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post #21 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 01:45 AM
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Re: USB Charger - STUPID SIMPLE

Thanks for this! I was just wondering how to do this on mine!
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Stupid simple USB charger? Alright!

I don't know about you guys (because I'm new to the forum) but I freakin LOVE taking road trips on crotch rockets. Like LONG road trips. Call me crazy (most people call me Lenny) but I love long rides on something that handles and has enough power to have fun with. I'm also severely directionally challenged and a GPS on the thing would be really handy... but how to charge it?

So I started poking around all different places looking for just a simple bare bones motorcycle USB charging system that anyone could whip together. I found a few but they didn't really hit the important points I look for in mod-guides such as correct spelling, veracious grammar, and of course readable instructions. So here's what I did and it seems to work fine. And best of all it's clean and easy to delete!

Feedback is greatly appreciated!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED (or what I used):
The bread bringer: ADD-A-CIRCUIT


I got it from Wally World for a few bucks and basically it replaces a small fuse and has a hot line going off of it- along with a spot for the original fuse AND the fuse you want on the circuit you're adding. Handy! You just have to make your own ground!

I also had some spare wire (for just in case reasons), heat shrink, soldering stuff, an all weather cigarette lighter outlet (Wally World or an auto parts store), a car USB charger, extra fuses, some crimp-able ring connects (used to make the ground), and a red 2005 Yamaha r6.
OH YEAH TOOLS: wire cutters, wire strippers (mine has a crimper built into it but you can use pliers to crimp as well), a lighter (for the heat shrink), 4mm & 5mm Allen Keys, and of course my Leatherman multi tool I bought after my brother gave me a Gerber because Gerber SUCKS. My brother is the bee's knees though.

So let's begin!

With the thing! Grab that Add-A-Circuit and splice it into the hot side of the outlet.


Now, you don't HAVE to solder this but it's definitely ideal. If you do decide to solder make sure you have a solid physical connection between the two wires (wind them up tight) BEFORE you solder. This is most important. To solder them together just hold your soldering iron (or gun if you want to be different) on the wires you're splicing and touch them with your solder until the solder melts and bleeds into the wires. BAM. Done. Almost. Now hopefully you put some heat shrink on the leads before you soldered them together, because you're going to want to take that heat shrink and cover up your beautiful soldering job to ensure nothing shorts and to protect it from the elements. Fold your splice flat against one of the leads and cover it up.

Now crimp a ring connect on the end of the GROUND wire from your outlet.

(sorry for the poor quality picture)

The wires on my outlet weren't black and where I mounted my ground IS so I took some heat shrink and covered up the yellow ring connect and some of the wire to make it all match my frame. I'll cover where I mounted the ground in a bit. But you should have something that looks like this:

(here I already inserted the USB charger)

But... where the hell is the fuse box?
It's actually fuse box #2 according to the literature, and it's right under the cowl that's under the left handle bar.


There are TWO 4mm bolts that hold this little piece of plastic on. TAKE THEM OUT. And put them somewhere safe. Please. For the love of all that is holy.


Now you can see the fuse box! Open that baby up and take a gander at the fuses. Don't have your manual handy? Tisk tisk. Don't worry I'll break it down for you.

The backup fuse is NOT a spare. It's for the ODO.

I'm using the headlight fuse because it will only energize my circuit after I've started the bike. I've considered putting a toggle switch inline with the outlet, but I don't think it's all that necessary. That's your call.
So take out the headlight fuse, plug in the Add-A-Circuit, put that fuse back along with another fuse in the slots available on the Add-A-Circuit (I used the original headlight 20AMP fuse along with the spare 20AMP fuse to test the system but you'll obviously want to use the correct fuse for your desired circuit and make sure to replenish your spare fuse slots if they're empty!)


Now for the ground! I put mine under one off the 5mm Allen bolts that hold the front clip for the fuel tank. See why I made it all black?


All together now!




So that's pretty much it. You should have a functioning USB charger for all of your fancy accessories. I'll post later on where/how I mount it if anyone is interested. I have been riding bikes for a while, and though I am not a motorcycle expert I am very handy with this sort of thing... so please feel free to ask me questions! And DEFINITELY let me know if you want to (or actually do) give this tutorial a shot.

