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Title: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: stevewfl 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  (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/bigthumb.gif)

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/Connie%2014/20130225_185118.jpg)

lets clean up a soft round outlet

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/Connie%2014/20130225_194159.jpg)

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

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/Connie%2014/20130225_194124.jpg)
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: ZG on February 26, 2013, 03:49:22 am
Nicely done Steve!  :great:
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: stevewfl on February 26, 2013, 03:56:19 am
Nicely done Steve!  :great:


thanks brutha-man (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/bigthumb.gif)
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: Rick on February 26, 2013, 04:01:22 am
Looks cool.  Is it switched?
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: stevewfl 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
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: Gypsy JR 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.
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: BamaCOGer 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.
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: Gypsy JR 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.
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: Stlheadake 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. 
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: Rev Ryder on February 26, 2013, 10:07:16 pm
What?  Only 1 USB port?   :D
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: stevewfl 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? (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/bigthumb.gif)

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:
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: Rev Ryder 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? ([url]http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/bigthumb.gif[/url])

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
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: Gypsy JR 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.
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: devilboy 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...
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: Rev Ryder 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.  :))
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: Jorge 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.
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: stevewfl 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.

Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: Gypsy JR 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.
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: stevewfl 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 :)
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: devilboy 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.  :))
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.
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: stevewfl 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

Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: stevewfl 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.

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/Connie%2014/12v%20and%20fuel%20mods/20110625-DSC_1214.jpg)

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/Connie%2014/12v%20and%20fuel%20mods/20110625-DSC_1233.jpg)

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/Connie%2014/12v%20and%20fuel%20mods/20110625-DSC_1232.jpg)

**********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.

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/Connie%2014/Fuzeblock%20install/4.jpg)

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/Connie%2014/Fuzeblock%20install/3.jpg)

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/Connie%2014/Fuzeblock%20install/5.jpg)

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 (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!!!
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: ZG on February 28, 2013, 03:01:34 am
([url]http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/Connie%2014/12v%20and%20fuel%20mods/20110625-DSC_1232.jpg[/url])


Hey I know them from somewhere...  ;D  :beerchug:
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: devilboy 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.

([url]http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/Connie%2014/12v%20and%20fuel%20mods/20110625-DSC_1214.jpg[/url])

([url]http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/Connie%2014/12v%20and%20fuel%20mods/20110625-DSC_1233.jpg[/url])

([url]http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/Connie%2014/12v%20and%20fuel%20mods/20110625-DSC_1232.jpg[/url])

**********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.

([url]http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/Connie%2014/Fuzeblock%20install/4.jpg[/url])

([url]http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/Connie%2014/Fuzeblock%20install/3.jpg[/url])

([url]http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/Connie%2014/Fuzeblock%20install/5.jpg[/url])

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

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


Excellent.. always looking for other peoples ideas to make my life easier.... ;)
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: 4Bikes 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)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BMIVFK8/ref=pe_175190_21431760_3p_M3T1_ST1_dp_1 (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BMIVFK8/ref=pe_175190_21431760_3p_M3T1_ST1_dp_1)

- Over voltage, over current, over temperature, short circuit, it can be auto protection, and can work in normal condition when restored.
- Epoxy potting, seismic, water, moisture, dust, long term stable and reliable quality.
- Super-thin, small size, high efficiency, easy installation and use.
- Input voltage: DC8-20V, (12V changes to 5V)
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: 4Bikes on March 13, 2013, 07:35:50 pm
I also found this USB weatherproof port that is ready to go as one unit for a Motorcycle.  The only downside I see is that it’s only rated for 1 amp.  It would likely charge most devices with 1 amp however.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r4/waterproof-motorcycle-usb-port/ (http://www.webbikeworld.com/r4/waterproof-motorcycle-usb-port/)
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: Aussie on June 03, 2014, 12:35:47 pm
I know this is an old post but ...

How did you tap off the battery? A link would be nice if you used a neat approach (i.e., more sophisticated than a circle connector).

What gauge wire did you run from the battery, to support how many amps? The fuse box can supply 30A ... But it doesn't have to be wired for the full 30A.
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: stevewfl on June 03, 2014, 04:20:07 pm
I know this is an old post but ...

