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post #1 of 8 Old 01-11-2017, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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Hello,
I was thinking about obtaining decent size 8x10 or so solar panel to mount on my top case to charge my devices while riding on sunny days. Yes I do have power outlet, but that's one device (GPS) I could attach my phone or other items to solar panel. Has anyone try this before? Did it work or was it cumbersome and not a good option.

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-11-2017, 12:16 PM
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Solar will work part of the time but if you go directly to the battery on your bike it will work 24/7

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Solar will work part of the time but if you go directly to the battery on your bike it will work 24/7
That is it will work 24/7 in the northern hemisphere above the arctic circle in the summertime.

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More trouble than worth IMHO, you have an outlet already.

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you'd be far far better to install a second charging port and use one of the battery based charges.

Solar is expensive, slow, needs lots of light.

It's great if the bike is sitting for a while in the sunlight not running, but when it's running it's way more efficient at charging then the sun is.
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I am a big fan of the many inexpensive and very effective charging blocks, the one I just got for Christmas can fully charge both my phone and my Sena bluetooth twice before I need to re-charge the block. I just leave it in my tank bag and let it do its thing, or I can even plug my Sena into it for charging while I am using my Sena "with a 6' long USB cable.

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I use something like this if I need to charge a bunch of things.
I have a single outlet that I tuck down in the front plastic that usually has my Sirius radio plugged into it. When I'm on a trip I use this adapter so I can also plug in my Garmin and I still have 2 USB ports to recharge my helmet and Sena SM10. I've left them plugged in overnight and never had a problem discharging the battery on my bike.
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I have a charging station inside my top box, I can put all my crap on charge close the lid and walk away with everything securely inside.

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WR450F, The Blue Postie Bike
YZ250N smoker with rego, Stinky.
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