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got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« on: February 26, 2013, 03:46:04 am »
Ok d*mmit i needed a 5 star cigarette lighter type waterproof USB.  WTF is a "cigarette lighter" on my bike for anyway?  Hardly anyone smokes any more and USB availability is EVERYWHERE ('cept my bike), even a cheesy jet-blu airplane terminal (meetings on the cheap!) has USB availability. Forgive the crappy phone cam pics heh

Now my bike does too   :great:

Under the friggin' knife goes the right side panel 



lets clean up a soft round outlet



OH YES, 5V (not hardwired straight to 12V) USB availability!

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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2013, 03:49:22 am »
Nicely done Steve!  :great:
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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2013, 03:56:19 am »
Nicely done Steve!  :great:


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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2013, 04:01:22 am »
Looks cool.  Is it switched?

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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2013, 04:10:47 am »
Looks cool.  Is it switched?

Yes sir, because i have it in switched mode in the Fuzeblock.  It takes only a couple of seconds to change the fuse position and it becomes an unswitched outlet
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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2013, 09:11:44 am »
Nice! I put mine on the left side of the console, in the blank. So I used a hole saw too, and cut the blank out.

I have my heat controlled powerlet ports (#1 & #2) and my audio port where you put your USB.

The USB is really useful sometime. I haven't used the SAE socket (cigarette lighter) much like you, won't why they bothered putting it on there. It may be replaced someday, I have a spare power port on the Dispatch 1 maybe I could do something there.
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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2013, 05:04:10 pm »
I like your USB port idea.  I do use the 12v power port though for my GPS.  Did you wire the USB to a 12v power source or did your reduce the voltage to it.
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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2013, 05:16:18 pm »
I like your USB port idea.  I do use the 12v power port though for my GPS.  Did you wire the USB to a 12v power source or did your reduce the voltage to it.

Mine is plugged into a USB port on the Dispatch 1 electronic fuse box, but otherwise you have to buy one of the kits with a 12V to USB conversion circuit built in.
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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2013, 08:54:52 pm »
I want to do the same thing, however I am worried about the port collecting water in that location.  If I am charging and riding in the rain, should I not be worried?  I was thinking of putting it in the glove box, or somewhere a bit less 'out there' in the elements. 

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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2013, 10:07:16 pm »
What?  Only 1 USB port?   :D
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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2013, 02:47:50 am »
What?  Only 1 USB port?   :D


1 droid does all I want my usb to do. why do you think I'd only install 1 usb port if I needed more?

youtube
conference calls from bike
gps
web
text messaging
email
webTV
MP3 player
movies

***disclaimer, I also have the Garmin GPS (junk) hardwired, but thats NOT an open usb port  :great:
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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2013, 03:27:46 am »
What?  Only 1 USB port?   :D


1 droid does all I want my usb to do. why do you think I'd only install 1 usb port if I needed more?

youtube
conference calls from bike
gps
web
text messaging
email
webTV
MP3 player
movies

***disclaimer, I also have the Garmin GPS (junk) hardwired, but thats NOT an open usb port  :great:

Don't ferget camera.

I was gonna post some pix tonight, but left my Skyrocket at the office when I came home tonight.   :-\



I wonder if it was my subconscious that left it there?   :(  I'd better get that guy looked at.    :D
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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2013, 08:03:02 am »
I want to do the same thing, however I am worried about the port collecting water in that location.  If I am charging and riding in the rain, should I not be worried?  I was thinking of putting it in the glove box, or somewhere a bit less 'out there' in the elements.

Interestingly enough, I have my audio cable plugged in for XM stereo and GPS all the time, even in the pouring down rain, and it is on the right side ram air tube cover where OP put his USB. Never a problem, I think since I put the flip up cap so it "faced" forward when open, it shields the socket/plug enough to be ok.

Same with my powerlets for heated gear, the powerlet plug is tight enough it is fine in heavy rain.
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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2013, 02:28:55 pm »
very nicely done! and for those asking about why only one, I believe the single will  flow 2.1 amps and the double will flow
1.1 and 1 amp  so if you have anything with a heavy draw(heated clothing)  this will blow your circuit left and right...

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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2013, 04:16:37 pm »
Marc, I was pretty much teasing about the ONE USB port.  Almost EVERYTHING has a half dozen USB ports on it anymore so you can plug in a jillion USB supported devices.  The Android being ALL those devices pretty much disarmed me. LOL

Of course had he said iPhone5, I would expect that Apple would want a monthly check and a NEW MAC proprietary FOB would be required to operate the bike... OH SNAP, Apple would require a special connector altogether.   ;D

Nevermind.  :))
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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2013, 04:24:57 pm »
Reason for the SAE outlet instead of USB: You can find an adapter to charge just about anything from the "lighter socket", even USB adapters!
There are things that won't recharge from the USB, but will from the 12V. For example, for my ham radio handheld, I have a 12V charger, but it will not charge from a USB (too low voltage).
Having said that, I have a mini USB in the left fairing pocket of our C10, and still have not installed a 12V outlet.

