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post #1 of 17 Old 05-24-2014, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Powerlet To Tank Bag?

I bought a Bags Connection "City" tank bag and I'm thinking of adding power. I read some negatives on their powered mounting ring so I thought I'd just run a cable type power feed. Anyone else done this?

I'm looking at the Powerlet standard socket and maybe one of their tank bag connection packages. I bought a Eastern Beaver PC8 during the winter but I have yet to install it. I'm thinking of running the power from the PV8 to a Powerlet standard socket and then into the bag. I'm also considering a mounting shelf with the one standard tank bag socket and one cigarette style Powerlet socket.

Powerlet looks like top quality and I'd rather only do this once. I've been searching for a quality power socket system. Powerlet looks like a quality product and the socket plus SAE connections should be quick and simple for everyday mounting and removal. Any thoughts or comments?

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post #2 of 17 Old 05-24-2014, 10:42 AM
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I ran a SAE plug to my bag. I have an SAE splitter to a cigaratee lighter socket/ powerlet socket(2 different sockets). I forgot where I bought it). I charge my phone in the bag. I also have. a USB plug setup.

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post #3 of 17 Old 05-24-2014, 11:31 AM
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My wee came with the aux shelf with powerlet and cigarette sockets. I just wired my tank bag from powerlet to sae. I went the cheap route and bought the sae outlet for$5 from an online RV solar place. It doesn't come with the backing plat, nuts and bolts the powerlet one comes with, but the socket is identical. I made my own backing plate from a large washer and sought some stainless nuts and bolts. Inside the bag I wired a sae splitter then took a cheap cigarett to dual USB adapter, opened it up and wired in a SAE plug.

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post #4 of 17 Old 05-24-2014, 12:41 PM
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I made my own connection for a powered tank bag using trailer connectors, ABS plastic sheet, a PVC pipe fitting and some JB Weld. It was actually very simple, and way better than paying the 50 bucks or so that TouraTech wanted for a tank bag pass thru. The power distribution box inside the bag was homemade too, but it's just as easy to buy one at an auto parts store.


The bag plugs into either outlet mounted to the handlebar clamps (one is always hot, one is switched). The outlets are waterproof, from O'Reilly Auto Parts. The mounting rings were just cut out of 1/8" aluminum angle. The outlets are powered through a PC-8 under the seat. Everything works well. The outlet covers are spring loaded, and their pressure against the power plug keeps the connections tight even on rough roads.
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post #5 of 17 Old 05-24-2014, 01:22 PM
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I have the Warm and Safe connector coming up from under my seat right at the tank and I plug in my heated gear or my bag or both from there with their small y connector and I use the USB charging adapter they have in my bag for my sena or my phone. My Cortech bag has a convenient headphone cable port in near the handle.

You can see it in this photo, its unplugged because I just set my bag on the bike.

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post #6 of 17 Old 05-24-2014, 04:31 PM
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Powerlet To Tank Bag?

I added a powerlet bag connection kit to the givi tankbag I have. Inside, I have a splitter, one sae plug one cigarette lighter plug. The sae plugs into a homemade 4 port usb charging outlet one sae off a switch another always on. The switched one plugs into a 6" 6-8 led strip to light up bag, the always on runs on to my heated vest. Plugged into the cigarette lighter is a small voltage reader. Behind the dash I have another usb ran up to my Ram Mount-mounted garmin 50 GPS. I have oxford heated grips, too.
All are powered off the 6 circuit fuse panel I added, it is run off a relay that works only when the ignition is on. The circuit going to the tankbag has a switch in it, I can have it always on, or only on when ignition is on, dependent of switch direction.

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post #7 of 17 Old 05-24-2014, 05:27 PM
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I own nothing that uses powerlet connectors. I'm a ham and lots of us use Anderson Powerpole connectors. It's a techie thing.

Powerlets are good connectors but you can also get high quality lighter sockets and plugs, marine supply is your best bet.

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post #8 of 17 Old 05-24-2014, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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I have the Powerlet "style" socket on my BMW Sport Touring bike. I assume the quality is about the same but I've never seen an actual Powerlet product. I have seen a big decrease in the quality of after market parts, both marine and automotive. I've seen marine parts marked "stainless steel" that rust in fresh water conditions. Hmmm, they were cheaper but they were also junk.

Anyone care to comment on the quality of the Powerlet products. Does the added cost seem reasonable with respect to the quality? Do the sockets hold the plugs and do they last? I'd really like to only do it once and not say damn, I could have had a V8.
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post #9 of 17 Old 05-24-2014, 09:40 PM
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Powerlet is the same as BMW. The plugs won't rattle out like cigarette lighter plugs do. If you don't go off pavement, then it's probably not an issue. But off-road it makes all the difference in the world.

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post #10 of 17 Old 05-25-2014, 12:41 AM
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I have a powered bag connections bag that has the power ring on the tank. It clips in and out with ease and no power problems at all. I couldn't live with out it. It has 2 cig lighters in it and I can charge my phone in one and power gps with the other. It's a must have for me!
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