If there was one thing I was worried about before I left on my trip to Portland last month it was the battery on my cellphone lasting. Between using it for music to keep me from dying of boredom and as a camera to take pictures and chronicle the ride I also still needed it to have enough battery to actually use it as a phone if I got stuck somewhere. I have looked at several battery packs over the last several months, but when I mentioned it to a friend he looked at me like I was crazy and said that the battery on my bike would be less of a hassle to drag around and would charge itself. I thought about this for a minute and then I went out and added a USB charger to my bike.
It worked perfectly. There was a minute on my last day that I thought something was wrong with it, but that turned out to be the cord going from it to my phone (which was getting quite old). I have to say that being able to charge my electronics on my bike was a huge relief. Knowing that at night while camping I could call my wife and talk as long as I wanted since I could charge it the next day was awesome. The best part of it all was that it was super easy. I just used the same SAE stuff I use for my heated vest and attached the USB adapter and moved it closer to my head stock where my phone rests.
Definitely one of the best modifications I’ve made in a long time to the bike.