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XT - 30 Motorcycle Phone Charger

Not a huge achivment by any means. But made life better for a client. 

A perspective client approached me with an issue. His solution for charging his phone via USB on his bike was taking up too much room under the seat 





They had previously wired a car cigarette lighter / 12 volt port and then plugged this in.

What's an XT-30?




It's a non latching /friction held polarized dc connector capable of up to 30 amps. It a very robust connector in a very small form factor.

if I had had a latching connector on hand I would have used it. but the XT-30s fit together extremely snug so I doubt it would ever be an issue.

For strain relief I epoxied the connector to the the pcb.(actually dripped it between the plastic of the connector and the pcb) Which was isn't ideal but was far better than relying on the solder joints the take the brunt of plugging and unplugging 

To get the case back on I simply melted out enough of it to get the xt30 to fit in the end where the pin usually went in the 12 volt cigarette lighter configuration.

 



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