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Old 04-06-20, 07:59 PM
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USB Charging Station

I want to make a charging station for all my cycling lights and Garmin. I would like one location, where I park my bikes to charge all my electronic gear. Would you like to share pictures your charging stations? Thanks in advance!

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Old 04-06-20, 08:34 PM
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For most of my rechargeable bike doodads -- lights, bike computer -- I use an extension cord with multiple USB chargers built in and outlets for various USB chargers, in case some of my devices require proprietary chargers. It's next to my desk for now, on a metal filing cabinet -- mostly out of consideration for the rare occasions when rechargeable batteries overheat. I've also used an old heavy duty ceramic or earthenware plate to hold portable USB batteries or removable camera batteries for charging.

My video cameras usually get plugged into the PC, in case I want to review or copy interesting video snippets. Usually I just delete the videos and use the PC USB ports to recharge the cameras.

There are other USB extension doodads that plug into computers but some are for data transfer only, not recharging, or vice versa. I'm short of USB ports on my desktop so I don't bother with those. A USB charger extension outlet with multiple ports that plugs into an electrical outlet works fine.
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Old 04-07-20, 08:54 AM
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I use an old powered USB hub velcro'd to the side of the workbench. I can charge up to 7 devices at once. Just plug the appropriate cord and it's charging.
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Old 04-09-20, 01:43 PM
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I keep bikes in the basement, have a cabinet top where I've a 4 port USB outlet unit plugged into an extension cord. It has my Di2 charger and my Garmin cable.

I know now from hard earned lessons to only use this particular USB cable when doing anything with the Garmin, specifically updating software from my laptop using Garmin Express. Then the cable goes right back to the charger USB. Seems not all USB Micro (or whatever the Garmin port is, Mini maybe ?) can deal with data and I've tried half dozen cables before finding one that works. That's now the Garmin Cable.
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Picked up a (fairly) cheap 10 port USB charger off of Amazon some years ago, it got pressed into cycling service shortly afterward.

A USB lamp (so I can remember when the thing is on,) six USB micro, a 10' extension for charging whatever, a dedicated Mio HRM charger, and a USB ammeter.

This is right in my bike workstation. The bike stand is out of frame ot the left, just a few feet away. With the extension, I can charge items on the bike.

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Originally Posted by jays35 View Post
I want to make a charging station for all my cycling lights and Garmin. I would like one location, where I park my bikes to charge all my electronic gear. Would you like to share pictures your charging stations? Thanks in advance!

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How many devices are you wanting to charge?

With a 12v power supply you can get a few USB charging ports off of it pretty easy.

I have a combo 2-port USB and 12v auto accessory port that I use on my main bike at what ever point in time (swap between, depending on what I ride most). It was pretty cheap as I recall, not much more than $10-15 from Walmart. Blue Sea Systems (example here) makes some nicer ones with LED's and volt meters. On-the-go it keeps my tablet charged and I top off my Garmin and phone every once in a while. Some rides I leave the Garmin in (Edge 1000 with the usual weak battery issue). If I need more than the 2 ports I have a 3x USB auto accessory plug that I can run also. That gives me 5 ports with the same 12v supply. The nice thing is it isn't entirely an AC mains solution. The 12v power supply side is, however a 12v battery can be used portable on-the-go also - which is what I do on my day trips and most rides in general over 20 or 25 miles. Solar power is used to top off the 12v battery when I'm stopped for longer periods.
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I bought and installed two of these in my home about 2 years ago. The ports are rated 2A. They are available on eBay from US sellers for as little as a tad under $10 with free shipping. I don't have to waste one of the outlets for a converter. It replaces the standard receptacle with no modifications to the wiring.

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Originally Posted by jays35 View Post
I want to make a charging station for all my cycling lights and Garmin.
I would like one location, where I park my bikes to charge all my electronic gear.
Would you like to share pictures your charging stations?
Thanks in advance!
I'd buy an IKEA Alex and put all my chargers and USB power supplies in there.
ikea.com/de/de/p/alex-schubladenelement-auf-rollen-beige-90410427/

For AC power distribution i'd use an compact power outlet:
kopp.eu/de/produkt/4008224618939


https://www.taschenlampen-forum.de/t...d-licht.65224/

To organise the chargers better than with lego bricks, i'll get this sysem:
amazon.de/stores/page/ED442DF5-7AFA-4CFC-823A-1F18F2CE7CD8

List of gear inside the furniture:
facebook.com/VoltBotPower/
lygte-info.dk/review/Review%20Charger%20LiitoKala%20Lii-402%20UK.html
lygte-info.dk/review/Review%20Charger%20LiitoKala%20Lii-500%20UK.html
charger.nitecore.com/product/um20
mahaenergy.com/mh-c808m/

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