Now. Make yourself a cup of your favorite drink before you continue.
I’m serious, believe me you will need it.
Now with a cup in one hand and your mouse in the other, take a deep breath – there is a little math.
How To Test Your New Gear – Understanding Amps and Watts
I will try to be gentle – however, mathematics is mathematics.
Don’t worry, it will not get this bad.
Record the Baseline Resistance
With the purchase of new clothing it is important to use a multi-meter, (set on the ohms scale), to take a reading at the plug of your new heated clothing to establish a baseline ohm reading. Record this for future reference as a higher ohm reading will indicate a break in the circuit.
The circuit consists of heating elements, electrical wiring and the plugs. If your glove is not working, (or not working as well as it should), sometimes you may fix the problem by simply replacing the plug or connector.
If the glove reads a higher resistance than the baseline, it could be a break in the Micro-wire heating elements which may be covered by warranty. The higher the resistance the lower the wattage and therefore the less heat.
If your heated clothing is not covered by warranty, don’t throw it away, keep reading.
If your clothing is not as warm as it used to be, then comparing the current resistance reading with your baseline reading can certainly help.
Wattage Equals Heat
With a multi-meter you can also check the wattage of your gloves. As your motorcycle RPM varies, so will the voltage output and the wattage output also vary.
Time for maths – you were warned
Wattage = Amps x Volts
Example: Gerbing Men’s Padded Heated Motorcycle Jacket
Gerbing state the jacket features: 12 Volts at 3.6 Amps
12 x 3.6 = 43.2 Watts
If your motorcycle when running produces 12.4 volts
Watts = 3.6 Amps x 12.4 volts
The jacket is producing = 44.64 Watts of heat.
Multi-meters are not expensive and can be found under $20. Here is an example:
Electrical LCD Digital Multimeter
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Upgrade your Heat Output or Repair your Broken Heated Riding Gear
If you would like to have your heated riding gear boosted to create greater warmth than delivered by the manufacturer, or your clothing is not working and needs repair, then you need to meet Ken Phenix. Haul N Ride are constantly searching for innovation in motorcycles and accessories and Ken is a perfect example.
Here is Ken’s math:
The average heated glove reads around 13 ohms at the plug. Some manufacturers make adhoc wattage claims – but ohms don’t lie.
13.8v / 13 ohms = 1.06 amps
13.8v x 1.06 amps = 14.64 watts
My sealed carbon fiber heating elements read around 9.3 ohms.
13.8v / 9.3 ohms = 1.48 amps
13.8v x 1.48 amps = 20.47 watts
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Better insulated gloves + higher wattage = warmer hands
Now that you have passed the math test, you can easily understand how gloves can be boosted to produce more heat, give Ken a call. I’m sure he will be able to help you.
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