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Old 05-20-2014, 04:18 PM   #1
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I have a 2000 R1150GS and was wondering if the powerlet socket on the left side of the bike can be used to hook up a battery charger? If not, what's an easy way to get to the battery
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Old 05-20-2014, 04:28 PM   #2
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Install a cable directly to the battery.

Then you have a direct connection. If you put a proper plug on to it you can also attach thing like pumps and heated gear on to it.


I have a lot of batteries and other equipment; so today I installed a deans connector.
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Old 05-20-2014, 04:30 PM   #3
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I do not know the 1150s but on the 1200s, the port goes through an ECU. So it shuts down, and you need a special charger to talk to the ecu and make things ok.
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Old 05-20-2014, 04:40 PM   #4
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Steelraider, You have a proper old school non CANBUS GS, which means your Powerlet socket will work for battery charging, air pumps, and heated gear. It's us losers with the more modern 1200 that have issues with the sockets.
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Old 05-20-2014, 04:43 PM   #5
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I charge my battery all the time using the power socket on my 2001 1150 GS.
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Old 05-20-2014, 04:46 PM   #6
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I have a 2000 R1150GS and was wondering if the powerlet socket on the left side of the bike can be used to hook up a battery charger? If not, what's an easy way to get to the battery
IIRC this circuit is fused with 15A. Enough to run a maintenance charger and to power your heated clothing.
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Old 05-20-2014, 05:02 PM   #7
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12*15= 180W

That is a lot of power. Enough for charging, and enough for heated clothes for 2.

Buy a bmw (or jhon deer) plug and atrach it to your battery charger.
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... You have a proper old school [NON] C[anbus] GS, which means your Powerlet socket will work for battery chargingj...
+1 on using that outlet on an 11150 to connect a battery charger. I've done so for over 10 years, on two different bikes. There's nothing wrong with connecting an extra set of pigtails, but that redundantcy is not necessary.

Such a simple and effective option is not, sadly, available on the 1200's - at least not as delivered from the factory. It's been nearly a decade since electrical complexity began to infect the adventure series bikes. They call that progress, I guess.
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:03 PM   #9
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Yep we have used the powerlet on Colleen's BMW R1100RSL for over 13 years now to keep battery charged
Used them on our two BMW R1150GS's for 10 years.
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Steelraider, You have a proper old school non CANBUS GS, which means your Powerlet socket will work for battery charging, air pumps, and heated gear. It's us losers with the more modern 1200 that have issues with the sockets.
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:35 PM   #11
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I have a 2000 R1150GS and was wondering if the powerlet socket on the left side of the bike can be used to hook up a battery charger? If not, what's an easy way to get to the battery
If you are talking about the one down near the starter then that is not a "powerlet" brand socket. That is a stock BMW power socket and can be used for any purpose you want because the electrical system is not canbus like later models.
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Old 05-20-2014, 11:09 PM   #12
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Installed this yesterday.

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Old 05-22-2014, 11:28 AM   #13
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Powerlet Prublem

OK, that answers it's use. I can't get a connection message on the charger. Is there a fuse in that line or another reason I can't get it to make a connection?
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Old 05-22-2014, 02:42 PM   #14
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... I can't get a connection message on the charger...

What charger are you using? I've never had an issue with the bmw branded models, the mere 1.5 amp model.

As for a fuse: yes. I believe that it is a 15 amp blade, but I may be wrong. Regardless, it's in the fuse box beneath the seat.
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Old 05-23-2014, 02:10 PM   #15
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I charge my battery all the time using the power socket on my 2001 1150 GS.
Same bike, same solution...
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