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Got this idea from another forum and couldn't find it here so sharing it now.
Many times I have got all ready for a ride and my cell has 1 bar left..and I gotta go when the road calls...so I made one of these. If you can solder its very simple.

Got the plug end at a non HD bike shop for a battery tender. $6
Got the marine grade 12v power point(cig lighter) at Walmart. $3
Got the USB insert at Harbor Freight. $3

Helps make it neat if you have some heat shrink tubing which you can get at Home Depot or Radio Shack. 2 different sizes. One for the individual wires you will solder and a larger one to seal the whole deal.
(The female end on the bike is gonna be the + and the male end the -.
On the plug you are soldering the male will be the + and the female -.)


***Remember that the + and - lines will be reversed on the part you are making as they fit together with the battery tender plug that is hard wired on the bike...so if you make the male ends on both plugs positive when you connect them they are going to be reversed and it won't work***
***Also there is a 7.5amp fuse inline on the + leg of the plug that is hard wired on the bike...if it's blown you need to change it or this won't work***
I say this cause I made these stupid mistakes...



I clipped of the (wing parts) on the 12v outlet and filed the corners smooth so I can slip it in my pocket.
You don't need the USB adapter if you have a regular car cell charger.

Hope this is good info for anyone in need.....Love the DIY on the cheap!!
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was gonna do the same, I wanna mount the adapter in my saddle bag. been thinking on it for a while. nice of you to beat me to the punch!
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I did the same thing except I just crimped the connectors on the wires connected to the power outlet and connected them to the battery. No tender harness needed.
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I know I know...Holy Thread Revival Batman...but I'd rather not add more threads if there is already one with most the info I need.

My question is, if I dont already have a battery tender for...tending the battery....do I just buy 2 of the battery tender cables in the picture to complete this job?

I need to run a GPS for a trip I'm taking with my son next month.

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If you have a solid mount. you can get a metal bracket for cigarette lighters at walmart, and wire it to an inline fuse directly to the battery.. Then mount the metal bracket to the battery strap..

I'll take a pic.. later.
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If you have a solid mount. you can get a metal bracket for cigarette lighters at walmart, and wire it to an inline fuse directly to the battery.. Then mount the metal bracket to the battery strap..

I'll take a pic.. later.
That'd be awesome!

What amp fuse is recommended for this?
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What amp fuse is recommended for this?
For a short run of 16 gauge wire, 15 amp would be max and 10 amp would be conservative. Fuses should be determined by wire size and then may be reduced if the anticipated load is less and/or if the socket is rated for less.
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We're using a 10 amp fuse..
Most inline fuse wires are long enough. Just put a ring terminal on one end (to goto battery) and a fem as le spade on the other to attach to socket
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Ok, so this is what I was thinking...



Thoughts/Concerns?

Oh, and dont judge on the Dunlop....it is being replaced with a Commander II before the trip!
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