Gerbing 12V Junior Temperature Controller
Customer Product Reviews
Updated product, even better!
I purchased a new controller as the Junior that came with my Gerbing gloves (which are also excellent) had a broken wire after several years use. The updated version has 2 heat/power levels factory preset (low and mid-low) which is perfect. I have enabled the mid-high setting (press and hold button for 10secs) which will be good for the really cold mornings as I ride in all but snow/ice conditions but remember you can't go back to factory settings once you've done that. The 100% (high) setting is too much so unless you definitely need it don't enable that setting, you'll almost burn your hands... The other great change for me is that the leads are a few inches longer than the version I had before - much better and I think will mean they last even longer as the wire will not be under as much strain. Also the connectors and wires themselves seem more robust but time will tell on that... All in all a great buy!
Glove connector snapped off
I bought heated gloves for my partner in October. He was using them all the wile till one of the glove connectors snapped off. I rang to Sportsbikeshop explained what happened. They asked me to sent only faulty controller under warranty. All process for exchange took about 2 weeks. Unfortunately I had to ring up again and ask where we are with this process but straight after my call I had parcel arrived next day to our door. As product is worth every price to keep your hands warm, that if anything gets wrong (unfortunately did in worst possible weather-snow and freezing cold) 2 weeks is bit too much to wait...
Does the job - bought as a replacement to the one I already have as the section where the wires enter the jack had started to fray. Gerbing do guarantee the electrical parts under their lifetime warranty but a word of warning, they do ask for proof of purchase which I no longer had. It was easier to just order a new cable! This time I'll keep my receipt! The newer version of the controller also disables the two higher power modes for safety until you manually over-ride them. Good idea as these modes I almost never used anyway.
After using one connected to my Gerbing XRS12 gloves through the winter one of the wires where it attaches to the glove connector broke, so I needed a replacement. The cables are of sufficient length to suit most jackets and allow you to position them so as not to have a connector pressing on your wrist. The four heat settings are more than adequate for the changes in temperature as the autumn rolls into winter. I was concerned at one point on a day with minus 7 being recorded with the controller on the highest setting that I couldn't feel any heat from the gloves, thinking that either the gloves or the controller had failed. It was only my brain reminding me that I didn't have frozen fish fingers in the gloves and the only sensation was being comfortable that I knew they were both working just fine. On slightly warmer winter days the lower settings allow you to adjust to the conditions. The rapidity of the change in heat supplied makes it a very functional item. Sportsbikeshop once again supplying excellent service and fast dispatch.
Does what it needs to do
Bought this controller to allow me to use gloves with different jacket without having the hassle of re-routing cables each time i change jackets ( I have cables safety pinned inside jacket sleeves). This actually highlights the main downside of the controller - the cables are a bit of a pain!! Other than that it works well and is fairly easy to use even with Gerbing short gloves which are very bulky (very good though). Should also say it was subject to Sportsbikeshop's usual excellent service!!
Does the job
The controller works great with 4 different settings - the highest of which is seriously hot and not much use. Not given it a 5 star excellent as it's tough to feel for the button through thick gloves & know when you've switched. Also, this is a replacement as one of the leads, which are made from incredibly fine wire, on the original failed from too much movement at one particular point.
I was given an older set of Gerbing heated gloves that just had an on/off switch so bought this controller separately. Works fine, cables route well and are long enough to go through my jacket or on the outside if needed. Sportsbikeshop fantastic as always.