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Connecting GPS device to bike's electrical system

I mounted my TomTom GPS device to my bike and wired the leads to the bike's system by connecting the black lead to the negative battery post and the red lead to what I thought was a spare switched connector above the battery. The device powers on properly when bike's system is started, but after a long ride, battery is discharging. Any idea what I've done wrong?

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  • starbux347 Apr 20, 2009

    Not sure of the TomTom current draw, but suspect it's minimal. It's a replacement unit from TomTom and has cradle mounted to handlebar so device is easily removed when not riding. I just connected wiring yesterday & verified device turned on when ignition activated. I left device in cradle--but manually turned off. Two hours later, battery was discharged sufficiently to prevent starting, hence my suspician that there was still some current draw even though I thought device was shout off (but not removed from cradle). I'll try the voltmeter.

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    Dick May 11, 2010

    What is the current draw of the TomTom compared to your bike's charging system output? How does that compare to your total electrical usage? Have you installed a voltmeter on the bike with everything running to see the the charging system has enough capacity?

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I misunderstood, I thought your battery was discharging DURING the ride. Put your meter in current mode. connect one lead to the battery and one lead to your TomTom wiring while the unit is in the cradle. How much current is is drawing? Now remove the TomTom from the cradle. Is it still drawing the same amount? If not, the TomTom is drawing power even while off and that is draining your battery.

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