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post #1 of 8 Old 03-11-2012, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Hey I didn't want to jack the other gps thread going on but I was wondering if anyone here has any experience hooking up a Tom Tom gps to a bike. I got a regular cigarette style power cord hooked straight to the battery with an inline fuse already on my bike. I tried to hook up my Tom Tom gps unit to it to charge and popped the internal car charger fuse for the device. I double checked all my connections on the bike and gps, replaced the fuse and bam. Same thing. Blown internal charger fuse. I'm now out of fuses and Begining to think I just need a different gps unless someone knows why it will not work...


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post #2 of 8 Old 03-12-2012, 07:01 AM
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If it'll charge in your car, it should charge on your bike..

TomTom makes motorcycle GPS units which are vibration/moisture friendly.. Or just do like people do with non-waterproof Garmin Nuvi's and put them in a pint size freezer bag.
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post #3 of 8 Old 03-12-2012, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Nope. It just blows the fuse. I hooked red to batt+ and black to batt- one would assume that correct. Could it be backwards causing the fuse to blow? Or drawing too much amps? I believe it's only a 2 amp fuse in the charger. The power outlet works for my air pump and other accessories. Just not the gps.


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post #4 of 8 Old 03-12-2012, 12:53 PM
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I'm not sure if backwards would cause it to blow, but a dead short would.
I use a similar set up for my air mattress, air pump, and charging my MP3 players..

Something has to be wrong with wires or something if it's blowing fuzes.. It's tough to diagnose something over the internet.. My recommendation is to get test light and see if you're getting hot at the center of the outlet, and grounding on the outside..
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post #5 of 8 Old 03-12-2012, 05:39 PM
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If the GPS is mounted to the bike and the case of the GPS is Neg - and you hook Pos + to it, that might blow the fuse.
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If the GPS is mounted to the bike and the case of the GPS is Neg - and you hook Pos + to it, that might blow the fuse.

Roger that center pin is positive!

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post #7 of 8 Old 03-15-2012, 08:22 PM
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Use a multimeter to measure "continuity" to ground to see if you have a short.
Make sure you disconnect the battery when measuring continuity. If not, you'll blow the meter.

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post #8 of 8 Old 05-13-2012, 03:29 PM
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I have a Garmin wired just the way you described. I tried hooking up an old Tom Tom. Both worked fine. I'm betting on one of the issues the other guys mentioned. I'd say more but I gotta go buy some freezer bags.
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