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post #1 of 11 Old 08-06-2014, 03:53 AM Thread Starter
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adding a phone charger

So i want to add a way to charge my phone on those long rides. I know a regular car cigarette lighter plug would probably vibrate out. So what is the best solution? I ran across the "powerlet" website, but they seem kind of expensive. Is it worth the money or is there a different solution? Thanks for helping a noob!
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-06-2014, 07:56 AM
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I found a 12V wired dual USB outlet at Canadian Tire for $10. I've got it tucked under fairing. Works just fine.
Most phones these days use USB cables, at least at the charger end.
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Seems to me that the Powerlet stuff starts to look good if you are going to use the outlet for more than one thing and if you can't keep the socket out of the weather. I run heated gear, charger, and a tire pump off the one outlet.
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Well i only plan on using the phone charger right now, but i do like having the option of using it for other things later on. So is the powerlet socket ok to be left in an area exposed to the rain? That is the only thing I'm nervous about, regardless of what route i go. I live in Seattle, so not riding in the rain isn't really an option. Haha
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You can get the Powerlet with a cover on it. the cover has a gasket. It's not water proof, but I've ridden in heavy rain, hail, and snow and never had a problem.

Mine is located down by my battery on a panel, but locating it up in the fairing or off the handlebar should not be a problem as far as water goes.



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post #6 of 11 Old 08-06-2014, 12:47 PM
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You can get the Powerlet with a cover on it. the cover has a gasket. It's not water proof, but I've ridden in heavy rain, hail, and snow and never had a problem.

Mine is located down by my battery on a panel, but locating it up in the fairing or off the handlebar should not be a problem as far as water goes.



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Right on! Thanks for the info.
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post #8 of 11 Old 08-06-2014, 08:32 PM
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I used 2 marine grade lighter/charging adapters which I mounted on each side of the fairing. I also added a small 4 port fuse block under the fairing on the left side to power each adapter port separately. This also give me space to add other things. I also have a number of RAM mounts on the handlebars and behind the windshield for phone, gps, and GoPro.
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-06-2014, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Do the marine grade charging adapters vibrate the charger loose while you are riding? I have heard that is a problem with typical cigarette lighter sockets.
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-07-2014, 03:33 AM
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I have ridden over 5000 miles without a problem. My cords have lights on them, so it would show up quickly. I ordered my marine adapters on ebay. I also put quick disconnects on the wires to the fuse block, so that I can easily remove the fairing. It has worked very well. Please note that my KLR is primarily an all road bike.
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