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    Hey everyone is it not wise to run a USB port to charge a cell phone or GPS through the battery? I hear different answers, battery is easier to get to for me....thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreday1615 View Post
    Hey everyone is it not wise to run a USB port to charge a cell phone or GPS through the battery? I hear different answers, battery is easier to get to for me....thanks

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    I meant to battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreday1615 View Post
    I meant to battery

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    It's fine. Just make sure to turn off or unplug when not in use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TM109R View Post
    It's fine. Just make sure to turn off or unplug when not in use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stillfree View Post
    Buy metal not plastic

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    Buy metal what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TM109R View Post
    It's fine. Just make sure to turn off or unplug when not in use.

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    It won't drain the battery even when bike is not running?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreday1615 View Post
    It won't drain the battery even when bike is not running?

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    Why I said turn off or unplug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TM109R View Post
    Why I said turn off or unplug.

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    Well i brought the usb adapter by battery tender that I can just disconnect when I get off the bike and not riding it for the rest of the day

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreday1615 View Post
    Well i brought the usb adapter by battery tender that I can just disconnect when I get off the bike and not riding it for the rest of the day

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreday1615 View Post


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    You will be fine leaving this attached to your battery connections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TM109R View Post
    You will be fine leaving this attached to your battery connections.

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    Ok cool thanks

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    I connected mine to a light pin and it turns off when the key is off but yeah it would take a few months to drain the battery even direct connection to the battery.

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    Yes, it consumes power if wired (unswitched) directly to the vehicle's battery even if it's not connected to a device. It converts the vehicles 12-14 volts down to 5 volts to power or charge iPhones, GPS, etc, and that conversion process consumes energy whether it's being utilized or not. You're better off to wire it through a switched 12 volt source so it only energizes once the bike is running or the ignition is switched to the accessory mode
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    I have this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W2Z04ZW?psc=1it has an on/off switch





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    Quote Originally Posted by thevili View Post
    Yes, it consumes power if wired (unswitched) directly to the vehicle's battery even if it's not connected to a device. It converts the vehicles 12-14 volts down to 5 volts to power or charge iPhones, GPS, etc, and that conversion process consumes energy whether it's being utilized or not. You're better off to wire it through a switched 12 volt source so it only energizes once the bike is running or the ignition is switched to the accessory mode
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    Quote Originally Posted by bludoc View Post
    I have this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W2Z04ZW?psc=1it has an on/off switch




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    Quote Originally Posted by bludoc View Post
    I have this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W2Z04ZW?psc=1it has an on/off switch



    Wow wish I saw that, the battery tender usb is on the way already

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    Back of headlight nacelle.

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/12V-Dual-...hter/893091977



    The one I bought you can remove the 2 circular sockets and mount them where ever, just drill 1 large hole, socket is threaded.
    Each socket has its own cap/cover, so I removed it from the mounting plate and used seperately. When charging my phone,
    I just tuck wire under speedo housing. Damn near hidden.

    Or mount as is. More to cut though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernFattie View Post
    Back of headlight nacelle.

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/12V-Dual-...hter/893091977



    The one I bought you can remove the 2 circular sockets and mount them where ever, just drill 1 large hole, socket is threaded.
    Each socket has its own cap/cover, so I removed it from the mounting plate and used seperately. When charging my phone,
    I just tuck wire under speedo housing. Damn near hidden.

    Or mount as is. More to cut though.
    Seems like alot I want a simple set up

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreday1615 View Post
    Seems like alot I want a simple set up

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    But to be "drain proof" = "forgetfullproof", one needs to hook it up to 'switched' circuit, which is not energized when key is OFF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dreday1615 View Post
    Seems like alot I want a simple set up
    2 holes. Cant get much simpler. 1 hole per socket. Or just use 1 socket for the USB-only, or the 12v socket only. Whichever.

