Bohemian Biker Blog

Archive for October, 2011

Speaking of Zen…

by on Oct.13, 2011, under Afield

Speaking of Zen… and thoughts of Robert Pirsig’s book – “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – An Inquiry into Values”…  I find interesting the manner in which we individually relate to technology… and furthermore, how we relate to technology and nature…

As demonstrated by two of the main characters in this work, some of us are all over technology…  Some of us use it, but don’t care to know any more than we have to…beyond turning it on.  Seems there are some similarly “hot” to “cold” attitudes with respect to nature, and spending time in the outdoors…especially if it involves any exposure to the elements, or distance from plumbing and electricity.  Many of us are somewhere in between, in both areas.

Sometimes I think of myself as somewhat of an anomaly.  Being an engineer, you’d think I’d be all up in technology.  I am intrigued with technology, but my willingness to delve into it is somewhat limited.  I see myself as being utility-minded, i.e., I want to know enough to use it effectively, and be able to fix it myself when necessary.

A relatively simple man, I’m not interested in being up on all the latest gizmos and their technology.  For example, I have no GPS…no satellite radio, etc.  My interests are more along the line of the essentials, and being prepared for adverse circumstances and potential repairs.  A cell phone charging adapter, portable air pump, and an electrical multi-tester are more along the lines of my focus.

With respect to nature, I’m all over that.  Raised the son of an avid hunter and fisherman, I was spoon-fed “woodsman” from the age of 5 or so.  I have fond memories of being with my Dad in the snowy woods, heating lunch over a fire, and plinking with his .22 rifle.  Even my Mom played a roll in my youthful education as an outdoorsman – we worked as a team in the “processing” of wild game for the table.

My Dad saw to it that the Boy Scouts played a major role in my development as a woodsman, as well as a citizen.  The many merit badges and required activities necessary to become an Eagle Scout gave me a well-rounded education in a number of areas.  My leadership skills no doubt also have their roots here.

Two accomplishments were the focus of my teenage years – attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, and being college bound.  My grades didn’t add up to what my high school guidance counselor would call “college material” (as she informed me upon being initially turned down by the University of Delaware).  Attending continuing education classes at night for the first year were necessary for me to show I was worthy of the chance to attend full-time.

Applying as an Agriculture Major was also key to my acceptance, although that was in line with my interest in Forestry at that time.  It was an Introduction to Agricultural Engineering class during my first year as a full-time student that really grabbed me .  I was beginning to visualize a career that would leverage on my interest in things mechanical, as well as nature and the outdoors.  Ag Engineering (as we called it) was a mix of the theory necessary for understanding, practical knowledge, and lots of hands on application – this was the place for me.

Of all places, my career got it’s start in an oil refinery as a process operator.  From there I moved onto the nuclear power industry, became interested in welding and certified as a welding inspector.  The nuclear power industry kept me busy for 12 years or so, but the itch for the outdoors finally got to me.  I bailed, and became a Teacher/Naturalist and manager of programs for the public for a non-profit nature center.  From there, a full-time Hunter Education Instructor for a state Fish & Wildlife division, which included becoming a shooting instructor trainer.  Again, a mixture of things mechanical and nature.

I would offer that I have limited my time spent delving deeper into technology to leave time for other things that interest me, for example, business.  Owning and running a small business interested me enough to have me begin attending business development classes when I was in my early 30’s.  One of the points driven home with me was that as a small business owner/operator one must wear many hats, and one would only have time to delve so far into any one area.  Therefore, it was of key importance to build a network of advisors with whom to consult, complimenting one’s own limited depth on any one area.

I apply this same allocation of time and attention to how I relate to motorcycling.  I pay little attention to the latest models, and bells & whistles, but I pay significant attention to maintaining our bikes, and riding itself.  The other thing I pay significant attention to is the social aspect of riding, i.e., meeting and interacting with people along the way.

As it is with many things in life…it’s all about choices.  There’s only so much time, and one must choose how to allocate that time.  More in one area, means less in another.  If you’ve read John Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” you get that it’s best to make those choices on the basis of a personal system of priorities.

So, how do I relate to technology?  I find it intriguing, but I try to limit my attention to it because there are other areas of my life that need my time and attention.  How do I relate to nature and the outdoors?  Since attention to them is good for my head, and I have trouble taking time for me…I have trouble making time for them.  I strive to take time for them, because I know that time spent in the outdoors enjoying nature has a positive impact on us.  As I’ve written before, it helps us get re-centered.  The fresh air and exercise is good for our bodies, as well.

I have more to add on the topic of how I relate to technology and nature together, but I’ll save that for another post.

