) Can it damage the bike's battery?

2) Can it damage the inverter itself?

3) Should I use the alligator clips right on the battery instead of using the 5-amp fused cigarette lighter socket?

4) Can I take the plug off a string of lights, attach a cigarette lighter adapter to the end, and just plug them straight in?
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Old 12-13-2006, 11:49 PM   #2
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1)No it won't hurt the battery
2)It won't hurt the inverter
3)5 amps x 14 volts = 70 watts. If your lights don't draw more than 70 watts it will not blow the fuse, and all will work fine.
4)No - if the lights have a 120vac (house type) plug they most likely will not work attached directly to the cigarette lighter (it puts out 12vdc nominal, actually closer to 14vdc), and the lights require 120vac (the output of the inverter).
Notes: When you are running your Santa Lights try to minimize your other electrical loads - such as run low beams when you can (high beams normally draw more watts than low)
If you temporarily draw more output (watts) than your charging system produces, the battery will TEMPORARILY (say for a few minutes) pick up the slack.
Avoid long periods of idling - the charging sysem produces substantially less output at idle, then at cruise rpm.
All should be fine if your lights don't draw a lot more than your available charging system output.

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Old 12-13-2006, 11:57 PM   #3
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YAY! Thanks for the great feedback Radar.

Ok, if anyone sees a lit Strom going down the freeway tomorrow, wave hi!
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YAY! Thanks for the great feedback Radar.

Ok, if anyone sees a lit Strom going down the freeway tomorrow, wave hi!
pics or teh ban... :icon_bigg
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Old 12-14-2006, 09:15 AM   #6
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find some battery operated lights. I had some years back, but i can't remember where I got them.
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Old 12-14-2006, 01:36 PM   #7
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find some battery operated lights. I had some years back, but i can't remember where I got them.
I have a few strings of battery-operated ones, but they don't get bright enough and the battery boxes fail easily. Now I only use them on wreaths and things that I absolutely can't get power to.

I managed to string up the lights last night (was up 'till 4 doing it) so be on the lookout for me. I kept the lights fairly concentrated on the luggage rack down on the sides and then brought it around under the motor. The string of lights I used has soom pretty cool settings, so I can make the bike 'glow' in one color at a time and rotate between them (that's my favorite) or get all dico-like with flashing and twinkling.

First one to snag a pic of me on the road and post it here gets a cup of coffee on me!
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you should buy the led Christmas lights! brighter and use less power
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Old 12-14-2006, 02:01 PM   #10
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you should buy the led Christmas lights! brighter and use less power
Saw those, but the bulbs are huge. Plus, I have had this 'dancing' string for a few years now. Can't find them in stores anymore.
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squeak try hobby lobby, i remember some riders over here doing the same thing you are and thats where they got them................wayne
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Old 12-14-2006, 05:02 PM   #13
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Pics?
I'll be riding out to Sharky's Machine on Barker Cypress tonight after work (around midnight) if anyone wants to the the tractor all lit up! :icon_bigg
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I'll be riding out to Sharky's Machine on Barker Cypress tonight after work (around midnight) if anyone wants to the the tractor all lit up! :icon_bigg
So is all working well with the lights?? Enquiring minds want to know. :confused2
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Yup. Works great!
Pics are tough because the flash takes away from the effect...

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as long as the lights didnt have and circuitry for flashing or patterns, and they were just lights, the type of electricity (ac/dc) would not matter. a typical light bulb is nothing more than a controlled short. the amount of amperage drawn off the lights wouldn't be that much considering their size. If you take a digital multi-meter connect the meter's ground lead to ground and the positive lead of the meter to the ground used for the lights connect power to the lights, you can take amperage draw reading. an invertor's dc draw is perportional to the ac load but even with no ac load there is still dc draw......
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I'll be riding out to Sharky's Machine on Barker Cypress tonight after work (around midnight) if anyone wants to the the tractor all lit up! :icon_bigg
I avoid that place.... everytime I go it is like a high school reunion. :eh:
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Pics are tough because the flash takes away from the effect...

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