Install 12 volt power outlet HELP


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Install 12 volt power outlet HELP

Postby alastair.kj » Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:47 pm



I've looked pretty hard throughout this forum as well as around the internet to find simple instructions for the installation of a 12V adapter, but can't seem to find anything that makes it clear enough for my limited electrical knowledge.

I bought a TypeS 12V External Power Outlet; it has one short, black (+) cord coming from it and one long, red (-) cord that already has a 15A fuse in the middle of it. The end of each cords are just open wire (no connecting pieces).

What I would like to do is simply attach this to my bike so that it works only when the bike is running. I don't need anything fancy, I'll probably just run it into the storage in the fake tank and plug my phone in and leave it there while I ride.

My questions are a) what other pieces will I need to actually connect the wires (to the battery? to a ground? can I just connect to the fuse box?) and where do I connect each wire to achieve the power supply that I described above (only power while running)?

I hope my intentions are clear.

Thanks for reading (and hopefully responding)!

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Re: Install 12 volt power outlet HELP

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:22 pm

This picture should help.
It isn't necessary to use the supplied fuse as the bike supplies a 10 amp acessory tap for just a need as yours.
Simply attach your red wire to the ' + ' terminal and the black wire to the ' - ' terminal.

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Re: Install 12 volt power outlet HELP

Postby alastair.kj » Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:08 pm

Wow, seriously, it's that simple?? And to connect them, do I need any extra pieces or just unscrew the screws, wrap the wire around them and screw them back in?
You've made my day!

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Re: Install 12 volt power outlet HELP

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:12 pm

You can just wrap the wire under the screw if you watch for stray wires sticking out...
The most common is to use a crimp on connector for the wire end and then tighten it under the screw.It is a bit neater.

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Re: Install 12 volt power outlet HELP

Postby alastair.kj » Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:23 pm

I'll probably pick up a couple crimps then.

Just a side note, I don't know how important it is, but my ACC is only 5 rather than 10. This doesn't change anything does it? I'm only going to be plugging my phone into this to charge it while I drive and 5A should be enough, correct??

Thanks so much.

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Re: Install 12 volt power outlet HELP

Postby Wilcoy02 » Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:52 pm

yes 5 will do

or you can put a 10 A in it if you want.

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Re: Install 12 volt power outlet HELP

Postby NKYWinger » Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:18 am

I installed a 12V power port in my dash (for the Garmin) and, as was mentioned above, tapped the power from the accessory terminals on the fuse block. The advantage of coming off the fuse block being it's a switched power source. I used ring terminals and heat shrink. The clearance is tight at the top, so be smart about how you route the wiring.
I also installed a digital thermometer (right side dash) and ran the power from the same terminals - no worries about draining the battery since, again, it's switched power.
I also have a 10A fuse in there.
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Re: Install 12 volt power outlet HELP

Postby alastair.kj » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:28 am

If I were to use a 10A or 15A fuse instead of the stock 5A would there be any advantage or should I not bother? I will likely only be charging my phone with it and maaaaybe use an air compressor that plugs into a lighter socket.

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Re: Install 12 volt power outlet HELP

Postby NKYWinger » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:35 am

The power for the accessory terminals is routed thru the ignition switch, IIRC, so I'd be very reluctant to go to a 15A. What is the current draw of the compressor you'll be using? That'll determine if you can safely use a 10A fuse. (I think my '83 has a 10A from the factory)
If you need a 12V outlet with a higher amp rating, you can always wire in a fused outlet direct to the battery...

you have lots of options!
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Re: Install 12 volt power outlet HELP

Postby alastair.kj » Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:24 pm

So I took my first stab at this, but had no luck. I connected the crimps to the ends of the wires, used some electrical tape to make sure they were secure, then screwed them under the screws for the accessories fuse, but once the bike was on it simply drew no power. I know this is hard to diagnose without being able to see it, but have any of you got ANY idea what I might have done wrong??

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Re: Install 12 volt power outlet HELP

Postby 80-GL100-INT » Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:09 pm

alastair.kj wrote:So I took my first stab at this, but had no luck. I connected the crimps to the ends of the wires, used some electrical tape to make sure they were secure


Did you actually "Crimp" the connector or just tape it? Once you crimp it give a little tug to make sure you have a good, tight connection? Use a test light on the screw to make sure you have voltage?

NKYWinger wrote:The power for the accessory terminals is routed thru the ignition switch, IIRC, so I'd be very reluctant to go to a 15A. What is the current draw of the compressor you'll be using? That'll determine if you can safely use a 10A fuse. (I think my '83 has a 10A from the factory)
If you need a 12V outlet with a higher amp rating, you can always wire in a fused outlet direct to the battery...


I have the 2 pin connector for my Trickle Charger attached to the battery, I cut the cig.lighter plug off of my compressor took a mating plug and spliced it on so that I can plug the comp. right into Bat.
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Re: Install 12 volt power outlet HELP

Postby Britanicus » Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:00 pm

This might sound silly and tbh I mean no disrespect, but when you crimped it did you ensure that you crimped the bare wire or did you pace the crimp on the coated part of the wire?

Simple mistake if your not paying enough attention.

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Re: Install 12 volt power outlet HELP

Postby alastair.kj » Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:34 pm

Always good to check all the bases, but yes, I did crimp it on the bare wire. The crimps were really difficult to squeeze tight enough so that they were secure on their own without the tape, but it's definitely in there. I'll try "recrimping" and then reattach it. I'm on vacation at the moment in the middle of the woods so not much internet or good space for working on these things, but I will let you guys know how it goes.
Thanks for the help.

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Re: Install 12 volt power outlet HELP

Postby diverobin » Thu Nov 05, 2015 9:50 am

I just purchased a -981 Goldwing and would like a 12v socket too. Did you have any luck with this? What worked?
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