Enough for now…

 

Leave a Comment :, , , , , , more...

Spiritual Hours spent Afoot Afield

by on Oct.11, 2011, under Afield, Thoughts

I find time I spend on foot in the field to be thought-provoking… ranging from thoughts of time spent with my Dad, scouting around, fishing and hunting… and things he taught me about nature… to how much I appreciate the smell of the woods…

For someone that generally needs to be feeling like he’s doing something “constructive”… this is a welcome break from life coming at you at lightning speed.

It’s like permission to clear one’s mind, appreciate the beauty of nature, think about things other than the usual, and observe… somewhat “re-centering”… giving you a chance to step back and ask yourself… “what’s been going on here?”  and…  “what’s really important?”

I find this helpful each and every time I take the time to do it, and I find myself thinking… “you see how good this is for you… so, why don’t you do it more often?”  Truth is… it’s tough to carve out the time for it, but it is indeed good for the head… and body.  Mind, body, and soul… all that stuff – LOL

Fishing and hunting is often just a reason, or maybe an excuse for me to get out and do it… and therefore catching something, or harvesting something, becomes less important…  This is where more of a Zen-like attitude towards fishing and hunting comes in… relaxing, and not being “attached to” a specific outcome…

Speaking of Zen… and thoughts of Pirsig’s book – “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – An Inquiry into Values”…  a number of other associated topics about which to write in the future, occur to me…  For example, the manner in which we individually relate to technology… and furthermore, how we relate to both nature and technology…

BTW – I would especially appreciate the input of someone who could educate me about how to facilitate the “following” of interested readers, commenters – bloggers…  Please comment as such, or email me at:  bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

Leave a Comment :, , , , , more...

New Category of Posts emerging from time spent Afoot Afield

by on Oct.10, 2011, under Afield, Hello World!, Solar, Thoughts

While recently spending some time “Afoot Afield”, it occurred to me to create a post Category for just that… thoughts, topics, observations emerging from time spent “on foot…in the field”.  Somewhat similar to time spent “on a bike…on the road” in terms of opportunity and atmosphere, being on foot in the field can be an opportunity for reflection, and thoughts prompted by something other than life’s events coming at you at lightning speed.  Time spent in the quiet of being on foot in natural surroundings can be similarly spiritual, minus the mind-cleansing wind in your face.

This Category will also lend itself well to discussions related to the use of portable solar charging equipment in the field.  Beyond discussions, pictures (and maybe even videos) will no doubt be of interest and encourage understanding.

I am finding my 4G iPhone indispensible while afield – not just a means of maintaining communication, I am often using the additional “smartphone” features.  That use results in battery drainage, and the need to maintain sufficient charge.  Enter the convenient, portable, charging means – capitalizing on the sun’s energy !!!

Something probably not often recognized – that USB connection charging means is based on 5 volts.  Therefore, not only does your 12 volt charger step that 12V down to 5V, but the 110 volt charger does as well.  5 volts DC is within relatively easy reach via one of our Global SUNLINQ – USB Plus portable solar chargers.

I am finding that not only is my smartphone enabling me to “stay connected”,  but often address things as they occur to me, or at least make notes.  Speaking of notes – here’s an example of how I have used my smartphone’s features in the field.  While scouting deerstand sites established by a local state park, I recorded pertintent notes at each using my smartphone.  Now, when I’m participating in the deerstand lottery drawing on a particular day… and must quickly decide which remaining stand to chose… I can quickly consult the smartphone field notes I recorded while scouting each stand prior to the season.

I doubt I need to bring up very many smartphone features/applications before those participating in outdoors recreation see the light, if they haven’t already.  Capitalizing on the Sun’s Energy by outfitting oneself with the means for portable solar charging of handheld electronics… makes a lot of sense.

Much like recognizing that your cell phone is dead as you prepare to take off on your motorcycle – recognizing the same as you leave to go afield hunting or fishing presents a similar dilemma, but one with the further complication of there not being a motorcycle battery and charging system from which to draw 12 volt power.

Since you’re afield hunting or fishing (hiking, camping, canoeing, or kayaking), there is the Sun from which to derive energy.  Yes – it could be as easy as pictured above.   With Sunlight available, a Portable Solar Charger like the Global Solar SUNLINQ – USB Plus unit with a USB output connector could do the trick for you.

So, the USB Plus might become a vital component to be included in your daypack, or backpack.  Since your cell phone is no doubt critical to your ability to communicate in an emergency, planning for its charging is important, if not critical.  In fact, the USB Plus could be used to charge your GPS, or other handheld electronics with a USB connection.

