GPS Clarification please.


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GPS Clarification please.

Postby DCoxson1969 » Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:40 pm



I am getting a Magellan Roadmate 1210 for Christmas from my kids, and want to wire a plug to use it on my 1981 GL1100 Interstate. I looked at another post about someone smoking theirs and want to make sure I do this right. The part about which female plug I should get is still unclear to me. Do I want the one that does not change the voltage? What would be the best place to connect to the bike wiring, and should I put an inline fuse on it? Thank you in advance for your time reading my post and any help you can give.

Dave


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Re: GPS Clarification please.

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 12, 2009 2:28 pm

Most of the car adaptors (the "cigarette lighter" plugs) that are used for electronics nowadays (GPS, cell phones, etc) are in fact DC-DC regulators. They accept 12 volts in, and transform it to 5 volts (or whatever), and regulate it for the device to use.

Plugging a straight 12 volts into the device will in most cases let the smoke out.

I've wired a satellite radio and GPS into my bike. In both cases, I bought a female "cigarette lighter adapter" (I bought a Y-adapter at Wal-Mart and cut the female part off), wired it into the switched +12V of the bike, then plugged the unit's regulator into my female plug before stuffing into the fairing. I also zip-tie it in there to make sure they don't accidentally come apart.

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Re: GPS Clarification please.

Postby DCoxson1969 » Mon Oct 12, 2009 2:50 pm

Ok, that cleared it up for me. What I am considering is using the compartment on the left side of the dash that has the snap cover, and mounting the plug so the opening is inside the compartment where it will be protected from rain. Then when I want to use the GPS, just plug it in inside the compartment, run the wire to the GPS and snap the cover back on. Do you see any issues with this idea?
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Re: GPS Clarification please.

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:18 pm

Nope, I did exactly that before I hard wired it into the fairing. It worked just fine.

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Re: GPS Clarification please.

Postby DCoxson1969 » Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:25 am

Great. Thank you for your quick response.


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