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Old 03-24-2015, 06:53 PM   #1
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Wiring question

I have a question on wiring. I have a garmin usb connector that has 2 bare wires on one end and I want to wire the opposite end to this, so I can use my already installed adapter. Any ideas on now to do this?
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Old 03-25-2015, 10:33 AM   #2
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OK, is you Garmin connector this one:

and I am not certain what you exactly want to do.

You have this connector already wired in:

Now do you want to piggyback the two together? The proper way to do that is to crimp terminals on your Garmin leads then piggyback them over where the battery tender leads go if you are lazy or cheap, just wrap the bare ends around the posts and use plenty of electrical tape..

However, it sounds like you want to order a "2 pole 2 pin flat connector" and wire it to your garmin leads?

You most certainly can do that too, just verify the polarity is correct as there can be either color on the connector wire, which doesn't matter as long as the red wire on your connector cord is 12V+.

However, I do have to say if it was my machine I'd just wire in a USB charger socket:

And just use a USB cable betweenn the two. That way you have a bit of flexibility, you don't have to carry an extra cable to upload/download from your computer, and if anything breaks you can repair it on the road at a walmart store.
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Old 03-25-2015, 12:01 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by GreaseMonkey View Post
...The proper way to do that is to crimp terminals on your Garmin leads...
the "proper" way to do that is to solder & heatshrink your connections so they last more than a few trips in the rain.
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:22 AM   #4
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+1 on solder/heatshrink. IMHO much more reliable unless you have a solder dimple pop thru the heatshrink tubing.
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Old 03-26-2015, 01:44 PM   #5
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If you are not looking to hardwire everything. I use these off my battery tender dongle and they work great. I just run a USB cable to where I need it or run an SAE extention to where you need it.

The output is 5v and up to 2.1A.

Here's 12inch extension you could cut and/or lengthen its only 3 bucks
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Old 03-26-2015, 04:25 PM   #6
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I like this method too because it solves both the battery recharge issues and a electrical supply for the Garmin.

The ONLY ISSUE I have experienced with is setup is the connector I used for the +ve battery terminal..........................over time there was just enough vibration of the battery (rough roads) to break the connector at the the terminal. My second attempt was a better connector and placement to minimize the long-term vibration issue.

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