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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-02-2008, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Question Cigarette Lighter location-???

Where would be a good location (out of the way sort of) for a cigarette lighter plug in to be used for charging cell phone and GPS... Maybe have the cell phone or GPS in a saddle bag while charging... Kawi shop has a plug in that clamps on to what looks like maybe a 7/8" bar or frame part that is water proof... Or would it be better to just put the plug in and all in a saddle bag and have connecting wires... I think both (cell phone & GPS) have electronics in the plug to reduce the 12v to 5v... Or have I just lost my few marbles...
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Hey Old Dog. I have a battery tender that has the quick connect direct from the battery, and I tuck it in under the right side of my seat. I pull it out when I connect it to the tender. Seems like that might be a nice out-of-the-way place for your lighter plug. You could pull it out to connect things, then tuck it in while you're riding. It stays secure no matter how fast I go.

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rubyrick, you know that might be something to think on, sounds like it might work, just keep the cigarette lighter plug in w/quick connect in the saddle bag and hook up when needed...
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That's what I was gonna suggest too. I've got the same set up, and I have one of those rechargeable "jump start" thingamabobs that plug in to the cigarette lighter. So I found a cigarette lighter receptacle with the quick connect connection and it stays in my saddle bag. Luckily I've never had to use it, but it's there if I need it.

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Using the stock accessory leads under the right side panel, I mounted a waterproof "ciggerette" plug on the left side of the bike in place of the helmet lock.

This way I could use it to charge my phone when using a tail bag on the luggage rack or a bag on the passenger seat behind me.

The battery tender plug was directly wired to the battery and tucked behind the left sidecover.

The accessory leads are fused (10w) and can power almost anything EXCEPT those portable electric air compressors...they require a thicker wire and a heavier fuse.

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Thanks to all, guess what...??? I had been looking hard for the accessory leads, and scratching both ends, BUT under the LEFT side panel...... Don't know why, but I was sure it was under the left...lol... Thanks folks, us old dummies can get hung up sometimes...lol... Anywho, I found a receptacle at china-mart that is for a boat, and think it will work in about the same location as KM pointed out... And I will fix my tail bag to let the lighter plug come out for charging......
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