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post #1 of 9 Old 03-20-2016, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Power Outlet Problem

I have two 2014 Vee2 bikes. The power outlet on the dash seems to have a short on both bikes. I have used three different usb plugs and one Garmin GPS specific plug to power my GPS and all get intermittent power while I am riding. I have had the same experience with two different GPS units on the older bike. One of the bikes only has 1,500 miles on it. The other one has 11,000 miles on it but has had this problem for at least 2 years.

My son and I just got back from an 850 mile trip where he rode one of the bikes and I rode the other. He also tried to power his smart phone out of the power outlet with his smart phone specific plug and had the same problem. I have used the same GPS units and plugs in the car and have never had them even blink with power issues. I'm pretty sure it is the outlet that came on the bikes.

Has anyone dealt with this problem and found a fix? I hope I don't have to tear the dash apart to solve the problem.
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-20-2016, 08:55 PM
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If you don't want to tape the plug in, replace it with a USB plug and that should resolve it. The angle of the inserted plug is not enough to keep it from vibrating out after a while.
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Shorts blow fuses. You have an intermittent open circuit, the opposite of a short.

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My V2 had the same problem with the power outlet loosing contact resulting in my gps shutting down. I switched to a powerlet outlet along with the matching plug to my gps that hasn't worked loose to this point. Removing the dash wasn't difficult but I did have to bush the hole in the dash down to the smaller powerlet product.
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Greywolf is certainly right, a short would blow a fuse, so that can't be the problem. I guess I was suspicious of the wiring to the socket coming loose, resulting in intermittent losses of power. I'm not sure I want to replace the socket if I can do something to ensure that the plug I put in keeps proper contact and and doesn't keep dropping power. What is weird is that I can hold the plug in the socket and the power still seems to come and go. That makes me worry that there is a loose connection. I didn't yet try taping the plug into the outlet socket, yet. I tried taping the connection into the GPS but that did nothing to help.

It sounds like a loose connection of the wiring to the outlet socket hasn't been the problem others have had but rather a loose fit of a plug in the outlet socket resulting in intermittent power.

I'll experiment with some things to keep the plug firmly in the socket and see if that resolves the issue. If not, I'll look into replacing it with a Powerlet socket or a USB plug. Thanks for the input.
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I'm with the others and think it is more likely plug creep as the wires in the power socket are held in place with epoxy resin.

The dash on the V2 is very easy to remove if you wish to have a look.

2 button head bolts and 2 plastic push pins to remove and you are in.

Behind the centre of the speedometer is a plastic pin that is pushed into a rubber grommet, that is what is doing most of the work to hold things together, a gentle tug on the speedo and the dash is free, now unplug the wires to the speedo and the wires to the power socket and you are good to go.

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the fuse blew on ours first time we used it.
The fuse for the plug on the dash is only a 3amp we changed ours to a 5amp no more issues maybe you could try doing the same.

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My GPS plug would vibrate out as well. I cut a ziptie to about 2 1/2 inches long and trimmed off about half of the tapered end of a ziptie. This made it easy to insert them both into the receptacle. I taped it to the end of the GPS plug so I wouldn't loose it when I removed the GPS. This is only a temporary fix as I will be changing over to a USB port soon.
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The purpose of a fuse or circuit breaker is to protect the wiring from getting too hot and maybe setting something on fire.

Maybe the 5 amp fuse for the power outlet is OK, and maybe something else will fail...expensively...maybe dramatically...before that fuse blows in the case of an overload. I'm keeping my 3 amp fuse.

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