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Old 01-24-2013, 04:34 PM   #1
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Anyone know of any alternatives to Powerlet cables?

Can anyone offer an alternative to the Powerlet power cables?

I have a Tiger 800 XC with the BMW-style power connector (I forget the spec name) and I think I've burned through nearly a half dozen of the Powerlet mini-USB cables powering my phone. They seem to work fine for a couple of months but stop working, never to work again, after they are removed for whatever reason. I thought perhaps it was a corrosion issue but I've cleaned the power port and cable connector with contact cleaner, polished the contact point, and shot the whole thing with dielectric grease. Still they are dying.

Powerlet offers a lifetime warranty on these cables but I'd like something that works reliably.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:39 PM   #2
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Just a thought... maybe run a dedicated ciggy socket to a simple bracket on the handlebar.... lots of options, and it's essentially just two wires and a fuse holder... Heck I have a ciggy socket dongle thing with a weather cap on it, mine just zip tied to some cables near my handlebars for my GPS. It hangs downward and does not take on water, cheap too.

Below, just one example and one source, it's plug and play, no crimping, soldering, etc., simple sometimes better, and you end up with standard ciggy instead of that "other" system.... just trying to help ya brother. .


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Old 01-24-2013, 09:57 PM   #3
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you could make or buy a powerlet to cigarette lighter adapter, made one for my Tiger 955i (from a powerlet plug clamped in a handlebar lighter socket)and it works well for charging my phone, GPS, etc...

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Old 01-25-2013, 11:51 AM   #4
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:54 PM   #5
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You can purchase "Hella" plugs on eBay pretty cheap (compared toPowerlet). They are the same DIN standard as Powerlet.
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:27 PM   #6
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I have the USB outlet that's on the burnsmoto site, and it's worked well for me. Seems that it would be a lot easier to replace a micro-USB cord than the whole socket if it wears out.

Good to know about the Hella alternative to the Powerlet brand, I haven't used the Powerlet stuff myself yet, but from what I've seen, it seems like they charge a lot for what you get. I really wish the SAE connectors like what they use with the battery tenders were more the industry standard. Simple, small, durable and relatively inexpensive, don't know why they aren't used more. Did BMW screw it up for everyone by creating a "standard" for motorcycles?
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:09 PM   #7
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i suspect that it's the vibrations that are breaking the circuit inside of the cord.
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