Tapping USB ports into headlight? - Kawasaki Vulcan Forum : Vulcan Forums
 1Likes
  • 1 Post By durox
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-22-2019, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
mike.caputo@mac.com's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Year/Make/Model: 2010 VN900 Custom SE
Displacement/CC's: 900
Color: Black
Gender: Male
Posts: 39
Garage
Tapping USB ports into headlight?

I have a USB port mounted to the handlebar for keeping my phone charged while using maps and music, etc. Right now, Iím using an SAE plug to tap into the battery. Works as it should, but itís annoying.

Is there a downside to just splicing it into the headlight wires? I want to make sure thereís no power drain when the bike is off.

I read the pinned thread about tapping into the switched relay under the seat - great tutorial but Iím wondering if itís more work than I need?

Would I blow the headlight fuse by charging my phone? I doubt it..


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

.
[email protected] is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-22-2019, 08:39 PM
Senior Member
 
durox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: scottsdale az
Year/Make/Model: 09/Vulcan900/Custom SE
Gender: Male
Posts: 304
if you are just using it for small devices and considering your phone charger is functioning properly, there is no danger in blowing fuses or causing damage to the wires...
think about it this way: both high and low beams can be ON without the fuse blowing.. but the fact that the back of the headlight is exposed to the elements, you should take extra precaution when insulating your work. i guess it depends where you're splicing, but that would be my main concern.
good luck, have fun, be safe ;}

*liquid electrical tape (or liquid rubber products) is my favorite way of insulating the wires on 18-wheelers... give it time to cure, do not use open flame..
[email protected] likes this.
durox is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-23-2019, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
mike.caputo@mac.com's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Year/Make/Model: 2010 VN900 Custom SE
Displacement/CC's: 900
Color: Black
Gender: Male
Posts: 39
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by durox View Post
you should take extra precaution when insulating your work.

*liquid electrical tape (or liquid rubber products) is my favorite way of insulating the wires on 18-wheelers... give it time to cure, do not use open flame..

Ah, great advice! Thx!



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

.
[email protected] is online now  
 
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-02-2019, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
mike.caputo@mac.com's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Year/Make/Model: 2010 VN900 Custom SE
Displacement/CC's: 900
Color: Black
Gender: Male
Posts: 39
Garage
FWIW, I ended up running the wires from the handlebar-mounted USB ports to the rear running light, via under the tank and seat.

If a fuse or bulb were to blow out, Iíd rather it be the rear light than the headlight.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

.
[email protected] is online now  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-02-2019, 06:50 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Tenneesse
Year/Make/Model: voyager 1700 ABS 2015
Displacement/CC's: 1700
Color: charcoal green
Gender: Male
Posts: 24
Thumbs up usb plug

what I did on my I add a regular power plug in the trunk and use USB adapter on it ,and I add another in the front and use another USB adapter I did connected them to the battery so I can use it and keep charging my phone when the MC is off,, I did add a switch with a pilot light to been able to turn them off, the light to remind me to turn it off, or you can connect it to the wires on the power plug that came with the MC and it will go on and off with the ignition switch
irving is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-02-2019, 10:19 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Piedmont, North Carolina
Year/Make/Model: 06 Vulcan Nomad, 05 and 04 Yamaha FZ1
Displacement/CC's: 1600 / 1000 x 2
Color: Green/Silver, Silver, Blue
Gender: Male
Posts: 27
I believe my 06 Nomad has an open harness under the seat just for accessory power.

Old Enough to Know Better
justacrossthehill is online now  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-03-2019, 04:33 AM
Senior Member
 
Ricksza's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Bensalem, PA
Year/Make/Model: 2009 Kawasaki 900 Custom
Displacement/CC's: 900
Color: Burnt Orange
Gender: Male
Posts: 227
Garage
I mounted a power outlet beneath the fuel tank. It's wired directly to the battery through a fuse, so I can plug in my battery tender. I can use either a car charger cable or a USB adapter.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	08172011_001.jpg
Views:	12
Size:	95.4 KB
ID:	230250  

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting
"WHAT A RIDE!"
Ricksza is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-03-2019, 06:52 AM
Top Contributor
 
whoaru99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 2,906
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ricksza View Post
I mounted a power outlet beneath the fuel tank. It's wired directly to the battery through a fuse, so I can plug in my battery tender. I can use either a car charger cable or a USB adapter.
I did very similar for the same reasons. Exception being I used a handlebar-mounted power outlet.
whoaru99 is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome