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Old 11-27-2012, 10:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Auxilliary Power Socket

Hi,

I've been thinking of having an auxilliary socket fitted to my Thruxton, with the ultimate aim of powering a Sat Nav.

I have been led to believe that they are a smaller socket than a cigarette lighter type.

How do most people get round this one?

Do I change the plug, if they are available?

I don't know much about these sockets, any advise would be gratefully received.

Cheers.

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Old 11-27-2012, 01:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Factory's auxiliary power socket is not like the usual cig lighter socket. It's a "Powerlet" socket like these:

http://www.powerlet.com/products

Powerlet also market a short extension leads that connect to their socket and terminate in one or two normal cig lighter type sockets:

http://www.powerlet.com/shop-by-prod...-cables/PWRCBL

The position of the Factory's socket, just under the tank, is not the most convenient place to connect a GPS. It's OK for heated clothing and that sort of thing. A lot of members have chosen to provide a separate supply for the GPS from a place that's ignition switch controlled, that is it comes on and off with the ignition, like the wire that feeds the tiny position lamp in the headlight.

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Old 11-27-2012, 05:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thats great, thanks very much.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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For a sat nav you really need a standard auxillary socket. Most Sat Navs have a usb power connector - usually one of the mini usb variants - that includes the 5V dc/dc converter in the plug of the supplied auto connection cable. You can use a USB socket on the bike instead, with a suitable USB cable which is much neater, but there is a potential problem. Some sat navs go into USB mass storage mode when connected by USB and while they'll charge, you can't actually run them off a USB connector. The manufacturer's own charger includes a signal line that tells the unit to run normally. It essentially does the same as hitting 'eject' on your computer.

Bottom line is to either use a a standard car type 'cigar lighter' socket or check with the manufacturer of your sat nav whether it'll be OK with any alternative connector.

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Here's a link to a similar thread with some "how to" photos.
http://www.triumphrat.net/twins-tech...onneville.html
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