    Quote Originally Posted by thevili View Post
    But to be "drain proof" = "forgetfullproof", one needs to hook it up to 'switched' circuit, which is not energized when key is OFF.
    I did that with the 12v socket, but the USB is full time power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thevili View Post
    But to be "drain proof" = "forgetfullproof", one needs to hook it up to 'switched' circuit, which is not energized when key is OFF.
    I went thru 3 cheap plastic chargers b4 buying a swivel metal handlebar clamped charger w/ auto shut down overload , led power amp indicator and USB / lighter Socket for about $45 - small , black , easy to install and never had any issues with it coming loose etc.

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    Default but the USB is full time power.

    As I said, draw is minimal, but in Texas you do not winterize bikes like we are...
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    Default Use a relay

    I have my power socket installed into the back black plastic piece of headlight bucket. I choose to go with the 12v socket vs a usb. I did this because for about $5-$10 you can buy a plug in usb adapter that plugs into the 12v socket which leaves you with access to multiple types of power sources.

    As for the wiring, I used a relay that draws its main power directly from a fused battery connection while tapping one of the orange light power wires to use as the off on switch. It is a very very easy process. Many people get nervous when relays are brought into the conversation Which in My opinion is needless worry. If you dont know how to wire a relay do a serch on youtube, there are plenty of videos that will walk you through the install. Simply speaking the relay will have 4 locations for wiring leads to connect to the relay. The leads are matched up with the lead directly across from each other. Two of those leads will carry the main power supply which means these wires need to be capable of carrying that power where as the other 2 leads act as the switch that turns the main power off and on and these wires can be as thin as the light power wire you tap. On each set of terminals you will have power (the "switch"set power will come from orange light power wire and the "main" power lead comes directly from your battery positive terminal) and the other 2 are Negative/ground wires that need to be connected to the black ground wires or back to negative battery terminal. Simple as that, easy peasy

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreday1615 View Post
    Hey everyone is it not wise to run a USB port to charge a cell phone or GPS through the battery? I hear different answers, battery is easier to get to for me....thanks

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    As mentioned, not a problem as long as the device you're using doesn't draw power when not in use, or has an on/off.

    I use this one (in Canada) hidden away, draws 0.02mA with no load. That means it would take about 50,000 hours to suck 1 Amp from your battery and you probably have 12 of them...

    https://m.canadiantire.ca/products/p...tedSku=0374560

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    I bought Rainey's USB charger and just wired it into the bike's "on" wiring.

    http://www.revo-cycles.com/shop/revo...r-port-socket/

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoBlo View Post
    I bought Rainey's USB charger and just wired it into the bike's "on" wiring.

    http://www.revo-cycles.com/shop/revo...r-port-socket/
    Looks nice but that is insane for a USB charger!

    You can't even see mine and it cost $12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xfire68 View Post
    http://www.revo-cycles.com/shop/revo...r-port-socket/
    Looks nice but that is insane for a USB charger!

    You can't even see mine and it cost $12.
    WOW that is one EXPENSIVE part and its absolutely unnecessary. I would agree with your statement but i dont even think it looks nice! My opinion, this is one of those things that are better off not being seen and a $10-$15 part at the high end is all that is needed, being flashy has no place here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Latinrascal View Post
    WOW that is one EXPENSIVE part and its absolutely unnecessary. I would agree with your statement but i dont even think it looks nice! My opinion, this is one of those things that are better off not being seen and a $10-$15 part at the high end is all that is needed, being flashy has no place here.
    Naw, its pretty inconspicuous. Tucked nicely between the risers and down by the triple tree. Can't really even notice it, except to look for it. Keeps a lot of ugly USB cords from daggling acros the tank and even gives two outlets so to run the cell phone and the gps at the same time.

    As far as the cost...I look at the 109 as the 'Corvette' of cruisers. Go big or go home. But that's just IMHO.

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    Alternatively, you could always just go with a handlebar mount

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/MATCC-Mot...&wl13=&veh=sem

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