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post #1 of 13 Old 06-20-2012, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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12V power adaptor options

I am looking to add one or two cigarette lighter type 12v power adaptors to my 2012 adventure and was wondering what the various options are to achieving this. Also any advice on wiring it/them up would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 13 Old 06-20-2012, 09:51 AM
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By coincidence I installed a Powerlet (sometimes called "BMW style") plug in on my 2012 yesterday, as I have done on most of my motorcycles over the past several years. Powerlets are said by some to be more more reliable than cigarette size plug ins, but either can be used for this purpose. Adapters are readily available to go from one to the other.

I simply attach wires to the battery terminals using loop connectors, run the positive wire through a fuse holder, and then connect to the socket (I want the socket to be continuously powered and not switched). Either don't attach the wires to the battery, or don't install the fuse, until the installation is totally completed to avoid an accidental short . There are numerous locations on the DL 650 where the socket can be mounted. I chose high on the colored, plastic body panel below the seat on the right side as it is in a convenient location and there is plenty of space behind this panel on the right side (but not on the left). Of course this involves drilling a hole in the panel, whereas if a bracket (these can be purchased) is used and mounted somewhere no drilling would be needed. Another disadvantage of installing in a body panel is that the socket has to be disconnected if the body panel needs to be removed, but if the wires are attached to the socket with small spade type clips this isn't much of a difficulty.

One source for powerlet accesssories, and there are many, is Whitehorse Gear - www.whitehorsegear.com/powerlet.

Hope this is of some help.

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I had mine installed by the dealer as part of the negotiated deal for the bike, but it would be quite easy to install yourself. I asked that it be installed horizontally (see the photo..outlet is under the sticker on the left side). Upside is that connectors probably won't wiggle out, downside is that water could get in during a rain if a connector is plugged in..but I don't think a little water will really hurt anything). All the dealer did was run a fused wire back to the battery. The connector is hot all the time in my case. At present I use this one for my battery tender, I have a 12v tire pump and my GPS and could use for charging blackberry etc.


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Powerlet is the way to go. I installed two basic Powerlet leads to the fornt of the bike for GPS and phone charging etc. Also, bought their terminal 8. It's a cheaper option for a fuse block.
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Another option is a USB power socket. I just purchased two of these today. BurnsMoto - Motorcycle, ATV, Boat, RV - USB Weatherproof Power Socket - USB Charger with optional SAE to USB

They have internal fuse and are suppose to work pretty slick. I don't have a need for Cigarette lighter anymore. All my electronics use USB for charging.

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I put mine here.
All my accessories (GPS, phone, etc.) are all cigarette style plugs so I went with a high quality Marinco 12V receptacle.
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great stuff, thanks for the replies. I am particularly interested in the usb type option as most of the stuff I need to charge has usb cables.
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Another option is a USB power socket. I just purchased two of these today. BurnsMoto - Motorcycle, ATV, Boat, RV - USB Weatherproof Power Socket - USB Charger with optional SAE to USB

They have internal fuse and are suppose to work pretty slick. I don't have a need for Cigarette lighter anymore. All my electronics use USB for charging.
Are there SAE connecters on the 2012 vstrom that you can plug straight in to?
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Are there SAE connecters on the 2012 vstrom that you can plug straight in to?
No, but it's easy enough to add one. As to Powerlet, everything I own that plugs into a vehicle uses the other system.

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great stuff, thanks for the replies. I am particularly interested in the usb type option as most of the stuff I need to charge has usb cables.
What about powering an air compressor?
A flat tire in the boonies without phone service could be a long day - and night.
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