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Deltran Battery Tender® Wireless Battery Monitor

by on Jul.23, 2017, under Battery Tenders

Wireless Battery Monitor

Deltran Wireless Battery Monitor

Wow – Deltran sure is making strides at bringing innovative products to the Battery Tender® marketplace!

A “Wireless Battery Monitor” that gives you the power to connect your battery to the Internet.

This Wi-Fi Battery Monitor, connected it to your home Wi-Fi network, sends alerts about your battery right to your iOS or Android device.

You simply download the iOS or Android app, gain an Internet connection, and check in on your battery whenever you want.

Deltran’s New line of Battery Tender® charger/maintainers can be controlled from anywhere.

Here’s an excerpt from a Deltran’s Blog post on www.batterytender.com titled “We’re Connecting Batteries to the Internet”: IoT (Internet of Things) technology is still in its infancy but we’re already able to have a battery report its state of charge and alert you when it isn’t performing as well as it should.

The post goes on to say: Our battery monitoring technology is currently able to test a battery’s voltage and warn you if your battery isn’t performing as well as it should. The alert sent to your iOS or Android device will give you a chance to have your battery tested before it fails. In time, we want our battery monitors to accurately predict a battery failure days or weeks ahead of a problem. You will be able to have your battery replaced long before you get stuck without a working vehicle because of a dead battery. That’s what we’re working towards and that’s the reason why this technology is revolutionary.

You can read the full blog post here: http://www.batterytender.com/blog/were-connecting-batteries-to-the-internet

Here’s the link to this product on Deltran’s website:  http://products.batterytender.com/Accessories/WIRELESS-BATTERY-MONITOR.html

We’ll be ordering a few of these Deltran Wireless Battery Monitors to have on hand.

Contact Ray Bowers via call or text at: 302-562-1706 or email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

Our products can be seen on our ecommerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com

 

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Desulfation of Lead-Acid Batteries

by on Jul.22, 2017, under Battery Tenders

Sulfation, which occurs in all lead-acid batteries, is the formation of sulfate crystals on the plates of a battery.

The rate at which these sulfate crystals form can increase with certain combinations of dis-use (for example – excessive draw down…or leaving battery in a low-charge condition), temperature, and charging technique.

A battery will both sulfate…and…desulfate…more quickly at warmer temperatures.

Sulfation is at least curbed by a process called “desulfation”…partially restoring the battery’s ability to hold a charge.

Desulfation  is a “pulse conditioning” charge technique, involving the application of high current pulses.  This technique is employed in an effort to break down sulfate crystals which have formed on a battery’s plates.

Automated means such as “microcontrollers” are often used to regulate pulses of varying widths and frequencies…since it takes significant time to desulfate a battery.

Much more can be learned on the Deltran Battery Tender website at: www.batterytender.com

Contact Ray Bowers via call or text at: 302-562-1706 or email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

Lots of discussion of SAE 2 Pin Connectors (widely used in the battery maintenance product industry) at:  www.sae2pin.com

Our Products can be seen on our ecommerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com

 

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Access Motorcycle 12 Volt Power to Charge Cell Phone

by on Jul.22, 2017, under Accessories

Our 1st product, the Bohemian Biker 12V Power Port x SAE 2 Pin Connector assembly, has become widely popular among Bikers!

Cheap insurance, don’t You think?

When doing business out of a vendor booth at a Biker Event, where customers often ask questions about these – the look on their faces when I tell them $5.00 is one of “Five bucks… that’s all… are you kidding me…???”

I admit, offering them at that price they are intended to be a bit of a “loss leader” – with the hope customers will look further into our line of products. But, our intention is to keep prices very reasonable – period. No one wants to pay a high price for something, even if they’ve had a hard time finding it. That’s also why we use economical USPS 1st Class mail whenever possible. After all, who wants to pay as much for shipping as they do for the product?

Once you have one, you might just find a home for it in your saddlebag. Chances are, someday down the road it’ll come in handy in dealing with an inopportune dead cell phone battery. Just think of your “Hero” status upon being the one to pull this gizmo out when the need occurs.

