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MellowYellow
08-13-2012, 08:18 PM
I rember reading in the VT thread some of you were looking into, or posted a link to get USB Chargers and were putting them on your bikes.

So the other day I bought this. A 12V USB plug with 72" wire leads. Got it here. http://www.burnsmoto.com/
This is the paticular one I bought. http://www.burnsmoto.com/usb-power-socket-weatherproof.php
http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww264/BigJim67/USBCharger002.jpg

Now where to put it. I know it's goin in the trunk. Best place to me was under the rear brkt that holds the tail fairing.
http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww264/BigJim67/USBCharger003.jpg

http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww264/BigJim67/USBCharger005.jpg

http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww264/BigJim67/USBCharger006.jpg

So put it back together and notice the hump in the undertray is right there and I can't open the cap.
http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww264/BigJim67/USBCharger007.jpg

So I cut the pc off and did not affect anything.
http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww264/BigJim67/USBCharger008.jpg

Test fit it one more time and plenty of room. Hooked up the + & - now never have a dead phone or camera again. I have been on the bike in NH and had a dead cell and no way to call.
http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww264/BigJim67/USBCharger009.jpg

http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww264/BigJim67/USBCharger010.jpg

drinkingmymilk
08-13-2012, 08:22 PM
That's really clean Jim.

I have mine under the seat but didn't mount it. When I plug my phone/ipod/sena in, I take it and run the leads up to the tank bag. It lets me unplug it quick if we stop somewhere vs. having to take the seat off. Then when I am done I just put it back under the seat at the end of the ride.

Joey Lawrence
08-13-2012, 09:19 PM
What Chris does. Mine sits under my rear seat. At first i would just keep whatever i needed plugged up under the seat but when the sena died kn me i needed to run it to the tank bag. Sometimes I wish I had the bandanna seat than the wire would just come up through my legs. I'd love to have the outlet near the fairing but like the idea of having it hidden under the seat. Maybe this winter I'll get a bright idea on where to mount it.
Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_1_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9B206 Safari/7534.48.3

weld
08-13-2012, 09:27 PM
I have one of these that I (will) use on my setup

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Micro-USB-Coiled-Data-sync-Charger-Cable-HTC-EVO-HD-Desire-Droid-Android-/00/s/NjAwWDYwMA==/$T2eC16F,!)!E9s2f!G5GBQIHDVeCVw~~60_35.JPG

They are around $2-3 shipped on eBay.

Also I have a retractable iPhone usb cable if anyone wants it. Useless for me now that I switched. Also $2-3 on eBay.

http://img.lightake.com/image201204/sku_53929_1.JPG

01XJ
08-13-2012, 09:50 PM
Looks nice Jim. I kind of regret doing all the wiring nonsense on my bike upfront near the fairing. I thought I'd be using the display and functions on my phone, when in reality it's 10x better to just have it under the seat and out of the way.

ct1200
08-13-2012, 11:01 PM
Nice to see Im not the only one who likes it.
Does come in pretty handy

mhenry600
08-14-2012, 07:27 AM
Jim, where did you buy it? or does anyone else have a good source?

Marduk
08-14-2012, 07:35 AM
Jim, where did you buy it? or does anyone else have a good source?

http://www.svrider.com/forum/showthread.php?t=138865

SVnunook
08-14-2012, 08:18 AM
Great work.

SVnunook
08-14-2012, 08:27 AM
Is anyone interested in ordering one from the guy on SVrider? Save on shipping.

weld
08-14-2012, 08:28 AM
Looks nice Jim. I kind of regret doing all the wiring nonsense on my bike upfront near the fairing. I thought I'd be using the display and functions on my phone, when in reality it's 10x better to just have it under the seat and out of the way.
Why? Don't you have a mount for it? I have mine wired in the front solely for using my phone as a GPS. I wouldn't need a charger otherwise, it makes it through a day of regular use easily.

mhenry600
08-14-2012, 08:29 AM
http://www.svrider.com/forum/showthread.php?t=138865

Thanks Mark... might have to grab one myself.

scubasteve
08-14-2012, 08:39 AM
Nice install - I'm planning to do the same thing, but it will be wired up to the front so my phone can be plugged in while in the tank bag.

