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Old 04-16-2020, 05:47 AM   #1
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Default Recommendations please - flush mounted 12v USB plugs

More electrical, than electronics but ....

Looking for recommendations on ‘value’ (best quality for a reasonable price) flush mounted dual (more 3. 4?) usb charging ports.

Since I’ve added a couple of tablets to my helm’s navigation suite (ram mounted on a plastic bar running athwartships just above the helm), I’d like to put two dual port usb chargers (one on each side - away from - the compas) to power the tablets (I don’t like running chords from the current cig lighter style plug that already exists on the gauge board). The extra plug on each will be used for phones which I also mount up on the bar.

The plugs don’t need to be fancy with voltmeters, but should have waterproof covers for when I secure the helm at the end of the day. While I don’t mind cutting a ‘cigarette plug’ cord and then wiring to the 12v under the helm, I’d prefer long (4 ft) non-terminated cables mostly to cut out that extra connection to extend the cig plug wire.

Seen plenty of these online, but am looking for hands on testimonials for good ‘value’ products.
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I have one of these. I like the way they handle the cords and that the cover can be closed and waterproof with stuff plugged in.

https://www.defender.com/product3.js...792&id=3789735
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I have one of these.
That's a good looking product.

I'll have to look/template it up - I was thinking more of a vertical plug, so the cords would go right up to the support bar/device. I'll check if I can mount them with the cable exit side pointing outboard away from the compass, without having the actual plug too close to the compass. My concern would be bend radius of the cords as they curve up towards the support bar/device.
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I suppose you could mount it upside down. I don't know if that will still be water tight or not. I never really looked at the seal on the bottom when it's closed.
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I suppose you could mount it upside down.
Upside down on the 'side' of the helm, passed through my mind when I saw the image of them. Watertight? As you say, tough to tell and I'm also a bit worried about it biting a leg or two while walking my them. Better to be on the flat top of the helm for sure - but research and brain work continues.
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