DISPATCH 1 Wireless Power Distribution System INSTALL on R1200GS ( A Pictorial)

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  1. LaurelPerryOnLand

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    1. What is Dispatch 1
    2. Components of Dispatch 1
    3. Functionality of Dispatch 1
    4. Economics of Dispatch 1
    5. Installation of Dispatch 1 on R1200GS



    1. What is Dispatch 1

    The Dispatch 1 system is a power distribution system that allows you to control up to ten accessories and electrical devices with protected power circuits and port-specific outputs. The Dispatch 1 system allows you to control the myriad of devices that most riders find essential for their unique biking requirements. These devices might include:

    • GPS unit
    • MP3 Player
    • Heated Clothing
    • Radar detector
    • Additional LED/High power lighting
    • Bluetooth intercoms
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
    • iPhone, iPod, Droid

    2. Components of Dispatch 1
    The Dispatch 1 SYSTEM is comprised of 2 separate units:
    • The Controller Module
    • The Power Distribution Module (PDM)

    additionally the system includes the following:
    • 1" RAM ball Mount
    • 4 Cables to connect electrical accessories and heated clothing to the PDM
    • Operating Manual

    This is what the complete Dispatch 1 SYSTEM and its components look like:

    <a href="http://s635.beta.photobucket.com/user/RMWBMW/media/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC_0303.jpeg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/RMWBMW/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC_0303.jpeg" border="0" alt=" photo DSC_0303.jpeg"/></a>
    A 1" RAM ball mount (not shown above) is attached to the rear of the Controller...and INCLUDED in the system.

    a. The Power Distribution Module
    This is where all of your electrical device are physically connected. This is the BLACK BOX with the wire leads running from it. This module is typically mounted under the rider's seat or other convenient location where there is sufficient space.

    <a href="http://s635.beta.photobucket.com/user/RMWBMW/media/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC_00101.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/RMWBMW/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC_00101.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo DSC_00101.jpg"/></a> Barrel Jack connections

    <a href="http://s635.beta.photobucket.com/user/RMWBMW/media/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC_00041.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/RMWBMW/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC_00041.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo DSC_00041.jpg"/></a> USB/RJ-11 connections

    b. The Controller Module (foreground)
    This is the other component of the system which WIRELESSLY control all of the 10 outputs of the Power Distribution module. A RAM ball mount is included for mounting the controller to a RAM arm and other RAM mounting point.

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    The controller showing the individual control of the 10 power connections.

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    The rear cover of the Controller unit with the supplied RAM ball mounted.

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    3. Functionality of Dispatch 1
    The Dispatch 1 website (http://www.arborealsystems.com/Arboreal_Systems/home.html ) provides:

    Nine very informative Videos of the operation of the system. They're well produced and show the basic functionality / features of the Dispatch 1.

    A. Dispatch 1 Videos:

    System Overview
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XTo1cL2Zt9A
    Basic Usage
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=R6zzbpnZlmI
    Adjusting Heat for Heated Clothing Outlets
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MELquBK15dU
    How to control Switched Outputs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7ni3n_fK56s
    How to use the Setup Screens
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JgB4xnZGlPA
    What happens when you Power Down the system
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TlpoAQHVRFI
    How Port Memory works
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4bN3OYT6ick
    How PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) works to adjust power ouput levels
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Zl_lojn6wp0
    Variable Output Reconfiguration
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3SZ9y7Weczs

    B. Dispatch 1 Operating Manual:

    The website further includes the complete Operating Manual (plus an addendum)
    http://www.arborealsystems.com/Arboreal_Systems/support_files/D1manual.pdf


    C. Dispatch 1 Editorial Reviews

    Finally, there are 4 Reviews of the Dispatch 1 in great detail

    Farkleme.com
    http://farkle.me/motorcycleelectrical/dispatch1-motorcycle-electrical-management-system

    Web Bike World
    http://www.webbikeworld.com/r4/dispatch-1/

    Bolty.net
    http://bolty.net/2011/02/23/the-dispatch-1-is-an-electrical-accessory-miracle/

    Motorcycle Consumer News
    http://www.arborealsystems.com/Arboreal_Systems/reviews_files/MCND1.jpg

    With all of the detailed information available, I won't attempt to re-present the same details.

    If you have any specific questions regarding the system, you may contact Dispatch 1 at:
    &#8226; Email: service@arborealsystems.com
    or
    &#8226; 510 849 2601
    &#8226; Contact: Dan Grassetti


    4. Economics of Dispatch 1

    While some might be initially be inclined to compare the Dispatch 1 pricing to an individual Centech AP-2, Fuzeblock or Eastern Beaver Power Center, that would result in selling Dispatch 1 very, very short. Dispatch 1 not only handles the functionality of these units plus provides additional capabilities not found in them.

