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I like mine out in the open, easy to get to, and able to use any size 12 plug no matter how large or bulky (something a pocket can be a pain for) and also like more than just one outlet.

Mine is a nice looking 3 outlet box with a switch built in for each outlet and hardwired with inline fuse direct to the battery. This way the oulets can be turned on and I can use anything I want without having to turn on the key.

No, not everything is going to USB yet LOL
My 12v compressor and my FM transmitter thingy are still the big round 12v plugin types as well as other things like charging a 12V large flashlight.

I am getting a small bit of rust in my 3 outlet box, but not really a problem. I still get good contact and a simple cleaning and wipe with a light oil occasionally should fix it. Mine is of the type that the metal plate positive is separate from the round negative hole metal

As for mounting it, the wire was long enough to reach the battery fine so I just cut the plug end off and ran the wire under the false tank out of sight and out of the way. The outlet box is simply stuck onto the right side pocket hard cover with the sticky tape it came with.

This is the BEST way for me to have mine mounted. I have used all 3 outlets at same time a few times now, and the FM transmitter thing would be too bulky to mess with in a pocket also.
Charging Cell phone, GPS, MP3 player, no problem all at one time.

I also picked up a 2 USB plug in outlet at a $1 store for $1 so I can charge 2 devices with USB cables at once using just 1 outlet.

I also use that outlet box to plug in the 12v compressor when I need to top up a tire pressure a bit.

A couple things I like about the way I mounted mine to that hard cover and wired direct to battery.
1 I can plug in Cell phone or MP3 player etc.. and lock it in the pocket and let it charge while I am away from the bike. No need to leave key in bike turned on or have to stay with bike.
2 If the hard cover ever pops off I will not lose it, it is wired to the bike now since the outlet box is stuck to it.
3 no holes needed and I can remove the box anytime if I want.
4 I like the always on option, if I ever need to work on bike in dark I can plug in a 12V light without turning on the bikes key which may be useful for some types of problems if they occur. For example if I was having to work on the Kill switch, starter button or headlight switch I probably would not want key on.


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NO ACC, only use that connection to trip a relay on and off like others have said.
That way all the high power for the devices comes from the battery, not through the ACC, and the ACC only provides minor power to trip the relay.

That was another reason I wanted my outlet box wired direct to battery, I think my 12V compressor says it requires a 10amp supply which would certainly overload the ACC!

Be careful doing direct wire up on things that use the 12V outlet plug also.
Some of those plugs do more than just connect power. There may be other things in the plug that regulates power and such, just cutting off the plug and wiring direct may burn up some devices.

Some of those plugs are just a fused plug and passes power straight though and those you can cut off and wire direct. Some have a little circuit board inside. Not sure what is inside my GPS 12v plug but looking at it's size and shape it certainly is more than just a fuse.

Don't forget vehicles are not really a steady 12V, running down the road at a full charge the bike may be pushing 13.5-14.5 volts and that could fry some devices so the 12V plugs may have a tiny voltage regulator inside to limit power to only 12V.
 
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