Marduk
08-14-2012, 08:41 AM
Nice install and writeup, Jim.

Like others, I just plug mine into the piggyback under my seat normally used for my tender. Works well - sometimes I run mine out under the passenger seat into a saddlebag or tailbag - other times I run it out under the drivers seat or into the tank bag. You can do whatever you want with it. Since mine is only used on longer trips (typically with luggage), I rarely keep mine under the seat. It's a PITA to get to, and it will drain your battery (albeit slowly) if plugged in while the bike is off.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-aZbCB3Zcpm0/TgPrEmiUZKI/AAAAAAAADd4/uRVRQ6nslZg/s1000/IMG_0044.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-qL_pMFOfjec/UCpWscr7W3I/AAAAAAAAEp0/Id-QC02EQqc/s750/376375_10100632391638885_1499754580_n.jpg


Is anyone interested in ordering one from the guy on SVrider? Save on shipping.

Pronator is a girl, and she's a pleasure to deal with :)

drinkingmymilk
08-14-2012, 08:59 AM
I just use the battery tender cig adapter and then a standard USB into it. Total set up was under $15 through amazon.

SVnunook
08-14-2012, 09:27 AM
I just use the battery tender cig adapter and then a standard USB into it. Total set up was under $15 through amazon.


I did this for the vermont trip but there was just a lot of wires in the pocket on my tank bag. I am thinking of installing two permin the tank bag right to a SAE connector to reduce the amount of wires.

Marduk
08-14-2012, 09:39 AM
I wouldn't need a charger otherwise, it makes it through a day of regular use easily.

Stream Spotify/Pandora + bluetooth to a Sena headset for 8 hours and your phone is dead...whether using GPS or not.
Still kicking myself for not doing this from the outset of getting a bike. Has made long rides infinitely more convenient.

weld
08-14-2012, 10:50 AM
Makes sense, bluetooth streaming is quite battery hungry. I can usually stream quite a long time since I use headphones.

eric351w
08-14-2012, 11:28 AM
Are you guys hard wiring it to the battery? Are you using an inline fuse at all?

SVnunook
08-14-2012, 12:04 PM
Are you guys hard wiring it to the battery? Are you using an inline fuse at all?


Yes, and yes

eric351w
08-14-2012, 12:16 PM
good deal, what amperage fuse do you recommend 5? thanks

SVnunook
08-14-2012, 12:32 PM
good deal, what amperage fuse do you recommend 5? thanks


or lower

eric351w
08-14-2012, 12:55 PM
Thanks Carl!

MellowYellow
08-14-2012, 02:33 PM
Jim, where did you buy it? or does anyone else have a good source?

I got it here. http://www.burnsmoto.com/

I put mine under the tail as an emergency charging device. I don't have a smart phone so no GPS or anything needed up front.
Last year I went to bike week by myself and on the way home had to make a call and the phone was dead. Had to call collect from a pay phone and it cost 25 bucks.

hatred
08-15-2012, 08:51 AM
i love this idea. i installed a 12v auto accessory plug behind the front fairing back in '04. the mille's front fairing is so big that it fit with room to spare. if i swapped in a small usb plug, i could work on an autocannon mount.

BMMCBR600RR
08-15-2012, 10:13 AM
I got it here. http://www.burnsmoto.com/

I put mine under the tail as an emergency charging device. I don't have a smart phone so no GPS or anything needed up front.
Last year I went to bike week by myself and on the way home had to make a call and the phone was dead. Had to call collect from a pay phone and it cost 25 bucks.

You actually found a payphone? :blink:

Tazman2
08-15-2012, 11:22 AM
I also have a 12v on my fairing. More useful then just a USB for me as I can't run a compressor, CB radio charger, trickle charger, etc. off of a USB port! Otherwise I have a 12v that came with the GPS and bought a 12v that charges anything phone USB related! ;)

Marduk
08-15-2012, 11:25 AM
I also have a 12v on my fairing. More useful then just a USB for me as I can't run a compressor, CB radio charger, trickle charger, etc. off of a USB port! Otherwise I have a 12v that came with the GPS and bought a 12v that charges anything phone USB related! ;)

Whatever works for ya! My phone/GPS are both USB, and my compressor has an SAE connector that goes straight to the pigtail on the battery. The 12v cig thing is just an added adapter I don't need...and requires an additional adapter for my phone. Too many cords at that point.

