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post #1 of 13 Old 01-30-2013, 04:04 AM Thread Starter
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Power to Auxiliary Devices

Well guys, its winter and I am missing riding quite a bit... Last season I had wanted to add some electric outlets or hardwire some devices such as a maybe a GPS, or a radar detector. However at a minimum I want to be able to charge my smart phone. So what would be a fool proof way to wire/power several power (wattage) devices. It would be really nice if they could be switched as in only be powered when the bike was on.

Looking for detailed ideas on how to power two or three small electronics devices.

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PS: I hope this is in the right part of the forum since it is electronics related otherwise mods would you please move this to the correct forum. Thanks!

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You probably want a fuse panel. One place to look is VStrom

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Adding Eastern Beaver 3-Connector fuse block (didn't think I needed the PC-8) right now. Install really couldn't be easier. A pair of powerlet plugs is in the mail which are paired and running off same wire bundle / fuse position. I purchased a powerlet to cig adaptor as i know many products require the cig plug and the darn powerlet oplugs are pricey enough that I didn't want to get everything now.

At same time added the headlight relay after reading of switch problems and the removed the tail to add the adaptor for the brake modulator.

Well made products, but the VStrom instructions for the headlight relay could have been a tad bit more clear. This forum cleared everything up though!

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Just a note that the Powerlet company makes both their proprietary small plugs, also called BMW plugs, and high quality standard cigarette lighter plugs. Most portable electronic gizmos have an auto plug that plugs into the standard cigarette lighter socket.

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We have the EB PC 8 in both our Stroms. All electronic devices or their cradles go through that. I personally like my GPS cradle to be unswitched as I remove the GPS when I am away from the bike any way. We also have electrified tank bags, something along these lines V-Strom DL1000 '02-'12 - Suzuki - Shop by Bike - TwistedThrottle.com for charging cell phones, ipods etc while we travel. Lots of options.

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Went to the eastern beaver site, looks like I should get the model I was linked to for the vstrom... ~$98

Then I could spice my wires on my electronics so they would be directly to the fuse block? I guess I would like one cigarette lighter type plug and the rest of my devices wired permanently so I just pull my GPS off my bike and leave the wiring etc connected only to reconnect the GPS to its mount and plug the power in on the device side. Does that make sense? What would be the best way to actually position the wiring so I can have power at the handlebars???

I guess I need wire stripper and cutting tool, multimeter to test everything when I am done... Anything I am missing???

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Yes you are on the right track. Consider also a mini butane torch for soldering and tinning wires, and some shrink tubing is handy to have around. I agree with Trapper, the EB PC8 looks like the best thing going, plus his bike specific harness makes it very easy.

Re the wire lengths, bite the bullet and remove the tank and fairings and do a proper job of running and securing your wires. Buy a couple of gas of small and medium wire ties too.

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Yes you are on the right track. Consider also a mini butane torch for soldering and tinning wires, and some shrink tubing is handy to have around. I agree with Trapper, the EB PC8 looks like the best thing going, plus his bike specific harness makes it very easy.

Re the wire lengths, bite the bullet and remove the tank and fairings and do a proper job of running and securing your wires. Buy a couple of gas of small and medium wire ties too.

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I have a soldering iron, and solder... Just need to find my multimeter and wire strippers.... I will order my PC8 tonight... Maybe pick up some wire locally, I was thinking about buying eight wire individual shielding twisted strand... Not sure which gauge off the top of my head... But then I figure I could power 4 devices up front and only have to route one wire through the bike... Probably look for something with a heavy duty rubber coating to hold up to weather and any abrasive forces.

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Although a nice premice, even if you could find a gang wire of sufficient gauge and type:
A) You will still need to cut and splice at each source product as most come with a sheathed harness long enough to reach the power source.

B) Product wire gauge requirements vary dramtically and you would have to opt for the largest gauge (while each product comes with it's own proper sheathed gauge.)

C) You will end up with excessive wire running in different directions up front as your GPS etc will be mounted high and your horn down low.

Not to say if can't be done though

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What sort of device requires a Powerlet plug, anyway? My Garmin and cell have cigarette-lighter plug chargers. And, since I'm asking, what sort of connections to the battery does Gerbing heated gear require?
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