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12v Outlet in Fairing

When I use the factory 12v outlet in the fairing on my Voyager, whatever I have plugged in will work itself out just far enough to loose contact. I have tried three different plugs and got the same results with all of them. It doesn't appear that there is a risk of them falling out as they fit in there fairly tight, but the center point moves back just far enough that I have to reach down every so often and push the plug back in to keep the item that I am using charging. Its kind of a pain to keep doing that every 15 or so miles.

Any ideas to keep it plugged in short of wiring in a new plug? It would have been nice if Kawi used a locking type outlet like I have seen in other similar applications.
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I have used several different USB adaptors in mine and never had this problem.

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I've used a strip of the soft side of a velcro strip around the interior rim of the socket. Stops vibration, movement but slides easy. Wipe the metal with alcohol so the adhesive stocks good.

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I have this exact same problem with my 2014 Concours. Constantly reaching forward to push in the adapter for my GPS when it goes out on the highway. Very annoying. If I use the tiny 2-plug USB adapter and push it in there, it stays but the adapters, like the ones for a GPS do not. Have not found a fix for it.
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I have had the same issue. I wired another outlet into the power wiring in the left side storage door in the fairing. I had a usb adapter for my Bluetooth receiver inserted in and it vibrated out. I just used electrical tape to keep it held in. I've not used the other one very much.

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Yes, happened to me all the time. I got so sick of it, that I ended up installing a tiny buck transformer with USB ports out of it to connect my GPS. I got it off Amazon, and can post it, as well as directions if you want. It was easy to install, I just connected it to the existing wiring behind the glove box.

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Yes...please post what you got etc. Have same problem on my 2016 Voyager of GPS plug backing out of stock socket. Thanks!

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Yes...please post what you got etc. Have same problem on my 2016 Voyager of GPS plug backing out of stock socket. Thanks!
I don't use the stock socket at all any more. I've put a dual USB plus a single USB outlet in the trunk, and had another single USB in the front left cubby until I realized I didn't use it much any more since there's not much room in there - took it out.

My dual outlet is like this one on Ebay, though I picked mine up on Ali Express. It's not top quality, and despite what the listing says only one port is 2.1 amps, the other is 1.0. The other issue I have is that the plugs are very tight, but at least I know they won't dislodge. My advice would be to get one that's not quite so cheap.

Here's a picture of the single outlet in the trunk. The dual is on the other side in the same place.

My GPS is a Garmin, which needs a proprietary power lead from a cigarette style socket, or it won't work properly. So I just wired one of those inside the fairing with the power lead permanently plugged into it (taped and zip-tied tightly), and push the lead inside through an opening under the radio when it's not being used.
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

All you have to do, is remove the glove box from either the left or right side and connect it to the existing wiring. Mine is connected on the left side, to the aux light wiring. The amp draw is negligible.

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I don't use the stock socket at all any more. I've put a dual USB plus a single USB outlet in the trunk, and had another single USB in the front left cubby until I realized I didn't use it much any more since there's not much room in there - took it out.

My dual outlet is like this one on Ebay, though I picked mine up on Ali Express. It's not top quality, and despite what the listing says only one port is 2.1 amps, the other is 1.0. The other issue I have is that the plugs are very tight, but at least I know they won't dislodge. My advice would be to get one that's not quite so cheap.

Here's a picture of the single outlet in the trunk. The dual is on the other side in the same place.

My GPS is a Garmin, which needs a proprietary power lead from a cigarette style socket, or it won't work properly. So I just wired one of those inside the fairing with the power lead permanently plugged into it (taped and zip-tied tightly), and push the lead inside through an opening under the radio when it's not being used.

My GPS is also a Garmin, and finding a cable that just charges it was a pain. I found this a few months ago, and it works great on my unit. I have it connected to the buck transformer and wrapped the connection with electrical tape. The cable may work with you unit as well (hopefully lol).

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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