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post #1 of 30 Old 09-21-2014, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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I'm gathering all the different parts to mount a Garmin 765 I acquired to my bike. I'm going to install a dual USB power receptacle to the handlebars with power wired to the aux outlet. My question is this- can I power the Garmin with the mini USB cable that comes with it connected to the USB power receptacle that I'm mounting on the bars?
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You can, but running fused to the battery or aux. fuse block works better. USB does not supply as much power, same as trying to charge cellphone... cigarette lighter is faster vs. USB. At least that's been my experience. I had my GPS charger die and used the USB option and it was much slower to start up and hardly ever charged the battery. Just sayin'
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... My question is this- can I power the Garmin with the mini USB cable that comes with it connected to the USB power receptacle that I'm mounting on the bars?
You can however, but using a USB cable into the Unit direct does not charge the unit.

Here's my experience. I was using a USB Cigarette adapter paired with a USB cable into the bottom edge USB port on the 765. It would not charge the 765 and I was having frequent drop-outs / reboots when the USB cable shifted in the GPS.

I put up with it for awhile then justed got tired of the problems while on a 43-day trip. I stopped using the GPS.

Of course, after I got back I did some more googling and found this discussion with pictures over in Sport-touring net. Sport-Touring.Net - Garmin Nuvi 765T issues

If the thread link doesn't work, it is in the Gadgets subforum with a thread title, "Garmin Nuvi 765T issues"

As the guy talks and shows in Reply 12, I realized that I should have been using the Garmin Mount/Clip inside the Ram Mount Cradle. I purchased the proper Garmin 12 V charger (Garmin Straight 18 Pin Cigarette Lighter Adapter Model: 010-10747-03) which I'd never had and did not need to cut down the Cradle as he advised.

Though a bit of pain in the a** to get in place, the GPS is charging and not having the re-boot problems with the vibration.

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I have mine set up like RKLLKR and it works just fine. I also secure the power cable to the RAM mount with a velcro strip to prevent too much vibration or strain on where the power cable goes into the mount. That seems to be a common failure point.
If you have the 765T model you can use the traffic receiver power cable and get notified of any delays on your route. It helped me a few times on long trips but mostly only works in the larger urban areas.
The biggest reason I got this model, other than it was cheap, is that you can connect 2 blue tooth devices to it. I connect my phone and my helmet to it so I can use my phone as a music player and hear the music and the directions in my helmet. Airplane mode on the phone prevents unwanted calls during my rides.
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I'm gathering all the different parts to mount a Garmin 765 I acquired to my bike. I'm going to install a dual USB power receptacle to the handlebars with power wired to the aux outlet. My question is this- can I power the Garmin with the mini USB cable that comes with it connected to the USB power receptacle that I'm mounting on the bars?
My Nuvi won't charge with the USB data cable for reasons described here.

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Apparently the stock Garmin USB data cable is designed to charge from a computer but not from a USB power outlet. The Red Band USB cable solved this.
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Thanks for the responses. I never have cared for the cigarette style power receptacles, especially on a bike. Does anyone know if there's a cable made that works from the 18 pin connector on the clip to USB power receptacle?
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.. Does anyone know if there's a cable made that works from the 18 pin connector on the clip to USB power receptacle?
Some one asked the same question here

https://www.gpscity.com/questions?qid=36061

The answer from the store was No.

If you have mad electronic skills, you might be able to bodge on together or maybe a very specialized shop?

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The answer from the store was No.

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May have spoken (written?) too soon.

From Garmin FMI - ArgentWiki

"The 18-pin FMI connector is a Hirose ST40X-18S-CV"

If you start to google Hirose 18 Pin to USB or other variations, there are some cables kicking up. One is listed as part for a GPRS tracking system so somebody must be making them.

Seems most of cables and assorted images are associated with Audio Visual systems and printer cables.

One website that seems to be a US Distributor for Hirose is Mouser Electronics. They have a 1-800 number and you can give them a call. They list the Connector above as obsolete and I can't find a cable in their catalogue that seems to fit the bill.

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Thanks for the responses. I never have cared for the cigarette style power receptacles, especially on a bike. Does anyone know if there's a cable made that works from the 18 pin connector on the clip to USB power receptacle?
man, just use the garmin vehicle cable. cut off the cigarette plug end and hardwire it to a switched power source. oh, add a 5 amp inline fuse.

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man, just use the garmin vehicle cable. cut off the cigarette plug end and hardwire it to a switched power source. oh, add a 5 amp inline fuse.
That cigarette lighter adapter usually has a 5V voltage regulator built in. If you cut off the adapter and feed it 12V, bad things could happen.

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