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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-07-2016, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Wiring in a USB charging point

Had a quick search for "usb charge" and "switched live" and didn't find anything so thought I start a thread.

If there is the info I need please point me in the right direction....


I have just bought a Givi Tank bag, just a little 4ltr one but it's ideal for what I need and it matches the Stradale's panniers bang on

It has a window'ed pocket in it for your phone/satnav so was planning to run some sort of USB to it for charging.

Looking at something like this:
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Then I thought about how weatherproof the socket is if your plugged into it (being mounted on the bars it's going to be in the elements so though about splicing a 2 pin waterproof socket in line and mount the USB end inside the tank bag, so you effectively plug the tank bag in. Using something like this:
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The USB charge cable is fused but wired to be connected direct to the battery? Is this ok or would you recommend wiring it to a switched live which comes on with the ignition? In which case where would you wire it up to?

Thanks for your help/constructive comments

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I just use an adapter with my SAE optimate charge lead. The charge lead comes out near the neck and when I want to use it to charge my USB device (phone) I just plug in the adapter. It wires straight onto the battery

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Terminal-Ha...ae+usb+adapter

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I just use an adapter with my SAE optimate charge lead. The charge lead comes out near the neck and when I want to use it to charge my USB device (phone) I just plug in the adapter. It wires straight onto the battery

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Terminal-Ha...ae+usb+adapter
Battery Tender makes the same style adapter for under $10 US on Amazon

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These days it's very important to check the Output Amperage Capacity of the charger, most phones need between 1.8-2.4 Amp to charge and work at the same time.

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Battery Tender makes the same style adapter for under $10 US on Amazon
yeah thats what I have, just the battery tender adapter on existing lead that was already on the bike...

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yeah thats what I have, just the battery tender adapter on existing lead that was already on the bike...
Yup, yup and yup. Works perfectly and no mess.

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It only bloody works

Cut the battery terminals off the USB lead I bought and wired in a socket that fits directly to the Stradale's battery tender socket
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Then cut the other end of the cable and wired in my waterproof 2 pin connector through the Givi bag leaving a neat socket outlet
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So now inside the bag is a dual USB point
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Just need to route the cable into the bike, job done
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Cost 10 (plus the tank bag 45 off eBay)
I believe Givi want something like 70 for a similar solution

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^ Pretty slick. Throw an LED in there to see at night and you're golden.

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Looks perfect, where did you get the socket that fits onto the battery tender socket ?

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Looks perfect, where did you get the socket that fits onto the battery tender socket ?

Got it all from eBay. Just search for waterproof electrical connectors, you find them in motoring section

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