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SAE 2 Pin Caps !!!

by on Jul.20, 2010, under SAE 2 Pin

cap-pics-072010-011The 1st lot of sample SAE 2 Pin Caps has arrived !!!  After receiving many inquiries, we decided to pursue having a manufacturer (right here in the USA) develop a mold and start turning out these Caps for us – allowing us to make them available to our customers.   We tried out samples of two different hardnesses on various SAE 2 Pin connectors and found the softer version to fit best.  Plan has been for these to be cheap like caps for your tire valves…available in packaged quantities…making them yet another bargain and we now have a ready supply !!!  Now (9/28/11) after more than a year of sales history, a package of (6) for less than $5.00 has become popular, based on glowing feedback – especially on their availability !!!
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This product is available through our new e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Here’s the direct link: http://www.solarcapitalist.com/sae2pincap.aspx

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SAE 2 Pin Surface Mount 12V Power Connection w/cap & leads

by on Aug.02, 2009, under SAE 2 Pin

SAE 2 Pin Surface Mount

SAE 2 Pin Surface Mount

So, here’s a product I stumpled upon that seemed like it might be useful to do-it-yourselfers like us!  We’ve been obtaining quantities for a couple years now, and they have become very popular.  Hoping to see some comments as to how they are being used, as well as pictures.  Seemed like tank bags might be a possible application, and some have mentioned this as being the plan.  This molded surface mount connector w/flange (1-7/8″ diameter) has four 3/16″ holes for mounting (fasteners not included), and (2) 12 AWG leads – approximately 11″ long.  As supplied, the red lead is mapped to “male” pin / black lead mapped to “female” socket side of 2 Pin.  For use as a power port, the “protected female” socket should be the “hot” (+) positive side – therefore, insulation colors would not be consistant with standard practice, i.e., red being “hot” positive.

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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-surface-mount-connector-pigtail.aspx

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SAE 2 Pin “Hot Socket” Adaptor

by on Apr.21, 2009, under SAE 2 Pin

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An application that a customer brought to our attention for a COAX male “barrel” x SAE 2 Pin cable assembly (component of 5 piece accessory kit) prompted us to develop a do-it-yourself kit to facilitate the assembly of this adaptor. 

The DIY “Hot Socket” Kit includes: (2) SAE 2-pin connectors (as described below) plus (2) sections of heat shrinkable tubing (HST) to aid in making up a neat assembly.

     (2)   SAE 2-pin connectors with 6″ (+/- 1/4″) pigtail leads. 

              18 AWG red wire with PVC insulation leading to protected (+) socket.

              18 AWG white wire with PVC insulation leading to exposed (-) pin.

Connecting “red wire to red wire”…”white wire to white wire”…will result in an assembly with a “hot (+) positive socket” at each end for applications in which this is desired.  This essentially reverses polarity…in that…if you have an SAE 2 Pin with the “exposed” male pin as the “hot” (+) positive (for example, at the output end of a Deltran Battery Tender)…and you wanted to accomplish having a “hot” (+) positive “protected” female socket…this “Hot Socket” Adaptor provides that result.

This assembly could be used in applications in which there is a desire to make a transition from an SAE 2-pin connector with an “unprotected” hot (+) positive “male” pin to an SAE 2-pin connector with a “protected” hot (+) positive “female” socket at the resulting end.  Potential applications for one of these assemblies need to be carefully thought out with respect to polarity !!!

Here’s an application in which we are aware of purchasers applying this adaptor:  If it was one’s desire to connect a Deltran Battery Tender to a battery via an already installed heated clothing type COAX connector pigtail…using the “barrel connector” included in our 5-piece Accessory Cable Kit…this adaptor would provide the necessary adaptation.  Noting…and cautioning…that the normal 7.5 amp fuse protection of the Deltran type Quick Connect would be circumvented…and you would be banking on the heated clothing pigtail’s inline fuseholder/fuse (a higher value/inadequate protection…unless the fuse was swapped out to provide the normal 7.5 amp protection).  We cannot recommend or condone this practice, but we are aware that some purchasers are using this adaptor in this way.

There are other applications for this handy adaptor that come to mind.  For example, our Power Port Plug x SAE 2 Pin cable assembly (another component of the 5 piece accessory cable kit).  We have a customer that wants to put this plug assembly on the output of his Battery Tender, and plug it into the lighter socket to maintain the battery of a car he stores.  Once again, the configuration difference between the SAE 2 Pin on the end of the Battery Tender output and the power port plug assembly present a similar application for the “Hot Socket” adaptor.

