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WATERPROOF Power Outlet Options?

I did a forum search and located a number of threads on power outlets, but none of them appeared to be waterproof when in use or otherwise.

I have ordered the "relay kit" for my 2015 650 and I was originally going to use it in conjunction with my Garmin power cord (which, with an adapter, can also be used to charge my iPhone).

I am most concerned about riding in the rain without my GPS plugged in (connector exposed to the elements).

Any good solutions/suggestions?

I have considered adding a waterproof switch.

Anybody using a GIVI, 3BR or Euro style WATERPROOF setup?

Thanks.
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I did a forum search and located a number of threads on power outlets, but none of them appeared to be waterproof when in use or otherwise.

I have ordered the "relay kit" for my 2015 650 and I was originally going to use it in conjunction with my Garmin power cord (which, with an adapter, can also be used to charge my iPhone).

I am most concerned about riding in the rain without my GPS plugged in (connector exposed to the elements).

Any good solutions/suggestions?

I have considered adding a waterproof switch.

Anybody using a GIVI, 3BR or Euro style WATERPROOF setup?

Thanks.
What I did is install a outlet powered off the city lights, below the fairing on the left by the TPS, I then plug in my cigarette lighter to usb cord, this attaches to behind my GPS which is mounted behind the windshield , never had a problem. Kawaskai makes a relay kit that mounts in this location, my plan is to duplicate what I had before, as I have the kit on order for my 2015, but will be using it primarily for the heated grips. The provisions in the dash will get a USB / 12 VDC lighter outlet that can be used for dry weather . Will also add a waterproof one on right side rated for 30 amp , very close to were the rear remote adjust for the shock is.
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I've never seen one that claimed to be waterproof during use. mine are the marine style so they have the rubber covers.
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I've never seen one that claimed to be waterproof during use. mine are the marine style so they have the rubber covers.
its 12-14V dc with well separated contacts, water really isnt going to hurt it (at most corrode the contacts a bit quicker just WD40 them )

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Didn't someone recently show a combo 12V lighter and USB port power outlet. BTW, does that Navara unit actually have a back light?

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Didn't someone recently show a combo 12V lighter and USB port power outlet. BTW, does that Navara unit actually have a back light?
Mine does (still sitting on my kitchen counter). And it has a boot that make the USB port water resistant.


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There are some power outlet that have a "locking/clicking" mechanism with the connector that are waterproof in use.

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BTW, does that Navara unit actually have a back light?
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I've got:
1) a cigarette lighter on my handlebars with a rubber cap on it (for my air pump if I ever need it,)
2) Battery Tender leads on my battery to charge it with a rubber cap on it, and
3) a Battery Tender extension cord from my battery charging line (2) to a dual USB Battery tender(/cigarette lighter) connector inside my almost water/air proof Seahorse 720 tail bag (probably the most waterproof example under any weather circumstances outlet option - Note: not good for under 200 ft of water :-)

I just use the battery charger (2) every day. The others are in case of emergency, convenience, and general living in luxury
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I've got:
1) a cigarette lighter on my handlebars with a rubber cap on it (for my air pump if I ever need it,)
2) Battery Tender leads on my battery to charge it with a rubber cap on it, and
3) a Battery Tender extension cord from my battery charging line (2) to a dual USB Battery tender(/cigarette lighter) connector inside my almost water/air proof Seahorse 720 tail bag (probably the most waterproof example under any weather circumstances outlet option - Note: not good for under 200 ft of water :-)

I just use the battery charger (2) every day. The others are in case of emergency, convenience, and general living in luxury
You meant, not good below 200 ft

How do you know??
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Thanks for the input guys.

I ended up purchasing the 3BR Tapp Lite USB Charger with two TAPP Caps from twistedthrottle.ca.

TAPP LITE USB Charger (Discontinued) - TwistedThrottle.ca

Tapp Capp universal USB cable weatherproofing kit - TwistedThrottle.ca

With shipping, it came to $78.56CAD. A little pricey, but should be a sweet setup in conjunction with my relay, SW Motech GPS mount and Zumo. At 5v/1A, it will also work to charge my iPhone.

And the best part is that it's waterproof.
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MaverickAus, I don't think the Narva is sold in the states, and it looks like the manufacturer/distributor won't go for the shipping costs. That is a nice unit that is really cheap. I mean inexpensive.

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