    For heated clothing...plug it directly into the Power Distribution Module and save yourself the cost of dual heat controls, "Y" splitters and more. Then, you can adjust the heating level of these components to any of the 32 levels that Dispatch 1 can select.

    Why pay for a voltmeter and find a place to mount it when Dispatch 1 provides one in the Controller.

    Why pay for a temperature device when Dispatch 1 includes one in the Controller?

    Need to install multiple USB ports to charge your IPod, IPhone, Droid, Bluetooth communications device?
    Need to keep switching USB devices in your single USB port.
    You won't need to find an 120V outlet, nor carrying 120V adapters.
    No...Dispatch 1 has you covered with 3 USB ports.

    Need special adapters for your Valentine 1 or Escort radar unit?
    No...just plug your unit directly into the RJ-11 port.

    Overall, Dispatch 1 is very price competitive and with all the ADDITONAL functionality NOT AVAILABLE in these other single units...Dispatch 1 is an attractive alternative to individual components.

    5. Installation of Dispatch 1 on R1200GS

    Mounting the Controller
    The Dispatch 1 was quickly and easily mounted to the R1200GS windshield support with
    &#8226; the 1" RAM ball mount (provided)...coupled to a
    &#8226; short 1" arm (RAM-B-201U-A RAM Short Double Socket Arm for 1" Ball Bases. Overall Length: 2.38") and
    &#8226; UBolt base (RAM-B-231ZU RAM Rail Base with Zinc Coated U-Bolt & 1" Ball for Rails from 0.5" to 1.25" in Diameter)

    <a href="http://s635.beta.photobucket.com/user/RMWBMW/media/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC01518.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/RMWBMW/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC01518.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo DSC01518.jpg"/></a>

    Mounting the Power Distribution Module (PDM)
    The most convenient place I found to mount the PDM is in the 'tool tray'. It provides sufficient space for easy access to the front and rear of the PDM and all 10 outlets.

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    The tool tray requires a very small modification to the FRONT edge to accommodate access to all the "U" and "H" outlets. The area requiring removal is easily accomplished with a common utility knife, hacksaw blade or Dremel device.

    The area to be removed is shown in the HASHED lines on the left of the OEM tool tray opening.

    <a href="http://s635.beta.photobucket.com/user/RMWBMW/media/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC01534.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/RMWBMW/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC01534.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo DSC01534.jpg"/></a>

    Once this excess material is removed...full access is available as shown below.

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    Unfortunately the tool tray's irregular shape doesn't provide a nice FLAT surface to mount the PDM.
    In order to provide a secure mounting platform, a MOUNTING SHIM (1/16" galvanized sheet metal) was created and secured, as shown below. A template of this SHIM on 1/4" GRID paper is available to save you design time. The template is found at the end of this pictorial.

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    This MOUNTING SHIM was painted black and secured in the upper right hand corner of the tool tray using a single standard #8 black automotive TRIM screw.

    <a href="http://s635.beta.photobucket.com/user/RMWBMW/media/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC01541.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/RMWBMW/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC01541.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo DSC01541.jpg"/></a>

    In order to secure the PDM to the tool tray a simple HOLD DOWN bracket (shown in ORANGE) was created out of the same galvanized material and secured to the tool tray using the same #8 trim screws.

    <a href="http://s635.beta.photobucket.com/user/RMWBMW/media/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC01543.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/RMWBMW/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC01543.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo DSC01543.jpg"/></a>

    <a href="http://s635.beta.photobucket.com/user/RMWBMW/media/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC01544.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/RMWBMW/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC01544.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo DSC01544.jpg"/></a>

    PDM mounted showing access to USB/RJ-11 ports.

    <a href="http://s635.beta.photobucket.com/user/RMWBMW/media/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC01545.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/RMWBMW/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC01545.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo DSC01545.jpg"/></a>

    The wiring of the PDM was completed by:
    1. Attaching the YELLOW trigger wire to the Green/Blue wire from the Diagnostic Plug with a RED Posi-Tap.
    2. Attaching the RED positive wire to the POSITIVE terminal on the BATTERY.
    3. Attaching the BLACK negative wire to the NEGATIVE terminal on the BATTERY.
    4. Securing the GREEN temperature probe to the side of the tool tray with a small tie-wrap.

