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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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Deltran Solar Chargers – Demo Setups !!!

by on Sep.30, 2011, under Solar

OK !!!  I did it today – I removed the 10 and 15 Watt Deltran Solar Battery Tenders from their protective packaging, and began trying them out – now that it finally stopped raining !!!

Truth is… I’ve been using one of the 5W units for a while now – it’s smaller and easy to setup quickly…

Meanwhile, I was considering demonstration stand ideas for the larger 10 and 15W units…

I plan to use these plastic sawhorse setups at events for the purpose of demonstration…

I figure showing the ease SAE 2 Pin connection via Quick Connect pigtail will start the gears turning in some heads…

Actual connection to a 12 volt battery is much more impressive, and thought provoking than a packaged solar panel…

Note the small junction box where the wires leading to the charge regulator are connected to the solar panel output wires…

2 of the 4 holes for mounting can be seen at the top right and left corners of this 10W solar panel – we can begin to visualize one of these units installed on the South facing roof of a utility shed.

Questions are sure to arise as a result of this post, and I’ll be looking forward to them…

We welcome email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

These Deltran Solar Powered Chargers are available through our new e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Here’s the link leading directly to the applicable page: http://www.solarcapitalist.com/deltran-solar-charger-battery-tender-sae2pin.aspx

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling the above products, the remainder of Deltran Battery Tender lineup, Global SUNLINQ Portable Solar Chargers, as well as related accessories – Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

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Deltran Solar Battery Tender Application

by on Aug.18, 2011, under Battery Tenders, Solar

Thought a discussion of some typical battery “Group Codes” would be helpful…

Common battery size codes, i.e.,”Group” sizes, are based upon the physical size and terminal placement – NOT a measure of battery capacity.

Some typical Battery Group codes are: U1, 24, 27, and 31

Group U1    34-40 Amp hours 12 volts    (powersport, motorcycle, atv, jet ski, lawn equipment)

Charge maintained with Deltran 5W Solar Charger – 270 mA

Example solar application batteries of the U1 Group code:

Deka/MK 8GU1-DEKA Gel, 12 volt 31.6 AH

Concorde Sun Xtender PVX-340T Solar Battery VRLA-AGM Deep Cycle Battery 34 AH

Group 24    70-85 Amp hours 12 volts

Charge maintained with Deltran 10W Solar Charger – 540 mA

Example solar application batteries of the Group 24 code:

Deka/MK Battery 8G24 Gel RV Battery (Group 24 – 12V, 84 AH)

Concorde Sun Xtender PVX-690T Solar Battery VRLA-AGM Deep Cycle 69 AH

Group 27     85-105 Amp hours 12 volts    (automotive engine start batteries)

Charge maintained with Deltran 10W Solar Charger – 540 mA

Example solar application batteries of Group 27 code:

Deka/MK Battery 8G27-DEKA Sealed Gel Battery, 12 volt 88 AH

Concorde Sun Xtender PVX-1040T Solar Battery VRLA-AGM Deep Cycle 104 AH

  Group 31    95-125 Amp hours Deep Cycle and Marine batteries

Charge maintained with Deltran 15W Solar Charger – 830 mA

Example solar application batteries of Group 31 code:

Deka/MK 8G31-DEKA Gel, 12 volt 97.6 AH

Concorde Sun Xtender PVX-1080T Solar Battery VRLA-AGM Deep Cycle 108 AH

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

The 5W, 10W & 15W Deltran Solar Chargers are available through our new e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company specializing in Portable Solar Chargers !!!

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

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Message to our past eBay Customers

by on Jul.07, 2011, under Hello World!

We’d like to thank our past eBay customers for their business, as well as their interest in our products.

eBay has been an effective means of driving up search priority for Bohemian Biker LLC, and we appreciate that aspect.

Never-the-less, the ever increasing costs related to doing business via ebay have encouraged us to seek a more economical means.

eBay’s most recent changes in final value fee calculation prompted us to step-up the transition. 

