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post #1 of 19 Old 07-26-2008, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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trickle charger connector

This is kinda like the cig lighter question but a bit different. I was wondering if the trickle charger wire is heavy enough to use as a power source to charge a cell phone or maybe a AAA battery charger? If so where would I get the end I need to go into the stock socket for the trickle charger? I guess I would use a cig female end with the connector on the other end to use for the cell phone and the AAA battery charger.

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post #2 of 19 Old 07-26-2008, 11:57 PM
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I'm really not clear on what you mean by "trickle charger wire" -- if you're talking about the factory aux light wires under the cowl, remember they're switched -- only hot when the ignition is on. Not the optimum connection for a trickle charger.

Let us have more details about what wire source you're talking about.

edit - I just reread your post and think you might be talking about the direct wire SAE connector that several of us have made. It'll run just about anything, just be sure it's fused. The SAE connectors are available at any auto parts store. Very easy to wire one into a female lighter socket assembly, wrap securely and neatly with silver tape (and maybe a little baleing wire for traditions sake) and go on. It'll handle a aaa batt charger or gps w/no problem.

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Thanks for getting back to me. The wire I am talkin about is the one that I was told when I picked up the bike that you connect a battery tender to. It's on the port or left side of the bike just above the foot peg zip tied to the frame next to the box that houses the kickstand safety thingy. It's a black flat connector that is capped to keep the crud out. As of now I only want to be able to charge my aaa batteries for my gps and want to be able to charge my cell phone. It looks like a pretty heavy line there. My idea was to put a connector that will fit that thing on a short line with a cig connector at the other end. That way I could use it for a bunch of stuff,maybe run a compresor. I can take a pict if ya need it to make sense of what I am tryin to say.

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post #4 of 19 Old 07-27-2008, 05:33 PM
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It should be hooked directly to the battery and yes its heavy enough. I bought a powersource adapter at wally world that plugs into that two prong style plug and allows you to use chargers, airpumps, etc... I just simply changed my air pump end over to the two prong so I could hook it directly without the power source adapter being needed.

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post #5 of 19 Old 07-27-2008, 05:37 PM
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Gotcha. It does not sound like the standard SAE connector (which is flat, two wire, with one exposed male connector and one insulated female connector, but your plan is solid. Just fabricate whatever kind of connector/adapter you need. If your previously installed trickle charger connector is not fused, make sure your adapter is.

edit - matter of fact, even if your charger pigtail is fused, I'd probably fuse your adapter with one step smaller capacity fuse. If you burn a fuse, it'd be easier to change out of your adapter than in your pigtail.
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post #6 of 19 Old 07-27-2008, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. I'll have to check to see if it has a fuse in the line. I really don't know. I've been away and thought about it then. I just go home but haven't gotten to the garage yet. Either way I will fuse the "pig tail".

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I use the Battery Tender wire for just about anything I need electric. IIRC, it comes with a 10amp fuse.

Everything from charging with the Battery Tender, BT Jump start cables, Accessory outlet with SAE connector... to plug in my cell phone charger (purchased at Walmart for $3.00) and even a Slime Power Sport tire inflator with the SAE connector.

That Battery Tender cable comes in really handy.

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Thanks, I really don't want to wire something to the handlebars quite yet. I only want power once in a while. My cell only lasts about two days so I need to have something. With all the bouncin around I really don't want to hard wire the gps in. Have a couple of buddies that have them mounted to a hot shoe of some kind and they always have problems with the power cuttin out. I would rather just keep a charger and a couple of batteries.

Now you said that tender wire is fused to 10 amp right?

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I'm 99% sure it is a 10 amp. I can check though, to be absolutely sure.

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DXKLR

I went to Wal Mart this afternoon to see about the powersourse adaptor. I can't find one. Does the adaptor your talking about have the male end of the plug to go into the KLR plug? Is this thing a direct plugin or did you buy a male end somewhere that you put on the cig lighter cord? If so where did you get the male end?

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