Originally Posted by 9mmkungfu
I have a question. All of my accessories utilize a USB-type of connection. What would be the benefit in installing the powerlet-style outlets as opposed to a direct USB connection such as these offered by 3BR Powersports?
Powerlet makes the USB harness as well, check out the page: Power Cables - Powerlet Products
The powerlet socket (or commonly referred as BMW style plug) can be used not just with portable electronic accessories, but also with battery chargers (I use Optimate 4 and connect it with my powerlet socket to charge the battery), portable tire inflators, heated gear, etc. Not to mention, these are water resistant too. If you are only looking to charge USB devices, then maybe you don't have to install a powerlet style socket and a USB harness
is all you need. Just make sure that whichever harness you buy, it should supply the correct amperage and voltage (most cellphones need 4.75-5.25V @ 950mA-1A). A cheap USB charger can easily brick your device. The quality of cheap USB chargers (or such USB harnesses) is questionable and is a separate discussion
altogether. Also keep in mind that every USB charger is different and the same charger cannot be used to charge different USB devices, unless they all require the same charging voltage/amperage.
If I was you, I would install a Powerlet cigarette socket
and use a good quality branded car charger to charge the portable electronic devices.