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    Re: How To Charge Toys

    Quote Originally Posted by limericc View Post
    I have a battery tender plug that connects direct to battery. Is there a converter plug that goes into that end and allows a cig. plug charger?
    You can find the pig tail cords /plugs, like on the Battery Tender cords, at many auto parts stores, or at Radio Shack ...

    I've done so much with so little for so long ... Now I can do nearly anything with almost nothing.

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    Re: How To Charge Toys

    You'll want to run 12g wire as a minimum, if you plan on using an inverter. 10g would be best.
    When I run my wiring along the bike, I use appropriately sized split flexible wire loom to protect it, just as I did with the wiring in my trailer build.
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    Re: How To Charge Toys

    Dusty, beyond the split wire wrap is there any need for further protection from engine heat when wiring under the tank?

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    Re: How To Charge Toys

    Other than the odd zip tie to keep it close along the frame rails and off of the engine/exhausts, no.
    Use some shrink wrap on the ends where you make your connections to the male/female quick disconnect terminals/splices.

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    Re: How To Charge Toys

    Got it Dusty. Thanks again to all that contributed. I've now got my weekend plans set.

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    Re: How To Charge Toys

    Quote Originally Posted by limericc View Post
    I have a battery tender plug that connects direct to battery. Is there a converter plug that goes into that end and allows a cig. plug charger?
    try one like this:

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    Re: How To Charge Toys

    I bought a 12v plug from Amazon that connects to my battery tender plug. It works just fine.

    I keep the 12v socket end in my tank bag and plug a USB adapter into the socket. My USB adapter has two outlets, so I can power/charge both my GPS and phone at the same time.

    Keep in mind that 12v sockets and plugs have a pretty sloppy fit, unlike a powerlet plug. The adapter tends to work loose enough to lose the connection. A little creative work with a rubber band usually solves that problem.
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    Re: How To Charge Toys

    If you are using a battery tender type connection, be aware that it is fused and sized for 3 amp service. I wanted to use a 12 volt inflator for the air mattress and my Coleman required 10 amps. I got this:
    http://www.powerlet.com/product/heav...ry-lead-24/107

    It's fused and sized for 15 amp service. I ran this from the battery under the seat towards the right hand saddle bag. I also put together a kit similar to this
    http://www.powerlet.com/product/lugg...te-sockets/291
    so that I can unplug to remove the bag. Nervous drilling a hole in the hard bag, determine where exactly it won't interfere and then tape both sides before drilling for the bag mount. I think it took a 3/4 inch hole. Now I can charge a phone or device and have it locked away if I'm away from the bike or

    Then when I put it on the battery tender, just open the bag and plug it in, no hunting for the end of the cable.

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    Re: How To Charge Toys

    Quote Originally Posted by GailForce View Post
    My past experiences with camping goes back 15+ years. All this done with plenty of trunk space for bringing everything but the kitchen sink. We would always select a site with electric. Gotta keep the wife happy. This spring I'll begin camping (one up) with the bike and a cargo trailer. Obviously with down sized equipment. I'm trying to figure out a way to not need electric at the campsite. From researching campgrounds that interest me I find a significant cost savings by selecting sites w/o electric. Small electronic devices seem to last about a day or two before charging is required. How have some of you addressed this. Do you simply charge while in route with a 12V plug on the bike? I will carry GPS, Cell Phone and I-Pad. I was giving some thought to installing a charging port in the trailer for the I-Pad. Your thoughts are appreciated.

    Install a standard dual 12 Volt outlet. None of those items you listed will drain enough to cause any issues.

    I'll charge in route and then I have no problems charging at the site off the battery either. All of those devices draw 1 amp maybe 2 tops, the GPS draws something like a quarter to a half amp.

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    Re: How To Charge Toys

    My friend Mike replaced the batteries in his 4 wheeled scooter/wheelchair and gave me one of the deep cycle batteries he removed. Made an aluminum holder with a handle and put a cigarette lighter receptacle in the end of the handle.



    For charging more than one item at a time I bought a spitter that also has a USB plug. I Keep it charged between trips and have never had it go dead on me even on 3 nighters. Keep it in the tent under the cot where I can plug things in at night before going to bed.
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