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Heated seat controller??? For a Saddlemen
« on: January 08, 2020, 03:57:25 am »
The 2012 I just purchased has a Saddlemen seat on it that I am having recovered. The seat has connectors for separate front and rear heat but have never been hooked up. I OHM'ed them out and they seam OK and the larger front pad has a few more OHM's as I would suspect. I need ideas for a controller or do people just use two on/off switches. The Seth Laam seat on my Beemer has high/low switches and By Goldwing of years past had a variable controller.Any ideas or pictures/links appreciated.

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Re: Heated seat controller??? For a Saddlemen
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2020, 02:55:14 pm »
A really frugal way to do this is with a small PWM(pulse width modulator). You could install one or two depending on the amount of control you want.

This is the one that I installed for the heated grips, since discontinued.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016EX265S/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Amazon has a boat load of these.

I also use similar for 12 volt fans in the camper van.

Caveats: Virtually none of these are water proof. They do produce a small amount of heat, depending on electrical load. Not to worry too much as your intended use would be when it's cold out.

I mounted the main unit in the fairing of the 650 Versys and kind of wrapped it with a piece of plastic cut from a milk jug and zipped tied around it. Shields it from water entrance and is open enough to allow ventilation. The remote is mounted in a sheltered area on the dash. It's been trouble free for 57k miles and three years. It was less than $11 when I bought it.

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Re: Heated seat controller??? For a Saddlemen
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2020, 07:38:11 pm »
I don't know if it would work for your application (no experience with Saddlemen hardware) but I am using 2 of these for my DIY seat heaters on the SV1000 I'm building over this winter. I'm mounting to a rigid dashboard (through holes for the wires and silicone adhesive to mount/seal) and they seem quite waterproof and very easy to use with gloves:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/5Level-5Color-LED-Heated-Vest-Gloves-Knee-Pad-Temperature-Controller-Switch-2-5A/312427618420?epid=5028059224&hash=item48be232074%3Ag%3Ar48AAOSwxtVcPCiG&LH_BIN=1

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Re: Heated seat controller??? For a Saddlemen
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2020, 01:13:50 am »
I don't know if it would work for your application (no experience with Saddlemen hardware) but I am using 2 of these for my DIY seat heaters on the SV1000 I'm building over this winter. I'm mounting to a rigid dashboard (through holes for the wires and silicone adhesive to mount/seal) and they seem quite waterproof and very easy to use with gloves:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/5Level-5Color-LED-Heated-Vest-Gloves-Knee-Pad-Temperature-Controller-Switch-2-5A/312427618420?epid=5028059224&hash=item48be232074%3Ag%3Ar48AAOSwxtVcPCiG&LH_BIN=1

Those look spiffy.
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Re: Heated seat controller??? For a Saddlemen
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2020, 02:36:22 am »
You should check out the heated seat controller that Sargent uses on their heated seats and I'm almost certain they would sell you just the controller to hook up to your seat.  Sounds like just what your looking for.

https://www.sargentcycle.com/Seats-Accessories/Sargent-Heat-Options/

Installation instructions:

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Re: Heated seat controller??? For a Saddlemen
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2020, 04:38:49 am »
I called Saddlemen seats. I asked how much to re-cover their seat and the prices was reasonable but turn around time was 3 weeks or more.
 I asked about controllers for the heated seat and it was if I was speaking Farsi. The gal I talked to was no help. I have since determined the wiring out of the seat is a match for a Saddlemen seat as seen on the old web here. I will see if I can get controllers from them.
the little pad switches mentioned above might work but I do not know how many amps the seat heaters draw.

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Re: Heated seat controller??? For a Saddlemen
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2020, 03:50:07 pm »
I called Saddlemen seats. I asked how much to re-cover their seat and the prices was reasonable but turn around time was 3 weeks or more.
 I asked about controllers for the heated seat and it was if I was speaking Farsi. The gal I talked to was no help. I have since determined the wiring out of the seat is a match for a Saddlemen seat as seen on the old web here. I will see if I can get controllers from them.
the little pad switches mentioned above might work but I do not know how many amps the seat heaters draw.


Measure the resistance of the heating element(s) and use Ohm's Law to get the amount of current draw. Easy peasy.

http://www.ohmslawcalculator.com/ohms-law-calculator
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