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    Default Solar power with the bike?

    Quick question, do you think there is a way I can charge my phone when on the road with the DR650? Solar? Or connect to the battery itself? Any suggestions welcome! thanks,
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    The DR650 does not have a ton of extra power generation, but it is plenty to charge a phone and GPS. There are a bunch of different ways to connect a USB outlet. Best to connect one directly to the battery. Here is where I have detailed some of my power solution.

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    Perfect, thanks.

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    I always thought solar power could be a cool addition to a motorcycle that doesn't have a kick start.

    I'd like to be able to charge camera batteries and such while the bike is stopped...
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    Wow, what a great little device. I like this.

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    The challenge is relative to the size of the panel and the constant need to direct it at the sun at the most optimal angle. It's not enough to just plop a panel "in the sun." It has to ideally be aimed right at the sun to get more than meager power generation. Most panels will lose up to 20% of their effectiveness for every 10 off of "direct sun."

    On the flip side, you can buy an Anker power pack for $40 and charge your phone 8-9 times. Battery technology has far outpaced solar technology.
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    A little project I did to keep phone and computer charged

    http://rvbprecision.com/motorcycles/...le-office.html

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    Wow, I like this.

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    On the KLR I have a dual USB port (replaced my cig adapter with it) that I charge phone, camera, Sena, or whatever needs it. Sometimes I even charge my gopro remote overnight or while at food stops while the bike is just sitting there. I'm not sure what type of battery the DR uses, but I have a nice sealed battery on my KLR that works great.
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