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Richard230

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Re: Charge cord storage
« Reply #30 on: July 19, 2016, 04:43:46 AM »

I posted this photo on the original thread, but I will attach it here too.
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Re: Charge cord storage
« Reply #31 on: July 19, 2016, 05:35:19 AM »

What is the size of the stock power cord? 14awg?
Yes. Always use 14AWG maximum 25ft. At home I use a 25ft 12AWG extension cord and plug in a short 3ft 14AWG charge cable. The setup allows me to unplug the "wall" side first without walking over to the wall.

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Check this cable out:

https://smile.amazon.com/Hosa-PWD-401-Piggyback-5-15P-Power/dp/B002USI1GU/

If you only have one outlet, you can charge, e.g., a phone at the same time you charge your bike!

Says it's 15 AWG.
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Re: Charge cord storage
« Reply #32 on: July 22, 2016, 01:26:52 PM »

It's a bit short though, and with the exposed contacts I wouldn't recommend it for outdoors use.

I also ordered a new set of cables to replace the OEM cable with. Instead of providing a Schuko cable they give you a US pronged cable with an adapter, which was a bit of a disappointment to be honest. On the other hand using a C14 inlet for their bikes is really good, you can get kettle leads on about every street corner.

Anyway got a 5 and 10 meter cable, and because everything is 230V here I can settle for a 10A model which makes them less bulky.
« Last Edit: July 22, 2016, 01:30:16 PM by Erasmo »
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Re: Charge cord storage
« Reply #33 on: August 21, 2016, 10:39:16 PM »

and if you're worried that the cord will fall out, you could also use something like this.

https://www.rvsland.nl/meubeldop-verstelbaar-60mm

or this

https://www.rvsland.nl/meubeldop-60

The diameter of the hole in the frame is 60mm exact, so these will probably fit
If you don't use the threaded one, be sure to have something around to remove the cap, otherwise you're still stuck without a charge cord  ;D


Or something like this? They also sell MANY different stick on emblems for these, as well as blank ones without the center hole. Or maybe a threaded rod with a knob on each end. I'm definitely going to measure carefully and try this out with my FX coming in a couple of days. (Woot! Can't wait!)



http://www.ebay.com/itm/4Pcs-60mm-Diameter-Black-SUV-Car-Wheel-Center-Covers-Cap-Rim-Hole-No-Logo-Hubcap-/231739505150?hash=item35f4c039fe:g:zw4AAOSw5VFWNwpm&vxp=mtr

and http://www.ebay.com/itm/White-Lightning-Bolt-Wheel-Center-Cap-3D-Domed-Set-of-4-Stickers-/290757225607?hash=item43b27b2c87:g:U0kAAOxyjP1R4Bv5&vxp=mtr


« Last Edit: August 21, 2016, 10:58:55 PM by clay.leihy »
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Re: Charge cord storage
« Reply #34 on: August 25, 2016, 07:32:23 AM »

Or something like this? They also sell MANY different stick on emblems for these, as well as blank ones without the center hole. Or maybe a threaded rod with a knob on each end. I'm definitely going to measure carefully and try this out with my FX coming in a couple of days. (Woot! Can't wait!)

That is clever if you/we can make it fit. Do let us know!
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Re: Charge cord storage
« Reply #35 on: August 25, 2016, 08:00:40 AM »

Found these on Amazon.com:
https://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Round-Insert-Blanking-Black/dp/B00XBGHY5O

Cheap enough, I ordered them and we'll see what happens.
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Re: Charge cord storage
« Reply #36 on: August 26, 2016, 04:12:21 AM »

I've had two 10' cables (the original and a replacement) fall out of the tube... I gave up and carry it in the bag. :)
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Re: Charge cord storage
« Reply #37 on: August 26, 2016, 05:56:27 AM »

Did they fall out of the frame tube or the swingarm tube, mine doesn't come out very easily (2013 s)
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Re: Charge cord storage
« Reply #38 on: August 27, 2016, 09:03:19 PM »

Did they fall out of the frame tube or the swingarm tube, mine doesn't come out very easily (2013 s)

Sorry, didn't see this.  Out of the frame tube... the inside of the tube gets dusty and it lowers friction in the tube, is my theory.  I blame California and the drought, in other words. :)

It's okay, I carry a 15' in the bag, I was never using the 10' anyway, it was just a spare.
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Re: Charge cord storage
« Reply #39 on: September 20, 2016, 01:45:25 AM »

Really? Did you have them sticking out of the tube? I just cant imagine a long folded cable ever just falling out of there.
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Re: Charge cord storage
« Reply #40 on: September 20, 2016, 06:48:08 AM »

Really? Did you have them sticking out of the tube? I just cant imagine a long folded cable ever just falling out of there.

Happened to me once on a hot day. Kickstand down, walked around town for a bit, and back on the bike just before I pulled away thought "weird someone left a charge cord on the ground looks a lot like mine."

It was mine.  It had warmed up and slipped out of the tube 'cause of the angle of the bike with the kickstand down.

I still keep the cord in the frame tube but I roll it up a little different and check for its condition more regularly.
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Re: Charge cord storage
« Reply #41 on: October 11, 2016, 07:25:00 PM »

Well, my cord must have popped out on my way into work this morning...had been storing it in the swingarm hole like so many here seem to do...I'll have no trouble making it home on my current charge and have ordered a new cord which will arrive tomorrow, but in the meantime, my IT department has a drawer full of 18AWG PC power cords...could I get away with using one of those for a couple hours to top off today?
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Re: Charge cord storage
« Reply #42 on: October 11, 2016, 07:55:14 PM »

The cable should mention the max amperage.
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Re: Charge cord storage
« Reply #43 on: October 11, 2016, 08:01:13 PM »

Well, my cord must have popped out on my way into work this morning...had been storing it in the swingarm hole like so many here seem to do...I'll have no trouble making it home on my current charge and have ordered a new cord which will arrive tomorrow, but in the meantime, my IT department has a drawer full of 18AWG PC power cords...could I get away with using one of those for a couple hours to top off today?

18 gauge wire is much too light to handle a 13 amp current for very long.  It will likely get very hot very quickly.  But, if you have no other choice you might get away with using one in a pinch.  Just have your asbestos gloves on and an electrical fire-rated extinguisher handy just in case you need to pull the plug and/or put out an insulation fire.   :o It sounds like something that I might try, but not something that I would recommend that anyone else do.   ::)
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Re: Charge cord storage
« Reply #44 on: October 11, 2016, 08:13:05 PM »

The cable should mention the max amperage.
It doesn't, as far as I can see. Prob not worth the risk since I can easily make it home on the charge I have and have a replacement cord coming tomorrow. The last thing I need to do is start a fire in my building's parking garage!
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