As communicated in other posts, we have established an internet presence with an ecommerce website  www.solarcapitalist.com  and we have been processing orders by that means for a few months now.

Our sister company  Solar Capitalist LLC  was established to serve Bikers, as well as customers with an interest in Portable Solar Chargers, Battery Tenders, and Do-it-Yourself use of SAE 2 Pin related products. 

We are an Authorized Dealer for Deltran Battery Tenders and accessories, and Global Solar’s SUNLINQ line of Portable Solar Chargers and accessories.

Enabling our customers to conveniently maintain 12 volt batteries, access their battery and charging system 12V power, and even generate low voltage “off-grid” power is our aim…

Be it for a utility shed, backcountry adventures, or emergency preparedness – Let’s…  Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !!! 

We encourage you to visit our new Solar Capitalist LLC ecommerce website, and we would welcome any questions, comments, or concerns you might communicate to us. 

Please send email to:   bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com   or   solaray@solarcapitalist.com

Once again – Thank You to all our past eBay customers !!!

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Deltran Solar Charger – Installation Plans !!!

by on Jul.05, 2011, under Solar

We now have a stock of 5W, 10W, and 15W – Deltran Solar Chargers on hand !!!  I’ve opened one of the 5W Solar Chargers, and begun developing plans to install and test it out !!!

Right away, upon inspecting the panel, output lead, accessories, and instructions… I have thoughts, as well as plans…

1st – I recognize an opportunity for an enhanced mounting system.  2nd – I recognize an opportunity for an enhanced output system.  Both of these areas best left up to the installer/user’s specific circumstances.

My planned application is to install one (or more) of the Deltran Solar Chargers on the roof of a large backyard shed…both to charge my motorcycle’s battery, and to charge batteries from which I might draw power for lighting , ventilation, and maybe even an AM radio – after all, I am a devoted political talk show listener.

Having 1st hand experience installing roof-top solar panels, Ive been exposed to and have dealt with some of the challenges that can emerge.

I’ve learned that under-panel ventilation allows the photovoltaic cells to operate most effeciently.  As supplied, the 5W panel frame has 4 small diameter (1/8″ dia., or so) mounting holes – one at each corner of the frame… along with (4) 1-1/2″ screws.  So, my plan would involve integrating 1/2″ thick, 4″ square mounting blocks – one at each corner.   This will provide enough space for air flow, while at the same time limit under-panel access by squirrels, birds, etc.   Additionally, the blocks will result in a mounting system that minimizes the stresses on the plastic frame which may result if the plastic frame were to be secured directly across the uneven surface of roof shingles.  The material I have in mind for the 4″ mounting blocks would be something along the line of 4″ sections of 4″ Azek trim sometimes used in outdoor decks & porch construction.  Generous application of adhesive/sealant with a caulk gun when securing them each to the roof…with (4) screws…will help secure them andseal out moisture.  The solar panel frame will then be screwed to the (4) mounting blocks (these screws will actually extend through the 1/2″ block thickness, and into the roof slightly).

I’ve also learned through the years that critters likes squirrels and chipmunks…love to chew on cable insulation.  (I once rescued an abandoned domestic rabbit…whom within minutes chewed my office phone line in half…no good deed goes unpunished)  So, the 1/2″ clearance will preclude at least under-panel access.  As for their access to the output cable, I have the following ideas…  The output lead provided with the 5W unit is 60″ long with an SAE 2 Pin connector at the end.  Although I have not perused a hardware store for specifics… I’m thinking some sort of a mountable plastic “junction box” would be handy for housing the bundled 60″ length of lightweight output cord, as well as the coupling of it to a heavier weight (possible “jacketed” or even “armored”) ouput cable to be routed down into the shed.