Who doesn’t know the helpless feeling that comes when standing there with a dead cell phone – when you need to use it…???

Once in a while, I get questioned about the possibility of draining of one’s battery. Trust me, I’ve left a cell phone charging off my bike’s battery while I was away from the bike for several hours – no problem… Now, I can think of conditions under which one might not get away with this – a la, battery in poor state of charge, charging system not working properly, etc…

I’ll also admit, I’ve started my bike and rode for hours with my cell phone charging off the bike in my saddlebag. There are probably schools of thought that say “don’t do that”, but I do… This may be counter to cell phone manufacturer’s recommendations, but I do it in cars and trucks – no problem. The other consideration might be stealing away from your bike’s charging capacity. If your particular bike’s charging capacity is marginal with respect to loads – you may experience a problem.

In support of my beliefs and experiences above, with pushing several thousand of these assemblies out there being used – no one has come back to me with a story of a problem. Considering this a Blog providing the ability for customers to comment – we see no comments reporting any issues.

Also consider the fact that Deltran, the industry leader in battery maintenance with their line of Battery Tender models, offer a 12V Power Port x SAE 2 Pin connector. In fact, I know of H-D dealers offering these products. Obviously, if their use was an issue – they would be throwing up the flag.

Also consider that some bikers are piling on heated clothing loads, as well. Yet another battery connected quick connect pigtail accessing a bike’s 12 volt battery and charging system power.

So, the concept of tapping into a motorcycle electrical system is nothing new. Although it does need be to be done with forethought and care. Polarity, and fuse protection being two key issues.

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, the Deltran Quick Connect assembly has an integral fuse holder and a 7.5 amp fuse. Therefore, loads need to be limited to less than a total draw of 7.5 amps. Although you won’t approach that maximum with a cell phone charger, you may if you attempt to run a portable tire pump – I’ve seen where some 12V tire pumps draw 8 amps.

With respect to polarity, we have discussed that topic in previous posts, as well. Our Power Port Assembly is of the necessary polarity to work correctly when coupled to a properly installed Deltran Fused Quick Connect pigtail.

To view our products, please see our ecommerce website at: www.solarcapitalist.com

Please also see our Blog at: www.sae2pin.com

We’d be thrilled to discuss the specifics of Your particular application and answer any questions!

Contact Ray Bowers via cell with call or text at 302-562-1706, or email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

 

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Panel Bulkhead 2 Pin Surface Mount w/ Extension – 12 AWG

by on Feb.01, 2017, under Application

In response to a specific Customer request, We put together this assembly.

Panel Bulkhead Surface Mount 2 Pin w/ Enhanced Grip Extension - 12 AWG

Panel Bulkhead Surface Mount 2 Pin w/ Enhanced Grip Extension – 12 AWG

An aspect that makes this assembly particularly useful is that a 13/16″ hole drilled in a panel, bulkhead, or other surface, as necessary to install this Surface Mount Connector, allows our Enhanced Grip Connector body to pass through, as well. This facilitates a very cool installation!

This assembly is of particular benefit to those building a portable power unit with a battery in a battery box. The polarity is set up such that the Enhanced Grip Connector couples correctly with a properly installed Fused Battery Quick Connect. The Surface Mount connector provides an output of the proper polarity.

Surface Mount 2 Pin with Extension showing Polarity

Surface Mount 2 Pin with Extension showing Polarity

For necessary protection, “Battery Quick Connect” assemblies have an integral fuse holder for fuse sized to protect the circuit components, generally based on the current carrying capacity of the conductors. This assembly being 12 AWG, we offer a 12 AWG Fused Quick Connect, as well. Your choice of fuse value can be based on your particular application components, but is limited to the ampacity of 12 AWG.

Fused 2 Pin Battery Quick Connect 12 AWG

Fused 2 Pin Battery Quick Connect 12 AWG

For now, we’re making soldered connections protected with shrink tubing to produce this assembly. If the benefits and value we’re seeing in this assemby become recognized and result in sufficient level of sales, we will produce a manufacturing process finished product.

