installing a power socket


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installing a power socket

Post by tachuk » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:54 pm



where in the rear top trunk is the best place to install a power socket? 2008 gl1800



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Re: installing a power socket

Post by MikeB » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:46 am

I have a power socket in the trunk of both my bikes but I did not mount them. I used a power socket on a cord and routed the cord through the forward trunk wall. I let the socket with a cover on it float in the trunk. Having it mounted seemed too limiting.
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Re: installing a power socket

Post by Andy Cote » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:58 am

Agree with MikeB depending on what you need. The GL1800 trunk is small to start with and a pigtail can be more accommodating.

If you want to mount to trunk lid, there are not as many choices as you may first think. The inner lid is very close to the real lid and there are bosses that hold the passenger backrest and the unit for the remote trunk lock and release. There' a nearly flat rectangular area on the inner lid close to the backrest. Use what would be the rearmost of that section or highest point when lid is open to avoid the backrest mounting bosses. Go to the right side edge to avoid the cables for the remote. I'll try to get a pic later today if that would help.
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Re: installing a power socket

Post by raven41951 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:27 am

I ran my battery tender cable into the rear trunk (loose). There are tons of accessories from power outlets to volt meters for the SAE connector. When I park it, on goes the tender cable (I have the four port tender) to keep the battery topped off. When I'm riding it is available for usb or socket power connectors (I have both) with fused power. I also have the power (usb) and aux in connectors in the left hand front pocket which I use for my cell phone for XM and Navigation blue-toothed to my helmet. The other tender ports are used for my Kawi 500, F250 plow truck which sits most of the time, and '99 Merz E300 which also sits due to the cost of maintaining the beast and no one wants it. They all start right up except for the Kawi which takes about 10 minutes of kicking but then screams.

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Re: installing a power socket

Post by tachuk » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:04 pm

Thanks for the input. Ian still looking into it. I wasn't planning to Mount it on the top cover but that might be the most accessible.


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Re: installing a power socket

Post by huggiebear » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:28 pm

I've installed mine attached to one of the bolt of the CB antenna, it's out of the way.

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Re: installing a power socket

Post by Rednaxs60 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:12 pm

You can also install it in one of the side pockets under the speakers. Lots of room and out of the way, easy to wire to.
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Re: installing a power socket

Post by Snowmoer » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:02 am

What type of power socket do you want to install?

I have a USB charging port installed in the top lid on my 2012. It was a kit from Electrical Connection and plugs into the factory harness that is in the top lid inside cover. For a cig lighter type plug, the pigtail method coming from under bottom front of the trunk would be the best as others have mentioned. I would hook it up to a relay so it is only supplying power when the engine is running. That way you do not drain your battery charging your device when the motor is not running.

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Re: installing a power socket

Post by bstig60 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:24 am

When traveling, (camping), I like to be able to charge my USB devices inside the truck with the ignition off and the devices locked up. Therefore, I suggest using a switched device with a fuse in it that is powered all the time....
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Re: installing a power socket

Post by topgun » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:19 pm

I'm a bit confused
Is tachuk wanting to charge the bike thru a power socket,
or wanting to have a power socket to charge phone etc when riding?

I have both. the SAE male/female type for maintaining battery comes up thru the backrest opening
My 12V lighter and usb type is a Wallyworld special that fits nicely under the hinge in trunk with 1 screw from front, (circled)



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Re: installing a power socket

Post by tachuk » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:04 pm

Thanks again,
I appreciate the help. I want a power source that will charge my lithium power pack when I am camping without AC.
I think I can screw in a clip on the inside of my luggage top. This will allow me to charge when loaded or empty, engine on or off.
Thanks again for the ideas.
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Re: installing a power socket

Post by Snowmoer » Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:38 pm

I would only charge while the motor is running. Other than a phone, you run the risk of draining your bikes battery when charging something like a power pack when the bike is not running. The wings battery is not a high capacity battery. I hook my phone or tablet up in the morning before I leave my campsite. They are fully charged by my lunch stop.

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Re: installing a power socket

Post by bstig60 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:08 pm

I have always charged my Phone overnight on all my GW's and have never had a problem over the years.. The powerpack shouldn't be any different unless it requires a lot of Amps to charge it... If that's the case, then I would charge it while I was running.
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Re: installing a power socket

Post by AZgl1800 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:32 pm

I usually just plug in the 12 charger for the phone, and stuff the phone into the backpack that rides on the pillion seat....

when I need the phone when stopped, it is topped off that way.


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