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12 Volt Accessory Cable 5-pc Kit w/ SAE 2 Pin Connect

by on Apr.05, 2009, under Accessories

12V Accessory Cable Kit

12V Accessory Cable Kit

This handy accessory kit is comprised of 5 cable assemblies with SAE 2 Pin connect.  The kit includes: 12V Power Port, 12V Power Plug, Battery Terminal Clamps, 2.5mm “male” COAX adaptor, and an 8 foot extension cable.
These cable assemblies can be indispensable.  Coupled with the necessary 12 volt charger, they can facilitate the charging of a cell phone and other electronics.  They can also facilitate the trickle charging of a 12V battery.
The SAE 2 Pin end of these assemblies is meant to be connected to a “power side” SAE 2 Pin connector leading from a power source, i.e., one with a hot (+) positive socket.  In other words, the exposed “male” pin of the SAE 2 Pin connector on the end of these assemblies is meant to be hot (+) positive.
The power port cable assembly, for example, has the conductor leading from the exposed “male” pin of the SAE 2 Pin leading to the (+) positive center post within the power port.   The power port plug assembly, similarly has the conductor leading from the exposed “male” pin of the SAE 2 Pin leads to the (+) positive center post  at the end of the power port plug.
Special attention is required with respect to the battery terminal clamp assembly.  The fact that it is wired similarly…(making it useful for trickle charging, etc., when connected as described above) …makes it unfit for use connected to the output of a Battery Tender.  Here’s why – the SAE 2 Pin connector at the end of a Deltran Battery Tender output has a (+) positive exposed male pin to match up to the SAE 2 Pin of a properly installed Deltran fused Quick Connect…which will have a hot (+) postive female socket.
These are light duty 12 volt cable assemblies, as indicated by the 2 amp fuse integral to the power port plug x SAE 2 Pin assembly.

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

Here’s a link leading directly to this product listing: http://www.solarcapitalist.com/12voltaccessorycable5pckit.aspx

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12 Volt Power Port

by on Apr.03, 2009, under Accessories

I’m probably not alone with respect to finding myself with a dead cell phone battery at inopportune times.  Being caught in this position when preparing to go out for a day of riding, prompted me to come up with a way to charge a cell phone using my motorcycle’s battery and charging system.

I was convinced that the “pig tail” (or “fused quick connect”) generally left connected to one’s motorcycle battery for use as part of a battery tender system, provided a handy means of connection to the motorcycle’s battery and charging system.  It was just a matter of coming up with a cable having that SAE 2 Pin connector at one end and a “cigarette lighter” style power port at the other.

Encouraged by discussion with those with whom I shared this idea, I set out to make these 12 volt power ports readily available to bikers with a desire to power their 12V chargers, etc.

After assembling and trying out a few prototypes, I contracted a manufacturer here in the USA to produce a large quantity of power port assemblies at a length that seemed like it would be popular with many bikers – just long enough to reach our saddlebags (I discuss use of this power port assembly in conjunction with saddlebags in a separate post).

12V Power Port Assembly

12V Power Port Assembly

This was a power port assembly from the initial shipment.
They were about 14″ long, with about 9″ of Black SPT-1 Cord (18 AWG conductors), which was shorter than anticicpated.
Right off, I was thrilled with the high quality SAE 2 Pin connector that our manufacturer turns out.  It’s sturdy, and the size makes it easily grasped.
Since then, the assembly has been lengthened, such that the overall length of the assembly is about 15-1/2″, with 11″ of Black SPT-1 Cord (18 AWG conductors).
We’ve gone through several hundred, and bikers seem to be very pleased with the current length – long enough to reach…yet short enough to make it handy and compact for easy storage.

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/12voltpowerportxsae2pinadapterassembly.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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Using the Bohemian Biker 12V Power Port x SAE 2 Pin Assembly

by on Apr.03, 2009, under Application

In the case of a bike with saddlebags, there is a pretty simple set up that I often use to charge my cell phone while I’m out on my bike.  I use a cable (approximately 12” long) with an SAE 2-prong connector at one end, and a “cigarette lighter” style power port at the opposite end.  I couple the SAE 2-prong connector end up with the matching connector on the “battery tender” pigtail left connected to my Road King’s battery.  Then I plug the 12-volt charger I bought to go along with my cell phone into the power port, and the other end into my cell phone.   There is just enough power port cable length to enable me to put the cell phone, charger, and power port connection in my saddlebag, leaving only a short length of exposed cable.  This set up works like a charm for me, and it has conveniently bailed me out of untimely dead cell phone battery situations many times.

The same set up could be used for charging many other portable electronic devices, keeping the device safely stored in your bike’s saddlebag.   A similar set up could be arranged using a backpack secured to your passenger seat, luggage rack, or gas tank, with sufficient cable length.  If necessary, some sort of conveniently sized bag (made out of leather, for example) could easily be suspended in a strategic location.

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The 12 Volt Power Port x SAE 2 Pin assembly pictured in these photographs is what we call our “compact” model, since the body of the power port is relatively short in comparison to most I’ve seen.

Although I’ve experienced no problem closing my hinged saddlebag cover across the cable, I anticipate that will interfere with the rubber seal’s ability to do its job…and in the event of rain, water would make its way into the saddlebag.

When we were developing the design for the 12 Volt Power Port x SAE 2 Pin we have had manufactured, the ability to close a hinged saddlebag lid across the cable was taken into consideration.  I chose SPT-1 w/ 18 AWG conductors (vs. the heavier possibilities…SPT-2 /16 AWG) specifically with this ability in mind.

We welcome email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

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

Here’s the direct link: http://www.solarcapitalist.com/12voltpowerportxsae2pinadapterassembly.aspx

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

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