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post #1 of 31 Old 05-26-2018, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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12v socket not functioning

Just. Learned my 12v socket doesn't work. Don't know if it ever did, as I've never had to use it. Is there a quick fuze I can check? Rarely do longer than 100 mile rides so haven't needed it much but am doing about 800 over the weekend and btwn GPS, and music streaming phone was about toast at the end of the ride today. My bike lives outside, so it's definitely exposed to the elements... Rest of dash works fine.
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Look in the owners manual yet or under your seat for checking the fuses?

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Will do first think in the Am, dark outside and beat after a 300+ mile day in 97-88 degrees...more so looking for any tips and tricks so I know what to look at for possible triag in the morning.. if not a simple fix will have to wait till Tuesday.
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That circuit is fuse #1 in the fusebox, only a 3 amp fuse, so wouldn't take much to blow it. (Not sure if they're numbered on the bike, but that's how it's labeled on the wiring diagram.) Just as a heads-up, I believe the sleeve in the power socket is smooth, with nothing to hold a plug in. The vibration from riding will easily let it slide out so you might have to rig something to hold your plug in.
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The 3A fuse blows easily. I had mine go, replaced it with a 10A. There are spare fuses inside the little box lid when you take it off, it is right under the seat and easy to spot.

The other problem with that socket is that you need to tape whatever is plugged into it or it vibrates out and loses connection. I replaced mine with a dual USB port, only cost a couple bucks to do that.
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Just to verify, the ignition is on, yes? It's a switched socket, unlike for example American cars that have constant power to the socket, this one turns off with the ignition. Failing that, the fuse is clearly marked underseat.
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The 3A fuse blows easily. I had mine go, replaced it with a 10A. There are spare fuses inside the little box lid when you take it off, it is right under the seat and easy to spot.

The other problem with that socket is that you need to tape whatever is plugged into it or it vibrates out and loses connection. I replaced mine with a dual USB port, only cost a couple bucks to do that.
Oooh... replacing a 3A with a 10A is a no-no. Me, I'd be load testing that circuit to find out why it's blowing. Fuses are generally rated to 110% before they blow. I have a 5A on my DIY switched outlet so no cell or GPS should ever blow that, which they haven't.
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Oooh... replacing a 3A with a 10A is a no-no. Me, I'd be load testing that circuit to find out why it's blowing. Fuses are generally rated to 110% before they blow. I have a 5A on my DIY switched outlet so no cell or GPS should ever blow that, which they haven't.
I installed a dual port USB in place of the cig lighter plug, it has one 2.4A and one 2.0A, so if I plug things into both I need more than 3A. I didn't have a 6A handy.

I read that the wiring should be good for 10A anyway, they just made it 3A as a single purpose connector.
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I installed a dual port USB in place of the cig lighter plug, it has one 2.4A and one 2.0A, so if I plug things into both I need more than 3A. I didn't have a 6A handy.

I read that the wiring should be good for 10A anyway, they just made it 3A as a single purpose connector.
Makes sense. I use the dual USB at times too. I ran mine with 16ga switched and a 10A fuse.

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I installed a dual port USB in place of the cig lighter plug, it has one 2.4A and one 2.0A, so if I plug things into both I need more than 3A. I didn't have a 6A handy.

I read that the wiring should be good for 10A anyway, they just made it 3A as a single purpose connector.
IIRC USB are 5 volts. 4.4A at 5v should draw under 3 amps at 12 volts. But if it will take a larger fuse, why not do it.
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