Sun May 19, 2013 6:35 am

Hooked
GTS 250
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Location: Auburn, Wa
 
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Sun May 19, 2013 6:35 am linkquote
Enclosed is a step--by-step walkthru documenting the installation of a waterproof USB outlet on a 2007 Vespa GTS 250ie. The intent of the outlet is to provide charging capacity for a mounted phone. The phone intern will be used as a GPS device (Google maps) while traveling.


The USB socket, marine application type


as removed from packaging


will need to mount in left knee panel


step drill works best to drill hole in progressives sizes, till fit


mounting USB socket, note is has 2x USB ports


add retaining nut to rear side


added 2x additional outlets for the warm and safe heated clothes. One for jacket liner, one for heated gloves


opposite side of panel


quick bench check to make sure USB ports function.


will add fuse block.
fuse 1 = heated clothes
fuse 2 = USB socket (2.5 amp)
fuse 3 = Stebel horn
fuse 4 = empty


added fuse block to accessory panel


added 2x relays to electrical panel, one for heated clothes + USB socket, one for Stebel horn


splice in COAX type connection, for plug and play joint

label connectors for correct polarity


COAX connector attached to USB socket


USB socket connection back to electrical accessory panel


dielectric grease all connections


reinstall accessory panel, stebel horn compressor shown


power-up phone with Google maps for check


phone view

Observations of mod....
1. Like having waterproof USB power source (5 volts, DC, by the way)
2. Can provide power to iphone5 map function without battery drain while in long distance travels
3. Can also charge another phone, if needed
4. Note that another option is to tap into the alarm plug for power. I did tap into the plug, but only to activate the relay, the power source for the USB socket, heated clothes, and horn all came from the battery (10 gage wire). I will outline a simplified blade connector to tap into the alarm plug later pitch (heated clothes or turn signal beeper).
Enjoy....
Keithm
Tue May 21, 2013 6:31 pm

Hooked
GTS 250
Joined: 06 Apr 2013
Posts: 152
Location: Auburn, Wa
 
Hooked
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Location: Auburn, Wa
Tue May 21, 2013 6:31 pm linkquote
I recently picked up a perhaps better chord to connect the USB outlet socket to the iphone5. The chord is retractable providing the correct length. Don't want the chord too long as it will flop in the air at speed.

The chord, direct from China!

as installed in the USB socket

extends ~3 feet, only needs 18 inches (1.5 ft)

As installed with Google maps app turned on

no clearance issues...
Observations of chord...
1. better option than straight chord + USB extension
2. More compact for storage

Enjoy,
keithm
Wed May 22, 2013 7:20 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
'80 P200E, '76 Primavera 125 ET3. '59 Vespa 150
Joined: 30 Apr 2007
Posts: 6897
Location: GT, Texas
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
'80 P200E, '76 Primavera 125 ET3. '59 Vespa 150
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Posts: 6897
Location: GT, Texas
Wed May 22, 2013 7:20 pm linkquote
Nice work!
Wed May 22, 2013 7:56 pm

Primasarah
1979 P200E, 1977 Rally 200, 1974 Primavera
Joined: 15 Mar 2011
Posts: 3087
Location: Lake Worth, FL
 
Primasarah
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Wed May 22, 2013 7:56 pm linkquote
Very, very cool stuff. I'm going to do this to my P220.
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Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:13 am

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'12 Vespa 300 S
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Location: MN
 
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Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:13 am linkquote
I am not knowledgeable when it comes to things electronic. My question is, can you pick up a usb port like you used and run the wiring directly to the battery with a fuse in the circuit and accomplish the same thing? Or do those relays adjust the amount of power running to the usb port?

Thank you,

Tom
Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:15 pm

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2010 Vespa Volcanic Black GTS 300 Super "Marta"
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Location: Hatfield, Pennsylvania
 
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2010 Vespa Volcanic Black GTS 300 Super "Marta"
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Location: Hatfield, Pennsylvania
Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:15 pm linkquote
t.s.graham wrote:
I am not knowledgeable when it comes to things electronic. My question is, can you pick up a usb port like you used and run the wiring directly to the battery with a fuse in the circuit and accomplish the same thing? Or do those relays adjust the amount of power running to the usb port?

