How to plug a GPS without battery?

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Oz and Kiwi Land' started by Nanin, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. Nanin

    Nanin Halfozze

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    Hi there

    I'm hoping that somewhere out there is a clever electrician that will be able to give me a cheap advice.

    I've got a TTR600 without baterry so, how could I plug my GPS without spend a fortune?????

    Thanx in advance

    Adios
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  2. slabbie

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    For short trips, go buy a small (10-14Amp hour) 12volt sealed gel battery, mount it safely to the bike and power the gps from that, then re-charge it when you get home. On longer runs, install a small solar panel on the bike, like those small pluging to the car gig plug and keep your battery charged.
    If there's an alternator on the bike for lights, it might be possible to connect to that and charge the battery that way.
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  3. neilaction

    neilaction Slightly Less Adventurous

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    I assume the bike has lights?

    The lights may be running off an AC only winding off the stator.

    If that is the case, I would get a bridge rectifier and a 12 regulator to first covert the AC into DC and then ensure that your voltage is stable.
    A couple of capacitors wouldn't go astray either.
    Esay and cheap. ($5, maybe 10):clap

    If the lights run off DC then all you will need is a regulator.

    Job done

    If the GPS has its own battery then you won't need another one.
    Just the above.
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  4. DMME

    DMME Old Fart, Older Bike

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    YEP, what ^ said but the capacitors ar a MUST, Vregs tend to oscillate without some. 10uF on input side 1000uf on output should cover Ya
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  5. Nanin

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    Thanx mates but all that sounds Japanese to me
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  6. neilaction

    neilaction Slightly Less Adventurous

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    mmmm If you were a bit closer I'd say, drop round and we will knock it over in under an hour. Probably got everything on hand.

    But you're not and you will need a little knowledge to build a small 12v rectifier/ regulator.

    Do you have access to some basic tools like a soldering iron and a multimeter?
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  7. Nanin

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    Hummmmmmmmm Perth.............. :evil:evil:evil I'd love to ride the bike till there, but is only a dream, I've got no time

    No mate I don't have the multimeter and the soldering iron, I may have to get one
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  8. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Does your GPS not have it's own batteries that you can change? Easiest thing is to carry a pack...

    Otherwise the next easiest way unless you want to get your soldering boy scout badge is to do what a previous poster said - buy a rechargable 12v battery that you can recharge after the ride & hook up a basic 12v cigarette lighter socket to it. Your GPS should have or you'll be able to obtain a appropriate lead from the gps that fits into the ciggy lighter socket.

    The probs with this tho is the weight of the battery & trying to secure it.

    If all this is too much just take it round to a mechanic & they'll tell ya how much it'll cost
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  9. Nanin

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    Yes it has got batteries but what I'm trying to avoid is carry spare batteries and as You said I don't want the extra weight of the 12v battery.

    Thanx anyway
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  10. gateman

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    I will try not to sound too rude but maps are good stuff. No battery, no wires and menues and shit that gets us old men cranky and they are very light and fit down your shirt to cut out the wind and they dont tell you to turn left into swamps and stuff. They start good fires too hay. GPS cuts out too much simple adventure. They make you look down and your eyes rattle and you fall off or get lost anyway.
    Sorry Im a dinosoreississ. Got to go dinner ready its quiche.
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  11. bully1

    bully1 Long timer

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    I have a GPS system on both my bikes but still carry a solar powered paper GPS whenever I travel, (nuthin like being able to look at the big picture)
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  12. zatigs

    zatigs Happy Wanderer

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    Nanin, I run a Garmin 76 CSx on my TTR, it is wired straight into the park light circuit as is the Acewell digital instrument panel. The instrument panel power supply runs through a filter to take care of spikes but the gps runs as is as I was too lazy to open the wiring loom up again to patch it into the "clean" power from the filter and it has never had an issue.
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  13. Nanin

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    Do You have any photos?

    Ta
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    zatigs Happy Wanderer

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    Flash caused some glare but they do the job.
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  15. mt21

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    Hi, I need to be able to power my head-light,
    which is a LED and only run's on DC power.

    Does anyone know were i can take DC power from this bike TTR600 ????


    Please help

    Regards MT
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  16. Rucksta

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    Take a trip to Jaycar and buy a suitable AC charger.
    Open the box and bypass the transformer section with a couple of shunts so the AC supply feeds directly to rectifier section of the power supply.
    Remove the transformer if you want to save a ffew more grams.
    Cut the AC plug off and attach to alternator output.

    For higher output like LED headlights you may need to look at beefier rectifier bridges. There is likely a Kit with high enough capacity diodes to handle the current draw.
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  17. Mr.JAJA

    Mr.JAJA Been here awhile

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    Yamaha TT600 has only 6 volt for the light. Get a Alternator from a XT 600 and you can start working on the 12V power for the GPS.:deal
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