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5V USB Power from bike battery for Garmin i3

 
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Chipstix
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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 3:12 pm    Post subject: 5V USB Power from bike battery for Garmin i3 Reply with quote

Hi All,

A quick question for my 1st post. I've bought a Garmin i3, very pleased with the little unit, and have managed an excellent mounting solution through a friend in my motorbike forum. I'm aware that there is a mod to fit a headphone jack but I'm not keen on voiding the warranty just yet, so I'd like to provide onboard power from the motorcycle battery (as this will boost the volume - at the moment I can't hear much above 25-30mph).

Does anyone know where I can find/make a lead that will attach onto my bike battery (12V), then step down to 5V for the i3, and terminate in the appropriate 'miniUSB' connector (preferably 90degree connector for better wire routing)??

Any help appreciated, cheers!

Chris.
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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not use the car charger lead the unit was supplied with? this contains the regulator, all you need to fit to the bike is a cig lighter socket to plug it into DO NOT CUT THE CIG LIGHTER PLUG OFF this is the all important regulator - Mike
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Chipstix
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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 3:47 pm    Post subject: that is a possibility.... Reply with quote

This is one possible approach, although I would quite like to 'hardwire' the bike with a lead standing by for use once on the mount, and retain the Cigarette lighter adaptor for use in my car. Guess I could buy another Cigarette lighter adaptor....

Still would prefer, bike batt to regulator to 5V to miniUSB solution if there is one, and cut out the cigarette lighter, though I guess this could be useful e.g. for charging up mobile phone while on tour.

C.
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V2RJO
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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 6:35 pm    Post subject: Easy way is........ Reply with quote

I have a cigarette lighter adaptor made by BELKIN that is in effect a standard 12v plug with a USB socket in the back end, allows you to plug in anything with a USB plug to charge. I think BELKIN and a few others have decided that using the normal USB sync cable is possible with these devices. You could simply hard wire one of these in to obtain a standard USB socket.

Hope this helps

Roger.
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2006 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Chipstix

Noticed in your post you mention you had mounted the i3 on your motorbike.

This is just what I'm trying to do, any chance you can give me more info as to how you did this?? i.e. what kind of mount?, where on the bike?? etc.

Any help/info would be great.

Regards
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