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    12v and USB handlebar mount power sockets

    Too late probably for install for Moab but this looks mighty handy for camera, phone, gps, air compressor and margarita blender. Comes from china in 39 days unless knows of a US reseller.1964340798.html
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    Hey Fred,

    Here's one that I installed a while ago. It doesn't have a USB port, but I have a double USB adapter thing I can just plug into it. Installation was really easy.

    https://tw200forum.com/forum/performa...t-your-tw.html
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    That will work just as well with a cleaner installed look. Mount with 3M adhesive tape of look for dual lock velcro a la Admiral's install. Thanks Brian. I am looking at this one alsoMotorcycle 12V USB Waterproof Cigarette Lighter Power Port Outlet Socket Black
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    Here's yours Fred. USB Power Port Handlebar Mount GPS Apple Smart Phones iPod iPad LG 12V | eBay

    And here it is with a "buy it now" option for basically the same price. Black Motorcycle Waterproof Cigarette Lighter Power Outlet Socket 12V USB Pulg | eBay also with free shipping.
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    Just remember, typically a USB power supply is always consuming power since it has to regulate the 12v down to 5v. You'd be better off with a cigarette receptacle with the USB insert. The inserts are not created equal either, make sure the one you choose has at least one 2 amp supply for quicker charging, the normal USB power output is 1/2 amp.

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    I never knew or thought about that rbm. I leave my adapter in the plug in the truck 24/7 even when not in use. Caused me to do a bit of research. I couldn't find anything bike specific...just automobiles.

    "A good quality adapter will probably draw some current - but not much.
    Strangely - a poor quality adapter MAY draw none.

    A good quality adapter will use a switching regulator to step the voltage down - probably a "buck regulator" The quiescent (no load) current draw will vary depending on the design but I'd guesstimate it could be as low as 10's of microamps and would hopefully not be more than say 5 mA.

    A load of 5 mA will take 200 hours or about 8 days to drain 1 Ah from the battery. That's about 2 to 5% of a typical car batteries maximum capacity. So even if you left that connected for a year it would probably take not more than about 1/2 of the battery's capacity. as you start a car far more frequently than that it should not be a problem.

    A low quality adaptor may use a zener diode dropper - I've seen it done. This can draw no current at all when there is no load, but the output varies badly with load and it wastes more energy that it outputs.

    Most adapters will be active switching regulator types.

    You can easily test the quiescent current draw.
    Using a 12V power supply or a car battery and a multimeter with mA ranges.
    Set meter to low current range. (You may want to start on a higher current range to protect the meter from violence or stupidity. Operate adapter with no load powered by 12V and with meter is series with the battery leads so you can measure current."

    Like most things found on the internets, it might even be accurate. I've no idea. http://electronics.stackexchange.com...-cigar-lighter
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    I just came across this item. I already have a battery tender pigtail on my bikes.
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    While I'm on the subject, I also like the idea of this item:
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    Battery Tender Digital Voltage Meter - RevZilla

    I am thinking of re-routing my battery tender cable up to the dash area, so I can more easily use both of these.
    I have not purchased either of them yet, but the reviews look positive.
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    I thought "Great product for Li-ion battery owners" when I saw Rhodetrip's Battery Tender Digital Voltage Meter only to read reviews stating otherwise. Interesting. Also interesting is the two products I listed as well as two from Borneo all seem to be cast from the same chinese mold, just at different price points depending on reseller. I have the quick disconect plug on my handlebars already for my battery charger and air compressor so either of Rhodetrip's ideas would be quick and easy. However Brian's cigaret lighter base socket might give the cleanest looking install when not in use.
    Nice input folks, now I have more confusing choices to filter through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    I thought "Great product for Li-ion battery owners" when I saw Rhodetrip's Battery Tender Digital Voltage Meter only to read reviews stating otherwise.
    Good catch, I didn't notice that before. I have Shorai batteries on 2 of our bikes.

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