Both are good options. Just think about what you have to run and pick whatever is simpler for your setup.

MellowYellow
09-09-2012, 06:33 PM
Used mine today, worked great.

ejewels
04-09-2013, 12:34 PM
Hey Guys, if I buy this with the battery terminals, all I have to do is literally hook them up to the battery terminals and run the wire?

ct1200
04-09-2013, 12:42 PM
Make sure you have a fuse in there somewhere.
You never want to wire anything straight to the battery without a fuse unless your looking to start a fire.
And keep the fuse close to the battery, if the wires get cut or just wear through the insulation the fuse will hopefully pop before any damage to anything else.

SteveCT
04-09-2013, 12:45 PM
Hey Guys, if I buy this with the battery terminals, all I have to do is literally hook them up to the battery terminals and run the wire?

Just make sure u wire an inline fuse closest to battery.

EDIT: *Yea, what he said.* :iws:

ejewels
04-09-2013, 01:16 PM
I'm mechanically retarded. What does adding a fuse mean?

01XJ
04-09-2013, 01:18 PM
Hey Guys, if I buy this with the battery terminals, all I have to do is literally hook them up to the battery terminals and run the wire?

The battery tender brand ring terminals have a fuse built in. It's a 5$ part at red line.

ejewels
04-09-2013, 01:20 PM
Now I'm confused lol. What exactly would I need to buy? the charger and the additional battery terminals?

y3v
04-09-2013, 01:20 PM
The battery tender brand ring terminals have a fuse built in. It's a 5$ part at red line.
:iws:

This is what you want:
http://store.valueaccessories.net/ProductImages/southern/MS017204-1.jpg

y3v
04-09-2013, 01:22 PM
Now I'm confused lol. What exactly would I need to buy? the charger and the additional battery terminals?
You need to buy this:

http://store.valueaccessories.net/ProductImages/southern/MS017204-1.jpg

+

This:

http://www.uniqueusbflash.com/cart/images/products/large_134_SAE_TO_USB_Adapter.jpg

And then this:

http://www.thebeveragestore.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/500x500/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/b/u/buffalo-trace-bourbon.jpg

ejewels
04-09-2013, 01:24 PM
haha thanks. So if you look at this page:
http://www.burnsmoto.com/usb-power-socket-weatherproof.php

and scroll down to the picture of the battery terminals... is that the same thing? Just need to add those on to the order? I believe they call it: USB WP Power Socket w/ Battery Terminals $36.

y3v
04-09-2013, 01:28 PM
haha thanks. So if you look at this page:
http://www.burnsmoto.com/usb-power-socket-weatherproof.php

and scroll down to the picture of the battery terminals... is that the same thing? Just need to add those on to the order? I believe they call it: USB WP Power Socket w/ Battery Terminals $36.
Look like you are getting ripped off from that site..
I believe so.. I'd e-mail them real quick just to confirm. ;)

y3v
04-09-2013, 01:30 PM
Or... check this out and support Shelley! (http://www.svrider.com/forum/showthread.php?t=138865)

SteveCT
04-09-2013, 01:34 PM
I ended up soldering both usb chargers to one SAE pig tail and dropping in a 20A fuse.

01XJ
04-09-2013, 01:39 PM
haha thanks. So if you look at this page:
http://www.burnsmoto.com/usb-power-socket-weatherproof.php

and scroll down to the picture of the battery terminals... is that the same thing? Just need to add those on to the order? I believe they call it: USB WP Power Socket w/ Battery Terminals $36.

