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post #1 of 17 Old Nov 7th, 2012, 5:04 pm Thread Starter
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Ok, so I just find out that my plugs are Powerlet plugs where I can plug in a 12v adapter so I can power up my iPod and GPS. I called a m/c shop and the plugs are proprietory BMW plugs. I thought they would be generic. In any case, they have to order at around nine bucks for one. Does that sound right?
Whitehorse Gear wants $24 for one but comes with a 10" cable which I don't need.
So, my question, is it a proprietory plug?
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do a 'net search for "powerlet". there are several online sources.

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I mounted a standard 12v power outlet under my head light adjusting knob so I can take advanage of the standard power options.

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Re: Powerlet plug question

It's not really a proprietary plug. It's more like just what BMW has chosen to use for their bikes. Many retailers have a variety of adapters for your needs. As an example....
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/powerlet-complete-adapter-set?utm_source=product&kwd=&adtype=pla&kw={keyword }&gclid=CKahrejxvbMCFYQ7MgodNBkAJg

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Re: Powerlet plug question

In Europe, they're just a standard plug, and you can pick them up for less than $1.50.

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John Deer uses the same thing on it's tractors.

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post #7 of 17 Old Nov 7th, 2012, 7:29 pm
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+1 on regular power outlet. I have a 2 outlet mounted in side case and can use any regular 12v or adaptors for USB. Also charge AA NICAD with USB. Got universal plugs, cords from BIG Lots, Wal-Mart. probably less than 20.00 but had fuse holders. Very versital for charging on the go.
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Known as Merit plugs in Australia. Available from electronics stores for around $8.

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The Powerlet-style plug tends to make better contact than the cigarette-lighter style. I would be tempted to swap the plugs if possible and leave the Powerlet socket alone.

Marinco sells a "universal" socket which is supposed to work with both the regular plugs and their proprietary locking plug. It's not worth it- their locking plug locks very poorly if at all.
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"BMW Style" is the same thing as a Powerlet plug. Don't let the dealer hose you.

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Ok, so I just find out that my plugs are Powerlet plugs where I can plug in a 12v adapter so I can power up my iPod and GPS. I called a m/c shop and the plugs are proprietory BMW plugs. I thought they would be generic. In any case, they have to order at around nine bucks for one. Does that sound right?
Whitehorse Gear wants $24 for one but comes with a 10" cable which I don't need.
So, my question, is it a proprietory plug?
Thanks
Eddie
You can also find some adapters on eBay, sometimes less expensive if you look for "DIN Plugs."

There is a place here in KY, Derby Cycles out of Louisville, that has some on eBay. They also have a web site you can order from. I bought a couple at one of there outlet stores close by.

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Re: Powerlet plug question

Two solutions for you:

I installed one of these on my bike just below the headlight adjust and it works great.

I also got one of these to use for plugging anything that might not have USB, and as a backup (I have a little Belkin cigarette to USB adaptor).

I like the powerlet because it makes a nice solid connection that is not easily disloged.
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Eddie, a Big 1+ on the Powerlet to Cigarette plug (#2) from CopperStateTour's post. I have that for anything I need to plug in that isn't a Powerlet type of plug.

Addendum: And by the way that is a knock-out price at $8 bucks. I think Powerlet's price and others are in the $23 neighborhood. I'd be all over this one before they are gone.

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Eddie, a Big 1+ on the Powerlet to Cigarette plug (#2) from CopperStateTour's post. I have that for anything I need to plug in that isn't a Powerlet type of plug.

Addendum: And by the way that is a knock-out price at $8 bucks. I think Powerlet's price and others are in the $23 neighborhood. I'd be all over this one before they are gone.
With added shipping charges it came out to $15.
Gonna check that ""proprietary" plug at my local m/c shop tomorrow..
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Eddie, found this a few min ago --> http://www.mcmelectronics.com/produc...5000-/28-12619

Price and shipping sure are right in my mind.

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Eddie, found this a few min ago --> http://www.mcmelectronics.com/produc...5000-/28-12619

Price and shipping sure are right in my mind.
LOL, they only want $9.49 for shipping!!?? That's almost double the price of the device. Obviously it's a way to catch your eye. However, I might buy other items and see if the shipping price remains the same. Then it might be worth it.
Thanks for the link Tommy

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