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TCMaximum
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Anyone looked into adding a USB circuit to soco bikes? My previous bike was a Xiao Niu and had the USB built-in. I'd rather not have a powerbank in the bank all the time, but don't know enough about EE to successfully wire it myself. Anyone have any ideas or starting points?

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Super Honda
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You can either connect to Socon's own converter 60v to 12v, used by flashers etc or buy an extra converter on eg ebay and connect.

Socos;

IMG 3735
IMG 3737

From ebay:

s l300

You also can find panel mounted USB outlets;

sku 387721 1

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TCMaximum
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When you show the picture of the soco inbuilt converter, how exactly are you meaning to connect it? I.E. is there already a slot for a 12v usb connector or will I need something extra? I haven't seen the port that's used on a lot of the USB connectors, and haven't had to do anything electrical before so trying to see if it'll be possible to do it myself or not. Definitely don't want to guess haha. Appreciate the response and help.

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tomp
 tomp
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So I think (by looking online) the Soco 12v box has 3 wires. Red/black = 60v + & - and the yellow is 12v + (don’t quote me on that though!)

youd need to tap into the yellow & black(?!) to get access to the 12v. The box is good for 10amps and the bike only uses about 3amps with all lights on. 

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OhMECORe
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this works great!

USB socket

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TCMaximum
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That helped me get some amazon searches going. Still not 100% on connecting it but I think i'll get a similar setup. I have a solid phone holder so I'd just need the USB power for GPS situations. I also think I wanted to wire it from the inside up through the tank area though. Since personally most driving situations I don't end up needing to charge the phone even with GPS going. So I was thinking a usb charging setup ran up through the battery area and cut a small part out of the pan under the tank so it could snake through there. I'll have to wait and see how the battery fits in the max though. Can't seem to see any videos of it being taken out of the bike so nothing is certain. 

March can't come soon enough!

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OhMECORe
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It has 12 volt input and mounts on your handlebar fine. The plastic cover switches the supply current off when used.

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OhMECORe
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Finished my USB outlet.

P1020325

P1020326

P1020328

thank you @super-honda for the pictures, it helped me find the 12 volt adapter. Indeed the yellow wire is +12 volt and the black wire is the negative, (thank you @tomp)

 

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tomp
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Posted by: OhMECORe

Finished my USB outlet.

P1020325

P1020326

P1020328

thank you @super-honda for the pictures, it helped me find the 12 volt adapter. Indeed the yellow wire is +12 volt and the black wire is the negative, (thank you @tomp)

 

Great work! Nice to see other people messing with their socos ?? May have to add one of these myself! 

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