The Global Solar SUNLINQ – USB Plus is available via our ecommerce store at: www.solarcapitalist.com

Here’s a direct link to the listing: http://www.solarcapitalist.com/global-sunlinq2-usb-plus.aspx

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling Global SUNLINQ Portable Solar Chargers, as well as Deltran Battery Tenders (including solar powered units) and related SAE 2 Pin connectors, leads, and adapters.

Bohemian Biker LLC and Solar Capitalist LLC are authorized dealers for both the Global Solar and Deltran lines of products.

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

bb-banner-1028087

 

 

 

 

 

Leave a Comment :, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , more...

SAE 2 Pin Blems

by on Oct.09, 2011, under Hello World!, SAE 2 Pin

About those SAE 2 Pin connectors available at automotive stores (actually, I have purposely not shown a picture of the version most readily available)…

Since I’ve had occassion to handle significant numbers, I’ve come to realize there are a large percentage that could be classified as “blems”.  I use the term “blems” because the imperfections are cosmetic – usually small openings in the molded connector itself, to the point where the wire insulation can be seen…

Functionally, these “blems” serve their purpose, but as a business specializing in SAE 2 Pin assemblies – I would not sell them without calling them exactly what they are, i.e., “blems”.

My point – buyer be aware… when you buy these connectors off the shelf, you are likely to get a “blem” here and there…  Let’s not forget – this connector is sometimes described as 2 prong, 2 pole, 2 conductor, as well as, flat, trailer, or 12 volt DC.

My followup point – a certain number of blems can be expected when you’re dealing in a product mass produced offshore.  Conversely, when you buy our American made Bohemian Biker LLC – SAE 2 Pin Connectors, you can count on the absence of “blems”, as well as, a higher quality, better fitting, sturdier connector.

Products are available via our ecommerce store at: www.solarcapitalist.com

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company specializing in the Deltran line of Battery Tenders and accessories(including solar powered units), Global SUNLINQ Portable Solar Chargers and accessories, as well as, SAE 2 Pin connectors, leads, and cable assemblies.

Bohemian Biker LLC and Solar Capitalist LLC are authorized dealers for both the Global Solar and Deltran lines of products.

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

bb-banner-1028087
Leave a Comment :, , , , , more...

Heavy SAE 2 Pin Cable Assemblies

by on Oct.08, 2011, under Application, SAE 2 Pin, Solar

This is a display we constructed showing our Heavy SAE 2 Pin Cable Assemblies designed for handling higher amperages:

These are SAE 2 Pin cables assembled with 12 AWG (left, and left top), and 10 AWG (remainder) with Black insulation – allowing their use regardless of application with respect to polarity (i.e., without conflicting with standard polarity/insulation color practices).

Manufactured here in the USA to our specifications, and using the same sturdy, high quality SAE 2 Pin connectors for which we’ve become known .

In response to the desires communicated by customers – we have been contracting the manufacture of a wider and wider variety of SAE 2 Pin connector assemblies with both 12 AWG and 10 AWG wire.  These assemblies have been developed to meet the needs of the do-it-yourselfer, be they portable solar power enthusiasts, or a Biker.  Certainly there are others – we’ve outfitted customers with projects ranging from equipping a tractor for connection to a 12 volt spray unit, to HAM radio operators wanting a heavy gauge power feed.

Being a Biker myself, I had a burning desire to have a heavier gauge “pigtail” hanging from my ’01 Road King’s battery to support “jumping” the battery without having to remove the seat.  Always the Boy Scout – I am dedicated to “Being Prepared”, and being an Engineer, as well – I am dedicated to coming up with the means.  SAE 2 Pin connectors with 10 AWG pigtails and cables was the answer to my plan (and that of other Bikers, as well) , and so I contracted to have them manufactured.

Now, it was not my intention to to have an integral fuse in this heavy gauge pigtail – which clearly violates protocol.  Thinking in terms of this as a primary component in a “jumper rig” – I didn’t want the added complication (knowing full well, I’d have to pay especially close attention to the absence of a fuse in this pigtail assembly).  I must warn that this is a personal choice and responsibilty one is taking – not only by installing a pigtail without an integral fuse, but by “jumping” a motorcycle, as well.  Understand – there is a chance you might fry something by doing so.  I’ve done some research to educate myself along these lines, and I suggest anyone else do the same.  You have been warned !!!

Additional Blog Posts pertinent to the above products can be found via headings at the top of webpage.  Note – It is very important for anyone attempting to use these assemblies to have a clear understanding of electrical concepts such as “polarity”.  We highly recommend educating oneself along this line.

