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Old 03-31-2010, 10:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cigarette lighters on touring models....

I probably know the answer before asking, but here goes. Has anyone used the cigarette lighter plug as a power port for cell phone chargers? (actually I read the owner's manual and it obviously suggests not to), but I figure the charger would tax the system less than the lighter.

Does anyone use it as a power port?
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Old 03-31-2010, 10:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I haven't tried it but have read reports from others how they used the lighter plug for all sorts of gadgets without any problems. I've heard to look for any clearance issues between the handlebars and gadget charger/plug. Otherwise I think you'd be good to go.
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Old 03-31-2010, 11:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Sure, just like a car, use it for GPS, cell phone charging, MP3 players, etc.
Amperage draw on these things are small.
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yes I use it for my gps and have used it for phone as well. but the clearence problem mentioned is real, I have a mark on my tank to prove it.
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Old 03-31-2010, 12:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Guess it depends on the plug itself and model bike. I have no issues with my Road Glide. Fairing doesn't move.
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I saw on an aftermarket site (can't remember which one) you can get a 90 degree adapter so your charger doesn't come straight out.
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Old 03-31-2010, 06:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I saw on an aftermarket site (can't remember which one) you can get a 90 degree adapter so your charger doesn't come straight out.
Yes, that would be here: Powerlet Products - Rugged power outlets, cables and electronics
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Old 03-31-2010, 06:51 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I wanted to use mine (09 Ultra) to power my GPS but it wouldn't work; the lighter socket on our bike is different from a 12v outlet. I purchased the HD accessory outlet and replace the lighter with it (direct replacement) works great.
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Old 04-03-2010, 10:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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HD came out with an accessory adaptor that is designed to be wired into your tour pac for charging cell phone, ipod, etc... Sorry I forget the name/part no. but did see it at the dealer a few weeks ago and they said it was a new accessory.
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I'm planning on installing a cig. lighter in my tourpak..to charge my cell phone while riding...
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