I must add a Special Note of Caution here – I am Not a licensed electrician, and although I have had training and experience in electrical design and installation… I am not up to speed on the current Electrical Code, and especially the specific sections that cover un-inhabited sheds and outbuildings…let alone solar installations.   I should also note that the Electrical Code is no doubt undergoing ongoing revision to address the increasing use of solar generated electric.  It is incumbant upon anyone using or performing installation activities to research, digest, and heed ALL the requirments specified for their particular application…and in their particular municipality.   Upon this writing, I have those plans as well – not only is the safety of our family, and that of our neighbors, at risk… our property, and theirs, is potentially at risk too.  Therefore, there are insurance coverage issues here, no doubt.

So maybe this is a good place to begin discussing placement and orientation.   I say “begin”, because this can be a pretty deep subject if you delve into it very far.   The possibility of a “full scale” roof-top solar installation (on a house, for example) would involve a study of the orientation of dwelling’s roof sections to the sun, the pitch of the roof, trees that would potentially block the sun’s rays, etc.

The installation of a relatively “portable” solar panel (such as one of these Deltran Solar Chargers) gives us some latitude with respect to the above.  We might even be able to place, move, orient, or re-orient a shed for optimum sun exposure.

Anyway – the above are my thought and plans, thus far (as of 7-5-11)…trust they may change as an installation project unfolds…  I’ll either add to this blog post, or create a new one (depending on specific subject) in the future…

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

We invite you to check out our Blog at:  www.sae2pin.com

Our products are available through our new e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company specializing in Portable Solar Chargers and related connectors, leads, and adapters !!!

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

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Launching of Sister Site: www.solarcapitalist.com

by on Apr.27, 2011, under Hello World!, Solar

Solar Capitalist LLC (our sister company), recently launched an e-commerce website: www.solarcapitalist.com specializing in Portable Solar Gear !!!

In addition to Portable Solar Chargers – Battery Tenders, SAE 2 Pin Cables, Cords, Leads, Connectors, and Adapters will be made available via this efficienty operated source.

With a similar focus on economy, the same level of product quality and customer service enjoyed with Bohemian Biker LLC can be expected from Solar Capitalist LLC.

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Deltran Solar Chargers

by on Mar.07, 2011, under Battery Tenders, Solar

Check out these new offerings from Deltran !!!  Now you can Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !!!
Just think – you could have the Sun maintaining your Bike’s battery in a backyard utility shed!
Deltran 5W Solar Charger

                      Deltran 5 Watt Solar Charger

 5-Watt Solar Panel with built-in Battery Tender® super smart charging controller.

100% portable battery charging and maintenance. Perfect for storage space without power access!

Product Specifications:

  • 13.25″ X 16″ X 0.875″
  • 3 lbs
  • 12 V Nominal Voltage 270 mAmps
  • Temperature Compensation Sensor
  • Sparkproof
  • 5 Year Warranty

BATTERY TENDER SOLAR PANELS ARE THE ONLY PANELS AVAILABLE WITH A BUILT-IN CHARGE CONTROLLER TO PREVENT OVERCHARGING!

Deltran 10W Solar Charger

                      Deltran 10 Watt Solar Charger

10-Watt Solar Panel with built-in Battery Tender®3-step automatic microprocessor controller.

100% portable battery charging and maintenance. Perfect for storage space without power access!

Product Specifications:
  • 26″ x 16″ x 0.875″
  • 5.5 lbs
  • 12 V Nominal Voltage 540 mAmps
  • Temperature Compensation Sensor
  • Sparkproof
  • 5 Year Warranty

BATTERY TENDER SOLAR PANELS ARE THE ONLY PANELS AVAILABLE WITH A BUILT-IN CHARGE CONTROLLER TO PREVENT OVERCHARGING!

Deltran 15W Solar Charger

 

Deltran 15 Watt Solar Charger

15-Watt Solar Panel with built-in Battery Tender®3-step automatic microprocessor controller.

