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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-06-2010, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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USB power

Has anyone here added on a USB power port? I can add the dual cigarette lighter and plug my phone and GPS chargers into that, but that's a lot of cords and extra things to come inconveniently disconnected.


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-06-2010, 03:17 PM
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That's an interesting question. I'm going to run a dedicated line (mini-USB) for my GPS and add a cigarette lighter plug, but it does seem like a direct USB plug would be a useful option.

The only things I see on the Powerlet site are mini-USB.
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I think the only issue with installing a USB is that the voltage needs to be 5 volts. If you can install a 12vdc-5vdc adapter, you could then mount the USB plug wired from that to someplace accessible.
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I wasn't sure if y'all are looking for a USB port set-up for the dash area, but I figured I'd post a pic of the sete-up I used on a recent trip that covered my need for both USB and 120V charging outlets.

It worked very well, and depending upon the type of 120V plug being used, you can charge USB and 120V concurrently.
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two routes in my books
1) fit a 12v auto socket + buy a 12vplug with USB output
2) fit a USB socket with voltage regulator (get a simple voltage regulator + two smoothing capacitors.

personally unless you know what you are doing I'd suggest option 1

option 2 isn't difficult, you'd need to work out what the maximum current on the usb feed is and work out if you need some form of heat sink is required.

the real benefit of option 1 to my mind is that you have a 12v standard socket available for other uses if required
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-07-2010, 07:24 PM
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I installed a car 12v adapter with USB and 3 x 12v output hidden under the left fairing but still accessible. I cutted off the car adapter in-line and added a 5 amps fuse just in case. Connected the inline to low beam and voila! Pretty happy with the result so far.
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