That's what I have. I can show it to you tonight if your going to be in Middletown. Order it with an sae plug at the end so you can use the ring terminal sae connection for a battery tender.

y3v
04-09-2013, 01:41 PM
That's what I have. I can show it to you tonight if your going to be in Middletown.
http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lryc0cmE8V1qbt8o1.jpg
Want to see my helmet? ;)

ct1200
04-09-2013, 01:58 PM
I had got mine originally from Burns, was not aware of the deal on SVrider.
It seems maybe Shelley has worked out a good deal.
Is she able to get any of the options or just the straight plan jane plug?

ejewels
04-09-2013, 02:00 PM
awesome, thanks guys. Unfortunately I can't make the ride tonight as its in the shop. I am looking forward to my first ride though!

y3v
04-09-2013, 02:00 PM
I had got mine originally from Burns, was not aware of the deal on SVrider.
It seems maybe Shelley has worked out a good deal.
Is she able to get any of the options or just the straight plan jane plug?
Plain Jane.

ejewels
04-09-2013, 02:02 PM
That's what I have. I can show it to you tonight if your going to be in Middletown. Order it with an sae plug at the end so you can use the ring terminal sae connection for a battery tender.

doesn't look like it gives me the option to order both the SAE AND the battery terminals... maybe I should check out Shelley. I'm not on an SV, don't know if that matters...

y3v
04-09-2013, 02:06 PM
doesn't look like it gives me the option to order both the SAE AND the battery terminals... maybe I should check out Shelley. I'm not on an SV, don't know if that matters...
Nope.. just send her an e-mail and tell her Yev sent you. :)

ejewels
04-09-2013, 02:24 PM
So let me get this straight. I could either order it with the battery terminals directly wired in, which wouldn't allow for much flexibility. Or with the SAE plug which would allow it to be hooked up in other ways/options? So I'd have to then hook the SAE to a set of battery terminals?

y3v
04-09-2013, 02:28 PM
So let me get this straight. I could either order it with the battery terminals directly wired in, which wouldn't allow for much flexibility. Or with the SAE plug which would allow it to be hooked up in other ways/options? So I'd have to then hook the SAE to a set of battery terminals?
Are you talking about the site you linked or Shelley?

Shelley only sells the USB charger (no SAE pigtails attached)..

So for ~ $16 you get the USB charger from Shelley.
Then you can ride up to Redline and purchase a SAE battery terminal (with an inline fuse already there) for ~ $6.
Finally you purchase a SAE 2 pin pigtail from Radio Shack for ~$6.

If you need help with any of that, just PM me and I'll gladly invite you over and solder that shit up and help you connect everything. :cool:

ejewels
04-09-2013, 02:37 PM
Was just asking in general. I don't have a battery tender so if I did order it from burns it looks like I'd have to just get the battery terminals connection. I do like your cheaper option thought. Think I'll go with that. Thanks!

01XJ
04-09-2013, 02:37 PM
So let me get this straight. I could either order it with the battery terminals directly wired in, which wouldn't allow for much flexibility. Or with the SAE plug which would allow it to be hooked up in other ways/options? So I'd have to then hook the SAE to a set of battery terminals?

Sorry, that was a little confusing before. I was posting from my phone.

Thiis how I have it set up.

This
http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender-081-0069-6-Terminal-Disconnect/dp/B000NCOKZQ

Hooked up to a burns moto USB WP Socket + SAE + Seal

I probably over paid for it but I didn't know about that deal from SV rider.

The reason I suggest this set up is because during the cold months when you aren't riding as frequently you can simply disconnect your USB outlet and then use the remaining SAE leads (from the ring terminal connections) and quickly and easily connect a battery tender. On both my bikes they come out the frame under the seat.

y3v
04-09-2013, 02:41 PM
Let me know if you need any help, dude.

ejewels
04-09-2013, 02:43 PM
Sorry, that was a little confusing before. I was posting from my phone.

Thiis how I have it set up.

This
http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender-081-0069-6-Terminal-Disconnect/dp/B000NCOKZQ

Hooked up to a burns moto USB WP Socket + SAE + Seal

I probably over paid for it but I didn't know about that deal from SV rider.

The reason I suggest this set up is because during the cold months when you aren't riding as frequently you can simply disconnect your USB outlet and then use the remaining SAE leads (from the ring terminal connections) and quickly and easily connect a battery tender. On both my bikes they come out the frame under the seat.

