I can't comment on the durability of that particular unit but I did have a variable controller on my HotGrips and eventually I went back to a three position switch which works just fine. I am never wanting for an in-between temperature.Mr_Squidward said:Any comments on it’s durability or if it’s worth the install?
Mike, why did you go back to the switch?Mike said:eventually I went back to a three position switch which works just fine.
I modified a HeatTroller unit so it would fit in my instrument cluster. About a year later it started acting flakey and eventually failed. I'm not sure if it was due to my mods or not. The HeatTroller guy was very helpful and offered to inspect it and replace it free if it was defective or I would pay $10 for a replacement control board if it was my fault but I really didn't want to be without grip heat while I shipped it back because I use grip heat nearly year round.Mr_Squidward said:Mike, why did you go back to the switch?
I'm not an electrical engineer but I've heard more than one make this claim. I have a little scepticism myself but until I see that claim refuted in a convincing manner, I think it's probably true. You are correct the heat would have to go somewhere, maybe it's dissipated in the alternator itself which is bathed in oil?Stick said:I disagree with the theory that the RR is dumping excess, unused wattage into the frame/whatever. If this were true, then the RR would be hottest at light loads (like running on low beam) and cooler when running a whole bunch of electrics.
Paul, does that mean the Hot Grips variable controller gets hot just like the resistor that comes with HotGrips? I haven't found this to be an issue (with the resistor) but was wondering if the variable resistor is capable of providing more Ohms (lower grip temperature). If so, wouldn't it get even hotter than the fixed resistor when it was turned all the way down?pgeller said:The Hot Grips variable controller is a small, rheostat-like device thats all contained within a die-cast housing, very neat and clean, just three wires. The Heat Troller is a much more complex electronic module, soetimes with a remote circuit board, LED, etc.