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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2013, 04:36:11 pm »
Reason for the SAE outlet instead of USB: You can find an adapter to charge just about anything from the "lighter socket", even USB adapters!
There are things that won't recharge from the USB, but will from the 12V. For example, for my ham radio handheld, I have a 12V charger, but it will not charge from a USB (too low voltage).
Having said that, I have a mini USB in the left fairing pocket of our C10, and still have not installed a 12V outlet.

I have USB adapters for the cigarette lighters, that is a half measure.  Need dedicated USB, dedicated heat gear feed, etc  while leaving the cigarette lighter on the bike free for anything else. 

And you'll find over time and once your bike gets some wear, if you plug into the cigarette lighter and ride at high speeds a brisk pace, over time it will eventually work its way out or at least be half measure $#%&ing pain.

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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #17 on: February 27, 2013, 05:21:13 pm »
I can set the amperage of the USB port on my Dispatch 1, pretty sure. It charges anything I have.
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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #18 on: February 27, 2013, 06:42:41 pm »
I know there are several great USB solutions available, I just wanted one weatherproof, dedicated, permanent  USB port before my FL to Alaska or bust trip. Thought I'd share it

I've used  hardwired cable, USB "batterY" chargers in my tanks bag, and the 12V outlet.  Those are all the "same ole" scenarios I was trying not to use that the thread subject referred too.  I'm sure there are better options than my outlet too :)
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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #19 on: February 27, 2013, 07:32:30 pm »
Marc, I was pretty much teasing about the ONE USB port.  Almost EVERYTHING has a half dozen USB ports on it anymore so you can plug in a jillion USB supported devices.  The Android being ALL those devices pretty much disarmed me. LOL

Of course had he said iPhone5, I would expect that Apple would want a monthly check and a NEW MAC proprietary FOB would be required to operate the bike... OH SNAP, Apple would require a special connector altogether.   ;D

Nevermind.  :))
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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #20 on: February 28, 2013, 02:52:52 am »
Marc, I was pretty much teasing about the ONE USB port.  Almost EVERYTHING has a half dozen USB ports on it anymore so you can plug in a jillion USB supported devices.  The Android being ALL those devices pretty much disarmed me. LOL

Of course had he said iPhone5, I would expect that Apple would want a monthly check and a NEW MAC proprietary FOB would be required to operate the bike... OH SNAP, Apple would require a special connector altogether.   ;D

Nevermind.  :))
You can buy "generic "Iphone 5  cords  for about  3fitty each..  I bought 15 of them from various places, 1 in the office, 1 in the car, one on each motorcycle  1 in living room  1 in bedroom   the rest are sitting in my nightstand  waiting for one to go south.. only one bad cord  in 6 months  thats about equal to apples cord lifetime  :rotflmao: I am gonna wire the C14  with powerlet stuff as soon as the powerlet  Powerlet Termin-8 Kit  comes off backorder next week. .  and run power outlets into tank bag  with Powerlet Luggage Electrix Connector.

+1  I've used tank bag juice from various sources for quite a while, I opted for dedicated plug because i don't always have my bag on the bike

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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2013, 02:58:41 am »
Several asked how i got the correct voltage (5V USB) without a "cigarette lighter adapter plugged into my cigarette outlet", I simply used one of these 3 dollar adapters and soldiered it to a 12V source on my fuzeblock, then weather sealed it with the USB cable plugged in and weather sealed tightly.







**********Before I did any of that put an onboard fuzeblock on the sport-tourer.  Power is switched or unswitched depending on which position the fuse is in.  Its a very sweet mod, but not required for this application.







Then this is the simple USB extender for a boat I ordered to plug into that 3 dollah adapter:  http://www.amazon.com/Clarion-CCAUSB-Extension-Cable-Integrated/dp/B001GXQMXE

May look a little complicated but its a 5-10 minute install once the dash panel has been removed from the bike!!!
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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2013, 09:55:09 pm »
Several asked how i got the correct voltage (5V USB) without a "cigarette lighter adapter plugged into my cigarette outlet", I simply used one of these 3 dollar adapters and soldiered it to a 12V source on my fuzeblock, then weather sealed it with the USB cable plugged in and weather sealed tightly.







**********Before I did any of that put an onboard fuzeblock on the sport-tourer.  Power is switched or unswitched depending on which position the fuse is in.  Its a very sweet mod, but not required for this application.







Then this is the simple USB extender for a boat I ordered to plug into that 3 dollah adapter:  http://www.amazon.com/Clarion-CCAUSB-Extension-Cable-Integrated/dp/B001GXQMXE

May look a little complicated but its a 5-10 minute install once the dash panel has been removed from the bike!!!


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Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
« Reply #24 on: March 12, 2013, 11:53:04 am »
I like the plan for the USB installation.  Instead of modifying the cigarette lighter adapter, I found this item that bolts on, has 12 volt power leads.  It’s rated for 3 amps and 15 Watts.

Autek DC Converter Buck Module 12V convert to 5V usb output power adapter(DCCON-5U-0)
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