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    Question Cell Phone Charging Add-Ons for the Motorcycle

    Anyone installed and had success/failures installing a charging station add-on for their motorcycle (predominantly to charge a cell phone) who can share comments/wisdom on the subject?

    Been on Ebay, Amazon, DealXtreme, etc., seen lots, but can't tell which is crap and which is worth the money. My preference is the cigarette lighter style over USB port and I don't care if I'm cutting into plastics or mounting on the bars.

    Experiences? Thoughts?

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    Simple cheap easy

    And kill to birds with one stone.

    Get a Battery Tender from the SAE connector that you have attached to your battery attach a cigarette lighter attachment (now called accessory port) from that you can run any cheap USB adapter/charger.

    Can also be used for GPS.

    There are also many attachement that can go onto the SAE plug.

    http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/2...plug-with-fuse



    or you can buy one of these but you can not charge your bike battery with this.
    http://burnsmoto.com/waterproof-usb-...anel-mount.php

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    Nice. You guys are awesome! Thanks

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    I installed this one: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/12V-Waterproof-Motorcycle-USB-Charger-Cigarette-Lighter-Power-Outlet-Socket-Hot-/380919087638?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash =item58b08c0216&vxp=mtr&_uhb=1

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    ess than $6 total plus some zip ties.
    You can use any $2 phone charger with a standard car power outlet, plus many other accessories. Mine handled even 70 watt turbo air pump for inflatable mattress.

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    Defo like the price tag. I looked at one similar. Have you used it with a cell phone? Used it while riding? Wondering if you had any issues charging or with things vibrating out of the socket?

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    If you're going for a permanent solution i would suggest adding a fuse and a switch to the circuit.

    (Battery +) ---- Fuse ---- USB/lighter----- Switch--- (Battery - )/ground

    All in series in any order. This will protect from any potential short circuits and the switch will kill the circuit and will keep the battery from draining when the bikes not being used for extended periods. Also would be a good idea to look into a USB or lighter charger that comes with an LED to indicate when the circuit is live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skiela View Post
    Defo like the price tag. I looked at one similar. Have you used it with a cell phone? Used it while riding? Wondering if you had any issues charging or with things vibrating out of the socket?
    I used it for about 3000 km now with phone charger plugged in using the phone as GPS. Not a single problem and my bike vibrates a lot. I'd suggest using a model with a fuse, like this one for $7
    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Motorcycle-Mo...b2845ea&_uhb=1

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    To take the strain of the bikes electrical system I would suggest adding this

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    I installed one of these. I know the OP preferred a cigarette style port, but what tech these days even uses those? Pretty much everything comes with a USB charging cable so you'd need another component to provide the USB ports. This port that I installed provides enough power to charge my iPad as well, and its weatherproof.

    (The Amazon review states that the guy couldn't charge his Samsung Tablet, he must have done something wrong or the port was faulty, because I was able to charge my buddies Galaxy Tab on a recent trip no problem)
    BOOM de ya dah!

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    I got one of these, haven't install it, yet.
    http://www.webbikeworld.com/r4/water...ycle-usb-port/

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwilo View Post
    To take the strain of the bikes electrical system I would suggest adding this

    Hahahaha, now that's a genius idea!!!

    That dyno is guaranteed to work even if your battery dies... As long as you push the bike down the road. Will even charge your battery.

    I'm ordering 4 of those; two for each wheel. Thanks gwilo!! ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerberos View Post
    I know the OP preferred a cigarette style port, but what tech these days even uses those?
    Wow, really? Where do I start?
    • Tire inflators
    • Matress inflators
    • Laptops
    • Many tablets. Yes, there are more than iPads. Surface Pro uses 48 watt charger. Try that with USB.
    • Battery chargers for many flashlights
    • Chargers for DSLR cameras
    • Digital voltmeter, so you know when to stop abusing your battery.
    Last edited by NuclearTester; 09-10-2014 at 12:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NuclearTester View Post
    Wow, really? Where do I start?
    • Tire inflators
    • Matress inflators
    • Laptops
    • Many tablets. Yes, there are more than iPads. Surface Pro uses 48 watt charger. Try that with USB.
    • Battery chargers for many flashlights
    • Chargers for DSLR cameras
    • Digital voltmeter, so you know when to stop abusing your battery.
    I'll give you the first two, but probably not something the average sport biker is going to require. I don't know many laptops and DSLRS that have 12V cigarette chargers, you would also need a 120v power inverter to charges these. Also not something that would generally need charging on the go. My DSLR battery lasts for weeks, maybe days with heavy use, I'd simply plug that in at night. I've been on the bike for 3+ weeks at a time, and the only thing I've ever wished I could charge on the go was cell phone, tablet and now my Sena headsets. Anything else would get charged prior to leaving, or at the end of the day.

    Its seems as though the OP was referring more the "personal electronics" rather than heavier duty use.
    BOOM de ya dah!

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