electronic rubber covers for USB accessories

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  1. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    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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    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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  3. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    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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    1P8RIOT Been here awhile

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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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    buickid Lets ride!

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    Perhaps you could make something suitable with plasti-dip?
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  7. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    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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    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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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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    Urbandrag KLiM Beotch!

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    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    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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    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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  12. Urbandrag

    Urbandrag KLiM Beotch!

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    In that case you will need this:

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    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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    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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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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    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    I need to protect this when it is not connected to the GPS

    <a href="http://s1116.photobucket.com/albums/k571/Herman_Melville/?action=view&amp;current=IMAG1241.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k571/Herman_Melville/IMAG1241.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    I already use the ziploc bag trick :deal
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  15. Urbandrag

    Urbandrag KLiM Beotch!

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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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    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    I have resorted to some technical engineering to devise the best bit of garage craft I could muster. It is not pretty but it is funtional and should protect the USB. I wish I would have gotten a straight mini USB as opposed to a 90 degree one.
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    Urbandrag KLiM Beotch!

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    Ok,
    Here is my update,

    I just received and mounted the Burns Moto charger and HDB bracket.
    I don't have pics in this computer, but I will posted soon.
    Everything was fine until I connected an ordinary USB data cable between the charger and the GPS, it was when I found I still have issues with GPS power...
    The GPS went to mass storage mode everytime I connected the cable.
    I started to do some Google research to find the answer, once again, in Advrider...
    Now, my problem is that USB data cable and Garmin USB POWER cable are different!...
    I found that a vendor here sells the correct cable to feed a Garmin Nuvi, here is the thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=666156
    I already sent him a PM and I still waiting for an answer...

    I'll keep you posted...
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    Sweet dealio!

    This is my current method until I find something more suitable. When it is plugged into the GPS it is sealed up nicely but once removed it is likely to get screwed up.

    <a href="http://s1116.photobucket.com/albums/k571/Herman_Melville/?action=view&amp;current=IMAG1285.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k571/Herman_Melville/IMAG1285.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    <a href="http://s1116.photobucket.com/albums/k571/Herman_Melville/?action=view&amp;current=IMAG1286.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k571/Herman_Melville/IMAG1286.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    <a href="http://s1116.photobucket.com/albums/k571/Herman_Melville/?action=view&amp;current=IMAG1287.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k571/Herman_Melville/IMAG1287.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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    I saw a post somewhere that a condom, new not used, was put over the ends for when the rains.
    I'm going to try that some day when the opportunity presents itself and I happen to have one on me.

    Remember I'm not a teenager any more. :lol3
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    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    Just make sure it isn't lubricated hahaha:dllama

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