Products are available via our ecommerce store at: www.solarcapitalist.com

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company specializing in the Deltran line of Battery Tenders and accessories(including solar powered units), Global SUNLINQ Portable Solar Chargers and accessories, as well as, SAE 2 Pin connectors, leads, and cable assemblies.

Bohemian Biker LLC and Solar Capitalist LLC are authorized dealers for both the Global Solar and Deltran lines of products.

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

bb-banner-1028087
Leave a Comment :, , , , , , , , , more...

Possibilities Provided by an SAE 2 Pin Connection

by on Oct.07, 2011, under Hello World!, SAE 2 Pin

If you’re a Biker, check out the possibilities provided by the SAE 2 Pin connection on your Fused Quick Connect “pigtail” (if you have a Deltran Battery Tender, and installed the included assembly on your motorcycle’s battery):

As the saying goes – a picture is worth a thousand words…  Made up this display to get the point across –  there are quite a few assemblies that will couple up to your Fused Quick Connect “pigtail”.  These assemblies address applications ranging from extending reach to facilitating things like adaptation of 12 Volt “cigarette lighter plug” type cell phone chargers, and COAX heated clothing (example: heated gloves) connectors.  In addition, there are butt ended assemblies allowing do-it-yourselfers to install their own accessory circuits for charging such hand held electronics as GPS units and iPods.

So, it can be visualized that the SAE 2 Pin connector on your Deltran Battery Tender “Fused Quick Connect” pigtail provides access to your motorcycle’s battery and charging system 12 volt power.  This, in addition to providing the means to conveniently and effectively maintain and thereby extend the life of your bike’s battery.

The SAE 2 Pin connector is often alternatively called an SAE 2 Prong, SAE 2 Pole, SAE 2 Conductor connector, as well as a “flat” or “trailer” connector.  Generally speaking, it is intended for 12 Volt DC applications.  Assemblies with this connector can often be found in your local automotive store – usually in the form of a 12″ extension.  Widely imported, the quality and durability fits lighter applications.

Although some of the displayed assemblies are imported from abroad, those made for Bohemian Biker LLC (and to our specifications) are manufactured here in the USA !!! The higher quality of these SAE 2 Pin connectors manufactured here in the United States is obvious – they are sturdier, and have greater strain relief.

Additional Blog Posts pertinent to the above products can be found via headings at the top of webpage.  Note – It is very important for anyone attempting to use these assemblies to have a clear understanding of electrical concepts such as “polarity”.  We highly recommend educating oneself along this line.

Products are available via our ecommerce store at: www.solarcapitalist.com

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company specializing in the Deltran line of Battery Tenders and accessories(including solar powered units), Global SUNLINQ Portable Solar Chargers and accessories, as well as, SAE 2 Pin connectors, leads, and cable assemblies (including heavier cable assemblies for handling higher amperages).

Bohemian Biker LLC and Solar Capitalist LLC are authorized dealers for both the Global Solar and Deltran lines of products.

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

bb-banner-1028087
Leave a Comment :, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , more...

Charge Cell Phone with a Portable Solar Charger while Hunting

by on Oct.06, 2011, under Solar

Much like recognizing that your cell phone is dead as you prepare to take off on your motorcycle – recognizing the same as you leave to go afield hunting or fishing presents a similar dilemma, but one with the further complication of there not being a motorcycle battery and charging system from which to draw 12 volt power.

Since you’re afield hunting or fishing (hiking, canoeing, or kayaking), there is the Sun from which to derive energy.  Yes – it could be as easy as pictured above.   With Sunlight available, a Portable Solar Charger like the Global Solar SUNLINQ – USB Plus unit with a USB output connector could do the trick for you.

So, the USB Plus might become a vital component to be included in your daypack.  Since your cell phone is no doubt critical to your ability to communicate in an emergency, planning for its charging is important, if not critical.  In fact, the USB Plus could be used to charge your GPS, or other handheld electronics with a USB connection.

The Global Solar SUNLINQ – USB Plus is available via our ecommerce store at: www.solarcapitalist.com

Here’s a direct link to the listing: http://www.solarcapitalist.com/global-sunlinq2-usb-plus.aspx

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling Global SUNLINQ Portable Solar Chargers, as well as Deltran Battery Tenders (including solar powered units) and related SAE 2 Pin connectors, leads, and adapters.

Bohemian Biker LLC and Solar Capitalist LLC are authorized dealers for both the Global Solar and Deltran lines of products.

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

bb-banner-1028087

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave a Comment :, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , more...

