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post #1 of 21 Old 10-13-2017, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
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Is there a phone charger that doesn't rattle itself to death?!

I've gone through four phone chargers already this year. For the first few months it's groovy, charging my phone and I can have my navigation on all the time.

Then charging slows.

Then charging cuts out at 65+ mph.

Then charging cuts in and out depending on vibrations and road vibration.

Then the charging only works when bike is at a standstill.



What to do?!

I use the regular cig lighter port.
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post #2 of 21 Old 10-13-2017, 03:43 AM
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USB outlets + voltmeter

Search Amazon for waterproof USB + voltmeter outlet. Around 16 bucks. I installed one of these on the throttle side. Wired over to the lighter outlet on the left. Voltmeter in middle lets me know my status and if the tender is juicing the bat. Square hole is easily cut with the heated tip of a box knife. Like cutting butter.
With small bags on the crash bars I can keep two devices charging while I ride.
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By any chance to you have a co-axial heated gear plug on your bike? "Warm n Safe" makes a USB charger that plugs directly into the Co-Axial cable. It is very small and works brilliantly.

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I got a generic one from Amazon with a switch on it. I initially mounted it on the handlebars but there was a lot of vibration. I moved it inside the fairing and now it stays out of the rain and run and has much less vibration from the shocks. Haven't had it fail yet. I run my gps and charge my phone all the time.
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I got one of these about 8500 miles ago, no problems at all.
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If you use a tank bag then skipping the USB charging entirely and using a lithium battery works well.

Otherwise make sure you get a 2.1 amp USB charger....also are you sure your stator is okay ?
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I did this and ordered a few very short usb cables to reach gps and phone. Not exactly water tight. Hooked to heated grip plug. 18 US

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Motorcycl...Blue/191818987
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I'm always experimenting and tweaking stuff on the bike, so I noticed the USB/cigarette lighter adapter I had on hand fit loosely in the OEM socket of my DL1000A. It would alway kinda work its way out of the socket and I would have to be pushing it back in, or at least checking on it all the time. I took a couple of turns of the self-sticking silicone repair tape and wrapped the end of it. Now it's a snug fit and stays where it should.
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If you use a tank bag then skipping the USB charging entirely and using a lithium battery works well.

Otherwise make sure you get a 2.1 amp USB charger....also are you sure your stator is okay ?
I plan on getting a tank bag, not not anytime soon.

Yes, my charger has a built in volt meter and it always shows voltage to be above 14v+ above 2000 rpm.

My charger is definitely a 2.1 amp, because I can definitely tell the difference between a 1amp and 2.1.... with 1 amp my phone battery drains while plugged in, 2.1 it slowly charges with navigation on.

I might go with that walmart option, it seems to be better than whatever I have....though the silicon tape around the plug is a good idea. I will try that first.
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On my list to get a charger with the voltmeter but been having an affair with the CBF1000 lady in red so the poor Wee gets no attention.


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