I have been travelling around with my phone and my electric vest (when needed) in use without any electrical mishaps.
After my speeding ticket I bought a radar detector.
After going on some great rides I bought a TomTom.
One day past i rode with my phone, radar detector and TomTom plugged in. When I got home and shut off my bike..it wouldn't start again.
I put it on the battery tender over night and it charged up and started in the morning.
That same day, I just made it to Hope and my battery had crashed. Presumably I had overloaded the system.
I had my electric vest, radar detector and phone plugged in. No TomTom.
Obviously, I overloaded the system and the BCAA guy who helped concluded the same. He mentioned that, even if the device is shut off, it is still drawing power. Is this correct?
I disconnected all extra electricals, he charged the battery enough for me to get going and I enjoyed a wonderful day doing the Duffy with the large group.
The questions I need answers to are:
a.How much extra electricals, at one time, can a rider be using safely?
b.If the devices are hard wired (directly to the battery) rather than using cigarette lighter plug ins, do they still draw too much power from the battery and....is it necessary to have a fuse on those lines?