USB Charger on motorcyle...

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by a1fa, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. MadM

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    It is rated 1A. I got it from dealextreme. Here is the link: Mini USB 2.0 Car Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter.
  2. Queen of Spades

    Queen of Spades tall drink of water

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    Thanks - ordered 3 in case I goof on the soldering.

    What did you end up using for a switch?

    I'd like to set the circuit up so that if the key switch OR usb-circuit switch is on, the USB port is on. This way I can always leave the switch off, unless I specifically need to charge while the key is off.
  3. JimVonBaden

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  4. Riot

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    The tiger has a perm powered powerlet socket next to the ignition, I have added a low voltage cutout (set to 11.5V) inline and checked the power rating for this socket and wiring - good to 10A (and fused as such).
    I drilled a 6mm hole in the bottom of my givi tank-lock bag.
    I put a multi socket cigar adapter inside the tank bag using dual lock tape (like heavy duty velcro)

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    Cut the original plug off, poked the cable through hole, shortened cable to 25cm

    Put one of these on the outside of the bag to plug into the powerlet socket (remove red adapter)

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    I got 2 x 3.1 A dual usb power to plug USB cables in directly into.

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    For giggles I got one of these - I don't leave it plugged in though.
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  5. Queen of Spades

    Queen of Spades tall drink of water

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  6. JimVonBaden

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    As the link I posted says:

    Plenty for a couple of accessories.

    Jim :brow
  7. Casper137

    Casper137 When in doubt Mumble

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    Hopefully this helps some fellow Canucks.

    Princess auto has been selling these for a little while again

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    And the best part is they have them for like $6.99 rather then ~$20 something.
  8. Queen of Spades

    Queen of Spades tall drink of water

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    Got a link for that?
  9. Casper137

    Casper137 When in doubt Mumble

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  10. Burnszilla

    Burnszilla BurnsMoto.com

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  11. Casper137

    Casper137 When in doubt Mumble

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    ^^ yes online it does look like they are out of stock.

    I posted that link a half hour ago but I guess since I have few posts my URL posts takes a bit to get reviewed by mods.

    I just purchased 2 of them from my local princess auto. (Newmarket) for $6.99.
  12. TorontoBrit

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  13. cchoc

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    The BlueSea one is around $26 from Amazon but has two ports and is a lot cleaner looking install, but you do have to drill a hole. I got one for my F800GS and it will fit perfectly in the spare hole to the right of the key.
  14. mouthfulloflake

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  15. isaac004

    isaac004 Been here awhile

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    Not sure if this was posted yet, but these cigarette chargers are really nice, from Amazon.

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    http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-2-Port-Charger-Output-Black/dp/B00511PS3C/

    They charge much faster then most cigarette lighter chargers. These will charge at the same fast rate of an AC wall charger, and are only $10. Plus you have 2 USB plugs.

    I use mine on my BMW F800GS with a Powerlet to cigarette lighter adapter.
  16. JimVonBaden

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    I'll vouch for him. I bout one several years ago at the price stated. At that time they were not available anywhere else I knew of.:deal

    Jim :brow
  17. worwig

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  18. mouthfulloflake

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    Then buy the female usb connectors and make your own hub.

    the waterproofing is not an issue to me, everything I will need to charge will live in the tank bag, or map pocket, so not exposed.

    not to mention its 5 volts dc, I would not be surprised if a normal usb cable and connector would operate just fine under water.

    Ill do the experiment in a bucket of water, just because I am curious now.

    also I ordered this, ill report back how it works, I imagine I will have to short pins 2 and 3 to get my iStuff to charge.
    3 amps, 8-40 volts DC in, 5 Vdc 3 amps out, $7.99 shipped

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  19. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    Hey Worwig,

    just did some basic testing here at my desk

    a 9 volt battery submerged in a cup of tap water will have approximately a 3mA short.

    a 5 volt power supply, has approximately a 1mA short.

    I see absolutely no need for a waterproof connection at a USB for charging purposes.

    rain water would be less of an issue than submersion, and I think the occasional plugging and unplugging of the usb would keep the connectors clean enough.
  20. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    I had the USB on my ST open and exposed for years with no issue. Low voltage is generally not a probrlem for moisture. Corrosion is a bigger issue, and the USB plug is a bit delicate to side stress.

    Jim :brow