Portable Solar Chargers for Emergency Cell Phone Charging

by on Oct.06, 2011, under Solar

It’s not hard to imagine the possible scenarios in which an alternative means of charging your cell phone might come in handy, if not be a potential lifesaver.

Yes – it could be as easy as pictured above.   With the help of the Sun, a Portable Solar Charger like the Global Solar SUNLINQ – USB Plus unit with a USB output connector could do the trick for you.

So, the USB Plus might become an integral part of your emergency plan, and thereby become a vital component in your emergency daypack.  Since your cell phone is no doubt going to be critical to your ability to communicate with your loved ones, planning for its charging should the power grid go down (or in the event you were forced to evacuate) is important, if not critical.

The Global Solar SUNLINQ – USB Plus is available via our ecommerce store at: www.solarcapitalist.com

Here’s a direct link to the listing: http://www.solarcapitalist.com/global-sunlinq2-usb-plus.aspx

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling Global SUNLINQ Portable Solar Chargers, as well as Deltran Battery Tenders (including solar powered units) and related SAE 2 Pin connectors, leads, and adapters.

Bohemian Biker LLC and Solar Capitalist LLC are authorized dealers for both the Global Solar and Deltran lines of products.

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

bb-banner-1028087

 

 

 

Leave a Comment :, , , , , , , , , , , more...

More about Bohemian Biker LLC

by on Oct.04, 2011, under Hello World!

Bohemian Biker LLC and its blog type website www.bohemianbiker.com are the result of a man’s passion for interaction, and especially interaction with those oriented toward “doing-it-themselves”.  Ray Bowers had always dreamed of “being in business for himself”, and stumbled upon his niche once realizing most battery maintenance equipment and portable solar charging equipment employ the same connector type – an SAE 2 Pin connector.

Upon discovering this, Ray’s first endeavor was the development of a manufactured 12V power port x SAE 2 Pin assembly to access a motorcycle’s 12V battery and charging system power for charging cell phones, etc.  What he envisioned was an assembly of the specific length that would reach  from a Battery Tender “Quick Connect” pigtail to a motorcycle’s adjacent saddlebag.  Thanks to the help of an especially patient sales representative, Ray was able to negotiate the manufacture of  the assembly he believed would be popular.  Sure enough, the assembly did indeed prove popular, and that initial design has remained popular for several years now.

With that taste of success, Ray began contracting the manufacture of additional assemblies he believed would be useful.  Some were designed to be used in a specific application.  For example, a heated  glove COAX “female” x SAE 2 Pin assembly – avoiding the installation of another battery pigtail.  Others were designed to facilitate “do-it-yourself” circuit building.  For example, a circuit taking its feed off a Battery Tender pigtail to support 12V power port charging of a handlebar mounted GPS unit.

Customers seeking higher capacity assemblies, and Ray’s own desire for SAE 2 Pin assemblies with heavier gauge leads for ideas he had, encouraged him to begin contacting the manufacture of SAE 2 Pin connectors with 16, 12 and 10 AWG leads.  One such idea Ray had been sitting on was 10 AWG assemblies to facilitate the “jumping” of a motorcycle without the necessity for seat removal.

Truth is, Ray is pretty focused on utility.  He has no bells or whistles on his blacked-out ape-hanger’d ’01 Road King – no handlebar mounted gizmos, no frills.  But, he does have an extra 10 AWG pigtail hanging adjacent to his Battery Tender pigtail.  An engineer by education and work experience, product development is another exciting aspect of “minding his own business”.  Ray spent 25+ years in heavy industry – nuclear power, oil and chemical, as well as manufacturing.  He has also spent a few years as a teacher-naturalist and shooting instructor.

What Ray finds especially enjoyable is talking a customer through a “do-it-yourself” project.  He loves to hear the level of confidence increase as a not so knowledgeable soul grasps something like the reason behind the polarity of a circuit component.

As a Baby Boomer, it’s taken significant self-study for this 56 year old to keep up with such concepts as online “search priority”.  On his Bohemian Biker website, Ray includes a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson – “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

BTW – SAE 2 Pin assemblies that Ray has developed are manufacturer right here in the USA !!!

Products available through our Solar Capitalist LLC e-commerce store at  www.solarcapitalist.com

Solar Capitalist LLC is an authorized dealer for Deltran Battery Tenders (including solar powered units) and accessories, as well as Global SUNLINQ Portable Solar Chargers and accessories.

Leave a Comment :, , , , , , , , , , , , , , more...

Looking for something?

Use the form below to search the site:

Still not finding what you're looking for? Drop a comment on a post or contact us so we can take care of it!