i have picked up an old garmin for use on the bike, the unit is now attached by the instrument panel but how does anyone charge one of these devices off the bike battery, i don't want a continuous feed off the battery when i don't need it.
Sat nav power cable
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**There may be a suitable cable available **
from Garmin or elsewhere or secondhand off ebay or other sites, can be hard wired to battery via switch or similar to turn off when required or add an accesory socket/fag lighter type socket, and unplug when not required. Personally I think a permanently wired solution is best, don't forget fuse in line, and you may have to use car type lead and cut plug off. If you look at Touratech website who deal in a variety of satnavs and brackets and accessories they recommend use without batteries in some cases with bike power supply. A lot depends on the actual model you have and whether batteries are removable. obviously a lot depends on bike and use of, some car navs may not survive long on a bike!! Good luck!!
EDIT!! Do NOT cut the end off the fag lighter cable!!! see further down the page to eatcs01 reply!!
I'm not sure that any Garmin units can be charged - most are powered by the bike's electrics, but aren't rechargeable. If it's a StreetPilot III, it will run on batteries, but not charge from the bike.
Mine have always just been wired direct to the battery (using the Garmin lead) with a 500mA fuse in line.
i just want to power it off the bikes battery rather than it use alot of AA batteries, i have got a car power cable with it, i will stick rechargable batteries in it so i don't do any damage to the unit, but i would rather use bike battery than worry about running short of AA battery power.
andrew,what`s the consumption wattage of the sat/nav?
sat nav cable
the sat nav power cable does not have a label on to say what the power output is, but here is a link to the powercable i have bought. It would only been plugged in when the bike is acutally running,
If the sat/nav was very low wattage and you don`t intend to use anything else you could find a live from your headlight circuit or brake lever switch or horn unit and not use that lead you have bought.If you use that lead it will have to be connected to the fuse box or using a relay switch. FALSE INFORMATION,SAT/NAV`s ARE NOT 12VOLTS.SO THAT LEAD WILL HAVE TO BE USED.SORRY
DO NOT CUT THE FAG LIGHTER OFF YOUR CABLE......
Most sat navs run at 5 volts. Putting it onto a 12v feed will fry it.
If your satnav is powered by a small USB connector, then it's a 5v system.
They only draw 1 or 2 amps.
that bit drops the voltage!
I'm no expert
I'll get me coat!!
It`s in the plug,from 12v to 5v. I HAVE CHANGE MY PREVIOUS REPLY.I THOUGHT SAT/NAV`s WERE 12V. eatcs01 is correct again,well done.
got the cable in post today, after an hour it's fitted and working, i made a hole in the cubby hole under the seat and it's out of the way in there and the sat nav power cable is tucked away away under the tank but as far away from the engine as possible, just to stop the heat from damaging the cable.
glad to know you got that all sorted, wise precaution too!!
Looked up the i3 information on the internet, as it's not rated for motorcycles by Garmin, you might find it a good idea to try to isolate it as much as possible from the kind of vibration and shock loading encountered on a bike, and not usually in a car, as well as from the rain and spray, maybe some kind of extra rubber or foam isolating material as well as or instead of the car type mounting. Think others have made up sealed plastic boxes or bag type waterproofing, not sure exactly how waterproof the soft bags for satnavs being sold now might be, maybe ok. good luck!
i have wrapped insulation tape around the seals, and put proection in place where it sits on the clocks, but being behin the screen it does get some weather protection.
I would definately recomend the optimate accessory socket; the cover is waterproof so for ease of access, I've attached it on the right frame tube just below the tank. My satnav' (Navman S70) works fine inside the Givi universal case (model 850) and is located either on top of the yolks or ontop of my tank bag. Although the Navman has bluetooth, I prefer to use helmet speakers; works fine in all conditions, even though I always ride with earplugs!
sat nav power cable Nuvi 1490T
I purchased a lead garmin plug to bare end wires similar to this. It worked fine for using my car sat nav on my European trip this summer.
I used it alongside this kit which mounts on the handle bars. I have to say it did a very good job even when wet. Certainly a lot cheaper than buying the Garmin Zumo.
It will be interesting t o see if anyone else found this a good idea!!