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Old 10-19-2010, 12:58 PM   #31
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Just install an outlet on the bike. Cig lighter is ok, powerlet is better. I always get "car chargers" for all the electronic gizmos - they are generally smaller and lighter than the 120v power bricks. I also have one 12v power brick thats big enough for any or all of those gizmos and replaced the connector with a powerlet outlet. I can plug any of the gizmo car chargers into that contraption if I find some place that has 120v
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Old 10-19-2010, 01:46 PM   #32
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This is what i built for my bike
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:47 AM   #33
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There are often outlets for electric razors at campground bathrooms. You can also just try to use one at a fast food restaurant while you are eating.
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Old 03-25-2014, 03:19 PM   #34
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I bought a cheap weatherproof handlebar mounted 12v outlet from Ebay and modified it so it has the same plug as my battery tender.

On road trips, I just plug it in where my battery charger would normally plug in. Works great to charge my Sena 10 helmet Bluetooth and my Iphone. It will be used to power a tire pump once I decide on which model to get.

Even when charging the Sena or Iphone overnight the bike still starts right up in the morning.
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:23 AM   #35
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That is awesome!
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:02 PM   #36
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A 7805 integrated circuit ($0.29), 0.33uF capacitor, 0.1uF capacitor, some heatshrink tubing, and a female end of a USB cable costs about a dollar. If you are charging a few devices that are USB, get a hub. I've made these for different uses from scrap pieces lying around. (You've probably thrown away these components without knowing it.) Solder the capacitors directly to the pins of the 7805 and heatshrink it into a neat little package. ...except for the metal tab with the hole in it. This piece will get hot if you cover it up or don't attach it to something metal.
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:06 PM   #37
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The other option is something like this, shown only as an example:

which is a charger that holds roughly 4 charges of my Samsung S4. It has a 2A and 1A output.

It gets recharged off standard 5v mini-usb, just like the one the S4 uses to charge.

So, riding around, the battery is in the tank bag, getting charged off the bike power via a BMW outlet to mini USB (Powerlet makes one). At night, I keep the Samsung charged off it.
I could also charge the phone at the same time if I did one of Powerlet two USB port converters.

That way, I am not tied to the bike while charging the phone at the campsite.

Those portable batteries are the perfect thing on long trips via plane as well. I can use the phone as an MP3 player/kindle reader coast to coast with only about 1/4 of the external pack used and the phone always topped off.
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