Awesome. This makes for more flexibility. Thanks!

ejewels
04-09-2013, 02:54 PM
So one last thing, if I ordered it from burns with the battery terminals included (no SAE, going the direct route), would this fuse you guys speak of be in it? Also, do the terminals connect easily and can they be left on with no issues? If I remember, my battery has braces that go over the terminals so I'm not imagining how they can fit in there and be left on at all times.

SteveCT
04-09-2013, 02:57 PM
If no fuse, one can be had from Radio Shack (http://www.radioshack.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=13384949&kw=inline%20fuse&origkw=inline+fuse&sr=1) $2-3

NlC0
04-09-2013, 08:27 PM
clean looking install up there.

cool, I was just thinking of setting one up on my bike. I've got some 5v regulators sitting around, so I'll probably just do it piece by piece, but the parts make that nice and neat. hadn't though of doing an sae connector!

weld
04-10-2013, 01:28 PM
I just ziptied mine to the fairing stay. Can't see any of this once it's all installed anyway.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8266/8636647882_dd4cd48164_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59927403@N02/8636647882/)

LiquidSilverVR6
04-20-2013, 10:27 PM
I went the simple route and got a car cigarette lighter extension from radio shack, cut it in half and wired the female side to my battery with a fuse, and the male end to my battery tender. now I can plug in phone, or gps... etc to the bike... OR plug in the charger all through one plug and it only cost a few bucks

MFChop
05-07-2013, 03:23 PM
Anyone have any issues with an iPhone 5, finally hooked mine up. Plugged it in after a sec is said "not a supported accessory.. cannot charge"

Disconnected reconnected it was fine for 10 min then said it again...

BMMCBR600RR
05-07-2013, 03:27 PM
Anyone have any issues with an iPhone 5, finally hooked mine up. Plugged it in after a sec is said "not a supported accessory.. cannot charge"

Disconnected reconnected it was fine for 10 min then said it again...

This is with a USB cable that works in the wall with a socket block?

If so, it sounds like you're not getting enough power as I believe that's how the iPhone determines if it's "supported" or not.

MFChop
05-07-2013, 03:37 PM
Yeah, the one that came with my phone. Should I be using a generic USB? That shouldnt make a difference, no?

BMMCBR600RR
05-07-2013, 03:42 PM
Yeah, the one that came with my phone. Should I be using a generic USB? That shouldnt make a difference, no?

If it works with the wall block then its not the USB cable. It's either the charger your plugging it into or whatever source of power you plugged the charger into.

MFChop
05-07-2013, 03:48 PM
Directly off the battery with an inline fuse (battery is brand new)

ct1200
05-07-2013, 03:51 PM
I'm having issues with my new Samsung phone, and it looks like its a known issue.
And I am using the cable that came with the phone.
It can be voltage or the pins outs of the usb port.
Looks like my setup will need a reconfig.
I'm thinking a usb car charger with a spare usb port of some type.

ctbandit
05-07-2013, 04:37 PM
I'm having a problem with mine. tested it out when I installed and haven't used it since. went to hook it up on our Philly trip and no dice. such a pain in the ads to check because to get to battery I have to pull off inner fairing and pull up tank.

MFChop
05-07-2013, 05:09 PM
The only thing I can think is because the bike wasnt running but I highly doubt that's the issue, I'll have to check it out this weekend, I'll test my phone out on y3v's USB too

adouglas
06-14-2013, 03:04 PM
I've bought all the bits for this, but have yet to install:

- Permanently mounted Battery Tender harness going to the trunk
- Battery Tender 12 cig lighter that plugs right into the harness
- Cig plug USB charger widget
- Appropriate USB cable

Advantages

- Uses the Battery Tender harness that I'm going to put on the bike anyway
- Offers a power point for any 12v accessory, should anyone need it (e.g. inflator, etc)

Disadvantages

- Slightly bulky 12v cigarette lighter dealy-bob
- Not quite as neat and clean as the install above... just a bunch of wires stuffed in the trunk.

kimbro
06-14-2013, 04:13 PM
Balls. I keep forgetting this is on my spare bed in my room awaiting installation. Someone tell me, is it working with the iPhone 5?

soofle616
08-13-2013, 03:56 PM
Balls. I keep forgetting this is on my spare bed in my room awaiting installation. Someone tell me, is it working with the iPhone 5?

