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post #1 of 8 Old 05-06-2014, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Bar-mount Cig Lighter & USB ports

Just ran across this. I have no idea if really waterproof or not but it seems like an interesting "temporary" mount to avoid drilling and such.

Waterproof Motorcycle 12V Cigarette Lighter 5V 1A USB Power Socket Charger for GPS Cell phone – NeweggFlash.com
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Don't think I'd trust any of my expensive electronics to a no-name charging device with an item description that has typos and the sporadic bad grammar in the description.

But hey, that's just me.

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Neat. I bought one and will do a review.

Thanks for sharing.
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It looked OK right up to where it says

4 Do not use or on the rainy day,please cover it with the waterproof shell
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I had this on my last bike. Been through downpours with the mating cable plugged in, and never had a single issue.
Only caveat is this DOES have a small power draw even with nothing plugged in. I understand this is not uncommon with power outlets.
Anyway I'd recommend it be plugged into a switched circuit on a fuse block.

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I bought one like in the OP from Amazon. Purchased it a couple weeks ago and it took the slow boat from China to my house. Literally! I haven't got it installed yet but it looks and feels like a good piece of kit. I have no reason to think the USB plug-in wouldn't hold up to at least a light rain or even any type of rain for that matter. The lighter outlet is a different story. Besides, you can place it in a location that would minimize its exposure to rain. It doesn't have to go on the handlebars since it comes with mounting hardware for any flat surface. I might put mine down inside the cowling.
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I've decided to mount this thing under the cowl, attached to the support bar. This will keep the handlebar area less cluttered and provide better protection from water. The clearance between the left fork and the cigarette outlet at full turn is just about an inch so this might cause an issue with some power adapters. I don't plan to use that outlet much but it could be turned a little bit to provide more clearance if needed.





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