Would rather be riding
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Mountain View, CA, USA
2nd accessory plug direct to battery?
I'm thinking about skipping the relay entirely and adding a 2nd accessory plug wired straight to the battery, with an inline fuse of course. I realize if I leave a heated vest or a big power consumer plugged into this with the bike off it'll drain my battery.
However, I'm hoping to use it to provide power to recharge e.g. my cell phone and bluetooth headset overnight while camping. ...it's inconvenient or impossible to recharge these while riding (maybe not the cell phone so much), and I figure the current draw for these will be so small I'll have no battery problems leaving them on overnight.
I suppose it's mainly because of laziness -- it'll be easier to make a BMW -> Cigarette Lighter adapter and plug it in the few times I'll need it than to try to make or buy anything fancier, e.g. a tank bag with power.
Has anyone else done it this way? Ever drained your battery because of it?