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post #1 of 14 Old 03-06-2007, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Yo, I want a 12 volt cigarette lighter like in a car on my V for my radar detector and phone charger. Bikebanit.com has a water resistant one for $30, and Autozone for $5. Need some hot grips or something too. Don't know what to do about these and the fact that I don't know how to go about "farkling". So I just splice the things into the headlight wires or what? Thanks for posting!
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If you want a complete kit that you just bolts in then the Powerlet V-Strom specific kit is a great choice at between US$35 and 39 depending on where you buy it. Just remember that Powerlet (or "BMW style") sockets are smaller than cigarette lighter sockets so you will either need an adapter or new plugs for your devices.
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Yo, I want a 12 volt cigarette lighter like in a car on my V for my radar detector and phone charger. Bikebanit.com has a water resistant one for $30, and Autozone for $5. Need some hot grips or something too. Don't know what to do about these and the fact that I don't know how to go about "farkling". So I just splice the things into the headlight wires or what? Thanks for posting!
#1. Do NOT splice into the headlight! These wires are generally under sized as it is, and adding load to it may cause you problems down the road. Instead, get the (heated grips?) wiring adapter (http://www.ronayers.com/browseparts....ng=36852-06G00) and plug it in to the plug that matches it on the left side behind.top of radiator; there are a couple lposts on how to do it. This will provide you switched power that you can use up front.
#2 Next, look at this: http://11109.rapidforum.com/topic=107675789069 . Rich will drill out the holes to the sizes you need. I got a waterproof cig lighter from Walmart for about $12 and mounted it in there along w/ a powerlet socket and a switch for heated grips.

Hope this helps!
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I have 2 Cigarette Lighter plugs, and one powerlet plug (for a vest). One plug is under the seat (for cell phone or ipod when not using) and one is near the console. You could splice your power into a 'switched' power source and ground source, or you could hook up a relay. I bought both outlets from wal-mart for like $5/ea. The dash mounted one is for outdoor use.

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What else is on your dash? I think I see some led's or switches? Are your 12V always hot?

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I bought both outlets from wal-mart for like $5/ea. The dash mounted one is for outdoor use.
I've seen those outlets and almost picked up a couple, but I was worried how weather saavy are they? Does anything need to be done to the bottom of the outlet housing for waterproofing?
I remember it said something on the packaging about them being used on motorhomes/campers for external power, but that doesn't mean that they'd be in use while driving in wet weather, so I
was unsure.

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I've seen those outlets and almost picked up a couple, but I was worried how weather saavy are they? Does anything need to be done to the bottom of the outlet housing for waterproofing?
I remember it said something on the packaging about them being used on motorhomes/campers for external power, but that doesn't mean that they'd be in use while driving in wet weather, so I
was unsure.
I've been using them on my bikes, seem fine to me as far as weatherproofing. I guess if it does get drenched, that's what fuses are for.

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Looks like I'll be dropping by Wal-Mart actually knowing what I'm doing! Thanks a lot everyone!
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post #9 of 14 Old 03-08-2007, 08:47 AM
 
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klong,

How do we access that grip plug behind rad? I looked for it but didn't find, do I have to remove fairing panel? I quessing it has 2 female spade connectors inside the plug? Ron Ayers discription says that pigtail is a horn wire which can be the same for alot of options I guess.

Thanks for the heads up on that aux hookup location.
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The powerlet option is a pretty good one. They are a bit more pricey but they come with a good quality wiring kit and pretty easy instructions. Powerlet has regular 12V cigarette style outlets as well as the BMW style. Both are quality items.

I have both wired to an auxiliary fuse block but there are several ways you can connect them. All of the ways including wiring diagrams are covered in one or more of the forums here. The simple connect to your battery is easy enough to do in about 20 minuets.
For most auxiliary power applications you do not need a switched outlet because you will probably be taking your cell phone/GPS etc off the bike when you park anyway.
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