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I have been doing some research on installing a 12V lighter outlet but I am torn between two places and need some advice. I have seen the pics on the outlet being installed on the windshield but my windshield does come off sometimes so this isn't good for me. I want to put it in either the speedo or on the left tool compartment cover. I have seen pics of the latter and like it but I have also seen many references to the speedo but no good pics to compare to. What I am looking for is any pictures of an outlet installed in the speedo enclosure since this is the most ideal for me so I can charge stuff in the windshield bag as I ride. Thanks!
 

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Wouldn't charging things in the windshield bag offer the same problems as putting the 12v on the windshield? If you take off the windshield, doesn't the bag go with it? Just the first thing that came to my mind.

Anyway, I did mine in the tool bag compartment. This way it's always available, doesn't come off and can be locked and secure for the most part. Of course, I use mine only for my cell phone and on longer trips the small air compressor unit (the real cheap one at Wal-Mart) that plugs into a 12v. I don't use my cell when I ride so I can put it there to charge and pull it out when I need to.

Now that I've totally not answered your question or posted pics like you asked, I'll end with:

Good luck and I'm sure someone will come by soon and give you what you're looking for!
 

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I did mine on the handlebars, right between the risers, and powered it inside the headlight bucket. I was going to do it on the side cover/tool box area but I run my gps on the handlebars too and it was just easier that way.
 

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My battery tender connector is plastic tied to my seat frame. I made a pig tail that connects to this battery tender connector with a 12 volt connector on the other end. You can make the pic tail as long as you wish with this system. This is just another thought on the subject for your consideration.
 

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i use mine as a cigarette lighter too, so i couldn't use one of the 12v power outlets. i had to use an actual cigarette lighter. at the time i couldn't find a cigarette lighter with a weather proof cap, so i have to replace mine about 2x a year due to rust. but it's sure nice being able to light a cigarette at 70mph (right volIntruder??? LOL). i have since found a cigarette lighter that also has a weather proof cap, so that shouldn't be a problem.


also make sure you get the placement mapped out pretty good. i got lucky on mine and it fits just below the handlebar and between the risers, so all but 1 of my chargers fit in there, but it's a very tight fit.

definitely one of my favorite mods though next to my drink holder. LOL
 

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The Man said:
Wouldn't charging things in the windshield bag offer the same problems as putting the 12v on the windshield? If you take off the windshield, doesn't the bag go with it? Just the first thing that came to my mind.
No because when I ride without the windshield it is usually local riding and I don't have to charge anything, the times I would put it in my windshield bag is when I am on longer rides since my phone does double duty as my GPS. The last pic is perfect...thank you all for the tips!
 

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I would be more inclined to install a mono or stereo type socket to power accessories. RV's use them. They are smaller than a lighter plug but would require you to solder them on to what you want to plug in. You could also use the mini ones for an even smaller connection.
 

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I would be more inclined to install a mono or stereo type socket to power accessories. RV's use them. They are smaller than a lighter plug but would require you to solder them on to what you want to plug in. You could also use the mini ones for an even smaller connection.
Not a good idea in my opinion - you never know when you are going to need that 12v outlet to power a compressor or some other device that doesn't have the mini plug on it. There's a reason for standardization. It may not look as sleek, but I'd hate to be stranded somewhere with a non-standard power connection and the device you need to get you on your way has a standard 12v lighter-style plug.
 

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coffee man said:
I would be more inclined to install a mono or stereo type socket to power accessories. RV's use them. They are smaller than a lighter plug but would require you to solder them on to what you want to plug in. You could also use the mini ones for an even smaller connection.
Not a good idea in my opinion - you never know when you are going to need that 12v outlet to power a compressor or some other device that doesn't have the mini plug on it. There's a reason for standardization. It may not look as sleek, but I'd hate to be stranded somewhere with a non-standard power connection and the device you need to get you on your way has a standard 12v lighter-style plug.
i agree with both. that's why i installed BOTH. the cigarette lighter up top, and "power ports" with switches on the side.





not the cleanest install on the power ports, but i needed them in a hurry. this winter it will get all re-designed.
 

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Kuryakyn power point. Looks good, mounts easily on handlebars and has it's own fused circuit back to the battery. Also is a cigarette lighter if you need one.
 

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Kuryakyn power point. Looks good, mounts easily on handlebars and has it's own fused circuit back to the battery. Also is a cigarette lighter if you need one.
mine is fused, and total cost for the fuse, wire and cig lighter was like $10. i'm just guessing, but the kuryakyn probably costs 3-5x that.

not that i'm knocking it. but us broke guys have to try and make as much as possible ourself and on the cheap, otherwise we can't compete with some of the other cool rigs. LOL
 

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I put mine (walmart special $4.00) in my left saddle bag. However, the cell phone charging handle was too tall so I moved it (the 12 volt charger) down lovwer in the saddle bag so I can close the cover on the bag. I never talk on the phone while riding so I can put the phone on charge and know it will be fully charged when I arrive.

The photo shows the charger BEFORE I moved it lower, but only the position of the charger is different.

Works great!

 

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I put mine in the tool compartment several years ago. Its also a convenient hook up for the float charger in the winter.
 

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I'm glad someone finally posted in this thread.
I've been watching it for almost 10 years!!!
 

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