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Old 09-26-2012, 04:42 PM   #1
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electronic rubber covers for USB accessories

I am looking for suitable covers for a variety of electronic accessories on my bike such as mini USB and micro USB. I would like to have a flip cover that houses the male end of the USB in it. I went in search of something like this today and could not find anything suitable at radioshack, microcenter etc... Even searching online yielded little information (perhaps due to poor searching techniques. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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Not sure this will help.....

I keep a RAM mount, charger, and cable on my bike for my phone. I had to replace the cable often because the micro USB would die if it got wet. I put a short piece of rubber hose on the RAM mount, with the top end squeezed under a screw. Push the usb cable up in the bottom end of the hose. Not more bad cable ends.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:49 PM   #3
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Not sure this will help.....

I keep a RAM mount, charger, and cable on my bike for my phone. I had to replace the cable often because the micro USB would die if it got wet. I put a short piece of rubber hose on the RAM mount, with the top end squeezed under a screw. Push the usb cable up in the bottom end of the hose. Not more bad cable ends.
Not worried so much about when they are connected but more so when they are not as it leaves it opened and exposed. I have found a few things that might work but looks like it will rely on some form of self fabrication to resolve it for now. I found and awesome connection system with caps etc... but cannot fab it into my GPS unit.
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:20 PM   #4
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Go to an auto parts store and get "vacuum" port caps". They come in several sizes. Take what you want to cover with you and you can make sure you're getting the size you need.
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:49 PM   #5
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Perhaps you could make something suitable with plasti-dip?
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:04 PM   #6
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Just as a check, I googled "usb cable end caps" and found some:



http://www.rookaps.com/
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:26 AM   #7
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Idea

I am looking for an enclosure that I can essentially cap off so that it is close to waterproof, very similar in style to a fuse cover like this, but not a fuse cover etc...

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Old 09-28-2012, 02:28 AM   #8
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I have seen the caps that they have and was worried about water seeping around as well as just losing them so ideally a system that is on the wire, has a flip cap and can be closed would be great.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:34 AM   #9
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I will go for one of this...



http://burnsmoto.com/waterproof-usb-...anel-mount.php

The USB cable will fit in a pocket easily when not in use...
I think the manufacturer is a vendor here...
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:45 AM   #10
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I will go for one of this...



http://burnsmoto.com/waterproof-usb-...anel-mount.php

The USB cable will fit in a pocket easily when not in use...
I think the manufacturer is a vendor here...
This is a setup I have seen but need something that could be placed over a male adapter as well as slide down further because it is a 90 degree mini USB.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:59 AM   #11
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I will go for one of this...



http://burnsmoto.com/waterproof-usb-...anel-mount.php

The USB cable will fit in a pocket easily when not in use...
I think the manufacturer is a vendor here...
I suspect its only waterproof while not in use, take the cap off and plug a USB lead in, and water may ingress, unless its in a pocket or under the bike seat
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:49 AM   #12
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I suspect its only waterproof while not in use, take the cap off and plug a USB lead in, and water may ingress, unless its in a pocket or under the bike seat
In that case you will need this:



And...







But just curious... What kind of gadget will you need to charge even under rain?...
I needed one of these for my 'City' GPS... As I'm not a CEO at Coca Cola, I can't afford a Zumo or something like that... I have a Nuvi 710 for city commutes...
I also have a RAM Aquabox for the Nuvi in case of an emergency or a Garmin Oregon (For my off tarmac trips)...
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:50 AM   #13
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I am running a Garmin Nuvi hooked up in a Touratech lockable mount and will only charge it when needed but I would like to DC the mini USB and have a cover to protect the male end. These prefabbed systems are great but are not applicable as I already stated it will need to house it and be capable of sliding down the cable to expose the 90 degree mini USB male end. Posting picture shortly.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:39 PM   #14
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I need to protect this when it is not connected to the GPS

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I already use the ziploc bag trick
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:35 PM   #15
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Yes, that's what's happened to me... I already burnt 3 garmin chargers...
That's why I ordered the burnsmoto charger. I will 'feed' the GPS through this charger via an ordinary USB cable, and in case of rain, I will remove the cable... And if I still need the GPS, I will put it in the Aquabox. Or I will use the Oregon...
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