Given that the vt trip is only a week away, i haven't installed mine yet, and i have an iphone 5, has compatibility been figured out yet?

MFChop
08-13-2013, 04:57 PM
I had imconistant issues with mine but knock on wood it's been fine lately

drinkingmymilk
08-13-2013, 04:59 PM
My order from eastern beaver should be here in the next few days so I can get mine set up.

Marduk
08-13-2013, 05:38 PM
Can't speak about the iPhone 5, but it worked with my 3S and now my 4S. Never had a single problem with mine (purchased from Pronator).

MFChop
08-13-2013, 05:51 PM
Mine was from y3vs group by I don't know who the original seller was. Someone on a so forum I think

Mustang
08-21-2013, 06:31 AM
Given that the vt trip is only a week away, i haven't installed mine yet, and i have an iphone 5, has compatibility been figured out yet?
Tested mine this morning - worked with an iPhone 5.

kimbro
08-21-2013, 06:44 AM
Stillllll haven't done this.

BMMCBR600RR
08-21-2013, 06:49 AM
Stillllll haven't done this.

Me either.

drinkingmymilk
08-21-2013, 08:13 AM
I'm in the process. Hope to finish it up this afternoon.

If anyone wants. I have a cig lighter to ase plug. You're welcome to it.

mhenry600
08-21-2013, 08:15 AM
eh, I was going to do this for the trip, but never did. Oh well. I'm not running a sena or anything, so I'm not too worried.

makct04
08-21-2013, 08:29 AM
Stillllll haven't done this.

:iws:

Juggernaut675R
08-21-2013, 08:39 AM
I have the same samsung intensity riding shotgun with me on the bike all the time, too :)
But it's a spare line, so it's just fully charged and just stays off.

Still a badass mod:cool:

soofle616
08-21-2013, 10:56 AM
Stillllll haven't done this.


Me either.


:iws:

:iws:'s

My list for tonight and tomorrow: install usb power port, new grips, check/clean/replace air filter, clean windshield, check tire pressures, pack, sleep.

Evil Vin
08-21-2013, 10:14 PM
All set ready to charge!

(image was too big so here's a link)

http://i.imgur.com/t49myRT.jpg

drinkingmymilk
08-21-2013, 10:48 PM
I used the eastern beaver kit and hooked mine all up today. Worked awesome on my way into work. I love that its on only when the bike is on and off only with the bike. Not to mention, QUICK CONNECTS! so in the future should I ever want to change it, stupid simple.

SVnunook
08-22-2013, 07:21 AM
I installed my 2 in my tank bag yest morning. they work fantastic and are portable. :)

soofle616
08-22-2013, 09:44 AM
The futura comes prewired from the factory for a charging port. Runs through the factory fuse block and everything. All I need is a couple crimp on spade connectors and I'm plugged into switched and fused power.

BMMCBR600RR
08-22-2013, 09:45 AM
I love that its on only when the bike is on and off only with the bike.

I still need to do this with my heated grips. Seeing as I don't have the time before this trip, I'll just be disconnecting them. No need for a dead bike because I bumped the switch.

soofle616
08-22-2013, 11:13 AM
I still need to do this with my heated grips. Seeing as I don't have the time before this trip, I'll just be disconnecting them. No need for a dead bike because I bumped the switch.

Yeah that would suck. Not like I ever had that happen to me at 930pm in new jersey, over an hour from the track, with a dead cell phone, and Jess riding on the back.

rbrais
08-22-2013, 02:26 PM
I went the cheap route on my Shadow. Just got a $5 cigarette lighter style power source, wired it to the battery and stuck it in the battery box (which is on the side of the bike). If I need to charge my phone, I run the charging cord from the battery box to my saddle bag and charge the phone in there. Not real trick, but it works well.

Superhawk has pretty limited room under the seat, but I don't normally go far on that, anyway so a charger isn't really needed.

drinkingmymilk
08-22-2013, 02:54 PM
I went the cheap route on my Shadow. Just got a $5 cigarette lighter style power source, wired it to the battery and stuck it in the battery box (which is on the side of the bike). If I need to charge my phone, I run the charging cord from the battery box to my saddle bag and charge the phone in there. Not real trick, but it works well.

