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Power Up: Best Motorcycle USB chargers For All Your Gadgets

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There’s nothing more annoying than your phone running out of juice mid-journey, especially if you’re relying on it for music, important calls or worst of all – directions.

Using a USB charger powered either from your bike’s battery or its own power source is a great way of making sure your phone won’t ever die on you mid-ride, no matter how far from home you are.

It’s a low-cost, low-effort mod you can make to your bike that’s not only infinitely useful, but is something future buyers will also thank you for, if you ever come to sell your two-wheeled pride and joy.

So how different can motorcycle USB chargers really be, and what should you be looking out for?

Read on to find out…

 

Our Top Pick

Interphone USB micro charger

Interphone 12V Micro Charger

Discreet and sturdy

Two USB outputs, small, discreet and surprisingly sturdy for the price.

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Best Waterproofing

Oxford USB

Waterproof with two sockets

Riding in British conditions means you’ll want a bit of waterproofing

Oxford’s 5V charger also has two sockets, with a handy cover.Check On Amazon

 

Installing a USB charger

If you’re installing one, you’ll want to put it near your phone’s mount.

Depending on your bike and the charger you buy, you’ll usually be able to stick it on the fairing near your instrument clusters, or on the handlebar itself.

For instructions on how to fit the charger see this article on Instructables.

 

Connection Types

There are usually three types of chargers:

  • DIN, which can fit into an existing port on your bike (like a car ‘cigarette lighter’ charger)
  • SAE types which require connection to your battery via an SAE lead
  • Ones which connect directly to your battery

If you have the latter, after you’ve picked its position it’s a matter of running the wire from your charger, tying the cables to the pathway as neatly as possible and connecting to the battery.

Now, when your engine is on your USB ports will be ready to power any devices you may need.

 

Cost

Happily, this is another motorcycle accessory that’s easy and inexpensive to buy and fit yourself – you don’t need to spend more than around £30 at the absolute maximum for something that’s really handy.

 

What can they be used for?

Most people will probably use their USB charger to keep a mobile phone running, but they do have other key uses like:

Sat Nav/dedicated GPS devices

A dedicated music player

To power a handlebar-mounted camera

Running lights mounted on a windscreen

 


Best Motorcycle USB Chargers Reviewed

These are our top six chargers to suit every rider.


Interphone 12V 2 USB Micro Charger

Perfect if you need to charge more than one device, Interphone’s effort is robust and unobtrusive, and will look the part on almost any bike. Attaches via cigarette lighter (DIN).

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Interphone USB micro charger

Pros

Has a sleek profile

Super easy to install

Very affordable

Cons

Angle of it does mean it won’t fit every bike

Waterproof seal doesn’t feel overly secure

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Interphone 12V 2 USB Moto Adapter

If your bike doesn’t have a DIN adapter, this will do a very similar job. Note, it costs more, but works just as well.

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Interphone USB Charger

Pros

Comes with a properly weatherproof cover

Easy to install

Cons

Will only fit bikes with round bars – unless you Velcro it on

Comes with arguably too much wire which you’ll have to stow

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OXFORD 5V Motorcycle Dual Socket

Another straightforward charger which will get the job done with minimum fuss, and also has a really good waterproof cover to protect you from showers.

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Pros

Good waterproofing

Two USB ports

Easy to mount on panels or handlebars

Cons

Cables could be longer

Always-on LED can drain battery unless you connect an inline switch

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TecMate OptiMate Dual USB Charger

It’s chunky and not stylish, but the fast-charge will get your gadgets singing in no time at all, and is an easy-install if your bike has a DIN socket.

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Tecmate USB charger
Pros

3300mA fast charge means even the biggest batteries can get back to life as fast as possible

Has an auto-off feature that shuts down automatically after three hours, if you forget to switch it off after leaving the bike.

Cons

It’s a fairly ugly block, so may not be great if aesthetics are important

The two USB ports are at 90 degree angles to each other, which looks odd

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MICTUNING 5V Waterproof USB Port with Inline Fuse

A more streamlined option that will get power to your bike with minimal fuss, with two different connection options.

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Pros

Very cheap

Has a complete waterproofing system

Cons

Has a flimsy feel

Might not last more than a season of hard weather

Only one socket

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Motorcycle Electric 5V USB Charger with Switch

Some chargers can drain your battery while you’re not using them – that won’t be a problem with this, which has a handy switch to stop over-charging your devices.

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Pros

Switch so you know if it’s powered or not

Indicator light tells you if it’s on

Cons

Included cable is a little on the short side

Only one USB port

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BlueFire Motorcycle Cigarette Lighter Socket

Now this really does do it all – it has USB outputs, a cigarette lighter, a voltmeter, lights, AND an on/off switch.

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Pros

Has all the functions you could ever want

Really thought-through waterproofing system

Cons

Because of all the functionality, it’s massive and not very sleek

Handlebar fixing bracket isn’t universal

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