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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-05-2010, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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12V Power

I want to wire a 12v power adapter straight to my battery for the sole purpose of charging my cell on an upcoming trip. It won't be kept on after the trip so I don't really need anything fancy and will probably purchase one at walmart or one of the local auto stores.
A couple of quick questions for the smart folks out here:
1. If there is nothing plugged in to it, will it drain my battery when the bike is off?
2. Do I need to wire in a fuse of any sort if I just want to power my phone or can I just go straight to the battery? If so, what size?

That's all. Just want to use it for one trip and then take it off. I know nothing about electrical stuff, so that's one of the major reasons i don't want to tap into wires and make it more permanent.
Advice is appreciated.
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I would wire in a fuse just to be safe. If something shorted across the outlet without a fuse, it would fry the wires leading all the way to your battery and possibly cause a fire. If you are just powering a cellphone, I would use a 5A fuse. The outlet with nothing plugged in should be an open circuit and should not use any power so there should be no worry about battery drain.

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I agree with DBL there- especially the fuse- that is a must.
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Originally Posted by drumdaddy View Post
I agree with DBL there- especially the fuse- that is a must.
Yes..Fuse it. Also, place the fuse as close to the battery as practical (on +) to protect the wiring from the fuse out to the 12V socket. I have seen people put the fuse near their device and this leaves the positive wire from the fuse back to the battery electrically unprotected from accidental wire damage & can still create smoke & flames under the tank & seat.
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