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12v Socket

Have any of you installed a 12v socket on your bike (the cigarette lighter kind)?? If so, where did you put it ... pics would be nice of course :lol
I have a car charger for my GPS and want to put a 12v socket on the bike so I can use it ... unless someone has a better idea of how I can be able to use the car charger on the bike.
 

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12V socket

I installed one but used a different type. Think it's called an SAE connector. Much smaller than the cigarette lighter kind. They're available at auto parts stores with the trailer hitch stuff.
 

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I'm actually going to install one this weekend for my Escort 8500. I want the detector to be completely removable so I'm going with a socket instead of a direct-wire, plus the 8500 has a mute button on the plug which is handy. I'll take pictures when I install it.

Any idea which circuit would be the best to tap in to? Right now I'm just thinking the left low-beam headlamp, but there's got to be a better one...
 

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Any idea which circuit would be the best to tap in to? Right now I'm just thinking the left low-beam headlamp, but there's got to be a better one...
There is a pretty heavy duty place on top of the battery that would be great place for a 12V outlet. I hooked my speedo healer up to it. Follow the pos bat lead up to it. It is a switched distrobution point. I soldered right to one of the leads pretty easily, was nice since I didin't have to mess with any of the other wiring. Wish I had a pic handy of the spot I'm talking about, but I don't. I'm sure you can find it easy enough.
 

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I installed one for charging my cell phone and powering my GPS. I mounted it to the inner fairing just to the lower left of the guage cluster. I used one of the sockets below from Radio Shack and ran it directly to the battery. It costs $7.
 

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There is a product called a Powerlet that is made for bikes. I plan on getting one of them and mounting it on the inner fairing. I plan to connect it to the battery.
 

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I've done them all... and created what one ill-tempered member asserted looked like an FZ6 Gold Wing. Beltronics and Escort (they're the same company) sell a direct wiring kit which I attached to the left low beam light just before the fairing connector. I also use a Battery Tender whose battery connection output is a standard SAE connector as mentioned by littlefield. It turns out that Powerlet sells an SAE to cigarette lighter adapter http://www.powerletproducts.com/products/cables.php which I attached to the Battery Tender connection to drive my Sony Clie and a mouse GPS through a special cable designed for a cage (i.e., it makes a real rats nest that I'm going to hide in a handlebar tool pouch when I find one small enough). Of course, Powerlet also sells their special connector that provides more positive engagement, but I decided to put up with the convenience of using the more standard cigaratte outlet... even though it comes unseated once in a while.
 

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Well, I didn't do what i had originally planned, but I like what I ended up with better! (this post is worthless without pix I know)

- Modular surface-mount phone jack wire-tapped into front-left headlamp. Jack is hidden under left front fairing
- The Escort 8500 has a cool alert light / mute button on the plug on both the direct-wire and standard plug. I've got the direct-wire permawired into my car so I dremeled off the tip of the standard plug and soldered in a phone line, which them plugs into the modular jack. I velcroed it above the instrument panel so I can see the alert light while riding.
- The coiled cord runs to the Escort which is velcroed to my tank bag (I might move it to the brake reservior if detection suffers, but I don't think it will)

The whole system is compeltely removable aside from the jack hidden under the fairing. I'll take some pictures and post them later (going to go test it out on Mulholland now... should be cops galore out there this weekend :urowned )
 

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Well I took the time out, got the stuff and added 2 sockets. They both work off the same fuse though .... but the chances I'll be using both at the same time are pretty slim. Even if I do it won't be for anything that draws a lot of power anyway. Both go right to the battery, the one up by the handlebars is mainly for my GPS, the one under the set is there cause I could :lol
Only other thing I can think of that I'd ever run off these things is the air pump I have. I also saw a set of cables with clips on one end and the 12v male socket on the other. Could be used as jumpers in a pinch ..... just hock up and let it sit for 20 minutes or so, just enough to get the battery charged enough to start the bike.
 

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Do you have a picture of the actual piece you installed?
or a link to a web site.

Seems like you went with the cigarette lighter type correct?
Is that a cap on it to keep water out in case of rain?
 

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Hippie said:
Do you have a picture of the actual piece you installed?
or a link to a web site.
Seems like you went with the cigarette lighter type correct?
Is that a cap on it to keep water out in case of rain?
Yeah, the cap is there to try and keep water out. I made the fuse accesible without taking anything apart so if I ever needed to kill the power to it all's I have to do is pull the fuse out.
It's kinda like a cigarette lighter type but not exactally that. I just went to Autozone and pickup up 2 12v sockets made by VICTOR PRODUCTS ..... the part numbers are V5349 and V5108 . I put the V5349 up by the key and the other under the seat.
 

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Looking at part numer V5349's picture..
It seems to two short wires with connectors.. Is there some sort of inline fuse wiring kit you also used... or is this included with the outlet but not shown on the packaging?
 

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No, i had to get the in-line fuse as well ... but any auto place should have those. Basically I took 2 pieces of 12 or 14 guage wire (can't remember at the moment) and hooked those up to the battery terminals, then put the in-line fuse on the +v wire. At teh end of each of those wires I put the largest quick-connect (butt-end) connector on that I could find.
Then I just put both +v and -V wires from the sockets into the other end of the connectors ...... granted I hade to extend the sockets wires accordingly of course.
 

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Hey Zippy...
How did you secure the socket in place by the ignition ??

Is it very secure or does it flop around?
 

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Hey Zippy...
How did you secure the socket in place by the ignition ??
Is it very secure or does it flop around?
Good ol fashion zip ties :lol Only time it moves is when you putting in or taking out whatever it is you plugged into it. But that's cause it's a tight fit, all's you have to do is hold the socket as you pull/push the adapter.
 

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Good ol fashion zip ties :lol Only time it moves is when you putting in or taking out whatever it is you plugged into it. But that's cause it's a tight fit, all's you have to do is hold the socket as you pull/push the adapter.
What is it zip tied around?
Can't make it out from the pictures above...
 

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I'll try to get some better pics of where I zip ties it to. But in the meantime, it's ties to the ignition key area itself ...... hard to descride without looking at it again, and basically a pic would tell all.
 

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Ok .. I tried, I really tried :lol
I couldn't get good enough pics as I would have liked of how I zip tied the socket to the ignition key. So, if you look at the brake lever side of the key you should see a good place to string a tie through. The socket I got has a base to it so it made it easy to tie up.
 

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Here's what the Powerlet socket looks like. It's the same type as come OEM on BMW's. It has a sealing, spring loaded cap that's pretty much water tight.





Here's the Powerlet with Garmin Quest plugged in.



Make sure if you use a cigarette lighter-type outlet that it's the marine type. It WILL get wet.
 

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12v power outlet installed.

I installed my weather proof outlet yesterday. My GPS was suckin' down batteries. I also included an image of my painted windsheild since it was sunny today.
 

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