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Small Air Compressor?

I have a small portable air compressor that uses the cigarette lighter in a car to power. I bought it to take on a trip with my Concours. I tried it one day plugged into the stock cigarette plug and it blew a fuse on the bike.

Do you think I could use it on the Vaquero?
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I don't believe the factory power outlets were designed for that kind of power draw. Probably be better off hooking up to a battery charger cable (Battery Tender lead) You could either change the compressor cable to work with the battery tender lead or buy the power outlet that plugs into the battery tender lead.

https://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tende.../dp/B0041CDPQO
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Your average 12v "convenience outlet" -- cigarette lighter -- has a 10A fuse. On cars they're often inline fuses buried behind the dashboard (do not ask me how I know this) and I imagine bike designers have carried on this user-hostile design paradigm.

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At Canadian tire, I bought a Cigarette lighter that is wired to battery clamps. So, for example, if I have to plug a flat tire and want to use the compressor, do you think it would be fine to remove the battery cover under the seat and clamp onto the battery posts to run the compressor?

If I did this, should I disconnect the bike from the battery first? Could I leave the bike running while running the compressor?

Roadpro 12V Battery Clip-On and Cigarette Lighter Adapter https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00065L2D8/..._P4MFzbQEYB5RZ
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Running the compressor directly off the battery is okay, as long as those clips will fit. I'd do a trial fit to see if there's room to get them connected.

Leaving the bike running would be a good idea.
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You can save a lot of time and effort by adding one of these to your bike. Once that's installed you'll be able to plug in all sorts of gadgets. Battery chargers, jumper cables, USB port, charge port, etc.

Just some of the Gadets.
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You can save a lot of time and effort by adding one of these to your bike. Once that's installed you'll be able to plug in all sorts of gadgets. Battery chargers, jumper cables, USB port, charge port, etc.

Just some of the Gadets.
I did sort of that same idea but direct from the AUX point(s) to USB, micro USB, etc. but they are wired to the AUX circuits so no good.

Yes, a trial run is a good idea. I'll do that in the morning. Leaving Tuesday morning so no time to order/add anything now

Thanks for the tips all. Very helpful.
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I did sort of that same idea but direct from the AUX point(s) to USB, micro USB, etc. but they are wired to the AUX circuits so no good.

Yes, a trial run is a good idea. I'll do that in the morning. Leaving Tuesday morning so no time to order/add anything now

Thanks for the tips all. Very helpful.

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Thanks all. Our 16 year old is along for the trip on his CBR250R. His first trip on a motorcycle.
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Would a small pipe-type hand pump be sufficient for these kinds of tires? After reading this I'm thinking that's a simpler (and more space-saving) option for myself.
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