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The USB port in the right side compartment

Could this be used to charge up a dead Schuberth battery? I get about 10-12+ hours out of a charge, but generally find that I am getting low on the road. It would be nice to keep a spare cable there and just hook it up. It would be USB to mini USB.

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Could this be used to charge up a dead Schuberth battery? I get about 10-12+ hours out of a charge, but generally find that I am getting low on the road. It would be nice to keep a spare cable there and just hook it up. It would be USB to mini USB.
Maybe. It depends on the charging current that the battery draws, and how much capacity the USB port has.

If it will charge an iPhone 4, it might have enough juice for the Schuberth. I know my iPhone 4 demands more charging current than my wife's 3, and some of our old chargers will not charge the 4.

Plug it in and let us know...it's a great idea.
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Dan,
Another approach:
http://www.powerlet.com/product/mini...rlet-cable/259

You could charge it in your tank bag.
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Re: The USB port in the right side compartment

Thanks....

Only challenge is that the cord isn't long enough, but that is easily fixed and I haven't found the right tank bag yet. I want one that is very small with several outside pockets (not mandatory) and a map cover. All that I have seen, so far are either too large or not with the right cover..

http://www.powerlet.com/product/mini...ry-harness/258

This mini usb to battery might work a little better.

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Yeah, the one I referenced is the short one...I think this is probably better:
http://www.powerlet.com/product/mini...rlet-cable/257

Can't help you with the tank bag...I still have that on my list to figure out...
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Re: The USB port in the right side compartment

I added a couple of waterproof USB ports to my GT for charging the helmet and other items. It converts the bike's 12V down to 5V and 1 amp. It also has a mating waterproof cover that fits on any standard USB cable to make a good waterproof connection. I put a cover on my standard Schuberth charging cable so that it was waterproof at both ends.

You do have to watch the amps output though. Standard USB spec is 500 mA, or 0.5 amp. That's fine to run mice and keyboards, but may not be enough to charge other items. Most USB ports are now rated at 1 A, and many USB power adapters are rated at just over 2 A. An iPad, for example, will charge at 1 A, although rather slowly as it prefers a 2 A input.

The USB port on the K16 is designed to read music files, so it may not even have a power connection hooked up. You simply have to plug it in and see what happens . . .

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Re: The USB port in the right side compartment

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I added a couple of waterproof USB ports to my GT for charging the helmet and other items. It converts the bike's 12V down to 5V and 1 amp. It also has a mating waterproof cover that fits on any standard USB cable to make a good waterproof connection. I put a cover on my standard Schuberth charging cable so that it was waterproof at both ends
Same one I used on the GT and the R1200GSA. You do have to be careful running the wire as the shielding is prone to stripping and exposing the wire and hence a potential short.



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Re: The USB port in the right side compartment

I'm sure the bike would charge it. It's designed to charge an iPod; that'd be close enough in output.

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Re: The USB port in the right side compartment

I only plan to use it ( patch cord in my tool kit) on long runs if the battery in the helmet dies and audio is necessary. I'm going to give it a try the next time the battery dies on me just to test it.

Most likely, like everything else in the tool kit, it will get dusty and rust from lack of use.

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The USB port on the K16 is designed to read music files, so it may not even have a power connection hooked up.
If the power were not hooked up, the flash drive would not operate.
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If the power were not hooked up, the flash drive would not operate.
True enough. So we're back to amp capacity then, which is still unknown.

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I only plan to use it ( patch cord in my tool kit) on long runs if the battery in the helmet dies and audio is necessary.
Keep in mind that when the Schuberth SRCS system is charging it goes into Standby mode, which means no audio gets through . . .

So you'd have to charge it for a while, then unhook the mini-USB charge cord before you could turn the SRCS back on.

I wish the SRCS stayed on while charging, but it's a design decision made by Schuberth. So unless we can hack the firmware, it just ain't gonna happen.

Note that some other Bluetooth units do remain active while charging, including some made by Cardo, who makes the SRCS guts for Schuberth.

I'm not sure if the BMW Bluetooth system stays on while charging, but I'd sure be interested in finding out.

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Re: The USB port in the right side compartment

Then it's back to the battery patch cord that I don't have but will order... Just when I thought I had everything I needed for this bike!

Oh well, another $35.00......

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What battery patch cord? To charge the SRCS?

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Re: The USB port in the right side compartment

The one you suggested:

http://burnsmoto.com/usb-power-socket-weatherproof.php @$23 + shipping.

For charging the helmet. I'll use an SAE plug. I already have it on my battery for my charger.

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Re: The USB port in the right side compartment

Dan, I charge my iPhone with my USB on the GTL. I don't hook the phone up to be used as an iPod, but just plug the phone into the USB and set it in the right compartment. I use the phone while it's charging and so far, everything's worked just fine. I'd try it. I think it will will work. Plug your BT dongle mini USB into the bike's USB and charge away.

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The one you suggested
Oh, that powered USB cord.

I just wanted you to know that the SRCS shuts down when charging, so there's no music coming through at all.

Greg says the bike's built-in USB port will charge his iPhone, which is good news, but it'd probably still be easier to have a dedicated USB power port somewhere more accessible.

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I think Powerlet has everything you need for adapter cables and I think instead of connecting to this USB port that it's inside the fairing door I'd just connect to the powerlet outlet under the right side of the seat with the powerlet adapter cables. No fuss, no muss.

But, as someone pointed out, when it's charging I don't think you can be using it for anything like music/phone, etc. What would be nice is to have something like a USB cord on a retractor so that you can unplug it and stow it on the go. I worry about having too many cables flopping around?
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Re: The USB port in the right side compartment

Not being able to listen while it is charging would defeat the purpose of charging on the fly. Not many rides in my future greater than 12 hours between stops!

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Not being able to listen while it is charging would defeat the purpose of charging on the fly. Not many rides in my future greater than 12 hours between stops!

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Re: The USB port in the right side compartment

I'll be stopping on the way. Probably make it a 3 or 4 day trip.

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I'm more into smelling the roses.
Nothing wrong with that at all.

I'll just wave as I pass. Unless I'm too busy eating, hydrating, or planning the next 800 miles on my GPS . . .

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Keep in mind that when the Schuberth SRCS system is charging it goes into Standby mode, which means no audio gets through . . .


I'm not sure if the BMW Bluetooth system stays on while charging, but I'd sure be interested in finding out.

The BMW system does stay on while charging - I've charged mine while riding and it works fine.
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Nothing wrong with that at all.

I'll just wave as I pass. Unless I'm too busy eating, hydrating, or planning the next 800 miles on my GPS . . .

Hey Meese I'm with you. What was the route on your two week ride? You picked off a lot of states Wow!

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