XB-600 POWER CORD
I recently fried the power cord that runs to my battery pack. I replaced it with a computer cord that has three 18ga wires. I know the original cord had two 14ga wires. The bike runs fine, but I think it used to go a bit faster (if memory serves me well). Could this restriction be the cause of power loss? Has anyone else experienced this? Also, If I ran 12ga wires to the controller would that help?
Yes, the slow down is probably caused by the smaller wires.
When I installed my 5th battery on my XB600, I used an 18 gauge extension, which worked fine, but does get warm, so i know there is some drop across it. It does not however get hot, so aI am not concerned.
If you want, you should be able to track down a larger cord, I know they are available, because I found one at work. I am just waiting for my current setup to need a change, before switching to the 12 gauge one I found.
For the definitive in power chords shouldn't you be consulting AC/DC ??
The connector type you need is IEC320. Mouser.com sells plugs and receptacles.
Nice reference David. It made me laugh. Scott.
Now that I think of it, maybe that is why I only get about 27mph real GPS speed out of my xb-600 at60V.
I only used 16 gauge wire....... Guess if/when I go to 72V I will upgrade it to 12 or even 10 gauge wire.
It DOES make a difference with voltage drop and loss of power due to heat etc. and certain gauge wires can only carry a certain amount of current.
I bought a 14 gauge cord w/ right angle configuration. I will let you know if my speed has changes as soon as this comes in and I install it.
Have a great weekend!
See my notes at http://bergerweb.net/xb500/
I eventually re-located my controller so it was nearer the battery so I could keep my battery cable as short as possible. A rough calculation will show that for each 5 inches of 14 gage wire, you will have a 1mv drop per amp of current. 25 inches at 40 amps will drop 1 volt. That's not a lot, but if you're running longer distances, it adds up, and of course, the voltage drop gets larger if the wire heats up.