Power – but where?

One of the next modifications I am considering is to have a way to charge via USB installed on the bike somewhere. But the problem is where?

Option one – Up front. This would serve to charge anything on the phone mount. I could also run a cord into, say, a jacket pocket, to charge something else. Or, and it’s a big or, run a cord, if needed, all the way back to the top box to charge something there. Don’t know what that would be like while riding?

Option two – Down the back, maybe even into the top box. This gives me a weather proof place to charge things. Its nice and tidy, keeps any cables away from all over the bike.

Both could access a spare connection on the loom for heated hand grips. Obviously, this would be much simpler for the front mount idea, than rerouting that power down the back. There might be a more convenient connection towards the back I could use instead?

I don’t need to see my phone most of the time. It could happily live in the back charging away for most of a leg, or most of a day. Or I could charge a power bank down the back while riding, and use the charge of that overnight.

Isn’t it funny when you write down ideas, the choice becomes much clearer?

Author: Mabaho

I'm a married dad who likes to ride my motorbike and if I ever find the time, to play computer games. This blog started out as just WoW, but has moved onto a whole lot of different things.

One thought on “Power – but where?”

  1. I have put battery tender pigtails on my scoots for a good many years now. Not because I find I need to charge the battery often, but because the pigtail is useful (though there have been those “Ooops! I left the key on and it’s dead now.” moments on occasion and it came in super handy). https://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender-021-0128-Maintain-Damaging/dp/B00068XCQU/

    There is a 12 foot extension cord for it if you need to run it to the pack in back. https://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender-081-0148-12-Extension-Junior/dp/B002DU3TTO/

    Then the creme-de-la-creme, the usb port attachment. https://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender-081-0158-Disconnect-Smartphone/dp/B00DJ5KEF4/

    I used this setup when I relocated from Florida to Oregon. Phone charging in my saddle bag with the blue tooth sending to my Sena setup in my helmet and playing toons via spotify and sending directions via maps.

    There are other brands besides battery tender, so check with your shop and see which one they like best for your scoot. They’ve just been easy to work with and find attachments for on my bikes.

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