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  1. #1
    Clunked into first gear
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    screwin around with the sun

    So a few times this summer I have needed to use my GPS on the cellphone. It becomes battery intensive with the turn by turn navigation.

    I didn't want to hardware a 12v supply to my M50 and in my case, devices that I own are typically powered via USB. So I put together a solar powered USB charger. This gives me the ability to charge while riding but also to just throw it in the bags whenever I don't want to use it.

    I went to Radio Shack and bought a solar cell (14.99). I had a old USB port from a computer so I yanked that out. Cut off the excess wires (white & green). Spliced red/red black/black. Soldered everything up. Put some heatshrink in the wiring to protect it and placed the housing back together.

    I tested it out on the volt meter first and then I plugged in my Blackberry. It entered charging mode in a few seconds and I was done.

    Anyways, I thought I'd share as it is a cheap solution and requires pretty much nothing. I'll be placing some magnetic tape on the backside so that when I use it I can just sit it on the tank. I also plan on making a quick disconnect for the unit and making the USB port a permanent part of either my speedo or the ABS tank cover.

    ...and the gods made Heavy Metal and they saw that it was good.

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  3. #2
    Fourth gear and illegal
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    2008 Suzuki DL1000
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    North Coast of Ohio
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    It's such a small cell. What's the output?

  4. #3
    Clunked into first gear
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    2008 M50 - Black and Gold
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    its rated at 6-volts at 50mAh. I am seeing around 3ish in normal lighting conditions. If I go into the direct sun I probably would get the full 6.

    ...and the gods made Heavy Metal and they saw that it was good.

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  6. #4
    M-J Member of the Month!!
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    a great idea.

  7. #5
    Fourth gear and illegal
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    Thanks for the info. I wish we (humans) could find a way to utilize solar energy more than we do now. It's truly one of our inexhaustible resources.

  8. #6
    Can Ride And Chew Gum
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    '08 Suzuki M50,1975 Goldwing,1982 Silverwing
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    Hensley, Arkansas
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerfectStranger View Post
    Thanks for the info. I wish we (humans) could find a way to utilize solar energy more than we do now. It's truly one of our inexhaustible resources.
    Not really. our sun only has about 6 billion years left!!
    If you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance,Baffle 'em with Bulls!!t!

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    That is pretty cool man! Will the blackberry get F'ed up if it gets near the magnets though? Will a lower charging voltage screw anything up?

    Anyway I'm all for using the sun....I wish it would show itself a whole lot more around here. It's been raining for 3 days with 3 more to go here

  10. #8
    Newbie
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    2006 Blue M50 - Da Blue Bomber!
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    Plainfield, IL
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    Very impressive!! I have always felt that us M50 guys are smarter than the average rider.

  11. #9
    Ditch Magnet
    My Bike(s)
    '08 Suzuki M50
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
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    185
    Great job.

    I was thinking of doing the same thing, but found a cheap solution on eBay that included a rechargable battery.

  12. #10
    Can Ride And Chew Gum
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    Milledgeville, GA
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    nice....great thinking
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