Surface Mount w Extension showing soldered junctions with heat shrink

Surface Mount w Extension showing soldered junctions with heat shrink

To view our products, please see our ecommerce website at: www.solarcapitalist.com

Please also see our Blog at: www.sae2pin.com

We’d be thrilled to discuss the specifics of Your particular application and answer any questions!

Contact Ray Bowers via cell with call or text at 302-562-1706, or email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

 

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SAE 2 Pin Connector Assemblies with Extended Leads

by on Mar.13, 2015, under SAE 2 Pin

SAE 2 Pin Surface Mount extended w/ 5 foot 12 AWG

SAE 2 Pin Surface Mount extended w/ 5 foot 12 AWG

As a result of offering some of our pigtail assemblies with “extended” leads, we have confirmed that there is adequate demand.  Therefore, we are moving forward with producing some of our assemblies with extended leads.

For example, offering our SAE 2 Pin Surface Mount pigtail assembly (12″ long cord with 12 AWG leads) “extended” out to 5′ with 48″ of separate 12 AWG leads – precipitated flow of orders prompting manufacture vs. “extension” through soldered joints insulated with heat shrinkable tubing.

http://www.solarcapitalist.com/sae2pin-surface-mount-assembly-extended.aspx

Similarly, we are offering the Shrouded SAE 2 Pin 12″ pigtail with 12 AWG “extended” out to 5′.  Thus far, we have seen little interest – but the “shrouded SAE 2 Pin” pigtail has not yet precipitated all that much interest.  Surprisingly, its benefits in terms of “connection protection” don’t yet seem to have been recognized.

This scenario has us looking at other opportunities.  For example, “extending” our SAE 2 Pin 12″ pigtail assemblies with red & black insulated 12 AWG  out to 5′.  It should be noted here that we already offer SAE 2 Pin with 5′ of 12 AWG – both leads with Black insulation.

SAE 2 Pin assemblies with longer leads are no doubt more convenient for some applications.  For applications in which 5′ leads avoids extension by the user, for example.  Clearly, this makes for a cleaner installation in some cases.

Manufacturing to a specific length requires us to consider the market for that specific configuration, but we are equipped and ready to “extend” our assemblies using soldered/heat shrink tubing insulated connections.

To view our products, please see our ecommerce website at: www.solarcapitalist.com

Please also see our Blog at: www.sae2pin.com

We’d be thrilled to discuss the specifics of Your particular application and answer any questions!

Contact Ray Bowers via cell with call or text at 302-562-1706, or email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

 

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SAE 2 Pin Connector Commercial Application

by on Jan.23, 2015, under SAE 2 Pin

Solar Capitalist LLC www.solarcapitalist.com and Bohemian Biker LLC www.bohemianbiker.com are Patriotic American Citizen Owned & Operated Family Business ventures, established in 2008.  We continue to grow Our Product Line in response to Customer desires, and strive to create positive Customer experiences with Our business processes.  This SAE 2 Pin blog is one of the means by which We attempt to capture the attention of those seeking knowledge with respect to, or a Customer oriented source for Top Quality SAE 2 Pin Connectors.

Over the past 7 years, We have grown from a business addressing the needs of individual do-it-yourself Customers, to a business working hand-in-hand with other businesses – making SAE 2 Pin Connectors available in a range of wire gauge and assembly lengths has become Our forte.

We’ve leveraged the needs of businesses seeking large quantities of SAE 2 Pin assemblies, into an opportunity for individuals to obtain SAE 2 Pin assemblies to meet their needs.  Often, the order size of a commercial customer makes production feasible – and thereby precipitates the availability to those requiring even single assemblies.

Customer requirements have also driven Us to widen Our services to include custom assembly to meet application specific needs.  For example, making soldered/heat shrink protected connections.

We are ever vigilant for opportunities to expand Our Product Line, and provide Services that are desired & appreciated by Our Customers.  Often, a product is the culmination of a process involving interaction throughout the development & production processes.

