Adding Some USB Power Ports


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DougEFresh1123
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Adding Some USB Power Ports

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Ok folks asking for some thoughts/pictures of how you added USB charging ports to your bike that are quickly and easily accessible. Currently I have a cigarette lighter in the front left fairing pocket and I'm thinking of pulling it out and adding this:

https://www.amazon.com/YonHan-Voltmeter ... 143&sr=8-4

One concern is the 23.7" length of wire isn't going to be long enough to reach from the battery to the left fairing pocket and still give my handlebars full range of motion. My thoughts are to use the existing wires from the cigarette lighter remove the round battery terminal connections from the new unit and solder the wires together. I keep the fuse in place so as to not overload the charger/voltmeter. I'll also need to confirm the cigarette lighter is hooked up directly to the battery, if not then I guess I would need to add some wire. I don't see an on/off switch will this cause battery drain?

I'm also looking at this one for one of the trunk side pockets for my navigation system, (aka wife)


https://www.amazon.com/YonHan-Voltmeter ... 143&sr=8-4
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This is in the front left fairing pocket
This is in the front left fairing pocket



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Re: Adding Some USB Power Ports

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You can leave the existing power port and just use this:


The price is right and the installation couldn't be any simpler.
The adapter fits down into the power port very nicely. You may even be able to close the lid of your 12v power port. If not, I'd just remove the lid.
There is no LED in this adapter so it does not draw any current when plugged in unless it is actively being used to power or charge a component.
Both of the USB ports offer a 2.4 amp capacity.
I have mine plugged into a power port in the trunk.
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Re: Adding Some USB Power Ports

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MikeB wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:16 pm
You can leave the existing power port and just use this:
PowerAdapter.jpg
The price is right and the installation couldn't be any simpler.
The adapter fits down into the power port very nicely. You may even be able to close the lid of your 12v power port. If not, I'd just remove the lid.
There is no LED in this adapter so it does not draw any current when plugged in unless it is actively being used to power or charge a component.
Both of the USB ports offer a 2.4 amp capacity.
I have mine plugged into a power port in the trunk.
Thanks Mike, I'll keep this one in mind.

Doug
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Re: Adding Some USB Power Ports

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If part of your task is to install a voltmeter, I would recommend putting it in a place where it can be seen without opening a door or removing a cover to see it.
Here is the voltmeter I use:


And this is where I have it mounted:






It is really easy to see. It is mounted with 3M double sided self adhesive tape.
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I KNOW this is a "shameless PLUG" but, , , this panel would be a PERFECT fit for your project!! It has room for a nice 2" voltmeter gauge, or smaller if you need, , AND the other "node" would be great for a USB port with multiple inlets, and the fader switch would fit too. The "gauge visor" is a great "option" to prevent sun glare or reflection off the windshield at night.

These panels are available again, ,





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bluthundr31 wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:22 pm
I KNOW this is a "shameless PLUG" but, , , this panel would be a PERFECT fit for your project!! It has room for a nice 2" voltmeter gauge, or smaller if you need, , AND the other "node" would be great for a USB port with multiple inlets, and the fader switch would fit too. The "gauge visor" is a great "option" to prevent sun glare or reflection off the windshield at night.

These panels are available again, ,
Panel w_new visor sideview.JPG
Panhel w_new visor frontview_2.JPG
You are right they would look great! How much are they again?
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They cost me $132 for the panel without the gauge visor, , the visor is an additional $16.50. S/H is $14.35 USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Medium box anywhere in the lower 48 states. MY cost is YOUR cost, , ,I'm not doing this project to make $$$, , , just to make your ride more "informative" about what your beast is doing.

Panel without visor;



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Re: Adding Some USB Power Ports

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bluthundr31 wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:44 pm
They cost me $132 for the panel without the gauge visor, , the visor is an additional $16.50. S/H is $14.35 USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Medium box anywhere in the lower 48 states. MY cost is YOUR cost, , ,I'm not doing this project to make $$$, , , just to make your ride more "informative" about what your beast is doing.

Panel without visor;
Unobtainium.JPG
Thank you. I will think about it.


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