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Power from Map Light

I want to pull power for my GPS from the maplight. I'm sure it's a simple procedure, but does anyone have any recommendations or links to former forum threads on topic? Also, anyone know the max power one can draw through the map light wires?
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I like pulling my GPS power from the battery so the unit doesn't shut down at every gas stop.
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One wire to the map light is hot all the time. If you use it, the GPS will stay powered during stops. Just remember if you want to to turn the GPS off, use it's switch, - the key won't do it unless you go all the way to the left.

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When I turn the ignition key "off" my GPS stays on but a small screen comes up that says the GPS will shutdown in 30 seconds unless a button is pressed. Pressing any button will keep the GPS on GPS battery power until I start the bike again when it switches back to power from the bike.

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I like pulling my GPS power from the battery so the unit doesn't shut down at every gas stop.
I use the map light power for GPS and Sirius radio. The power stays on with the key in the R position, for stops at the gas station, but goes off when I turn the key to Lock.

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I want to pull power for my GPS from the maplight. I'm sure it's a simple procedure, but does anyone have any recommendations or links to former forum threads on topic? Also, anyone know the max power one can draw through the map light wires?
I'm no electrical engineer, but I'll tell you I draw power for my GPS, Sirius radio and the Escort from there. The fuse has not blown so I guess it's OK.

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One wire to the map light is hot all the time. If you use it, the GPS will stay powered during stops. Just remember if you want to to turn the GPS off, use it's switch, - the key won't do it unless you go all the way to the left.
Great info! Thanks!

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Pressing any button will keep the GPS on GPS battery power until I start the bike again when it switches back to power from the bike.
You must have a handheld GPS? I have the 2610, which has no battery, so I need constant power from the bike.

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I'm no electrical engineer, but I'll tell you I draw power for my GPS, Sirius radio and the Escort from there. The fuse has not blown so I guess it's OK.
Thanks, just the info I needed. I don't plan to run much more current than you are running.

I appreciate your thoughtful responses!!
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