Originally Posted by bruce2000ltc
One added point.... Most of us Gerbings users run our heated gear through a thermostat. The thermostat controls the temperature by limiting the current draw (amps) to the heated clothing. Unless you have the thermostats turned all the way up you will never draw max rated amps. I have a dual thermostat with one circuit controlling the pants liner/socks and the other circuit handling the jacket liner/gloves. The dual thermostat is plugged into the lower left accessory power socket. Total wattage of all my gear would be 165W if I had the thermostats turned all the way up. That's less than 12 amps at 13.8 volts. I've never needed to turn the thermostats to max but most of my lower range cold weather riding is in the upper 20's / low 30's. I usually find my thermostat adjustments are to turn them down rather than up. This less than max setting on the thermostats, resulting in less current draw, explains why many of us have never had any problems using the accessory power sockets to power our heated gear.
This is my experience with Gerbings as well, except when having the heated gloves plugged into the liner. If it is really cold and I want "some heat" in the gloves, I have to crank the "thermostat" all the way until the liner gets too hot.
I have the heated clothing connections routed via a separate fuse box connected directly to the battery and have never had a problem. I am not so sure it would have been the same if plugged in to the OEM power outlets.
Since I started to use the "Warm n' Safe" liner, which is different than the Gerbing liner I have, I don't have to use as much power to feel heat, since it is not lined and there is not so much heat trapped in the lining itself. It also use spandex in the sides to guarantee a snug fit.
I use it together with a thin long sleeve shirt, which also reduce the bulk under my jacket.
Their (Warm n' Safe) heated gloves are also superior IMO, since they do not have a padded palm. Instead the use thin leather in the palm area and have the top side lined and wired.
This way I get full benefit of the heated grips and don't loose any feel of the bike through a "bulky" glove.
It may be worth considering. I know we are very happy with these new products.