Today, more than ever, there is a need for a standardised 12 volt power source on motorcycles for the connection of electrical gadgets and charging the bikes battery.

We tend to overlook just how many modern items require recharging (e.g cell phones, iPods, GPS units, satellite phones etc ) or need a direct 12V power source to operate them (e.g. air compressors, heated clothing etc).

The very nature of motorcycling would suggest that often a rider, by choice, does not always have access to an AC wall socket to recharge or operate these various peripherals.

A bi-directional power point that can utilize the motor cycles battery/charging system (one that can deliver current, as well as take charging current) is therefore necessary to take full advantage of products such as battery chargers, heated vests, cell phones, MP3 players, GPS units, camcorders and so on.

12V Power Point Options

What do I need?

First and foremost a power point connected directly to the battery.

Such power points are divided into two categories – the cigarette connector and the Norm outlet /Hella/ BMW-style connector

12V Power Point Cigarette Connector

Cigarette connector

Traditionally most power points have been of the cigarette connector type. These have gained wide use as virtually every car has a cigarette lighter, resulting in automotive accessories in the main being sold with cigarette-type connectors.

12V Power Point Cigarette Female

Female (fits on bike)

12V Electrical Power Point Male Cigarette

Male (fits on accessory)

For motorcycle applications we do not however believe such a connection is ideal for the following reasons:

  • There is no standard for cigarette connector dimensions i.e. there are two different sizes in common use
  • Connectors of this nature often fit poorly and make unreliable connections, particularly on the move as they are susceptible to vibration. In our opinion this type of connector is only adequate when the bike is stationary.
  • It cannot always handle higher current loads that may be imposed by certain items e.g a tyre compressor
  • Sensitive electronics (e.g. GPS units) that draw their power from such a connector could suffer damage as a result of an intermittent, bad connection
Power Point 12V Outlet
12V Power Point Hella Din to Cigarette

Hella outlet connector

These fittings have rapidly gained popularity over the past few years and are fitted as a standard item to many new BMW ,Triumph and other brands of motorcycles.

A Hella outlet (also known as a BMW outlet / Din socket) is built to one standard dimension, is very rugged and, most importantly, ensures a tight, reliable connection. Furthermore it can handle a higher current load than a cigarette connector.

If you are adding a new power point to your motorcycle, this is the type we recommend.

Electrical 12V power point Hella Female

Female (fits on bike)

12V Power Point Hella Male

Male (fits on accessory)

There are two options when mounting a power point to your bike:

1. With the integrated bracket built into the cigarette or dual USB connector. This format allows you not only to mount the connector on your handlebar but also to any other part of your bikes frame.

Electrical USB 12v Power Point
12V Power Point dash mount

2. Should your handlebar mounting area be restricted then the optional handlebar mounting bracket would be suitable.

I already have power point on my bike. What else do I need?

Once a power point has been connected to a motorcycle there are a host of electrical connectors that can derive power from it.

A few examples:

12V Power Point SAE to Battery connector

 SAE Variable Power Connectors

SAE Options:

A SAE 12V Weatherproof Motorcycle Accessory Socket connects directly to your battery (also suitable for BMW Canbus systems).
This SAE Connector enables the connection of various other SAE connectors. Simply unplug one SAE component and plug in another.

12V Power Point SAE to Battery connector

Some of our SAE bike specific options:
1. A cigarette lighter connector to power items within your tank bag, while riding or to trickle charge your battery if your bike stands for long periods.

motorcycle 12v cigarette socket
12V Power Point SAE battery clips

2. A jumper cable to jump start your bike from another vehicle/bike without having to remove the bikes panels or seat.

All SAE items sold apart or as a kit in the following permutations:

Kit A – SAE 12V Weatherproof Motorcycle Accessory Socket and cigarette lighter connector.

Kit B – SAE 12V Weatherproof Motorcycle Accessory Socket and jumper cables.

Kit C– SAE 12V Weatherproof Motorcycle Accessory Socket , cigarette lighter connector and jumper cables.

Power Point Range

R 260.00

A compact Dual USB  Smart  Charger with integrated Cigarette power socket for 3 in 1 versatility.

R 320.00

A compact Hella/ BMW Dual USB Port Smart Charger with integrated battery Volt meter.

From: R 170.00

This harness easily connects to your bike's battery for quick connection to various other power points, straight to your tank bag or wherever you need it.    

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R 230.00

This compact 12V waterproof dual USB charger is designed for motorcycles to enable charging of cell phones, iPhones, GPS units, and MP3 players while riding.

R 220.00

The Desert Fox SAE to Dual USB fits directly on the Battery to SAE connector (sold separately)  to create a waterproof USB connection that can easily be stored in your tank bag.

R 140.00

Desert Fox SAE to Jump Start clips fit directly to the Desert Fox Battery to SAE connector to easily jump start from a bike or car in an emergency

R 140.00

The Desert Fox SAE to Cigarette power point is a 12V motorcycle power point socket that powers any accessory that has a standard cigarette lighter plug.

R 210.00

A dual USB charger for all motorcycles fitted with a 12V Din power socket. Charge & use your USB powered devices while riding.

R 95.00

SW-MOTECH Tankbag Cable Feed provides a 12V (volt) connection through the wall of your tankbag.

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R 220.00

Cigarette Lighter to Dual USB Adaptor uses your existing USB charging cables to charge most USB powered devices.

R 220.00

A motorcycle 12V Hella/Din power point with stable power output for off road conditions . Also suitable for trucks & caravans requiring an external power supply. Simple to mount.

R 220.00

SW-MOTECH Bracket for Hella outlet allows you to attach a flush-mount Hella outlet socket to most handlebar mounting clamps.

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R 140.00

Hella Plug to Standard Lighter Socket Adapter allows you to recharge many electronic devices.

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R 85.00

SW-MOTECH Convertible 12-Volt plug fits both your car's cigarette lighter socket AND your motorcycle's BMW/Euro-style socket.

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R 260.00

12V Cigarette connector with integrated bracket can be used to charge or power most devices supplied with a Cigarette type socket.

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R 360.00

A motorcycle specific handlebar 12V waterproof USB charger designed to charge devices while riding.

R 220.00

Cigarette-Style To SAE Tank bag Power Adapter allows a connection from a male cigarette-style socket to SAE tank bag.

R 220.00

SW-MOTECH Mounting Bracket For Cigarette Lighter Socket fits many BMW model motorcycles.

R 180.00

SAE To Cigarette-Style Adapter allows a 12 V (volt) connection.