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I know, I should use direct power supply for my GPS, but I have a Walmart cigarette lighter in my tank bag that works like a dream. No disconnect whatsoever. I have the Dan Vesel dash and I thought it would be cool to install one in there along with the switch for my heated grips. The walmart lighter is not set up to be installed in a dash but screwed in on top and I want one that screws in like the marine sample below. The thing is that every other lighter I have used won't hold the charger cable in. They are too loose like the marine one and the charger will vibrate out or they are just crap like the Eklips setup that I had.


Anyone have a cig lighter setup that is as good as the walmart variety that will screw in the dash.

Walmart setup. Works like a charm but won't screw into dash.



Marine setup. Screws into dash and looks waterproof, but isn't tight enough.




BTW, I am thrilled that I own a low maintenance strom and can worry about simple things like this. :thumbup:
 

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Mine is on the dash and held on with screws.

 

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Sorry, I don't have the link, but the Eastern Beaver set up is very nice and durable.
 

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I bought and installed the second type, all plastic locking marine type from andy14nq on ebay for about $9. Works great, my garmin charger locks in and won't come out unless you turn it a little. I drilled a hole in my black fairing with a step drill from harbor freight, ran the power cord to an eastern beaver triple tap.
 

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I did same as blknh. I have one on each black fairing panel. Got them from marine store. They hold garmin plug on one side and plug for cb radio on the other. Never had a plug come out of recepticle unless I removed it. I ran power to fuse block under seat that is powered through Eastern Beaver relay off brake light. I needed to use marine grade shielded wire for the CB to keep engine noise from entering the system.
 

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Great ideas all! I know this subject has been beat to death, but there are some new ideas here.

Blknh and pso, My marine outlet is not locking. Maybe I'll try the locking one. Did you have to charger to the locking piece they give you or did the garmin charger work?
 

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I used the plug from Radio Shack. They have worked just fine for me for many years on my Goldwing, then Beull now Wee.
 

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Walmart Outlet

I used this one before but it tends to corrode internally with moisture. Go to a marine store and buy a better one.
 

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I use same model as Greywolf but the thread in dash type. I have several on my boats as well and to keep them from corroding I coat inside with dialectric grease every couple of years. Oldest one installed in 1999 on the boat and still corrosion-free. There a nicer looking units around but for me, cheap and cheerful works. Mine came from Canadian Tire, around $5-8 at the time. The spring loaded cap seems to work fine to hold the charging adapters in place - haven't had one pop out yet.

On my bike, since I'm mounted in the fairing panel and wired to a fuse block under the seat - I use an SEA-type connector (like for trailer light hookups) up near the fairing so when I have to take the plastics off I can just disconnect it easily.

Safe rides
Bob
 
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