- Jan 31, 2021
Eventually I’d like to add some auxiliary driving lights. I don’t want to overtax the electrical system. How many watts are available?
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Shoot! I was hoping to add heated grips AND some driving lights. I was looking at some Oxford grips, 120 volts/5 amps on max with auto shut off and low battery detection.
I checked the conversion.
600 watts! Yikes!
Adding LED Lights ProjectEventually I’d like to add some auxiliary driving lights. I don’t want to overtax the electrical system. How many watts are available?
Keep in mind, that is TOTAL, including what the bike uses for its computers, lights, fuel pump, spark, etc.it seems that the alternator puts out 190 watts, which is plenty!
Very good point indeed. I have figured that in when designing the extra lights. If the current load (4 to 5 AMPS) is not that much, say, I just use the 2 driving light LEDS (3 amps or 36 Watts) or just the main 12 inch LED = Unknown current, maybe over 10 AMPS! (120 Watts?)) then I shall be OK only for a limited time using the main LED. Using All 3 LED lights at the SAME TIME may drain the battery so much that charging becomes mandatory.Keep in mind, that is TOTAL, including what the bike uses for its computers, lights, fuel pump, spark, etc.
Elsewhere it's been estimated that there are about 60W available for aux. gear. That roughly matches with my experience that 45W-50W has voltage draining at idle but maintains acceptably (only a little sag) at speed.