Superhawk has pretty limited room under the seat, but I don't normally go far on that, anyway so a charger isn't really needed.

The problem here again, is. That's taking power with the bike off if anything is plugged in. I want to never lift my seat so leaving the USB adapter plugged in constantly drew power.

soofle616
08-22-2013, 03:03 PM
The problem here again, is. That's taking power with the bike off if anything is plugged in. I want to never lift my seat so leaving the USB adapter plugged in constantly drew power.

Yes and no. The USB port is converting the 12v to 5v so there is a constant draw. The cig lighter is just a dumb outlet. If nothing is plugged in there's no draw on the battery.

rbrais
08-22-2013, 03:11 PM
Yes and no. The USB port is converting the 12v to 5v so there is a constant draw. The cig lighter is just a dumb outlet. If nothing is plugged in there's no draw on the battery.

Yes. I'm going on my second season with the cig lighter. Bike sits for a month sometimes with no issues, so no power drain. I also like that my phone charger has a USB port. Between the outlet and my phone charger, I can run anything I want.

drinkingmymilk
08-22-2013, 03:22 PM
Yes and no. The USB port is converting the 12v to 5v so there is a constant draw. The cig lighter is just a dumb outlet. If nothing is plugged in there's no draw on the battery.

I'm pretty sure I said,


The problem here again, is. That's taking power with the bike off if anything is plugged in. I want to never lift my seat so leaving the USB adapter plugged in constantly drew power.

Sooooo yeah.....

rbrais
08-22-2013, 03:28 PM
I'm pretty sure I said,



Sooooo yeah.....

I wouldn't leave it on overnight, but stopping to rest won't be an issue. But, whatever.

drinkingmymilk
08-22-2013, 03:31 PM
You're an engineer too aren't you? Because much like Ian, you've also mastered not reading everything.


The problem here again, is. That's taking power with the bike off if anything is plugged in. I want to never lift my seat so leaving the USB adapter plugged in constantly drew power.

:slap:

soofle616
08-22-2013, 03:49 PM
I'm pretty sure I said,



Sooooo yeah.....


You're an engineer too aren't you? Because much like Ian, you've also mastered not reading everything.



:slap:

yeah, reading fails :headwall:

adouglas
09-09-2013, 12:22 PM
I just installed one of these on my GSXR... a harness from http://www.burnsmoto.com . Took all of about five minutes, including lifting the tank to run the wire. I used the existing wire retainer that routes the clutch cable to locate the business end where I can get to it.

http://burnsmoto.com/img/usb-wp-bt-400.jpg

There is a caveat on the order page regarding current draw:

Note: When this charger is connected directly to the battery it will draw a very small amount of power (milliAmps). Over time it may drain the battery. We recommend to connect it to a switched power source.

Milliamps I can live with.

SteveCT
09-09-2013, 12:52 PM
I found that out the hard way and came back to a dead battery. I just ran a toggle to it.

y3v
09-09-2013, 12:57 PM
I found that out the hard way and came back to a dead battery. I just ran a toggle to it.
Care to elaborate with some pictures?

ctbandit
09-09-2013, 02:07 PM
Hmm. I have it straight and have not yet had a problem

adouglas
09-09-2013, 03:21 PM
A switch would be simple... get a waterproof toggle from West Marine and drill a hole in an accessible spot on your fairing to mount it.

Or if you're like me and don't want to go poking holes in your bike, set up something inline.

I suppose it'd be simple enough to just rework the routing slightly so that the fuse holder can be reached. I don't need USB power every time I ride, so I could just yank the fuse.

Or install an SAE or some Powerpole connectors inline where they're easy to access.

Many options here.

Mustang
09-09-2013, 03:59 PM
Seems like a relay would take the "hard part" out of remembering to flip a switch, for those concerned with key-off draw.

drinkingmymilk
09-09-2013, 05:18 PM
Seems like a relay would take the "hard part" out of remembering to flip a switch, for those concerned with key-off draw.

Which is why I went with the eastern beaver kit. I haven't ridden during the day in about a week. My heated grips have been left on the entire time. No issues. :)

01XJ
09-09-2013, 07:44 PM
This is an easy option as well

http://www.solardiy.com/sae-switch-cord.html

adouglas
09-09-2013, 09:30 PM
Matt, which Eastern Beaver kit did you get? Could you provide details of how you wired it?

