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post #1 of 11 Old 04-20-2012, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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Question 3BR TAPP lite Waterproof USB Port

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I'm planning a trip to SoCal from Portland in late May and want to take my iPhone and GoPro camera. Both are rechargeable with a 5V USB connection. After reviewing a ton of threads, I found this product recently that might fit the bill:

TAPP LITE USB POWER PORT

Anyone know much about this product? I'm planning on having both electronics in my tank bag, so not worried about having some waterproof housing, but too like the water-tight cover when the charging port is not in use.

2 Questions:

Can I buy the components for this online a lot cheaper?

I read that having a charging unit connected directly to the battery is not ideal. Should I try and splice off another wire (turn signals, etc?)

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-20-2012, 02:24 PM
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How much?

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. . . . Can I buy the components for this online a lot cheaper? . . . .
That depends. How much does it cost?
I don't see a price on the link you provided.

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They want $37.45 (includes shipping) for that unit...

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I bought a cheap USB/cig socket from a store up here in Canada for $14. It is not waterproof (made for cars), but has a metal shell and two USB and two Cig Lighter ports in it. I wired it into my tank bag. Very cheap and provides a great place to put your electronics when charging then. If it rains i put a cover over my tank bag.

The wires are connected to my fuse block which is connected via relay to switched power. I agree, you don't want anything to be able to draw from your battery when the bike is off. That is just asking for trouble.





I have a link on my computer upstairs on how to wire in a switched relay if you could use that. The fuse block is a great addition to the bike. Makes these kind of connections very simple.
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I have a link on my computer upstairs on how to wire in a switched relay if you could use that. The fuse block is a great addition to the bike. Makes these kind of connections very simple.
YEs, I'd love to see that link.I'm very curious on how to wire this thing correctly

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I got the 3BR TAPP Lite before my trip down to Deals Gap this past week and used it to charge my iPhone in my tank bag. Used it in the rain (and snow for that matter believe it or not!) and it worked. Of course, I have it attached to my bars and frankly as long as you're moving very little water hits it anyway. I'm not sure it's much better than other solutions but as I said, it did work. My only real complaint is that the cap broke off the very first day of use. The little plastic loop that connects it to the body is poorly designed, it's the same hard plastic as the housing it seems and it's thin and brittle. I nearly lost the cap in the fairing but managed to dig it out. The rest of the trip I had to keep track of that little cap in my tank bag any time I unplugged the USB cable.

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I use one of the 3BR USB power outlets on my bike, and I couldn't be more pleased. I purchased it through www.pashnit.com and was treated well. The installation is simple, the product is tidy, and with one of the 3BR proprietary connector cables the housing is waterproof.

I went straight to the battery with mine and have not had any issues (and I installed mine almost a year ago). It gets regular use with my Garmin and also to charge my smartphone from time to time.

You can read more about my install on my personal website.

I think you'll be pleased. Like I said, I've had mine for almost a year of regular use, and I've not had a single issue with it.

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I got the 3BR TAPP Lite before my trip down to Deals Gap this past week and used it to charge my iPhone in my tank bag. Used it in the rain (and snow for that matter believe it or not!) and it worked. Of course, I have it attached to my bars and frankly as long as you're moving very little water hits it anyway. I'm not sure it's much better than other solutions but as I said, it did work. My only real complaint is that the cap broke off the very first day of use. The little plastic loop that connects it to the body is poorly designed, it's the same hard plastic as the housing it seems and it's thin and brittle. I nearly lost the cap in the fairing but managed to dig it out. The rest of the trip I had to keep track of that little cap in my tank bag any time I unplugged the USB cable.
Cambion - sorry to hear that the cap failed on the TAPP Lite. We have not had a failure of this type in the past. Your TAPP Lite has a one year warranty. Please contact go to the support page on our website and and click on the support link. Send us a message with your contact info & we'll arrange to get your failed unit replaced.
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3BR TAPP on my last bike (VFR) and current ride (DL1K) and it is worth the money. Clean install, no finagling, and pretty much everything I need to power/charge (iPhone, Sena SMH10, Garmin Oregon, iPad) plug in to it.

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