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The mythical Electrical socket
« on: November 21, 2017, 08:30:05 am »
Morning all,

I want to install a cigarette lighter socket on my GS 1200 LC. I have read that there is a factory-installed connection on the left hand side of the bike. Is this true? If so, can somebody tell me where it is please? I can't for the life of me find it.

Thanks.
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Re: The mythical Electrical socket
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2017, 08:41:30 am »
Morning all,

I want to install a cigarette lighter socket on my GS 1200 LC. I have read that there is a factory-installed connection on the left hand side of the bike. Is this true? If so, can somebody tell me where it is please? I can't for the life of me find it.

Thanks.
It's on the right side of your instrument cluster.

Bear in mind that it has a current limit of about 5A, if you draw any more the computer shuts down power to the socket. Don't worry you won't blow a fuse (well, at least not the bike's  :lol8:) but it can sometimes be a pain if you want to run an compressor off it, for example. Most people (myself included) fit an additional socket just below the seat (left side) with a separate fuse, to overcome the bike's 5A limit.

Edit: The bike's own socket is a Hella socket, not a sigarette lighter type. Slightly smaller...
« Last Edit: November 21, 2017, 08:42:22 am by OomD »
 
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Re: The mythical Electrical socket
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2017, 08:44:13 am »
The BMW socket is not a cigarette lighter socket - the name eludes me now.  Your best bet is buying a kit from Flying Brick or Wild at Heart.  I personally went the boating shop way, nicely water proof, and made my own wiring.

Edit:  Missed the LC part.   :thumleft:
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Re: The mythical Electrical socket
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2017, 09:05:20 am »
Hella plug

I bought a twin lighter socket thingy from outdoor warehouse and keep it loose in my tank bag to charge phones etx. Just plug it into the hella when needed
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Re: The mythical Electrical socket
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2017, 11:44:19 am »
Thanks to all of you.
Yes, I know about the Hella plug and have a double adapter for USB for it. Thing is, though, I have a pump with a cigarette lighter plug and want to install a lighter socket for it. I read that there is a BMW installed socket or lead or perhaps only a cable which is on the left hand side of the bike. Perhaps that was me misunderstanding things and it's the Hella socket after all.
Thanks again to all.

Katana, which boating shop did you use?

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Re: The mythical Electrical socket
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2017, 12:05:50 pm »
Don't know how complicated the battery installation on your bike is. On mine it sits under the tank and its a pain to get to, to make terminal connections.

On my 1150 the starter  motor terminals are easily accessible and I used them for my direct lighter socket connection.
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Re: The mythical Electrical socket
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2017, 12:32:42 pm »
Thanks to all of you.
Yes, I know about the Hella plug and have a double adapter for USB for it. Thing is, though, I have a pump with a cigarette lighter plug and want to install a lighter socket for it. I read that there is a BMW installed socket or lead or perhaps only a cable which is on the left hand side of the bike. Perhaps that was me misunderstanding things and it's the Hella socket after all.
Thanks again to all.

Katana, which boating shop did you use?

Cheers.

You might find that the Canbus on the BMW cuts the pump out. Happened on mine. First scheck that out before you invest in lot of fancy plugs & shit

I connected a socket for the pump directly off the battery using a flat 2 cable curt connector that is cabe tied to hang just from under the saddle on the left
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Re: The mythical Electrical socket
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2017, 12:37:19 pm »
Thanks to all of you.
Yes, I know about the Hella plug and have a double adapter for USB for it. Thing is, though, I have a pump with a cigarette lighter plug and want to install a lighter socket for it. I read that there is a BMW installed socket or lead or perhaps only a cable which is on the left hand side of the bike. Perhaps that was me misunderstanding things and it's the Hella socket after all.
Thanks again to all.

Katana, which boating shop did you use?

Cheers.

You might find that the Canbus on the BMW cuts the pump out. Happened on mine. First scheck that out before you invest in lot of fancy plugs & shit

I connected a socket for the pump directly off the battery using a flat 2 cable curt connector that is cabe tied to hang just from under the saddle on the left

The 1150 was mos a sophisticated bike... it had a charging point lead off the starter terminals, easily accessible to connect power points to. :lol8:
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Re: The mythical Electrical socket
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2017, 12:40:44 pm »
Easy to know if the power point runs through the flux capasitator. Is there power to the point when the ignition is off ? If yes, its a direct to battery connection, and if not, it runs through the loom and canbus.
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Re: The mythical Electrical socket
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2017, 02:55:57 pm »
Thanks to all of you.
Yes, I know about the Hella plug and have a double adapter for USB for it. Thing is, though, I have a pump with a cigarette lighter plug and want to install a lighter socket for it. I read that there is a BMW installed socket or lead or perhaps only a cable which is on the left hand side of the bike. Perhaps that was me misunderstanding things and it's the Hella socket after all.
Thanks again to all.

Katana, which boating shop did you use?

