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USB flip phone charging

Does anyone know of a setup where they can charge their flip phone from a USB-type port? Having a flip phone, I'd like to know if anyone knows of this being done. If so I want to run it into one of my saddlebags, out of sight.

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If you're just looking for a USB port, they certainly make them for motorcycles. I have a Battery Tender one, where the USB outlet plugs into the quick disconnect end of the battery connection. So when I'm riding I have a USB charger and when it's parked I have a Battery Tender
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No, those are easy to get and I'm not concerned about acquiring one for me. I am interested if I can even charge the flip phone at all using a USB port setup. All of the flip phone chargers I've ever seen are wall unit-types.

If it IS possible to do so, then where would I go look for the cables?

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Do they not use a mini or micro USB?
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Don't know. As I said, the only charging methods that I've seen for flip phones are the wall units that plug into a normal household two prong plug.

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It should work, so long as you can find a USB cable with the right end type for your phone. Exactly what that would be is hard to say without knowing what phone you have.

But you can see if it would work, electrically speaking, by looking at the output info on the wall charger for the phone and see if it jives with USB outlets. I reckon it'll work though.
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As long as your phone takes one of the standard USB type cords, here's a quick method I've seen on plenty of bikes coming into the shop, with some personal touches for safety.

Use a 12v power outlet similar to a car's cigarette lighter socket. I use a marine grade socket that has a water resistant cover. Some even have flanges with holes for easy mounting.

I usually wire direct to the battery on both terminals. For safety, I always include an inline fuse holder as close to the positive terminal as possible. I tend to use a 30 amp holder for a standard blade fuse, terminate one end to the battery and solder/heatshrink the wire onto the other. Depending on the application, I'll include a switch in the circuit as well.

The gauge of your wire depends on what your load will be. For a motorcycle, you're not going to pull a heavy load, but it would be handy to figure for a small air pump.

With this, you have a standard socket to use a standard car charger for your phone, plug in one of the little USB adapters, or whatever other setup you need.

As I remember, costs were quite inexpensive to do it yourself. Socket was about $10, fuse holder less than $2, terminals were maybe a quarter each (I buy in hundred packs), and the wire I had laying around.
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I'm not concerned about hooking up anything to the bike. I already have a similar setup as DKC describes hiding behind my left side-cover. This is used to power my GPS. When I want to use the GPS I just pop off the side cover, plug things into the end of the battery tender wires and I'm good.

So finding a better bike mounted unit to plug in assorted things to charge isn't an issue. Its the actual USB-to-phone cable that I'm wondering about. They're a dime-a-dozen for smart phones but I haven't a clue if they exist for my Verizon LG flip phone.

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VN750, can you post a pic of the charging port on the phone and/or tip of your charger? That might go a long way to solving your question.
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Never have mastered the art of posting here.

The cable used to charge the phone looks like this:

One end is a standard two prong deal that plugs into a wall for power. The actual charger portion of electronics (weighing several ounces) is attached to the prongs and is a few inches long and high. The other end that goes into the phone winds up being the flat 9/16th inch wide by 1/4 inch deep plug. This fits into the corresponding slot on the bottom of the phone.

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