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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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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.

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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.

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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

May also like to check out our Blog at: www.sae2pin.com

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

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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.

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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.

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Another New Product – SAE 2 Pin w/ 5 foot 10 AWG Black !!!

by on Sep.26, 2011, under SAE 2 Pin

SAE 2 Pin w/ 10 AWG - 5 ft

Here’s our latest offering – SAE 2 Pin w/ 5 foot 10 AWG – Black Insulation (both leads) !!!

Now you can safely handle the higher amperage loads of some applications !!!

May be coupled with one of our 12″ SAE 2 Pin – 10 AWG pigtails to accomplish a Junction !!!

Note we also offer small alligator clips & ring teminals for the DIY assembly of Jumper Cables – avoid motorcycle seat removal !!!

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

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/sae2pin-10awg-5foot-black.aspx

12 AWG version available, as well – link: http://www.solarcapitalist.com/sae2pin-12awg-5foot-black.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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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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