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Old 07-06-2010, 03:53 PM   #1
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usb power cord

hi all i thought i remembered a post here about a usb power cord that you could wire to your bikes power supply.anyone remember any details about that?
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Old 07-06-2010, 05:18 PM   #2
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I just picked one up from Canadian tire. found it in the automotive electrical section of the one in Lloydminster, they didn't stock it at the local one in Cold Lake. The Canadian tire part number on the package is 037-4494-4 . $19. It has a rubber cap but I doubt it is truly weather proof so I am mounting mine under the seat of my Vstrom.
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Old 07-06-2010, 06:07 PM   #3
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I was interested in that one too but I checked the review on the CTC site and the output of that port won't charge my phone faster than it can drain. I also doubt it would keep my GPS charged while running so I'm still looking for one.
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Old 07-06-2010, 08:52 PM   #4
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Posted about the power outlet a while ago (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=550491)

The info in the review is correct. The best way to charge a high draw USB device is to get a waterproof 12V outlet (available from crappy tire as well). Then use a 12V ipod adapter to charge it (when it's not raining obviously, Active Surplus has some Monster brand ones for cheap that would let you look rich if you wanted).
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:06 AM   #5
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:35 AM   #6
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I put the cheapo crappy tire one on my vstrom and it powers my Garmin 60csx just fine.
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:05 AM   #7
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I just built mine out of leftover parts and plugs into my SAE 2pin.
Search "hardwire GPS" on ebay or look at Powerlet.com
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Old 07-07-2010, 01:31 PM   #8
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Have one on my bike too - installs in a few minutes and works great
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Old 07-07-2010, 01:49 PM   #9
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I was interested in that one too but I checked the review on the CTC site and the output of that port won't charge my phone faster than it can drain. I also doubt it would keep my GPS charged while running so I'm still looking for one.
I was planing on buying one from CTC too and read the same review as you did.

I dont know what the power out put is of it and these things are far from my area of expertise. But when i did do a search on ebay on them, there were several on the site and they did list them as the standard 500 milliamps.
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:49 AM   #10
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I bought one from this guy here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=569860

I loaned it to a buddy who did the P2D rally last week and he used it on his Garmin GPS with no problem. We just wired it direct to the battery on his KTM. That reminds me to get it back!
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:51 PM   #11
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I bought one from this guy here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=569860

I loaned it to a buddy who did the P2D rally last week and he used it on his Garmin GPS with no problem. We just wired it direct to the battery on his KTM. That reminds me to get it back!
That is exactly what I bought from Can Tire.
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:56 PM   #12
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Just picked up a 12V cig lighter to dual USB for about ten bucks at The Source (it's on sale right now for $14.99, but I am sure I paid $10). Either way, a pretty good deal!

2000mA shared between the two ports, that's MORE than enough for most devices.

Also, picked up a USB battery pack on sale. Charges my ipod off the bike no prob!

http://www.thesource.ca/estore/produ...roduct=2736501

http://www.thesource.ca/estore/Produ...roduct=2315162

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Old 07-21-2010, 03:26 PM   #13
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I picked up a 12 v cig lighter with one usb outlet from the Source, but they don't sell it anymore. That was only back in March. On sale, I paid $10.

I'll pick up the waterproof usb and then connect it to a mini usb cable so I can run my GPS all the time and not worry about losing the battery at the wrong time

Having a Y connection will let me run both iPod and the GPS.

Thanks for the heads up - looks like this a perfect solution
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Old 07-21-2010, 07:27 PM   #14
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Ok, I've changed my mind about the Crappy Tire cable. After reading the two reviews of the product, this thing just doesn't have enough juice to keep a GPS changed while it's running. It seems to be good only for changing.
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:07 PM   #15
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Just picked up a 12V cig lighter to dual USB for about ten bucks at The Source (it's on sale right now for $14.99, but I am sure I paid $10). Either way, a pretty good deal!

2000mA shared between the two ports, that's MORE than enough for most devices.

Also, picked up a USB battery pack on sale. Charges my ipod off the bike no prob!

http://www.thesource.ca/estore/produ...roduct=2736501

http://www.thesource.ca/estore/Produ...roduct=2315162

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I tried recharging my Blackberry off the bike with the USB battery pack and it turns out the Blackberry draws too much for the USB pack. I think the output of the pack is 500mA...The Blackberry needs closer to an amp I think.

So far so good with the 2A dual USB 12V adapter though...

This stuff is really important to me as I am leaving for a two week trip through BC in the next couple of weeks and camping every night (in the bush). No hotels/motels to recharge my bits each night, it's all up to the GS!!!

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