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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Help with handlebar warmer wiring please

Just put on some new handlebar warmers from cycle country and I'm stuck at the wiring part. There is an included on/off/low/high push button toggle switch. NO thumb warmer.
Instructions state 'connect the blue wire to the negative battery terminal' which would go to the black wire on the battery. The other wire on the battery is red.

Right so far?

The only other wire is grey and should be 'connect grey (positive) to a switched power source'.
This grey wire is right next to the blue one and not at all very long.
My questions:
1) how do they expect me to connect such a short wire to a switched power source?
2) what is a switched power source?
3) can I connect it directly to the battery?

So far I've routed all cables into the pod then the two power wires down to beside the battery BUT NOTHING IS CONNECTED YET.

Thanks for any help.
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Connecting to the battery would not be the best idea. There should be a "free" orange and white wire (maybe 2 of them) with spade ends lying in the front. They are both switched power; meaning they have power only when the ignition switch is on.

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Phil is correct.

If you connect the switched power wire directly to the battery, it will allow the grip warmers to be turned on (or left on) even when the quad is off, and would undoubtedly lead to a dead battery at the most inopportune time if you were to forget to turn the heated grips off when you turn the quad off. Having the switched power lead connected to a switched power source allows the grip warmers to be shut off automatically when you turn the quad off ensuring that they will not drain the battery.

Also, as Phil stated, there are typically a couple of orange or orange/black switched power leads with spade or bullet connectors available near the front of the quad under the plastics somewhere. If you tell us the year and model of quad that you have, someone will be able to tell you the exact location where you can find them.

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Thanks for the replies and makes perfect sense with the battery.
I have a 2015 sportsman touring 570.
There is a 12v cigarette lighter socket on the pod, maybe that would work?
Or what do you experts say?
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Thanks for the replies and makes perfect sense with the battery.
I have a 2015 sportsman touring 570.
There is a 12v cigarette lighter socket on the pod, maybe that would work?
Or what do you experts say?
I connected mine to the cigarette power wire.

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Sounds good.
How will I know which is the power wire/connection?
Will look tomorrow after work.
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Sounds good.
How will I know which is the power wire/connection?
Will look tomorrow after work.
Your best bet is to tap into the already available switch accessory power wires that have the blade or bullet connectors on them. I'm not sure exactly where they are on your model, but it would be worth your time to find out.

Taping into the cig lighter power wire is an OK solution, but there are a couple problems with it. 1) It will require that you either use a tap-in style connector, which are notorious in the 12V community (see here), especially where water and vibration are a regular occurrence, or you can solder a wire in place which will likely take you more time than finding the switched power wires that are already there. 2) If you tap into the cig lighter power, then the power relay for your grip warmers will be sharing the same fuse as the cig lighter. This isn't ideal because if you have a wiring fault in either circuit, both circuits will fail. If you connect to the already existing accessory wire, the hand warmers will be on their own accessory fuse. 3) Polaris put the wires there specifically for this type of application, so you might as well use them.

I did a little looking, and it seems that the wires are probably orange and white as opposed to orange and black as I wrote previously. Also, they're probably located under the removable (four screws) center panel in the front storage compartment. See here. The yellow circled wire / connector is what you're looking for.

If you're set on using the cig lighter for power, that's fine. You'll need to either remove the connector from the back of the cig lighter and check for 12V with a DMM or use a needle type voltage detector to find the "hot" wire.

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I tapped into my cig lighter for both the grip warmers and the thumb warmer. The grip warmer connector had a piggyback which made it easy to plug the thumb warmer right in. Once I was done making my connections, although with clips, I still black taped everything to ensure my connections stay tight. I then bought black tubing and put all of my wires in the tube so none of them were directly rubbing anywhere.


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On my 2015 Touring, it looks like this

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