Powering GPS - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
Techy World! GPS, Electronics, etc Electronics forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 22 Old 01-23-2010, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 308
Powering GPS

What do I need to do to power a GPS? Do I have to install a fuse box? I don't really understand the benefits of that. Should I install a cigarette lighter adapter, or can GPS be charged another way? Thanks!!!

[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

2012 CBR250R Tricolor
tylerSC is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 22 Old 01-23-2010, 11:35 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
CanadianFZ6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Kichener/Waterloo Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,856
Oh no, you didn't use the search function? You're in trouble now...:mrgreen: There are lots of threads and lots of imformation here on this very subject... Seriously, a quick search will get you the information you need...

2015 DL650AL5 in Blue
CanadianFZ6 is offline  
post #3 of 22 Old 01-23-2010, 11:37 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
RockyMtnScotsman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 450
I took the CLA for mine apart and then hardwired it (with the addition of a fuse) direct to the battery.

If you don't feel like disassembling the CLA, go by Wallyworld or your favorite auto parts store and get a female CLA connector with pigtails. Direct wire that to the battery (again, with a fuse) and plug your CLA into this.

2008 DL650 Matte Black
2006 Yamaha WR450F
1973 Moto Guzzi El Dorado

"America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards."
--Claire Wolfe
RockyMtnScotsman is offline  
 
post #4 of 22 Old 01-23-2010, 11:48 AM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
If the GPS in question has a cigarette lighter plug, a cigarette lighter adapter is probably the best bet. Those plugs have 12V-5V voltage reducers and fuses inside them. The adapter can be wired into the bike directly. A GPS draws very little current so the adapter can be wired to the battery if the GPS is not left on the bike with the ignition off for a long time. It can also be wired to any black wire with a white stripe for negative and any orange wire with a green stripe for positive. If more than one add on electrical device is planned, http://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Bi...om/vstrom.html is a fine source for products to help arrange them.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #5 of 22 Old 01-23-2010, 11:58 AM
Cat Herder
 
LowAndSilent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Lynnwood, WA
Posts: 2,480
Easy solution?

As long as your factory heated grip lead isn't being used, you an use this: Eastern Beaver Heated Grip Adapter.

Cut the power cable for the GPS, connect ground to ground, power to power, and plug into the heated grip lead on the Strom. The only issue is the heated grip lead on the Strom is switched, so if you turn off the bike you'll lose power to the GPS.

Other than that, your options are:

1) A direct run back to the battery, with fuse.
2) Purchase a fuse block (for your application, the Plug and Play Complete 3CS VStrom Kit may work best)...get the one with one unswitched lead, as this will allow you to power the GPS when the bike is off).
3) Purchase a power outlet and use that. You can use the automotive cigar outlet, or for more vibration resistance, you can purchase the Powerlet. As your GPS probably did not come with a Powerlet adapter, you'd have to purchase one, or buy the male Powerlet lead and install that on the GPS power cable.

It's funny how Eastern Beaver has a solution to whatever path you want to take. Jim makes excellent stuff.

'09 VStrom DL650A - Sold.
'04 Suzuki Burgman 400 - The wifes
'08 FJR1300AE - Miss Chievous.

WWGWD?

LowAndSilent is offline  
post #6 of 22 Old 01-23-2010, 11:59 AM
Cat Herder
 
LowAndSilent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Lynnwood, WA
Posts: 2,480
And of course...GreyWolf beat me to it.

'09 VStrom DL650A - Sold.
'04 Suzuki Burgman 400 - The wifes
'08 FJR1300AE - Miss Chievous.

WWGWD?

LowAndSilent is offline  
post #7 of 22 Old 01-23-2010, 12:32 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
dekruyter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: grand rapids, michigan
Posts: 94
EasternBeaver pre-wire stuff is great....you can do it yourself, but not for much less.

known as "Vstromdek"
dekruyter is offline  
post #8 of 22 Old 01-23-2010, 02:31 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
mikefryman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: central KY
Posts: 424
+1 Eastern Beaver , hooked to heated grip plug = on off with ignition.
I put the standard cigarette lighter with the flip up cap under the cowl on one of the metal brackets with zip ties. When you unplug and remove the GPS make sure you don' let the hook up touch something metal. I blew the fuse in my plug in on the cigarette lighter power cord. I usually go ahead and unplug the power cord when I am not using the GPS.
Mike
mikefryman is offline  
post #9 of 22 Old 01-26-2010, 10:00 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
jayhawknavy02's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: So-Cal
Posts: 286
This is what I bought, an EKLIPES, it has the leads for my Yuasa Battery tender and you can connect those to the 12 Volt connector supplied or whatever else you want, like a powerlet.

If you're looking online, its called the "Cellphone Adapter with Battery Harness"



You can use the same SAE connectors coming off your battery to connect to a Powerlet adapter.


Last edited by jayhawknavy02; 01-28-2010 at 12:19 AM.
jayhawknavy02 is offline  
post #10 of 22 Old 02-24-2010, 09:06 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Newfoundland
Posts: 11
GPS power supply

A bit late on this but better late than never. Anyone using a GPS on a bike should read this page http://www.cycoactive.com/gps/gps_hardwire.html. I run several Garmins and had all the troubles mentioned until I made the recommended changes. I changed from the 12 volt cigarette lighter type outlet to a dedicated GPS power supply using gold plated RCA audio male / female setup because they maintain constant electrical contact. The gold plating makes the contacts more resistant to arcing corrosion. I've used the RCA connectors for two years now on both my KLR and ST1300 and have now added them to the V-Strom. They're inexpensive, durable and widely available. I include a 1 amp glass fuse in the circuit as Garmin requires this for warranty but I used a clip in type fuse holder that doesn't have a coil spring. One amp blade type fuses are very difficult to find.
Harry is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome