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My wife picked me up a cig-lighter style power outlet for my XR. My question is about getting power to it. Under the fender at the very end are two little wires with blade style receptacles (female). One appears smaller, but I checked volts and there's power there (bike on AND off).

Anyhow, the new outlet has ring style connectors so I'll need to replace them to make the connection. My main question is are those ok to use for something like this as long as I keep things unplugged when the bike isn't running? I'm always super hesitant with electrical. Thanks!

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The wires you described are the wires for the plug.

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My wife picked me up a cig-lighter style power outlet for my XR. My question is about getting power to it. Under the fender at the very end are two little wires with blade style receptacles (female). One appears smaller, but I checked volts and there's power there (bike on AND off).

Anyhow, the new outlet has ring style connectors so I'll need to replace them to make the connection. My main question is are those ok to use for something like this as long as I keep things unplugged when the bike isn't running? I'm always super hesitant with electrical. Thanks!
Yes, its very common for people to use those to run 12v power into the saddlebag. I have done that very same thing on my bike.

Im powering a SIRIUS XM satellite radio mounted inside the bag, as well as a Bluetooth audio adapter (so I can send audio to the plug inside the saddle bag from my phone on the hadlebars without using wires). It works great. When I wired up my 12v adapter inside the bag I put a switch inline so I can open the back and flip everything off without having to unplug it.

If Im riding all day I just let it run between stops.....Ive left the sat radio on overnight several times and the bikes starts easily....theres no significant drain going on. When Im camping I always charge my phone inside the bag at night....several phones if Im with people with no chargers or power.

Another bonus.....you can also use that same power point to keep the battery charged via a Battery Tender.
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Another bonus.....you can also use that same power point to keep the battery charged via a Battery Tender.
So I just need to get some male end blade connectors, replace the ring ones and hook them up? Good deal!

Side note...I have a tender that has a few connectors, one of them being a cigarette lighter type, if I recall right. Just plug that in and it charges the battery? That's pretty slick!

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So I just need to get some male end blade connectors, replace the ring ones and hook them up? Good deal!

Side note...I have a tender that has a few connectors, one of them being a cigarette lighter type, if I recall right. Just plug that in and it charges the battery? That's pretty slick!
Yep....just remember to observe polarity.

The center of the socket should be positive......and the outside of the socket should be negative. Make sure you wire it that way.

.....and yep, thats all you need to charge thru that.....plug your tender into that cigarette lighter adapter....plug it into your 12v recepticle and your tending.
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Cut the zip tie holding them up there and you'll have plenty of slack to work with. The big one is (-) is the small one is (+).


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Cut the zip tie holding them up there and you'll have plenty of slack to work with. The big one is (-) is the small one is (+).

That was going to be my next question! I have blades for the (-), just need to grab one for the (+)!

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My wife picked me up a cig-lighter
I don't smoke anymore, but I can say that Saddlebag power rulez!




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i mounted a power port there also.


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