Applications have been encountered that stretch the use of SAE 2 Pin Connectors beyond those of the past, and in some cases – features have been added to facilitate such application.

Engineering background developed during many years spent in a long list of field, residential, commercial and industrial environments have enabled Us to wade through the wide range of specifications that We have encountered.

We have ventured into fields & applications far beyond those We initially set out to address.  This 12 Volt DC Connector is often encountered as a Hopkins Trailer Connector P/N 47965 and sometimes called a 2 pole flat connector and used as a Quick Connect or Disconnect.  What started with motorcycle applications, battery tenders, and portable solar chargers, has transitioned to – what applications are yet to be found for the SAE 2 Pin Connector?

Even more important is an intention toward Customer Focus.  Specific Customer needs & desires are seen as an Opportunity.

Customer inquiries are Always Appreciated, and We remain Ready & Willing to address Yours!

To view our products, please see our ecommerce website at: www.solarcapitalist.com

Please also see our Blog at: www.sae2pin.com

We’d be thrilled to discuss the specifics of Your particular application and answer any questions!

Contact Ray Bowers via cell with call or text at 302-562-1706, or email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

 

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2nd Amendment Patches

by on Jan.21, 2013, under 2nd Amendment

Part of what makes my endeavor enjoyable is being able to explore possibilities as they occur to me.

One such possibility is this 2nd Amendment patch:

What has come to my attention as a result of the current focus on Our Constitutional 2nd Amendment Right to Bear Arms is the overlap between Bikers and Gun Owners – many of us are both!

I set out to find a way to draw attention to the fact that many of us share both of these interests, and facilitate us recognizing each other in our travels.

This patch seems widely available, and upon showing it around a bit – it seems widely popular.  In fact, a couple friends with Bike Shops jumped right on board with carrying them.

So, I’ve pulled together a quantity of them, as well.  My plan is to make them available at a reasonable price – to those seeing the light.

Surfacing the topic of the shared desire to Stand Up for Our 2nd Amendment Right to Bear Arms will no doubt drive up conversation, and hopefully Grassroots Action – rallies, rides, letter writing, etc.

There may be those that feel this patch is not for them, but for many of us – the message is Right On!

NRA President David A. Keene gets a peek at a recent 2nd Amendment Freedom rally…

We welcome email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

This product is available through our new e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Here’s the link leading directly to the product discussed above: http://www.solarcapitalist.com/2ndamendmentpatch.aspx

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling products such as those discussed above, Deltran Battery Tenders, as well as Portable Solar Chargers – Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

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2nd Amendment Freedom Rally – Sunday, January 20, 2013

by on Jan.07, 2013, under 2nd Amendment

Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association (DSSA), and the 9-12 Delaware Patriots

Featuring Keynote Speaker: NRA President – David A. Keene – Former Chairman – American Conservative Union

Master of Ceremonies – John Sigler, Past President of the National Rifle Association

and a list of distinguished local and national leaders.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Mix & Mingle Noon to 1 p.m. • Program – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Modern Maturity Center
1121 Forrest Ave (Rt 8 West), Dover

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Added SAE 2 Pin – 14 AWG !!!

by on Mar.05, 2012, under SAE 2 Pin

We recently added SAE 2 Pin connector assemblies with 14 AWG leads to our product line !!!

At this point we have a stock of “Power Side” assemblies with 14 AWG pigtail leads, i.e., red insulated conductor leading to the protected “female” side of the SAE 2 Pole connector.

We will be expanding our inventory of this product line from there – 1st to follow will be “Load Side” assemblies.  Then we will move on to assemblies with two black insulated leads (both 12″ pigtails & 5′ whips), which allows the installer to use the assemblies as desired with respect to polarity (Reference: past posts specifically addressing SAE 2 Pin connector polarity).

This line of SAE 2 Pin connectors with 14 AWG leads and whips is part of our continuing efforts to meet an ever wider range of current carrying capabilities.  Although we focus on motorcycle related applications here, there are a vast number of other applications for which our customers wish to use SAE 2 Pin connectors.

