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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 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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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.

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Heated Clothing COAX x SAE 2 Pin Adapter Assembly Stock

by on Feb.21, 2012, under COAX

Our Heated Clothing COAX x SAE 2 Pin Adapter Assembly has been popular over the past years, and we increased our stock stock in preparation for early Spring 2012 riders!

This handy adapter assembly allows those who would like to avoid installing a 2nd Quick Connect pigtail – in addition to their Deltran Battery Tender Fused Quick Connect pigtail.

In other words, if in lieu of installing the COAX Quick Connect assembly that accompanied your heated clothing, you’d rather tap into your bike’s battery and charging system power via your existing Battery Tender pigtail – we’ve got the adapter for you!

This Heated Clothing COAX x SAE 2 Pin Adapter Assembly couples to the SAE 2 Pin end of your Battery Tender pigtail, making it a quick and convenient alternative to the Heated Clothing Quick Connect assembly.

Understand, you will be limited by the 7.5 amp fuse integral to your Deltran Battery Tender Fused Quick Connect pigtail.  Therefore, you won’t be able to stack up multiple pieces of heated clothing.  You should be fine powering a pair of heated gloves, but it’s important to consult the literature accompanying your heated clothing for the specific amperage draw.

I’ve hooked up and powered my girlfriend Jann’s (Tourmaster) heated gloves in this manner many times with no problem whatsoever.  I generally couple-up the assembly before I mount up (taking a few loops around the rear highway bar adjacent to where my Battery Tender pigtail hangs), and hand the gloves to Jann after she climbs on board.

For additional information (including pictures), please scroll down to similarly titled post dated 4/5/09 (below) under COAX Category.

Please also 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’s the link directly to the above assembly:

http://www.solarcapitalist.com/heated-clothing-coax-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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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.

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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.

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

The Global Solar SUNLINQ – USB Plus and other products are 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 !

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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.

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