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    Wiring in a USB Outlet
    on: Aug 24, 2016, 08.38 pm
    Aug 24, 2016, 08.38 pm
    I am planning a trip and would like USB power to my handlebars for two devices, one on each side.  I have pondered where it would be easy to snag power without taking the bike apart.

    I do not have heated grips which leaves me with two very convenient connections under the cockpit stowage box.  I would like to plug into these connectors.  I believe they are switched, i.e. only on when the bike is running and the heated grips are selected by the grip switch, which is good, and I could easily remove the USB devices by simply unplugging them.

    1.  Does anyone see a problem with this?
    2.  Are these connectors hot and 12v, when the heated grips are selected on the grip mounted switch?
    3.  What is the proper nomenclature for these connectors?
    4.  Can I purchase the connectors the plug into these open connections?  if  so where in the US?

    As always I appreciate the advice and counsel of the forum members.

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    Last Edit: Aug 24, 2016, 09.19 pm by ZShyster

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    Re: Wiring in a USB Outlet
    Reply #1 on: Aug 24, 2016, 11.07 pm
    Aug 24, 2016, 11.07 pm
    The only issue I see is the small flat wire ends that plug into those connectors.  You can buy the plastic heated grip connector pack on Bike Bandit, part number A9630002.  That connector plugs into the heated grip plug on one end and the wiring with a small flat blade snaps into the other end of the connector to connect the circuit.  The flat blades used in these connections are very small, and have a tab that keeps them locked into a connector so they don't pull out.  I've never noticed that the wire ends readily appear on the electrical accessories for the Trophy on Bike Bandits parts breakdowns.  Most items come with that attached at the factory so it's a plug and play with the connectors.  An easier solution would be a pigtail from the battery with waterproof USB port, but if you get a 2.1A USB they draw a small amount of current all the time, whether in use or not.  The 2.1A will power and charge an accessory that can take a charge while in use but the 1 A USB port may not furnish a charge while the item is being used.  Mine is run off of a fuse block with a switched relay so it doesn't matter about which one I use and it shuts off when I kill the engine, but your idea may have merit.
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    Re: Wiring in a USB Outlet
    Reply #2 on: Aug 25, 2016, 02.39 am
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    Pull out your glove box and you can pull the power from your cigarette lighter.  If you don't want to solder use two posi-taps.

    You can also pull power from the battery and use a relay. use the power off of the cigarette lighter as your trigger.  Or you can pull power from your middle daytime running light for your trigger wire.

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    Re: Wiring in a USB Outlet
    Reply #3 on: Aug 25, 2016, 07.45 am
    Aug 25, 2016, 07.45 am
    I'd advise against trying to tap into the connections for the Heated Grips,
    and go with the accessory socket ( Cigar Lighter ) wiring.

    The back of the cigar lighter is covered by a waterproof shield,
    but under there the wiring connnector housing two standard size
    spade terminals is quite accessible.

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    Re: Wiring in a USB Outlet
    Reply #4 on: Aug 25, 2016, 09.26 am
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    The glove box USB should be around 5 volt.
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    Re: Wiring in a USB Outlet
    Reply #5 on: Aug 25, 2016, 03.47 pm
    Aug 25, 2016, 03.47 pm
    More challenging will probably be where do you mount the the adapter to make it look clean and professional?




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    Re: Wiring in a USB Outlet
    Reply #6 on: Aug 25, 2016, 04.23 pm
    Aug 25, 2016, 04.23 pm
    I wired my accessories (Iphone and Dash Cam) into the glove box via a split grommet. Then I plugged a double 2.1 amp USB plug into the Cigarette Socket. Note - this socket is only powered when the engine is running and not when the ignition is on.

    This way all plugs are in the dry and there's no problem of mounting weatherproof sockets onto the bars.
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    Re: Wiring in a USB Outlet
    Reply #7 on: Aug 25, 2016, 04.26 pm
    Aug 25, 2016, 04.26 pm
    Or this.  Pricey, but you can put the Tapp Capp on your device power cable and make it a waterproof connection.  I use one and know it works.  Adhesive mount can be used most anywhere.

    https://www.3brpowersports.com/images/TAPP_21_wTAPP_CAPP_Kit1_T1.png
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