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12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« on: May 06, 2015, 09:40:21 pm »
I know there are other options, such as the USB and the Battery Tender-type plug, but has anyone come across a plug that goes into the stock 12v receptacle (commonly known as a cigarette lighter plug) on the dash and stays solidly connected while riding?  I've tried a couple different ones, but all seem to vibrate out after a bit of time.  Heading off on a 4-day ride soon, and would like to use the plug to charge my cell phone and GoPro.  I'll be camping, so no hotel room outlet to plug into at night.  Thanks!
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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2015, 09:49:54 pm »
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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2015, 09:55:37 pm »
Powerlet plug, here's a link to my install...  :beerchug:

http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,38323.msg218557.html#msg218557


Yea, I get that ZG.  But what I'm asking is if anyone has found a 12v plug that stays connected in the stock 12v outlet on the dash without vibrating out.
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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2015, 09:57:29 pm »
Nothing stayed plugged in for me either.  Jam something in beside the plug for a temporary fix.
I had the BT pigtail so I got one of these until I get proper sockets installed.

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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2015, 10:02:22 pm »
wrap a rubberband, a small one, around the device plug about 1/4" inward of where the opening comes to... works great.
also, with the bike off, reach up behind that socket and firmly tighten the nut that holds the socket in, when you ride with something plugged in, it tends to loosen, and the socket will pop out... damhik

I've also jambed a strip of innertube down alonside the plugin, opposite the side contact on the plug, this seems to work best... but you might want to tie a piece of string to it, and to the flap cap, so you don't loose it...
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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2015, 10:40:50 pm »
I have the same problem.  I bought one of these, and it actually stays put.  I got mine at Walgreens but I see them for sale everywhere.
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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2015, 10:43:23 pm »
Use a toothpick between the plug and socket. Works every time.
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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2015, 11:26:13 pm »
Use a toothpick between the plug and socket. Works every time.

2nd that!  I've found the flat-tapered ones work best vs. the round ones.  But either can be made to work in a pinch.
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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2015, 12:13:54 am »
If it's an android the motorola charger from Amazon works for me
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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2015, 12:25:03 am »
the 12V outlet that comes with our bike sux, nothing stays plugged in  :truce:    :truce:    :truce:
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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2015, 01:32:02 am »
I use a little ,narrow strip of Velcro inside the receptacle , the fuzzy side of the Velcro. :party0036:
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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2015, 01:49:48 am »
I must be doing something wrong because I've plugged several things into it and never had a problem. Have you guys tried to clean the inside of the plug? I clean mine when I wash the bike with a little alcohol wipe. It keeps it clean and so far nothing has come loose from it.

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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2015, 02:24:29 am »
I must be doing something wrong because I've plugged several things into it and never had a problem. Have you guys tried to clean the inside of the plug? I clean mine when I wash the bike with a little alcohol wipe. It keeps it clean and so far nothing has come loose from it.

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You actually have to ride the bike to get it to loosen. ;D

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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2015, 02:37:06 am »
Cuda,  I like the little Velcro strip idea. :great:
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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2015, 03:09:37 am »
I must be doing something wrong because I've plugged several things into it and never had a problem. Have you guys tried to clean the inside of the plug? I clean mine when I wash the bike with a little alcohol wipe. It keeps it clean and so far nothing has come loose from it.

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You actually have to ride the bike to get it to loosen. ;D


+1, mine worked great up until 30-40 thousand miles, then it started spitting every thing out of it
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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2015, 03:10:15 am »
I must be doing something wrong because I've plugged several things into it and never had a problem. Have you guys tried to clean the inside of the plug? I clean mine when I wash the bike with a little alcohol wipe. It keeps it clean and so far nothing has come loose from it.

LouSpag

You actually have to ride the bike to get it to loosen. ;D

Ouch.
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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2015, 10:07:21 am »
Is it OK to add a USB plug to the left side dash and piggy back it off the wire on the right side?  It seems to be the easiest way to add the extra receptacle in that blank spot.
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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2015, 10:48:08 am »
Keep in mind the factory cig. socket is a switched circuit.  Bike off-power off.
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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2015, 11:19:49 am »
Is it OK to add a USB plug to the left side dash and piggy back it off the wire on the right side?  It seems to be the easiest way to add the extra receptacle in that blank spot.


I added a Fuzeblock and USB receptacle on the right side



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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2015, 11:26:07 am »
stevewfl,  those are better than many phone pics.  :great:
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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2015, 06:16:53 pm »
Is it OK to add a USB plug to the left side dash and piggy back it off the wire on the right side?  It seems to be the easiest way to add the extra receptacle in that blank spot.

that doesn't work, the metal framework behind the left hand plastic has no hole like the right side has... just saving you the aggrivation....

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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2015, 07:13:55 pm »
Rotate the male connection 90 degrees- works on my garmin

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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #22 on: May 07, 2015, 07:53:27 pm »
Rotate the male connection 90 degrees- works on my garmin

When the outlet gets a slight bit looser after a few more miles, shove a toothpick in  ;D
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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #23 on: May 07, 2015, 08:20:10 pm »
I got a couple of "low profile" usb-type chargers from amazon that barely extend past the end of the socket. They do not vibrate out. You should be able to search for and find them.

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Re: 12v plug that stays put in the 12v receptacle?
« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2015, 08:24:08 pm »
I must be doing something wrong because I've plugged several things into it and never had a problem. Have you guys tried to clean the inside of the plug? I clean mine when I wash the bike with a little alcohol wipe. It keeps it clean and so far nothing has come loose from it.

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You actually have to ride the bike to get it to loosen. ;D


+1, mine worked great up until 30-40 thousand miles, then it started spitting every thing out of it


you guys are funny.  Ok, lets see after I put more miles on it if it stays put.

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