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post #1 of 5 Old 06-10-2013, 03:51 AM Thread Starter
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GPS Charging - USB ?

Hi guys,

I am a total GPS noob (in fact, I don't even own one...yet).

I am trying to decide on how many power outlets to have on my bike. If pretty much any GPS can be charged via a USB port, then I should only need one outlet and I can plug in one of those double USB thingos, allowing me to charge the GPS AND my mobile phone at the same time.

If the GPS is going to need an entire cigarette lighter to itself then I will need two outlets. it safe to assume that any budget GPS unit that I end up buying will be able to be charged via USB ?

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-10-2013, 07:30 AM
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Most charge by USB, but not all. My Garmin Legend is an example of that.

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-10-2013, 10:58 AM
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I put a cheap cigarette lighter on the bike. Yeah it rusts up a bit but functional. I plug the GPS into that and have a 2 headed pig tail that allows me to plug in the phone and GPS when I have to.
You can get outlet happy tank bags from RKA if you over think this stuff.
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-14-2013, 06:09 PM
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This is my cockpit. Note the 12V socket mounted as well as the heated grip switch. Both run back to my PS8 power block. I run my Garmin and charge my phone at the same time no problem. I place a sandwich bag over the Garmin when raining and secure at the bottom with a rubber band. Here are some pics if this helps.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-26-2013, 01:05 PM
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