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so, uh, yea. I just bought a gps unit and it came with the car cigarette lighter adapter, is there any way to power the navi unit from the battery?
 

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Go to Radio Shack and get a 12v car lighter socket.
Wire it to anything that gets power from ignition, ex: running lights.

Plug the charger into that, then find a place to tuck/wire tie the wiring.
 

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Yes.
Go to Radio Shack and get a 12v car lighter socket.
Wire it to anything that gets power from ignition, ex: running lights.

Plug the charger into that, then find a place to tuck/wire tie the wiring.
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what kind of gps is it? both my Quest and Zumo come with motorcycle mounts. It's better than plugging it into a lighter socket since the cradle also has a locking mechanism.

that being said, I also have cig lighters on all my bikes. Comes in handy for charging the cel phone and for my air compressor.
 

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Yes.
Go to Radio Shack and get a 12v car lighter socket.
Wire it to anything that gets power from ignition, ex: running lights.

Plug the charger into that, then find a place to tuck/wire tie the wiring.
why not just strip both ends and put a smaller plug in?
 

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what kind of gps is it? both my Quest and Zumo come with motorcycle mounts. It's better than plugging it into a lighter socket since the cradle also has a locking mechanism.

that being said, I also have cig lighters on all my bikes. Comes in handy for charging the cel phone and for my air compressor.
It's a regular car navi system; Garmin nuvi 205 (link). The suction mount sticks surprisingly well to the spedo and I don't think it will fall off, but I have a backup aparatus which will hopefully save my system if the suction was to blow. I can run it on the battery for aroud 4-5 hrs, but I was wondering if it was any easy to do the lighter socket mod, it seems like it is, so I might give it a shot (might is the key-word there). Also, this noob is interested in what an air compressor might me, is it an electronic air pump of sorts?

why not just strip both ends and put a smaller plug in?
Because you watch them turtles.
No, that might be a more elegant solution (if I understand you correctly) but it would require me stripping the cables of everything I would want to connect to the battery. A good idea though.
 

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Most auto parts stores carry lighter sockets that weather proof plugs so they can get wet when your not using them too.
 
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