Our line of SAE 2 Pin connector assemblies enable many a “do-it-yourself” installer to obtain the wire gauge with the current carrying capacity necessary for his or her specific application.

We appreciate hearing about our customers’ intended applications – especially when we learn of those we hadn’t heard before.  Actually, intended use has often driven our development of an addition to our product line.  We have worked hand-in-hand with several customers in pinpointing the features of an assembly that will ultimately meet the needs of others, as well.

This is our chosen niche – addressing the needs of customers with a desire to utilize the SAE 2 Pin connector in their project.  We have, and will continue to develop our product line on that basis.  Our aim is to do that in a manner that creates ease on the part of our customers – both in terms of making products easily obtained at a reasonable price, and by providing a forum through which technical information can be accessed.

As always, we encourage our readers to comment and ask any questions they may have – chances are, if you have a question, others do, as well.  Therefore, others will benefit from your inquiry, and there lies the beauty of a technical forum such as this.

To view our products, please see our ecommerce website at: www.solarcapitalist.com

Please also see our Blog at: www.sae2pin.com

We’d be thrilled to discuss the specifics of Your particular application and answer any questions!

Contact Ray Bowers via cell with call or text at 302-562-1706, or email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

 

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Our Sweet and Simple 12 Volt Power Port x SAE 2 Pin Connector – A Popular Motorcycle Accessory

by on Feb.26, 2012, under Accessories, Application, SAE 2 Pin

Our 12V Power Port Adapter Assembly allows a Biker to tap into his or her motorcycle battery and charging system’s 12 Volt power while on the go.  This handy adapter assembly is designed to specifically address the needs of the Biker with a motorcycle not outfitted with a faring/dash mounted power port.  It facilitates convenient connection to an installed Battery Tender Fused Quick Connect pigtail, and thereby it allows the Biker to charge handheld electronics, such as a cell phone.

 

Sweet, Simple & Secure – the beauty of this setup is the ability to stow all involved components in an adjacent saddlebag.  In fact,  the design length of our assembly was set on that basis.  We chose SPT-1 cord with 18 AWG leads to minimize thickness –  thereby allowing the ability to close a hard case saddlebag across it without excessively stressing the hinges.  Often using this setup myself, I find it works very well for me.  In the event of traveling rain, obviously this setup would negatively impact the seal and should be avoided.

Not long for reaching 2000 of these assemblies sold, with nothing but positive feedback, continued popularity and sales are certain for this conveniently useful piece of electrical gear.  Many a do-it-yourself type has cobbled together a similar assembly, and it was just a matter of us taking on the manufacture of an optimally designed assembly a little more than 3 years ago.

Cheap insurance at our bargain price of $4.95 + shipping (less than $2.00 for USPS 1st Class shipping here in the US).  One of these adapters could very well save the day in the event yo find yourself in need of a means of communication and your cell phone battery is D-E-A-D.

Here’s a suggestion – consider talking it up with with friends such that you could assemble an order and share the cost of shipping.  Six or eight could still ship via economical USPS 1st Class Mail, 10 or 12 could ship via USPS Priority Flat Rate small box for $5.35.

We were pleased to see our industry partner – Deltran, bring their model to the table.  Outfitted with a 5 foot cord and a tethered cap for the power port socket – this is a great alternative.  A bargain as well at our price of $8.95 + shipping, we carry this model for those desiring its particular features.  This model facilitates the hot set up for a tank bag, or rally bag.

Please comment or email any questions or concerns – we welcome email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

These and other products are available through our e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Here are the links directly to the above assemblies:

http://www.solarcapitalist.com/12volt-power-port-sae2pin-adapter-assembly.aspx

http://www.solarcapitalist.com/deltran-12volt-power-port-sae2pin-adapter.aspx

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling products such as the above, Deltran Battery Tenders & accessories, and Global SUNLINQ Portable Solar Chargers & accessories.

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

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