Thank you,

Tom
Not sure, but I believe the relay is for the horn. Nice work Kieith.
Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:39 pm

Hooked
GTS 250
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Posts: 152
Location: Auburn, Wa
 
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Location: Auburn, Wa
Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:39 pm linkquote
t.s.graham wrote:
I am not knowledgeable when it comes to things electronic. My question is, can you pick up a usb port like you used and run the wiring directly to the battery with a fuse in the circuit and accomplish the same thing? Or do those relays adjust the amount of power running to the usb port?

Thank you,

Tom
Tom,
The USB plug draws a very small amount of power (likely ~ 1-2 watts) when in use. You can run from battery or tap into the alarm accessory plug. I used a relay because I was hooking up large power draw items (heated clothes, Stabel horn, turn signal beeper). If you are just wiring up the usb port it is ok to skip the relay. Hope this helps!
Keithm
Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:18 am

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'12 Vespa 300 S
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Location: MN
 
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Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:18 am linkquote
Thank you Keith. My education continues.

Tom
Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:35 am

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Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:35 am linkquote
Keith,
I went to Radio Shack today near my home. I don't know much and the person waiting on me didn't instill me with much confidence. She gave me 18 g wire to run from the battery to the back of the USB plug. I see you're using 10 g wire. I asked her for an inline fuse and she thought it was unnecessary. (I bought one anyway.) Is the 10 g wire you're using because of the heated clothing you're going to feed through that line? Do you think 18 g would be adequate for running my iPhone GPS or iPod?

Thank you,

Tom
Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:53 pm

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Location: Auburn, Wa
 
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Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:53 pm linkquote
t.s.graham wrote:
Keith,
I went to Radio Shack today near my home. I don't know much and the person waiting on me didn't instill me with much confidence. She gave me 18 g wire to run from the battery to the back of the USB plug. I see you're using 10 g wire. I asked her for an inline fuse and she thought it was unnecessary. (I bought one anyway.) Is the 10 g wire you're using because of the heated clothing you're going to feed through that line? Do you think 18 g would be adequate for running my iPhone GPS or iPod?

Thank you,

Tom
Tom,
18 gauge is well adequate for the current draw for the iphone charge and GPS. You may want to consider tapping into the alarm plug for those items though. Running hot wire from the battery to your electrical devices is a bit of a hassle. I was forced to draw current directly from the battery since I was powering multiple power hungry components.
Hope this helps.
Keithm
Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:17 pm

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'12 Vespa 300 S
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Location: MN
 
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Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:17 pm linkquote
Thanks Keith. I like the idea of having the usb plug hot all the time for charing the electronics when camping. If I went through that little block it would have to have the key on? I'm slowly understanding the electrical "stuff" in that the gauge of the wire has to handle not so much the voltage of the power source but the amperage I want to draw through it? I should have paid more attention in the junior high shop class...but then that was a couple years ago.

Thanks again,
Tom
Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:13 am

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2013 C650GT
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Location: COS
 
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Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:13 am linkquote
Thanks for the how to post. I used it as a guide to add both USB and cig lighter jacks over the weekend. I tapped the cig lighter into constant power, and the USB into switched so no battery drain.

I just wish I could have found a step drill bit that could get up to the 1 3/16" (30mm) size at any of the local hardware stores. And if I did find one, that it would have been under 50 bucks.

I ended up using a spade style 1 1/8" drill bit that was a couple bucks, and while it wasn't perfect, a few seconds with a sander bit on a dremel both cleaned up the edge perfect, and increased the size of the hole perfectly to fit the plugs.
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Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:04 pm

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Location: London,Ont,Canada
 
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Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:04 pm linkquote
I am sure I am missing something.
Is'nt usb 5 volt ?
Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:24 pm

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2013 C650GT
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Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:24 pm linkquote
Re: I am sure I am missing something.
rdikkes wrote:
Is'nt usb 5 volt ?
Correct. The USB module automatically regulates the voltage down properly. You just need to hook up normal 12v power.
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Mon Jun 21, 2021 2:41 am

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Vespa GTS 300
Joined: 07 Jan 2021
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Location: Bulgaria
 
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Location: Bulgaria
Mon Jun 21, 2021 2:41 am linkquote
Yesterday I decided to install a USB charger with a volt meter on my Vespa. I filmed the process and made a video. I hope you like it and find it useful. In the video you can see how to connect the USB charger.
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