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    2011 R1200RT question on amp draw and heated clothing

    My, new to me, bike came equipped with wiring for a GPS (now running my Zumo 550 which is rated at a 15 watt max) and Clearwater Darla Aux. Lights (total of 48 watts). It came with a Centech AP-2 dual fuse panel. I believe the GPS and Aux. lights run into this panel. Also one of the three onboard sockets (rear right) is also wired into the fuse panel for some reason. I am aware this bike has an electronic fuse system which I believe temporarily disconnects power to an overloaded circuit and then somehow reboots in a manner that I'm I don't understand). The onboard sockets are rated at a max of 10 amps in total. I have a Gerbing's dual controller and am looking to power the following:
    Jacket at 7.4 amps
    Gloves at 2.2 amps and
    Pants at 4.5 amps
    When I plug the controller into the front socket and attempt to power my Jacket and Gloves I will overload the circuit which I don't understand since the amps of the Jacket and Gloves together at 9.6 should be under the rating of 10 amps for the socket system. I pretty sure that once the Jacket alone caused an overload. I would like to run all three at the same time but that is currently not possible.
    Anyone have any thoughts as to what's going on?
    Is a simple solution to just wire the controller directly to to Centech fuse panel or will I be creating new problems? Maybe directly to the battery? I thought I'd enlist aid here rather then setting my bike on fire.
    Thanks for any responses.

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    Overload?

    My electric vest won't run off the BMW socket. I go directly to the pigtail I use to charge the battery. 2011 RT.
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    I like simple, just wire your heated clothing directly to the battery. There will be no fire. I have an older Widder vest with arm chaps and have it wired direct, Ive run this configuration for 15 years with no problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jandhumphreyme View Post
    I like simple, just wire your heated clothing directly to the battery. There will be no fire. I have an older Widder vest with arm chaps and have it wired direct, Ive run this configuration for 15 years with no problems.
    With an in-line fuse I hope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    With an in-line fuse I hope.
    Goes without saying .... err well it used to anyway.
    So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
    And we never even know we have the key

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandhumphreyme View Post
    Goes without saying .... err well it used to anyway.
    I have often found it useful to be very specific.
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    Powering heated clothing

    Wire directly to the battery with an inline fuse rated for 20-30amps. No more problems. Why the hell BMW set their accessory plugs up for so few amps is anybody's guess.
    Best,

    3hawks

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    Quote Originally Posted by will3hawks View Post
    Wire directly to the battery with an inline fuse rated for 20-30amps. No more problems. Why the hell BMW set their accessory plugs up for so few amps is anybody's guess.
    Best,

    3hawks
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    Quote Originally Posted by will3hawks View Post
    Wire directly to the battery with an inline fuse rated for 20-30amps. No more problems. Why the hell BMW set their accessory plugs up for so few amps is anybody's guess.
    Best,

    3hawks
    You can buy a compatible electric vest from your BMW dealer.
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    I like to have one of these to see what is going on;

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