How did you tap off the battery? A link would be nice if you used a neat approach (i.e., more sophisticated than a circle connector).

What gauge wire did you run from the battery, to support how many amps? The fuse box can supply 30A ... But it doesn't have to be wired for the full 30A.

I went through the FUZEBLOCK (last two pics).  I hardwired to battery through a fuse, and also hardwired to an ignition sense. Whats so nice with it is depending upon the position of each fuse in it determines whether its constant voltage or only voltage when the bike is on  :beerchug:
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: Aussie on June 03, 2014, 10:08:52 pm
Hey Steve ... Yeah ... Got that.

What I am really interested in is how you tapped off the battery?

And the gauge wire you used to the fuze block ... At 30A we potentially need 12GA?
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: stevewfl on June 03, 2014, 11:04:06 pm
Hey Steve ... Yeah ... Got that.

What I am really interested in is how you tapped off the battery?

And the gauge wire you used to the fuze block ... At 30A we potentially need 12GA?

Yes sir, I went straight to the battery terminal  with 12 gauge wire.
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: Aussie on June 04, 2014, 11:41:15 am
Great ... Thanks for the update ... It looks like I am on the right track then ...

I am hoping to install the same fuze box, extra lights, GPS power, USB power, a Rostra and a Strebel ...

So I want to make sure that I have the design correct before I start.

I'll probably post the design for comment ... Prior to implementation.
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: stevewfl on June 04, 2014, 11:50:02 am
Right on.... I also run my heated gear through the Fuzeblock too.  Many suggest going straight to the battery, which may be better, but for 85,000 miles I haven't had an issue and I run mine in "smoking hot mode" when I'm out of FL in winters  riding cold!
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: Fuzz on June 05, 2014, 02:57:00 am
Great ... Thanks for the update ... It looks like I am on the right track then ...

I am hoping to install the same fuze box, extra lights, GPS power, USB power, a Rostra and a Strebel ...

So I want to make sure that I have the design correct before I start.

I'll probably post the design for comment ... Prior to implementation.


It's my understanding that the Stebel Horns require quite a bit of power so should go directly to the battery and not go through the Fuzeblock.  Supposedly, it could blow your fuse if you are drawing on too many different farkles at once and then have a huge draw for the horn.

This is how I set mine up, but please correct me if I am wrong. 

I have the GPS, Powerlet Outlet (with Dual USB Adapter), Gerbing Dual Heated Gear Ports and Controller, Rostra CC, and Givi E55 topcase with Brake lights and Remote Entry in the Fuze Block. One space left in the Fuzeblock, but already drawing more than 30 amps if everything is going at once.

The Fuzeblock and Stebel Horns are attached to the battery.

Does this sound right? 
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: Aussie on June 05, 2014, 11:19:24 am
From my research the Stebel draws a max 18A ... The FuzeBlock is rated to 30A. So it can handle it well.

Wiring direct to the battery is not wrong ... It frees up the FuzeBlock to supply current elsewhere.

Of course, if you already have more than 12A draw on the FuzeBlock and then blow the Strebel, a 30A fuse could blow.

What I m researching now, is how many amps the alternator can supply. I hear that it has 41.5A available. I will check the manual.

The next question is what the power draw is ... Maximum, to see what is left for farkles. Current draw is additive ( each draw adds to the rest) although their may be some items that are never used together ... But if there is a chance that all devices can be on, then all this. Urrents need to be added to get the current draw.

I expect that I will get a current meter on the bike to see what the draw is.
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: BDF on June 05, 2014, 01:29:30 pm
The alternator will produce something near 46 or 47 amps.

Power available to the user is right around 300 / 325 watts. 350 watts causes the system voltage to dip down to or slightly below the battery's resting voltage, meaning the alternator cannot supply enough current to maintain that amount of system draw.

If you tap a sizable amount of power directly from the battery, bear in mind that you could overload and open the 'main' fuse. It is rated at 30 amps and if you draw most of the alternators' output from the battery side, the main fuse will open leaving the bike dead as the proverbial doornail. Had it happen to me one cold night (my fault, not the bike) and it has been an issue with police use of C-14's as they are very heavily laden with electrical accessories.

Brian

From my research the Stebel draws a max 18A ... The FuzeBlock is rated to 30A. So it can handle it well.

