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My current garmin GPS only lasts like 2.5 hours on battery.. any solution for getting it plugged in?
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taplite usb cable??
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taplite usb cable??
Thanks exactly what I'm looking for!
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My Garmin auto GPS works reliably in my car, but on the bike, it seems to reboot and power down all on it's own, frequently. I think the issue has to due with the USB connector at the back of the unit and the extra vibration on the bike causing the electrical connection to become flaky. Any suggestions?

I use a motorcycle handle bar mounted 12v and 5v USB connector I bought on ebay. Cost was about $10.
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Try putting some removable adhesive putty around the connector at back of unit. Put connector in, then press adhesive to the connector. This way it is pulling it to the unit.
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My current garmin GPS only lasts like 2.5 hours on battery.. any solution for getting it plugged in?
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Thanks Cap'n Kirk. I like the reasoning, approach and execution. I will file this for my winter projects.

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Kawasaki makes a assessory plug for the Versys '10 up that includes a plug, relay and bracket that is plug and play but a little pricey. I fits under the left side fairing. You can find them on ebay.
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I chose to hard wire my power cable. Bought the appropriate cable from GPS City and wired it to the battery (with inline fuse of course). Mounted the GPS above the instrument cluster using a Moto Werk universal GPS mount. All I have to remember to do is turn it off when I stop - so far, so good. I've had no problems with intermittent power or random re-booting so I'm pleased with the job. It looks like this.





The other choice, of course, it to take rides less than 2.5 hours. Bad choice!

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I chose to hard wire my power cable. Bought the appropriate cable from GPS City and wired it to the battery (with inline fuse of course). Mounted the GPS above the instrument cluster using a Moto Werk universal GPS mount. All I have to remember to do is turn it off when I stop - so far, so good. I've had no problems with intermittent power or random re-booting so I'm pleased with the job. It looks like this.





The other choice, of course, it to take rides less than 2.5 hours. Bad choice!
It can be a good choice if you plan on getting lost & using the gps to find home or food
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It can be a good choice if you plan on getting lost & using the gps to find home or food
I usually don't know where I'm going when I leave on a ride, so technically I'm not lost but the food-finding bit is a very good thing whether lost or not. And eventually I usually manage to find my way home. I think my GPS has some sort of "wife getting impatient" feature that activates automatically and takes me home before I find myself in serious trouble. Way to go Garmin.

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I had an intermittent problem with the connection on the GPS - I think it was corrosion from rain. Squirted a little WD-40 on the wire and in the plug hole, and problem fixed.

For power, I just used a cigarette lighter power-plug connected to my fuze-box. Plugged the garmin gps in, and it's ready to go. Power comes on when engine starts. Goes off when engine turned off. Never a problem.
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I usually don't know where I'm going when I leave on a ride, so technically I'm not lost but the food-finding bit is a very good thing whether lost or not. And eventually I usually manage to find my way home. I think my GPS has some sort of "wife getting impatient" feature that activates automatically and takes me home before I find myself in serious trouble. Way to go Garmin.
My wife has come to grips with the fact that when I'm on the bike that I am someplace that I will not be reached at or located, unless that is my desire. She trusts me to be generaly good & to remember where I'm needed.
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My current garmin GPS only lasts like 2.5 hours on battery.. any solution for getting it plugged in?
I wired mine into the wires for the DRLs beside the headlight - that way it's powered when the ignition is on.

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My Garmin auto GPS works reliably in my car, but on the bike, it seems to reboot and power down all on it's own, frequently. I think the issue has to due with the USB connector at the back of the unit and the extra vibration on the bike causing the electrical connection to become flaky. Any suggestions?

I use a motorcycle handle bar mounted 12v and 5v USB connector I bought on ebay. Cost was about $10.
NEVER had my Garmins do that. My present set-up is on Madstad brackets w/ RAM mount pieces to the Garmin mount (Nuvi 550), and they've worked fine for MANY miles, many hours.
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