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Old 02-09-2013, 04:37 PM   #1
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Gerbings hook up to Battery Tender plug?

I'm thinking of getting a new Gerbings vest to replace my old Aerostich vest. Will a Gerbings vest hook up to a Battery Tender plug? Do they, or someone make an adapter? I have three bikes, all with Battery Tender plugs already installed. I really don't want to go through all the hassle and expense of buying and adding another connector to all three bikes if at all possible.
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:44 PM   #2
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Different connectors. You might be able to find an adapter like this one COAX to ASE

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/g...roller-adaptor
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:50 PM   #3
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Exactly what I need. Thanks. The only problem is that RevZilla is out of them right now. I put my email address on the waiting list.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:07 PM   #4
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I'm reading some older threads, I don't know if Gerbings still makes that connector. Something about people buying it and using it with competitors brands of electric gear.... WTF is that all about? A sale is a sale. Who cares what the customer does with it after the sale? Why does this need to be so complicated?
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:42 PM   #5
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Here you go:

http://www.powerlet.com/product/sae-...emale-cable/55
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:21 PM   #6
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Ahhhh. Better. Thank you. Heading out to the movies with the family now. I'll order one when we get home.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:33 PM   #7
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I'm thinking of getting a new Gerbings vest to replace my old Aerostich vest. Will a Gerbings vest hook up to a Battery Tender plug? Do they, or someone make an adapter? I have three bikes, all with Battery Tender plugs already installed. I really don't want to go through all the hassle and expense of buying and adding another connector to all three bikes if at all possible.
Yes and yes. I needed that adapter also, found plenty of them at the local Harley shop as HD heated gear is actually rebranded Gerbings. About $6
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:53 PM   #8
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Yes and yes. I needed that adapter also, found plenty of them at the local Harley shop as HD heated gear is actually rebranded Gerbings. About $6
Really. I'll have to check Victorville Harley. Thanks for that heads-up. Getting some good intel here.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:16 AM   #9
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if you control, by way of an simple on/off switch you'll NOT need an adapter. it's the electronic controlers that are polarity sensitive
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:26 AM   #10
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if you use the battery tender cable to the battery make sure you upgrade the fuse
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:15 PM   #11
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I'm thinking of getting a new Gerbings vest to replace my old Aerostich vest. Will a Gerbings vest hook up to a Battery Tender plug? Do they, or someone make an adapter? I have three bikes, all with Battery Tender plugs already installed. I really don't want to go through all the hassle and expense of buying and adding another connector to all three bikes if at all possible.
Gerbings deliberately used a different connector due to different power requirements of their garments versus those of the battery tender. I use battery tenders on all my batteries but I would not use an adapter due to this. You will either blow a fuse or take a chance on doing some damage.

Gerbing's SAE to Coax Adaptor Cord
SAE plug on one end and a coax male plug on the other end
This plug can connect pre-2003 clothing from Gerbing's, which used SAE plugs, to the new coax temperature controllers
Cannot be used to power heated clothing from a Battery Tender plug
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:32 PM   #12
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Works well. Did it for three years on a Duc ST2 that I commuted on up and down I-95 to DC. Ran jacket, pants and gloves through a dual controller. No issues.
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So, Even if I upgrade the fuse in my BT cables, I still shouldn't use them with an adapter? Why not? It's only going to be

a vest with an on/off switch. No gloves, pants or heated undies. Please tell me why I can't do this, cuz I'm getting confused

here. The least capable charging system I have is on my 1st generation KLR. Next is the stock Valkyrie and after that is

my Wing with a CompuFire alternator. The C- Fire puts out plenty of juice to run a vest.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:41 PM   #14
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Maybe I have an old jacket or maybe I am just confused but my Gerbings runs off the same connector that I use to hook the battery tender to the battery. I have done that for years on at least 4 different bikes.
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I'm thinking of getting a new Gerbings vest to replace my old Aerostich vest. Will a Gerbings vest hook up to a Battery Tender plug? Do they, or someone make an adapter? I have three bikes, all with Battery Tender plugs already installed. I really don't want to go through all the hassle and expense of buying and adding another connector to all three bikes if at all possible.

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