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I'm in the early throes of farkle disorder, but I've reached the electrical branch of the tree. In the near-term my charging needs will be my phone and GPS bug. Of course both of those use mini-USB connectors and they're unavoidable since I'm not breaking apart my vx6800 smartphone to solder in a more robust pigtail. The fuse block issue is already sussed out fully, but can anybody give me some good reasons why something like this would be a bad idea if mounted under the seat?

I like the idea of the gizmo since it does the 5v regulation for USB power without adding a discrete regulator or hacking up car chargers, while allowing for whatever length USB-mini USB leads needed to reach the mounted bug and phone. At the same time I don't need to buy into powerlet hardware, saving probably more than $100 considering the cost of outlets and powerlet-mini USB leads. I wouldn't plan to use the cig outlets but since the rest of the world is on them I'm not left rocking in the corner if I need to power a compressor or some other unforseen gadget when I'm not rolling.

I'm half tempted to stick it in a tiny otterbox or pelican and hide it up front under the cowl with the constant use USB leads running out the side sealed up with shoe goo.
 

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As long as you make sure you don't use all the "ports" at once. I have a 12 "port" Blue Sea fuse block I am not using, if you are interested in getting more powered farkles hooked up. :)
 

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can anybody give me some good reasons why something like this would be a bad idea if mounted under the seat?
Sure, it will work. Snip the plug off and wire it right into your fuse box. Everybody has their own scheme for power distribution depending on what gear you need to power.

Personally, I use Anderson powerpole connectors for most devices because my gear list changes regularly.
 

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I'd open the box, remove the 2 cig lighter receptacles and replace them with Powelet receptacles. The USB should be fine under vibration. Moisture will find its way under the seat, even if not a direct splash. I get 'water marks' under my seat frequently, I have the Sargent seat by the way.


Friends don't let friends ride with cig lighters plugs on thier bike... :p
 

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My Nuvi 650 goes into sleep/charging mode if I plug in the USB cable. Might make it tuff to navigate.
 

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Does anybody know of a full-size weatherproofed USB connector? I'm thinking something with a boot or cover plug.
 

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USB charger

Resq47: Did you ever find your plug?

I'm on the same boat. I have one of these: http://tinyurl.com/5pvt76

I've taken it apart once and it's just a very tiny control board. If I don't find anything made for the application we're looking for, I am thinking of just getting the control board, attach it under the seat, connect the battery leads to my fuse block and cover it with shrink tube.

Anyone else has made anything similar this Summer?
 

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Get a standard 2-pin SAE connector (pix are on This Page - scroll down to the SAE connector section) and wire it to your fuse block. They are handy to have around for many things; compressors, bike battery chargers, etc. Get a corded cigarette lighter adapter at pretty much any Walmart and connect a mating SAE connector to it. If you prefer you can also buy one already made Here. Plug them together and you have a connector for your phone charger plus you have a connection that can be used for many other things.

2-pin SAE connectors are commonly found in stores that carry trailer wiring components. They are a relatively heavy current plug that is common in automotive use (SAE stands for Society of Automotive Engineers).

I have one on both of my bikes and use them for my cell phone charger cord, battery tender, compressor, etc. Handy to have around.

Oh yeah, most SAE connections are wired so that the exposed pin on the connector is ground on the vehicle side. The insulated pin is positive on the vehicle side. That way if the exposed pin grounds out on something when it is stored it doesn't cause a short.
 

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My Nuvi 650 goes into sleep/charging mode if I plug in the USB cable. Might make it tuff to navigate.
try prying off the 2 data pins out of the mini usb plug you have on the bike, that should keep it from going into sync mode, theres 5 pins if you look at it like its a top hat (wider part on bottom) left to right, 1 and 4 are teh power and ground, 2,3 are the data +/-, x is an extra 'trigger' pin, take all three of those out and hopefully it'll power without triping the signal

 

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I put one of those $20.00 DC/AC power inverters with a USB jack on it under the seat. I use the USB for my GPS and the 110VAC portion for whatever phone charger/thingy that I need.

Been working for a while in rain and sun.

Ray...
 
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