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Adding a 12V power outlet.

Curious if anyone here has added a 12V power outlet to your bike. I am thinking it is pretty straight-forward.
  1. Buy the outlet at a local auto parts store.
  2. Wire it with an inline fuse to a rocker switch to keep from draining the battery
  3. Wire the switch to the battery

I am looking into adding an outlet to plug in the GPS and/or videocamera while I am riding. I'll have to find a weatherproof outlet, and figure out where to mount it. Probably try to mount it in an inconspicuous(sp?) and easily replaceable place in case I trade the RR in and need to take it off. Or do you think I am wasting my time and should just keep using batteries?

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I use the coaxial power jack that came with my Gerbing gloves. It had its own wiring harness to go straight to the battery, and it came with an inline fuse. You can usually get the plugs you need to work with a GPS, radar detector, Gtech Pro, etc. from a Radio Shack. The setup isn't permanent, but it works pretty well so far. I'll have to get some pics.

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How about getting body panels that are solar cells :clown:

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WHOA! I think you're on to something there.

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I use the coaxial power jack that came with my Gerbing gloves. It had its own wiring harness to go straight to the battery, and it came with an inline fuse. You can usually get the plugs you need to work with a GPS, radar detector, Gtech Pro, etc. from a Radio Shack. The setup isn't permanent, but it works pretty well so far. I'll have to get some pics.
I have ordered the DC adapter for the GPS because it is a mfr. specific plug that can't be universally sourced. As for other DC adapters, you might be on the right path. The typical Cigarette adapter plug that steps the voltage down to whatever the device needs.

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I've got a Garmin GPS V. I am running it on batteries for now, but ordered an adapter that looks just like the 12V cig adapter without the plug end. Just has bare wires and a fuse. I am going to wire it to one of the front running light wires that are unused since I went with two wire front signals lights. That way it will power down when ignition is off (gives you 30 seconds to switch to batteries before powerdown). The good thing about the Garmin V is a DC voltage range of something like 5-32 volts.

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How about getting body panels that are solar cells :clown:

I'm already working on Solar ideas for the new house. Don't tempt me further you vile tempter you. Going to school for Elec. Engineering can be a bad thing when it comes to home experimentation. I have been offered a 24VDC->120VAC inverter from my employer for use at the house when I figure it out. When I get to tinkering on the bike, I gotta keep my mind from wandering to new and exciting electrical mods. If I had the same huge surface area that JetB had, I might consider solar for the bike.

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I've got a Garmin GPS V.
I saw the connector you are talking about on Garmin's site. I ended up purchasing the Etrex legend, so it has a 4 pin flat connector that goes to the typical Cigarettte adapter. The bare wire one would have been great, but it wasn't an option for the etrex.

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