Making a charge cord for the bike...

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  1. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    Got a little project going on. Trying to get a cord to hook up to my battery to charge the smart phone.

    Of course this is on the cheap. :lol3 How cheap?

    I need a micro B USB cable to connect to the phone. I found a cable that I wasn't using and found the pinout on Wiki. I have seen 12V USB adaptors for $10-$20 bucks in stores. I don't want to put a cigarette lighter on my DL. So I found a dude who got a cheap adaptor off Amazon for $2 and ran a wire to the battery then fused it. Used his standard cord to charge the phone.

    I was thinking of getting a +5 V TO-220 linear regulator at the rat shack, an inline fuse holder probably with a 2 amp fuse, and a heat sink for the regulator. Use my cut unused micro B cable and wire it to the battery. Then run the cable either up front or leave it under the seat. Finding a cap for the micro B end may be an issue.

    :hmmmmm
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  4. Iaone

    Iaone And there I was!

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    I went a different route. I used a SAE plug soldered to pig-tail on a cigarette plug. I then used one of those 2 port USB chargers in the cigarette plug. I can plug this in to my Harley, my wife's Honda or my son's KLR . The SAE plug already has a fuse installed on our bikes from the factory. With this I can charge two USB devices at the same time as I ride. I can also plug in and use anything , like a mini air compressor by pulling out the USB charger. I made this from Walmart parts on vaction for about $10 or $12. I soldered it together when we returned home! It rides in my saddle bag.
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  5. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    Not bad, shipped directly from China.

    Where do you get a SAE plug?

    There is all kinds of options. I have plenty of time. I like all the different ideas.
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    they sell some that do work for iphones though, you just have to search

    under $10 big current charger, get it in about 2 weeks from china.
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    Ebay, $29 delivered. Works with my iPhone.

    Jim :brow
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  9. OaklandStrom

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    The USB standard only allows 500 miliamps at 12v. Smartphones and tablets will take forever to charge at 500mA, so Apple did some creative work and broke the standard to get more than 500mA from USB. So did all the other manufacturers of smartphone - but they broke the standard in a slightly different way. I don't know who did it first, and I really don't care. This isn;t about which method is better - they are both a hack.

    So, the USB cable that charges your iThing at more than 500mA, won't charge your otherThing at more than 500mA. And vice-versa.
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    Interesting,,, I missed that part. That was just the first one I came to and linked it. I have a usb outlet I picked up from Canadian Tire a few years ago (and an inmate sells the same one in Vendors) It charges my S II and and my wifes 4S without issue. As a matter of fact last year at the Roaming Rally in Canada I charged a bunch of different iPhones and such.

    My real purpose in my original post was showing that the OP could find something ready made for reasonable cost and not reinvent the wheel.
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  11. OaklandStrom

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    I should clarify.
    Any of the USB chargers will charge at 500mA, but if it's been modified one way or the other, it will charge some devises at more than 500mA. So, the one you have will charge both kinds of phones, but only one of them (or neither) at more than 500mA.

    USB 3.0 solves that problem, but since most phones are still USB 2.0, it won't make a difference.
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  12. aaronrkelly

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    Ive got these on all my bikes.

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    Wire to 12v ...... plug in any type of USB cable you want.

    Ive used it to charge android smartphones, IPODs etc

    Of course its not waterproof.....but its damn sure been thru alot of rain storms and its still kicking.

    $10.....and simple.

    It looks big in the photos.....its not - it all but disappears on the bike.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-Converte...ader_Chargers_Sync_Cables&hash=item3a7b503106
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    +1, but I must ask, just WTF do you know about white stuff?:lol3
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