    <a href="http://s635.beta.photobucket.com/user/RMWBMW/media/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC01572.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/RMWBMW/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC01572.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo DSC01572.jpg"/></a>

    With small tie-wraps securing all the PDM wiring...it's time to:
    &#8226; wire up some accessories...
    &#8226; plug in some USB devices,
    &#8226; go buy a HEATED VEST and RADAR detector
    &#8226; and put the seat on and go for a ride.

    <a href="http://s635.beta.photobucket.com/user/RMWBMW/media/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC01577.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/RMWBMW/Dispatch%201%20Copy%201/DSC01577.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo DSC01577.jpg"/></a>

    The entire R1200GS installation only took a few hours...most of which was figuring out WHERE to mount the PDM and 'watching the paint dry'. The installation was very straight forward and easy for even a 'noob' to accomplish.

    The modification of the tool tray was easy and making the hold down bracket was a breeze.

    Overall, the installation was so straight forward that:

    I've just completed the same system on my 06 R1200RT!
    Here's the link to the RT installation:
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=870941

    Template for the Tool Tray metal shim:
    <iframe src="https://skydrive.live.com/embed?cid=2A3A3F4609DB3988&resid=2A3A3F4609DB3988%21328&authkey=ABmvL-u9GkQsU5c" width="98" height="120" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>

    ****SPECIAL NOTE****
    Arboreal Systems is offering a special discount to ADV riders.
    This offer can be found in the VENDORS forum at:


    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=870390
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  2. JimVonBaden

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    Looks good Robert.:clap

    It is similar to my install of a Fuzeblock.

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    I couldn't tell if you did it or not, but since you removed the tool strap make sure you RTV, or cover, this hole:

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    Or you will subject your box and exposed connections to road spray, particularly bad if you ride where there is salt or chemicals on the road.

    Jim :brow
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  3. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    Jim,

    Thanks for your comments and input.

    Actually the straps weren't removed but merely neatly tucked under the tool tray. A little RTV still couldn't hurt!

    Have also installed (not mentioned in 'pictorial') a MachineArtMoto MudSling to cut down on the dirt, grime or other debris coming off the rear wheel.

    Time to ride!
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  4. dman

    dman Been here awhile

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    It's probably not critical, but I mounted my Dispatch 1 distribution module on a 1/8" pad of ensolite foam. I didn't strap my down on top, (I just let gravity hold it in), but if you use a sheetmetal strap, I'd also suggest a compliant pad between the strap and the module. Also, I run the temp sensor outside the underseat area and loosely tie wrap it under my rear rack on the opposite side from the exhaust, where it does get some airflow ... this probably gives a more accurate ambient temp reading than tucked under the seat.

    -dman
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  5. JimVonBaden

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    If you are not using them just pull the straps out all together. Cleaner and easy. My friend has the Mudsling, but it doesn't cover the strap hole. His is why I know about the damage it can do. When we put in a new fuzeblock we RTVed the hole.

    Jim :brow
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  6. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    Headed to HD (no not Harley D) for RTV...right now! Thanks, again.

    Update: RTV completed!
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  7. Goldburg

    Goldburg Been here awhile

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    I really like the looks and function of the Dispatch, and I'm sure I'm the only person to ever think this, but man I wish the module mounted up front instead of under the seat. I would like to run ONLY the power/switch out from the battery to the front and then I wouldn't need to run all these cables back under the seat.

    I've not done a lot of bike wiring so maybe I'm missing something, but for the heated gear, aux lights, and GPS/radar, i would think quick connects directly at the unit up front would be better. That's more about the Dispatch function than your installation of it.

    Sorry about any hijack, your installation is awesome.:clap
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  8. JimVonBaden

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    The unit isn't that big. I would imagine you could find a location for it.

    Jim :brow
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  9. dangrass

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    Hello Goldburg. This is Dan Grassetti, the head cheese at Arboreal Systems. In answer to your question, you can mount the distribution module wherever you want, the only real constraint being the length of the high current input wires. We ship the module with 26" leads using 10 AWG wire. The reason for this length is that we want to make absolutely sure that if you were to load the system up to its full rated capacity (60 AMPS), it won't go up in flames...which it won't.

    We have had a number of customers who want to extend the inputs wires, and where this is needed we recommend removing the crimped connectors and splicing a section of 8 AWG wire as required (but we recommend no more than 2'). Having said this, the reality is that hardly anyone is actually going to be drawing 60 AMPS, and most bikes won't even generate that much current (BMWs being a notable exception). What this means is that you could likely extend the inputs using 10 AWG wire without risk.

    So, locating the distribution module near the front of the bike is no problem at all!