100% portable battery charging and maintenance. Perfect for storage space without power access!
Product Specifications:
  • 38″ x 16″ x 0.875″
  • 8 lbs
  • 12 V Nominal Voltage 830 mAmps
  • Temperature Compensation Sensor
  • Sparkproof
  • 5 Year Warranty

BATTERY TENDER SOLAR PANELS ARE THE ONLY PANELS AVAILABLE WITH A BUILT-IN CHARGE CONTROLLER TO PREVENT OVERCHARGING!

We welcome email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com  

Products are available through our e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

This is the link leading directly to the page listing Deltran Solar Powered Battery Tenders: http://www.solarcapitalist.com/deltran-solar-charger-battery-tender-sae2pin.aspx

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company specializing in Deltran Battery Tenders, Global SUNLINQ Portable Solar Chargers, and related SAE 2 Pin connectors, leads, and cords.

 

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

 

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See something that interests you? Email Us !!!

by on Mar.05, 2011, under Hello World!, Thoughts

Although eBay has been instrumental in gaining us exposure online, we encourage you to email us at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

Please don’t feel forced to communicate with us via eBay – we answer numerous customer questions and inquiries via direct email.

On a daily and ever increasing basis, we process customer orders outside of eBay – often after answering technical questions or inquiries regarding quantities, combinations, and/or combined shipping.  BTW – we make it a point to use the most economical means of shipping (usually USPS 1st Class Mail), and we will always give our customers the benefit of combined shipping.

Direct email interaction not only allows us the opportunity answer questions, but also the opportunity to tailor a transaction to a customer’s specific needs.  We have a merchant account that facilitates the processing of credit card transactions, and we trust you will find us both flexible and accommodating.

In the interest of having the opportunity to provide the best possible service, we encourage customers to 1st email us questions – prior to placing an eBay order. 

2011 showed a marked increase in interaction outside of eBay – indicating this is preferred by many customers.

In addition to providing sometimes “hard-to-find” electrical components in desirable quantities, and at reasonable prices – another critical component of our niche is the ease we communicate and provide while doing business.

So, whether you are a Biker, or not – email us directly at:  bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

We will answer your questions regarding access to the 12 volt power onboard your motorcycle (or other vehicle/craft) for a cell phone charger, heated clothing, or a GPS unit.  Your Deltran Battery Tender Quick Connect with its SAE 2 Pin connection, for example, provides such access using one of our 12V Power Port x SAE 2 Pin assemblies.

Currently, our products are available through our new e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

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

 
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New Product – SAE 2 Pin w/5 foot Black SPT-1 cord / 16 AWG leads

by on Feb.05, 2011, under SAE 2 Pin

SAE 2 Pin w/ 5' - 16 AWG

 

Recognizing the number of Do-it-Yourselfers adding their own accessory wiring, we’ve decided to move beyond our initial SAE 2 Pin with 11-1/2″ of SPT-1 cord and 18 AWG.

This product proved popular with customers, and having surveyed thier intended applications it seems an SAE 2 Pin with a heavier, higher capacity (16 AWG vs. 18 AWG), and longer length (5 foot vs. 11-1/2″) would be well received.

Black, manufactured here in the U.S.A., and using the same high quality SAE 2 Pin connector !!!

We welcome email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

Products are available through our e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

This is a link directly to the listing for the product discussed above: http://www.solarcapitalist.com/sae2pin-connector-spt-cord-16awg-lead.aspx

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling products such as that discussed above, in support of our specialtization in Deltran Battery Tenders (including their new solar powered units), Global SUNLINQ Portable Solar Chargers, and SAE 2 Pin connectors, leads, and cords.

 

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

 

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New Deltran Zippered Cases Available

by on Jun.26, 2010, under Accessories

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New Deltran Zippered Carry Case sizes available!

Questions or comments ???  We welcome email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

Currently, our products are available through our new e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling products such as those discussed above, as well as Portable Solar Chargers

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

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