O.k. So before I go ahead with this project, I wanted to run some things by the forum for input. You know, to see if there's something I didn't think about yet.
So I have a MotoCentric Moto 19 strap equipped Tank bag. I like it. I want to add 4 micro usb charging ports inside of it for my phone, 1-2 sena headsets and maybe my spare battery pack/passengers phone/unforseen accessory.
The vision is to have foam cutouts for the Sena(s), and have everything self contained so that when I park the bike, I can unsnap the 3 bag connections to the bike and disconnect one electrical connection from the PC8 to carry the bag with me. (The bag has backpack straps that clip into the bike mounting points, and I actually use this feature more than I ever thought I would.)
Additionally, I thought it would be cool to modify a wall wart with the same connector. Then I could plug the tank bag into a wall outlet to charge the stuff in the bag without unpacking it.
The connection I was thinking of using to connect the PC8 to the tank bag is this weatherpack connector below. It would be next to the buckle that holds the tank bag on by the nose of the seat. This way, I could still flip the tankbag easliy out of the way to fuel up without having to disconnect the electricity.
The wires going to and from the weatherpack connector I would organize in some way so that they are protected and as inconspicuous as possible.
The closest thing I've found, and something I really like is what RCinNC did in his post here
, but I dont' want the clutter of extra wires that come with the cigarette lighter plugs or the Powerlet
gear as it just takes up so much space (and is expensive, as seen in the links)
I thought two of these
would be cool, and I could splice the outputs to connect two micro USB ports on the end.
I have a PC8 installed under the seat and was planning on running 4 wires to the weatherpack connector from two switched banks on the PC8.
Total cost would be around 30 bucks estimated.
P.S. Some really wild ideas to increase the complexity of this device (which may be even more overkill) was to have the circuit sense when the devices are fully charged and to stop charging automatically when this happens and also maybe having a bank of indicator lights to show this. I don't know what is required to make this happen though, so it could be out of my skill level and way more work than it's worth.