    Hope this helps,

    Dan
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    Goldburg Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the feedback, Dan.
    I've got some money that i'm sure to be parted with soon...:evil
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    Neat system! Thanks for the report. I have yet to install the fuzeblock in mine. Still have to order a few connectors, etc. and decide on the brand of heated clothing. Also: Portable controllers or hard wired?...
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    No need for portable OR hard wired controllers with the Dispatch 1. Save your money!
    Heated clothing plugs directly INTO the Power Distribution Module.
    You then have 32 levels of heating control...directly controllable by the WIRELESS controller! Sweet.

    Thanks for your kind comments on the pictorial. Always 'fun' to do. Helps others.
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  13. Against the Wind

    Against the Wind I'm older now but still runnin'

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    I've been interested in the Dispatch unit for some time but the size was a factor in finding a place for it on my bike.

    There's someone on this site working on a unit that you can control by bluetooth from your smart phone, see it here:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=827565&page=10
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  14. BTL

    BTL No more snow!!

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    Fantastic info guys, muchly appreciated.
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  15. Pheo

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    Looks great, I have been eyeing one of those myself for some time, a little light on development in the recent years it seems, last major additions were back in 2011 with the PWM stuff

    Did anyone consider mounting it further forward on the bike? I figured it would be easier to get to the USB and utility ports if the permanent cables ran through to the front of the bike rather than have to get up under the seat all the time

    or do you all just run permanent cables for everything needed?

    Either way, love the walk through, looks nicely done! thanks for the guide :)
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  16. LaurelPerryOnLand

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    Pheo,

    Per Dan Grassatti post above...there's no requirement that you mount the Power Distribution Module (PDM) under the seat.

    I think you could just as easily...mount the PDM in a tank bag or an accessory shelf, or elsewhere up front if that better suits your individual needs/requirements.

    I decided to mount mine under the seat because space was available and I planned, as you discerned, to have dedicated USB wiring. That is, a USB cable from the PDM attached to the frame points along the SIDE of the seat.

    I plan to use the first USB port for charging my Scala Rider "bluetooth thingy" that attaches to my helmet.
    I found a USB to Scala Rider pin connection cable on the internet for $3.88 shipped...from China! OK...so I'm cheap.:rofl

    With Dispatch 1's "time out" capability...I can set this USB port to charge for up to 120 minutes after I've turned off the bike.
    Using USB...I don't have to carry the 120v adapter...nor SEARCH for 120v when I'm off road.
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  17. StuartV

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    With my current Warm n Safe battery harness on the bike, I can hook my Optimate battery charger up to that harness for charging the bike battery. Is there any way to charge the bike battery through the Dispatch 1? Or will I stlil have to have a dedicated cable to the battery for that?
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  18. StuartV

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    So your plan is to leave your Scala on your bike (whether it's still on your helmet or not) to charge, even while you may be gone off somewhere (whether it's the bath house or in a motel room or in a restaurant)? You're not worried about somebody stealing it?
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  19. StuartV

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    The prospect of being on the road and suddenly not being able to control any of my wired accessories is a bit, umm, daunting.

    The prospect of not having any AA batteries and not being able to conveniently and quickly get any doesn't help.

    The prospect of having replacement batteries but not being able to find the right size and type of screw driver to open the remote module also doesn't help.

    Honestly, I would like this setup MUCH better if there were a dedicated power wire from the PDM to the remote. Ideally, one that would unplug from the remote, so that I could still move the remote from one bike to another.

    If it had that, I would even consider buying it, just to replace my Warm n Safe dual wireless remote thermostat. And that would be JUST to eliminate the same problem - i.e. that the WnS remote battery could die, I might not have or be able to get replacement batteries (say, if it's the middle of the night and I'm in the middle of nowhere), or I might not have or be able to find the tiny little screwdriver required to change the batteries.

    The idea of my safety (which is what I consider my heated gear to be if I'm in very cold conditions) being dependent on AA or AAA batteries AND having just the right tool is not an idea I like much at all. At least, with the WnS remote setup, if the remote dies, you can unplug/replug the liner and it will default to 1/3 power. Admittedly, none of this is really a high risk issue. But, I like to eliminate even tiny risks, where I can.

    UPDATE: I would like it EVEN BETTER if the interconnect not only supplied power from the PDM to the remote but also handled all communication, so no radio was needed and, thus, no PAN ID required and no possibility of interference or a conflict from another user of a Dispatch 1.
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  20. dangrass

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    It is possible to charge through the D1 by setting one of the switched ports to be always "on" and using that port. It should be noted that if for whatever reason this port is switched "off" while attempting charging, there will likely be damage to a FET. Having said this, several of our customers are doing it without incident.

    Dan
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