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Old 11-25-2013, 09:41 AM   #1
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WR426....Trailtech/Acewell

Hooking up an Acwell on the WR.

Since there is no battery, and I am not wanting to add one, I have a question.

I can use a cordless phone/other Nicad or similar battery.

What I do want is for it to recharge while riding....or atleast enough to keep the display from fluttering.

Cant find anything other than converting the whole bike to run off a lead acid battery.
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Old 11-25-2013, 12:28 PM   #2
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there's (minimal) lighting on that bike right? I'm assuming there is a regulator, so the question would be... do you have a rectifier to run the lights as DC or are the lights AC? if the lights are AC, you can tap into the circuit & install a rectifier to feed the Acewell.... it don't draw much.... might not need the battery. put a capacitor across the leads to smooth out the spikes of the output.

if you do need a battery, ya, you should be able to rig a battery pack with nicads or other rechargeables... or, find a small L/A at some place that sells batteries for emergency lighting.
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Old 11-26-2013, 04:18 AM   #3
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Old 11-26-2013, 06:03 AM   #4
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Did the same as you years ago , don't remember which Acewell that I had - round one. I used a battery holder from Radio Shack and a battery for a garage door opener. It was 12V and was a little smaller than a AAA battery, easy to conceal. Worked fine. I really did like that Acewell - tough unit.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:33 AM   #5
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how long did it stay charged for?

I can rid a charger to plug into the wall if need be
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:06 AM   #6
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there's (minimal) lighting on that bike right? I'm assuming there is a regulator, so the question would be... do you have a rectifier to run the lights as DC or are the lights AC? if the lights are AC, you can tap into the circuit & install a rectifier to feed the Acewell.... it don't draw much.... might not need the battery. put a capacitor across the leads to smooth out the spikes of the output.

if you do need a battery, ya, you should be able to rig a battery pack with nicads or other rechargeables... or, find a small L/A at some place that sells batteries for emergency lighting.
Beezer is right on track. The WR does not have a rectifier, only a regulator. You will need to add a rectifier and convert the voltage. Then you will have to add some form of battery, or like he said, a capacitor to hold a steady charge. A battery is the best way to go, because not only does it act as a voltage dump, smoothing out the spikes, but it also supplies electricity to your device(s) when at low RPMs, like at idle.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:48 AM   #7
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Battery Time

If you don't want to go through the hassle of converting your electrical to DC you can add an independent battery. Acewell claims a 25mA draw while running with a continuous backlight. If you have a 12 volt battery with 2500mAh you can run for 100 hours.

Or you could buy a Trail Tech meter and run it off AC power.

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Old 11-26-2013, 10:57 AM   #8
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If you don't want to go through the hassle of converting your electrical to DC you can add an independent battery. Acewell claims a 25mA draw while running with a continuous backlight. If you have a 12 volt battery with 2500mAh you can run for 100 hours.

Or you could buy a Trail Tech meter and run it off AC power.

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The Acewell will, and does, run off AC. Just the spikes screw it up.

I do want the clock, ODO, and all the trip info to hold.

I guess I will just have to run it off a battery with an AC wall charger.
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