This is awesome, and I’m really excited!
I just ordered a dual USB-charger that I can easily wire to my motorcycle battery, and mount to my motorcycle handlebar even more easily. The name of the product is kind of long. It’s called the Motorcycle Mobile Phone GPS Waterproof Dual USB Power Supply Charger Port Socket Plug Charger by Crazie Genie.
Let’s face it, fewer and fewer accesories really need 12v “cigarette lighter” plug-ins. In fact, all of our devices typically come with USB cables, so let’s do away with the 12V charger altogether.
Here’s what it looks like:
I haven’t received my charger yet, but my assumptions on the instructions would be as follows.
Mount the charger to your motorcycle’s handlebars. You should consider where your device will be mounted, whether or not the charger will obstruct the view of your dashboard, etc. Motorcycles only offer much surface space to work with, so put some thought into it before mounting.
Check the fuse. There’s no reason it should come with a broken fuse, but you’ve got the product out in the open. In fact, it’s already in your hand, right? So don’t be a bonehead, make sure your fuse is in there, nice and snug.
Run the wiring along your wiring harness. Don’t have a solo wire just running along off on it’s own, try to find the path your existing wiring harness travels to get to your battery, and follow that. You may need to temporarily lift or work around your gas tank and motorcycle body panels. Don’t be a putz, it’ll be worth it, and you might just learn a thing or two about how your motorcycle works while you do it.
Don’t cut the wiring harness. Seriously. Just because I’m telling you to do it right, doesn’t mean you need to be such a perfectionist that you make life hard for yourself. Keep that wiring harness shut and away from sharp objects! One cut wire in there today, could give you chronic electrical issues that are hard to diagnose and trace back tomorrow. Your wallet will thank us when you don’t get the shop bill from your mechanic for this.
Zip tie to the wiring harness if possible. Be original, find ways to work with your existing harness, without damaging it, if you can ziptie your handlebar mounted USB motorcycle charger along side of your motorcycle’s wiring harness, you’re laughing!
Connect the connectors to your battery terminals. Red is positive, black is negative. If you’re not sure which terminal is which, you can look at what colors are coming out of your motorcycle’s battery terminal currently.
If everything’s black, or you’re really not feeling confident in yourself, take a good look at the battery. The positive terminal will have a positive sign somewhere near it, the negative will have the negative sign somewhere near it.
Enjoy! Plug in your phone and charger it as you ride!
Shopping – It’s only $18!
We picked this item as our motorcycle charging solution of choice because of it’s convenience, ease of use, waterproof properties, but also for the price. At $17.99 it adds a premium feature to our bikes, at an extremely affordable price.
If you like the Motorcycle Mobile Phone GPS Waterproof Dual USB Power Supply Charger Port Socket Plug Charger by Crazie Genie you can buy it on the YouMotorcycle Shop or on Amazon.
How to carry your accessories?
You might want to check this out. It features both a USB charger, as well as a tradition car charger plug. It’s also perfect to fit your motorcycle as it’s available in both black or chrome, so you can pick the one that fits your bike. Click the pic for details.
Now you can take advantage of everything your devices has to offer, be it recording your ride, giving you turn-by-turn GPS directions to your destination, and still have a fully-charged battery when you get there.
Ride safe, and without fear of drained devices!