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post #1 of 25 Old 09-26-2018, 03:44 AM Thread Starter
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Keeping items in the 12v socket

Any tips on keeping a plug in the 12v socket while riding? If I try to plug in a phone charger while riding it vibrates loose. I've thought about switching it for a USB outlet, but then tire inflator wouldn't work....
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post #2 of 25 Old 09-26-2018, 04:34 AM
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Switch to a USB outlet on the handlebars, and put a 12V cig lighter socket directly on the battery, under the seat. You're not going to use the tire inflator when riding anyway, and I bet that everything you need while riding is USB-powered.

This will work just nicely, but it's by no means the only source.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/12V-...ceBeautifyAB=0
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post #3 of 25 Old 09-26-2018, 05:31 AM
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Yes replace it with a usb outlet. A tire pump will blow the fuse instantly anyways.
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I am studying the Anderson Powerpole type connector for heated gear, tire pump and battery tending. Has anyone fitted these connections anywhere?

I currently have SAE connectors for those items but not loving them. Everything else converted to USB. I would not stand the accessory plug for the GPS popping out so hardwired some USB ports with voltage display. Cigarette type outlet only for unplanned usage.
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I use electrical tape around the top of the socket to create a tight seal. My concern is rain as well. USB use in the rain is an issue for me, so I avoid it.

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It is a good place to keep a stack of dimes. You will need a spare fuse though if you want to then use the socket for power. kfh000
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Buy a better outlet. The first I had was always having the GPS plug vibrate out. I switched to a marine grade unit and no more problems. If you fuse the outlet with a 15 amp fuse you can run a tire pump.
Have a second USB outlet is practical since so many toys work that way now. There are some dandy outlets that have the voltage meter built in too.
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Any tips on keeping a plug in the 12v socket while riding? If I try to plug in a phone charger while riding it vibrates loose. I've thought about switching it for a USB outlet, but then tire inflator wouldn't work....
I've solved that lttile issue by wrapping just one or two layers of electrical tape around the bottom half of the adaptor. It is plasticky and compresses when twisted and pushed in to form a tight joint.

I have also gone the route of waterproof USB attached to the engine bars. It's a 15A job that can power phone, sat nav and any other smaller items but also a tyre pump without blowing the fuse
when needed
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I just wedge a end of a zip tie in there. Also run a separate cig. Type outlet, this, https://goo.gl/images/HHbDBt

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The spring in the cap keeps sockets secure and closed it's pretty weatherproof, 50,000 plus trouble free miles!

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