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post #11 of 17 Old 02-15-2019, 06:20 AM
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As I mentioned above, an available ADAPTER SOCKET accepts a cigarette lighter plug, then seamlessly plugs into a Powerlet socket.

I think I'd mess around with this hardware before I tried to out-think the Garmin power conditioning circuit board in the Garmin cigarette lighter plug.

If memory serves, I've used this arrangement (Powerlet socket, cigarette lighter plug adapter, Garmin cigarette lighter plug) on my KTM690; no vibrating loose problems, IIRC.

Alternate (as in, creative, innovative ) approach: There MAY be Garmin power circuitry available using a USB input; if so, a USB socket (plenty available) in a cigarette lighter socket would provide power without the cigarette lighter plug problems.
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post #12 of 17 Old 02-15-2019, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Damocles, Your right.I opened the plug in portion of the charger. The circuitry fits inside with no room to spare. Making a new enclosure would save no room. I put it back together. Maybe a well made 12v cigarette lighter style socket may not be so bad, especially with the smaller,lighter (and probably higher output) USB plugs available.
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post #13 of 17 Old 02-15-2019, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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I’m not sure but I think I seen (somewhere) a USB charger that plugs into the Battery tender pigtail. Since I will be putting on of those on anyway, that might do the trick, and serve double duty.
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post #14 of 17 Old 02-15-2019, 10:35 AM
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That's what I use and I think it's battery tender branded. If you're still undecided on a Garmin or the phone you can download OsmAnd (it's free) and play around with it when youre out driving around to see if you like it.
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post #15 of 17 Old 02-15-2019, 11:31 PM
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I have tried three different GPS approaches:

1.) Tom-Tom mounted on the tank with a suction cup mount.
Pro: Already had the unit and the mount. So no additional $
Con: Road only maps, not in the normal line of sight, and mount not secure. (fell off on bumpy paved road.)

2.) Garmin Edge 1000. This is a bicycle gps. It has a mount that was adapted to work on the handlebar. Also use x-Grip cell phone holder for belt and suspenders approach to securing the unit.
Pro: Already had the unit and mount.
Mounts very securely to handbar.
Avoids interstate highways because it is designed for bicycling.
maps include some trails for off road travel.
Routes can be uploaded in gpx or tcx file formats using Garmin Express.
Records route traveled if desired.
Con: Small screen size. It is smaller than the nuvi's.

3.) App on phone.
My thoughts line up with the previous discussion in this thread. The only other point to consider is whether you want all of the electronis in one basket. There are some benefits to separating the comms from the navs; separate batteries and system redundancy if one device is damaged or just dies.

Right now I am leaning towards getting a refurbished weatherproof phone (for GPS, bluetooth, and wifi only) and using the osmAnd app.
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post #16 of 17 Old 02-16-2019, 10:10 AM
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Many moon ago I had a Nuvi 500 with Garmin’s City Navigator Maps for my Tundra. The one issue that I see among the Nuvi 1000 Series Models (similar to my old 500) is that none support tracking. You can load a track (.gpx), but the devices will automatically convert the track points to waypoints and convert the track to a route. Tracks are a necessary and important feature for dual sport riding and any trail activities…e.g. bicycling, hiking, boating. If you’re going to use it for navigating highways and waypoints (e.g. gas stations, camping grounds, etc etc) only then it’ll be okay…assuming you can still load map updates. My 500 started refusing map updates a long time ago.

Garmin offers a free online navigation service called BaseCamp. You’ll want to download it. Essentially, you’ll find that building your routes (and/or tracks) on line is much easier than on the device itself. If you can record your routes via waypoints then you can load them into BaseCamp and save them; as well as modify them if you want. You can transfer from BaseCamp to Garmin Adventures and share your travels. I need to tell you that BaseCamp is not the easiest or most intuitive navigation to learn but once you get it down, it’s all you’ll ever use. The equivalent TomTom software (I use a Tom Tom Rider in my car) if you wind up with one of those is called Tyre-to-Travel, but you can connect your Garmin into Tyre. It’s just not really set up for it.

On screen size, keep in mind that the Ram offers different length perches for their mounts. The longer the perch, the higher the device is going to sit to make it easier to see. I have my 2.5 inch screen Garmin Handled GPSMAP 64ST mounted in a Ram Cradle on the highest perch they make and get by pretty well.

Anyway, good luck. In my opinion a day will come when GPS Devices and Smart Phone Technologies will converge. Just ain’t there for the “active adventurer.” A couple years back Garmin and Delorme merged and I know they’re working on some models, plus they currently have a Garmin/Delorme model that converges GPS and SPOT. I actually just cancelled my SPOT subscription as it's just getting too expensive, but I intend to move into something to replace that capability soon.
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