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I needed a power outlet for a phone charger and my air compressor, Finding a place to mount it out of the way was a bit of a problem. A motorcycle doesn't have a dash like a car, or does it? Two short screws in to the the side of the pilot light box and it's mounted nice and neat.







 

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I love it! How did you wire it? Is there a special kit or did you just tap in somewhere? I'm sure theres already a thread somewhere but I want to do this for sure!
 

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I love it! How did you wire it? Is there a special kit or did you just tap in somewhere? I'm sure theres already a thread somewhere but I want to do this for sure!
I ran the hot wire to the battery and the ground to the frame, I already had the tank off so it was easy breezy to do.
 

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That does look good. I may do that. I want to get some creature comforts going on mine. Heated grips and this are on the list.
 

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I ran the hot wire to the battery and the ground to the frame, I already had the tank off so it was easy breezy to do.
I guess the outlet must regulate the electricity in some way. I would think it would be risky business to charge your cell or other sensitive expensie device on a hot tap with no other components involved. That said if its working for you I'm gonna go for it.
 

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I guess the outlet must regulate the electricity in some way. I would think it would be risky business to charge your cell or other sensitive expensie device on a hot tap with no other components involved. That said if its working for you I'm gonna go for it.
Don't know nothing about no regulation, and I don't own any expensive sensitive devices, but my phone still works and it's been charged on there a few times
 

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r80rt did his set up almost exactly as I did mine. Only difference is that I used a splitter type of outlet. It has a double socket(cigarette type) and a double USB. The splitter had a folding 'arm' that would plug into the car's 12v outlet. I removed that to give me a nice size modual with the ability to plug in 4 things at once! Had to split it open and solder some wires as I removed the swivel plug. Ran 14GA wires to the battery, through a relay, that also sends power to the heated grips. Getting back to the 'modual', I too mounted it to the side of the pilot light box, however I used 3M tape rather than put a hole in it. As I do know something about voltage and the regulation of said voltage I can tell you that almost all of your expensive electronics only need about 5v to charge. The modual that I modified had the vital electronics in the 'box', not the swivel. I can plug in 4 things to charge, (GPS, Iphone, helmet coms,and tablet)and draw about 5 amps. For my air pump, I ran a second 12v outlet that is mounted to my front rack. It has also been modified. Extending the wires long enuff to go directly to the battery, I used a battery tender extension wire that I plug into the fused Battery Tender pigtail. Yes, this makes it 'hot' all the time. If I need to hook up the battery tender, I unplug the 12v socket, and plug it in as normal. I even mounted the exact same voltage meter in the same place. All this being said, it all works for me, your results may vary.go slow and test it as you install it. TIM
 

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I guess the outlet must regulate the electricity in some way. I would think it would be risky business to charge your cell or other sensitive expensie device on a hot tap with no other components involved. That said if its working for you I'm gonna go for it.


Why would it be any different from plugging your device into your car's cigarette lighter or other 12v socket? There is nothing but a 15 amp fuse on them, and car's alternator voltages can get up to 16.75 volts. I doubt if a new TW would exceed 14.75 volts.



Millions of people have been doing this since electronic devices using 12V adaptors came out decades ago.
 

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anything that you can plug in to your car's cigarette socket(12v), that then converts to a USB type plug, will have a voltage step-down. Before you go hacking one up, as I did. Anything that is brand specific (iphone, GPS, etc) will say right on it, what the output voltage and amps are when plugged in to 12v.

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I needed a power outlet for a phone charger and my air compressor, Finding a place to mount it out of the way was a bit of a problem. A motorcycle doesn't have a dash like a car, or does it? Two short screws in to the the side of the pilot light box and it's mounted nice and neat.





Using LittleCowtw's idea of velcro, I used some 3m dual lock velcro and put my power outlet in the same place you positioned yours. Seeing your photo gave me the idea of were I wanted to place it. Thanks
 

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Why would it be any different from plugging your device into your car's cigarette lighter or other 12v socket? There is nothing but a 15 amp fuse on them, and car's alternator voltages can get up to 16.75 volts. I doubt if a new TW would exceed 14.75 volts.



Millions of people have been doing this since electronic devices using 12V adaptors came out decades ago.
Your right, I'm sold. I shouldnt be so paranoid. I'm definitely doing it this weekend.
 

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I know for all the really smott people this is easy. Do you have any step by step pics of how you did this for us DUHM people?
 

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I'm sorry Brock, I didn't take pictures. I put it on last fall, I didn't think about posting it till read where Admiral wanted to add one to his bike. It's an easy two wire thing, if I can do it, you can do it, no problem.
 

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Here's where I mounted mine. I was going to put it on the indicator box, but the velcro wasn't cooperating and I didn't want to drill holes in the plastic. Also in this shot is my Hi-off-low switch for my grip-warmers mounted in the indicator box in place of the turn indicator. I can see when my signals are on just by looking at them.
 

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Mine is mounted down low:



 
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