Cheers.
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Re: The mythical Electrical socket
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2017, 03:52:41 pm »
Thanks to all of you.
Yes, I know about the Hella plug and have a double adapter for USB for it. Thing is, though, I have a pump with a cigarette lighter plug and want to install a lighter socket for it. I read that there is a BMW installed socket or lead or perhaps only a cable which is on the left hand side of the bike. Perhaps that was me misunderstanding things and it's the Hella socket after all.
Thanks again to all.

Katana, which boating shop did you use?

Cheers.


You might find that the Canbus on the BMW cuts the pump out. Happened on mine. First scheck that out before you invest in lot of fancy plugs & shit

I connected a socket for the pump directly off the battery using a flat 2 cable curt connector that is cabe tied to hang just from under the saddle on the left

Heimer,
Don't want to be presumptious but is there any way you could please send me a photo of your connections?
Thanks.
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Re: The mythical Electrical socket
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2017, 04:14:28 pm »
Thanks to all of you.
Yes, I know about the Hella plug and have a double adapter for USB for it. Thing is, though, I have a pump with a cigarette lighter plug and want to install a lighter socket for it. I read that there is a BMW installed socket or lead or perhaps only a cable which is on the left hand side of the bike. Perhaps that was me misunderstanding things and it's the Hella socket after all.
Thanks again to all.

Katana, which boating shop did you use?

Cheers.


You might find that the Canbus on the BMW cuts the pump out. Happened on mine. First scheck that out before you invest in lot of fancy plugs & shit

I connected a socket for the pump directly off the battery using a flat 2 cable curt connector that is cabe tied to hang just from under the saddle on the left

Heimer,
Don't want to be presumptious but is there any way you could please send me a photo of your connections?
Thanks.

Sure I will take a pic this evening.

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Re: The mythical Electrical socket
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2017, 04:54:25 pm »
Morning all,

I want to install a cigarette lighter socket on my GS 1200 LC. I have read that there is a factory-installed connection on the left hand side of the bike. Is this true? If so, can somebody tell me where it is please? I can't for the life of me find it.

Thanks.

Dustlover, you actually need to post this thread under the correct section.  You have posted an LC related question under the AC section.

Two completely different bikes!
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Re: The mythical Electrical socket
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2017, 08:20:56 pm »
Morning all,

I want to install a cigarette lighter socket on my GS 1200 LC. I have read that there is a factory-installed connection on the left hand side of the bike. Is this true? If so, can somebody tell me where it is please? I can't for the life of me find it.

Thanks.

Dustlover, you actually need to post this thread under the correct section.  You have posted an LC related question under the AC section.

Two completely different bikes!

Lucky it wasn't in the DC section. 8)
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Re: The mythical Electrical socket
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2017, 07:47:14 am »
Morning all,

I want to install a cigarette lighter socket on my GS 1200 LC. I have read that there is a factory-installed connection on the left hand side of the bike. Is this true? If so, can somebody tell me where it is please? I can't for the life of me find it.

Thanks.

Dustlover, you actually need to post this thread under the correct section.  You have posted an LC related question under the AC section.

Two completely different bikes!
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Could the mods please move it? Although, in my defence, it is an Adv.Yes, forgot to mention that. Apologies.
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Re: The mythical Electrical socket
« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2017, 07:53:55 am »
A plug of a battery is a plug
Does it matter?

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Re: The mythical Electrical socket
« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2017, 08:09:51 am »
A plug of a battery is a plug
Does it matter?

Yes it does!  The original question was about "a factory installed connection on the left hand side of the bike".

The factory has installed different connections in different locations on the different bikes.

To prevent confusion and a whole lot of guessing, it's helpful to know exactly what bike you are referring to, that way he get accurate instead of half-arsed replies.
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« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2017, 09:50:10 am »
Oooh so who gave half arsed replies?  :snorting:

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Re: The mythical Electrical socket
« Reply #18 on: December 25, 2017, 04:09:16 pm »
@ Dustlover
Hi
Dunno if you came right already but here is a pic of my setup.

Under the seat with a cheap cigarette lighter / USB combo (1/2). I added in an inline fuse (3) that take ordinary plastic fuses - which is connected to the battery (4).
I have the GPS thing plugged in.
I run the compressor off this no problem.

I'm glad I read about the limited 5v issue that the hella has - i'll stick to what I got - even if its a pain to remove seat for each pomp.
Cheers
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Re: The mythical Electrical socket
« Reply #19 on: December 25, 2017, 07:30:00 pm »
@ Dustlover
Hi
Dunno if you came right already but here is a pic of my setup.

Under the seat with a cheap cigarette lighter / USB combo (1/2). I added in an inline fuse (3) that take ordinary plastic fuses - which is connected to the battery (4).
I have the GPS thing plugged in.
I run the compressor off this no problem.

I'm glad I read about the limited 5v issue that the hella has - i'll stick to what I got - even if its a pain to remove seat for each pomp.
Cheers

be careful with those USB convertors that are permanently connected to 12V, many consume quite a bit of power in standby