Wiring direct to the battery is not wrong ... It frees up the FuzeBlock to supply current elsewhere.

Of course, if you already have more than 12A draw on the FuzeBlock and then blow the Strebel, a 30A fuse could blow.

What I m researching now, is how many amps the alternator can supply. I hear that it has 41.5A available. I will check the manual.

The next question is what the power draw is ... Maximum, to see what is left for farkles. Current draw is additive ( each draw adds to the rest) although their may be some items that are never used together ... But if there is a chance that all devices can be on, then all this. Urrents need to be added to get the current draw.

I expect that I will get a current meter on the bike to see what the draw is.
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: Bruiser on June 05, 2014, 09:01:17 pm
I also could not figger out why Kaw put the damn thing on the wrong side.  But I went cheap, and just use one of those plug-in USB ports you plug into a cig lighter outlet.
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: Aussie on June 05, 2014, 09:59:45 pm
OK ...  You guys are edumacting me here ...

So you are saying that I need to tap off the alternator ... Not the battery ... Right?

If you draw over 30A from the alternator side momentarily (e.g., during shutdown when the alternator is not going) won't you blow the main fuse anyway?

Or are we saying we shouldn't be pulling 30A without the bike running?
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: markthink on June 05, 2014, 11:14:15 pm
Got me a dongle that makes the battery tender connection a USB. Got a plug that makes the 12v accessory socket a USB. Carry both, in case I need the phone to talk to the helmet. Had a plug that made that "lighter plug" socket to two USB, but it crapped out. Also I need that socket for my GPS, whence the battery tender plug-in comes in handy.
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: BDF on June 06, 2014, 12:15:45 am
To directly answer your question about tapping into the alternator side and drawing more than 30 amps without the bike running (all from the battery, no alternator input) then yes, you will open the main fuse probably- depending on how much over 30 amps you go.

Most users will never draw enough current from the bike to notice this problem. The only reason I ran into it was because I was running two full sets of Gerbing heated clothing, which draws about 350 watts max., and a pair of HID's, which draw 42 watts each. Because I was tapped on the battery side, the current actually charging the battery has to be added to the loads I had and as you can see, it was WELL over 30 amps. What I did was to move one set of heated clothing to the alternator side and leave the other set as well as the HID's on the battery so I cannot have a condition where I can draw more than 30 amps through the main fuse.

So to sum up: do not draw more than, say, 25 amps max. from the battery directly. If using more load, I would suggest splitting it and putting some on each side of the main fuse (battery and the alternator are the two 'sides'). And as far as drawing 30 amps or more without the bike running, well that is really a pretty excessive amount of current from such a small battery under any circumstances IMO and the battery will not put out that much current for very long at all.

Brian

OK ...  You guys are edumacting me here ...

So you are saying that I need to tap off the alternator ... Not the battery ... Right?

If you draw over 30A from the alternator side momentarily (e.g., during shutdown when the alternator is not going) won't you blow the main fuse anyway?

Or are we saying we shouldn't be pulling 30A without the bike running?
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: Aussie on June 06, 2014, 11:28:39 am
BDF ... Nice answer  :beerchug:

I will continue to design using your suggestions and post updates as I go.
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: stevewfl on June 27, 2014, 05:04:23 pm
Got me a dongle that makes the battery tender connection a USB. Got a plug that makes the 12v accessory socket a USB. Carry both, in case I need the phone to talk to the helmet. Had a plug that made that "lighter plug" socket to two USB, but it crapped out. Also I need that socket for my GPS, whence the battery tender plug-in comes in handy.


Connectors and adapters I've always used for this and that is what I was trying to get around.  Even my OEM 12v accessory socket has been used so much now its a "loose fit".  I needed one "dedicated"  USB solution.  Of course i still use my adapters and such and deal with them getting loose, extra cable, and all the other things that go with adapters (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/bigthumb.gif)
Title: Re: got tired of the same ole' USB solutions
Post by: KaTieM505 on July 04, 2014, 04:41:46 pm
Here is another USB option that I found works quite well:
USB Charger Quick Disconnect Motorcycle Plug Battery Tender 081-0158

I bought it from Apexracingoutlet.com on eBay for $11.85 including free shipping. It plugs into your battery tender, charges at 2.1 amps and is weatherproof.