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post #1 of 6 Old 01-10-2017, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Access point for switched 12VDC near handlebars

Wondering if anyone has any advice for an access point for switched power to wire in a 12VDC USB lead to power/charge my cell phone when it is in my RAM X-Grip mount in the handlebars (mounted at steering head roundel)? I currently don't have a FUZE block or any power distribution module installed.

I would like to permanently wire the USB cable in. Should I try to access the rear of the aux 12VDC socket in the right side panel?



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The photo’s in this link show where I installed my USB ( BMW K1600 TechMount ). The device can be a single or double USB source ( https://www.amazon.com/Astra-Depot-C...USB+motorcycle ). Some have positioned it down on the left side by the opening for the steering column. I have it connected to my PDM 60. Best,

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Thanks, but I'm needing an actual switched 12vdc wire/access point(s) near the front of the bike to connect my USB cable to (e.g. headlight wire, ignition wire, etc.). I guess the USB cable will probably be long enough that the access point could be pretty much anywhere. Just want to know where to tap into.


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The photo’s in this link show where I installed my USB ( BMW K1600 TechMount ). The device can be a single or double USB source ( https://www.amazon.com/Astra-Depot-C...USB+motorcycle ). Some have positioned it down on the left side by the opening for the steering column. I have it connected to my PDM 60. Best,

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A few have used the low beam head light wire as a switched wire (search for CBDanes' driving lights). I wouldn't use that as the power, only use it as a switch for a relay (too many amps pulled will cause a fault). Run power from the battery to a relay. The headlight power could act as the switch to turn on the relay; then, relay (switched power) to your usb charger.
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I would like to permanently wire the USB cable in. Should I try to access the rear of the aux 12VDC socket in the right side panel?
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Why not just use the USB outlet in the lower storage box. It's switched power supply. I wouldn't leave the phone in there, but a long enough cable routed up along the fairing to your mount would work easy... Leaves the wires intact incase you change your set up...
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You will find it hard to find switched DC at that area on modern CAN Bus (Controller Area Network) systems. The wires & clusters are VERY tight & small and generally carry 3-5 vdc data only.
As others suggested, relay off the headlight or fish an extended USB cable from the lower right glove box.

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