And I'm new so introduce yourself and don't be a butt
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CONSIDERATIONS:
- The polarity wasn't very clear on the outlet I purchased. Caught my first USB charger on fire. Didn't hurt the bike or the headlight fuse though!
- Weather proofing! Where will you put yours? I'm thinking as long at the outlet is facing DOWN then it'll probably be pretty weather proof if you put it out of the way.
- I would consider making your mount easy to access. When I take road trips I always carry a tire repair kit along with a small tire pump, and an outlet will come in handy in emergencies!
- You could also do the SAME thing by just wiring an outlet inline with our battery. As long as you have an inline fuse and a toggle switch.
- If you decide to mount your outlet under that cowl that covers the fuse box, I'm pretty sure they make quick release fairing fasteners... for easy access... just in case?
This is just what I needed! Thanks for sharing!
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Re: USB Charger - STUPID SIMPLE

Guessing eBay will be my friend if I'm wishing to do similar being from the UK.
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Brilliant. Will def be doing this
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Re: USB Charger - STUPID SIMPLE

Since this thread was unearthed...

To other folks, it is recommended that you *NEVER* exceed the combined amperage for that fuse. So if you're using an "Add A Circuit" type product, the combined amperage of the TWO fuses should never exceed the number of the original SINGLE fuse. So if that original single fuse was 10 Amp, to avoid overloading any connectors/wiring on that circuit, you could/should only use two 5 amps fuses.

I've tested one of these types of products before and it's a bad design in my opinion. I would expect that one of the slots would be the original fuse... for example let's say 15 Amp. Then the second slot would SLAVE off of the original. But that's not how these work. Both fuses are their own circuit. So adding another 5 amp fuse along with the original would potentially put 20 Amps over the original wire. This is really bad design! The added fuse should slave off of the original, in order to avoid the potential of overloading the circuit. Yes, it could potentially rob power from the original circuit and cause weird issues, but that's a hellova lot better than creating a hidden short, deep within the potentially tens of feet of wire harness bundles that many vehicles have.

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CONSIDERATIONS:
- The polarity wasn't very clear on the outlet I purchased. Caught my first USB charger on fire. Didn't hurt the bike or the headlight fuse though!
- Weather proofing! Where will you put yours? I'm thinking as long at the outlet is facing DOWN then it'll probably be pretty weather proof if you put it out of the way.
- I would consider making your mount easy to access. When I take road trips I always carry a tire repair kit along with a small tire pump, and an outlet will come in handy in emergencies!
- You could also do the SAME thing by just wiring an outlet inline with our battery. As long as you have an inline fuse and a toggle switch.
- If you decide to mount your outlet under that cowl that covers the fuse box, I'm pretty sure they make quick release fairing fasteners... for easy access... just in case?
The tire repair kit and pump sounds like a good idea. But here are some things to consider...


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<<............The regulator per '08 manual is only 35 Amps, of which your headlights, tail lights and turn sigs are probably the biggest consumers. So if you have a bunch of electrical add-ons, such as a third-eye, radio (significant), heater (big consumer), quick-shift + servos, 12v outlet, USB power jacks, shift indicator (minor), ton of LED strips... that can all add up.>>

Bottom line, I doubt the voltage regulator, let alone the internal wiring, will have enough overhead to drive an air-pump without soon overheating and damaging the wiring/connectors/regulator. Electrically speaking, the *last* thing you want to have is to have some wire, hidden deep within a wire harness bundle, melt through its insulation and short with adjacent wires. That can be a time consuming and downright aggravating situation for most people to figure out.

Any pump in this motorcycle would need to be connected directly to the battery. Maxing out the regulator while it has no airflow and the engine idling is probably not good for it either, so the key would need to be off. Then the pump could drain the tiny battery... creating another issue. True the regulator will be maxed while charging the battery, but much of it will occur while the bike is moving, engine output at higher RPMs.

There are rather small, light weight Li-Ion packs, such as those from Rugged Geek, that are specifically designed to jump-start vehicles with weak batteries. (Note about Li-Ion in Cold Weather -
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) As long as you're monitoring voltage and not draining such a jump-start battery flat, (voiding the warranty in many cases,) the pump should be able to run off of one of those. That would be better.
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Re: USB Charger - STUPID SIMPLE

I would avoid any bike with any evidence of an add-a-circuit type product.

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............. So if that original single fuse was 10 Amp, to avoid overloading any connectors/wiring on that circuit, you could/should only use two 5 amps fuses. ...................
Which means that the fuse that was intended to replace your original, would likely keep blowing.


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Thanks for the awsome write up! I'm planning a two-month trip late summer this year and need to add something similar. BTW, how are you satisfied with RAM mount as a phone/GPS holder?
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Thanks
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nice
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