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Need Heated Hand grips ?

In case you wish you had heated hand grips, and don't - like me - I found a cheap solution on EBay. I bought a set of 12 volt heaters for motorcycle hand grips and they cost well under $5. After installing them, I found out that the alternator was strong enough to power the headlight OR the hand grips, and not both - well it would, but neither would be warm or bright enough to be worthwhile. So, when I wired it in, I installed a switch for the heated hand grips and another for the headlight. So, I can have light or heat, or neither.

Installation is easy - you wrap the electric grid around the existing handle-grip, and then cover it with heat-shrink tubing. Everything is provided except the second switch which I also bought off of EBay.

Here is a link to the kit that I bought, and after 2 seasons, it still keeps my hands warm !

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Looks great if you have a lighting circuit. I personally wear gloves with a leather palm and I have never even considered the possibility of the handle bars making my hands cold.
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Heated hand grips were a nice bonus on my Platinum 24. I have never considered the option until I was out shopping for a replacement machine.

I must admit I do like the feature and they really do make a difference in comfort. Numb fingertips no more!
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In case you wish you had heated hand grips, and don't - like me - I found a cheap solution on EBay. I bought a set of 12 volt heaters for motorcycle hand grips and they cost well under $5. After installing them, I found out that the alternator was strong enough to power the headlight OR the hand grips, and not both - well it would, but neither would be warm or bright enough to be worthwhile. So, when I wired it in, I installed a switch for the heated hand grips and another for the headlight. So, I can have light or heat, or neither.

Installation is easy - you wrap the electric grid around the existing handle-grip, and then cover it with heat-shrink tubing. Everything is provided except the second switch which I also bought off of EBay.

Here is a link to the kit that I bought, and after 2 seasons, it still keeps my hands warm !


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Welcome to the forum Rit. Good find. I was lucky enough to get a machine with the heaters already included and for me, in my conditions they are a must have. I wouldn't be without them now, if I had a choice.


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It would be nice to know how much these draw, since (especially on older Ariens blowers) there were several different power circuits available. AC, AC/DC, etc.

I personally only have an 18W A/C output intended only for a headlight. We know using a bridge rectifier will get me DC out of it, but without knowing the draw of these handgrips, I dont know if 18W will be enough.
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IIRC, they draw 20W each.
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20 Watts per would seem like a bit too much heat. Heck, my soldering iron is 25 watts, and I would not want to get my hand close to that. IMHO
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Ariens has told me that they draw 30 watts for the set. My light draws 20 watts and my alternator puts out 60 watts AC.


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Thank you for the link. I just ordered myself a pair and will see how they work

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Ariens has told me that they draw 30 watts for the set. My light draws 20 watts and my alternator puts out 60 watts AC.
Thanks. Should be helpful if those of us with older models want to try. My 2006 926LE puts out 18W so I cant use these even without the light.

I did have an old Bolens with heated hand grips....they were handy very occasionally (it also had a cab, so between the cab and heated hand grips I could deal with the EOD mess without "gearing up" for the weather)

Never really missed them on my Ariens, I got a decent set of ski gloves (from Costco of all places!)
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