The kits I see on their website look like they're not intended for this… too many wires.

drinkingmymilk
09-09-2013, 10:57 PM
Matt, which Eastern Beaver kit did you get? Could you provide details of how you wired it?

The kits I see on their website look like they're not intended for this… too many wires.

If by, Matt you mean Chris...

I went with the 3 circut solution switched. http://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Wiring_Kits/Fuseboxes/3_Circuit/3_circuit.html

Circut 1, goes to my heated grips. Circut two goes to my USB plug, Circut 3 is empty and waiting for me to stop being cheap and buy the first gear heated troller and jacket liner.

It's really not huge by any means. It's about a 6" spool that's a full loop hidden under my seat. I'll try to grab a picture in the morning if I remember.


This is an easy option as well

http://www.solardiy.com/sae-switch-cord.html

My problem never was having an on-off switch. I could never remeber to actually turn things off with the bike. My heated grips would end up sitting on, with the bike off all night in the parking lot here at work. So when I'd leave in the morning, bam dead battery.

01XJ
09-10-2013, 06:20 AM
I just labeled my switch with an on and off side. When I get off the bike I just make sure it's switched to off. But I realize your point is to eliminate this step which I can appreciate. I'm just not that interested to make it happen

BMMCBR600RR
09-10-2013, 06:33 AM
I just labeled my switch with an on and off side. When I get off the bike I just make sure it's switched to off. But I realize your point is to eliminate this step which I can appreciate. I'm just not that interested to make it happen

As someone who's left on or accidentally bumped on the heated grips. I need this extra step. Haha.

SteveCT
09-23-2013, 03:48 PM
Care to elaborate with some pictures?

A little late but here are pics of the wire and toggle with LED indicator.

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d104/stevebx/20130915_130857_zpsedf1352b.jpg
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d104/stevebx/20130915_131124_zps9b27b9cd.jpg
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d104/stevebx/20130915_131132_zps5cb7e810.jpg

And after all the talk about forgetting to shut off and draining battery, I got worried and added a relay:

http://www.texasindustrialelectric.com/images/Relay_0332209138_lg.gif

using the lowbeam power as a switched power source using these schematics.

http://www.offroaders.com/info/tech-corner/reading/relay-diagram.gif

And since I was in it, I added switches for my LED halo rings and HIDS.

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d104/stevebx/20130707_201113_zps2bc7fd46.jpg

Thats-So-Raven
02-28-2014, 11:24 PM
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d104/stevebx/20130707_201113_zps2bc7fd46.jpg[/QUOTE]

Who did your halo kit?

SteveCT
03-02-2014, 04:52 PM
I bought the pieces from eBay and installed myself

adouglas
03-22-2014, 05:50 PM
Just discovered something pertinent to this thread. I haven't done the relay thing on the premise that the draw is so low it's not anything to worry about. It was fine last summer when riding regularly.

I keep my bike on a battery tender over the winter as a rule. This year I was moving it around the shop and unplugged it sometime in January (I think). I figured with such low draw, the USB charger wouldn't be a problem even after several weeks.... well, a few days ago i was going over the bike to make sure all was ready for the first ride, and the battery was way down... not dead but unable to turn the engine over.

I've rethought this. I don't use the charger that much so I just redid the wiring so that I can plug it in to the Battery Tender harness (connectors are in the bike's tail) when needed, but take it completely out of the picture for the other 90 percent of the time.

ct1200
03-22-2014, 07:39 PM
I think I mentioned that somewhere.
And was the exact reason why I did it that way from the get go.

weld
03-24-2014, 07:07 AM
My USB connector draws about .5 amps per week from the battery, I was monitoring it earlier this year when my battery almost died from it. I unplug it completely when in storage.

I need to wire it into my headlight relays but I've been lazy.

adouglas
03-24-2014, 07:23 AM
I need to wire it into my headlight relays but I've been lazy.

This. I don't use it often enough to bother.

I initially wired mine to the battery to have the option of a second port in the tail... to charge a separate device, for example.