For most road warriors, staying connected is a must. But ensuring that you stay charged up without having to stop and plug in every few hours is even more critical. The best motorcycle USB chargers can make a huge difference in your riding experience for urban commuters, leisure riders, and adventure-seekers alike.
This product from Cliff Top is our top pick because of the great build quality. The bracket and fixings are strong and made of quality materials. Also, this charger hasn't been known to cause any electrical problems when connected, and the handy green light automatically shuts off when the cap is placed over the USB sockets.
It also comes with a handlebar mounting bracket and a 1.2-metre long wire for connection.
What we like
Safe: It’s certified by RoHS, CE & FCC, USB-IF. It has a built-in safety fuse to protect against shorts and surges.
Input: DC 12-24v, 30v Max; Output: DC 5v/ 4 Amp Hi-Speed USB charging ports – Charges two devices simultaneously while delivering a rapid charge without overloading the ports.
Waterproof and Automatic: On/Off Magnetic Switch Lip (Water-Resistant Rubber Cap) to prevent battery drain.
Why get a USB charger?
They are incredibly convenient and can be used to charge your phone, sat-nav, and many other items that need power on long rides or tours. You should avoid cheap chargers because they can cause your bike to run unevenly at low revs or even cause slow speed stalls, which almost resulted in my bike falling.
What is an SAE connector?
An SAE connector is a physically self-matting two-conductor DC connector commonly used for automotive and solar applications (also motorcycles). This connector is named after the Society of Automotive Engineers, which developed its specifications.
How do you attach a USB charger to a motorcycle?
How do you charge your phone while riding a motorcycle?
Motorcycle USB Charger Reviews
If you need an accessible charger that supports both 12V and 5V port outputs, this could be the one for you. This product has 2x 5V USB ports and an always-on 12V output, so you'll have power for everything you could ever need. It's great for a road trip around Europe to maintain a mobile and charge a sat nav.
There are different rubber grommets available that fit various bar sizes, but these are hard to use.
What we like
Multiple uses: There are two 5V USB ports (max 3.1 Amps) and one 12V cigar socket (max 10 Amps). There is an On/Off switch to prevent battery drain.
Waterproof covers: When not in use, the sockets have waterproof covers. This keeps your equipment dry and safe.
Easy to set up: Cable length of 1.5m included for easy battery attachment. Simply connect to terminals.
This is easy to install, and the voltmeter on top is excellent. You can wire it straight into your bike battery and use the power switch to turn it off or on. With the voltmeter display on top, you can ensure no current is drawn from your motorbike battery. The two USB ports are quick to charge your phone, and other USB powered items while riding or stopped.
What we like
On/off switch: The voltmeter and USB socket can be controlled simultaneously, reducing power consumption.
Two installation options: Attaches to handlebars and screws (accessories included)
P65 waterproof and dustproof: Using a rubber cover, the product is both waterproof and dustproof, protecting the internal circuit well and extending its life.
This is a basic charger. It's straightforward to install and can charge a phone or other items easily. It can charge phones and tablets and GoPro cameras very quickly because it has 3A of power. Thanks to the SAE quick-release connection design, it can be connected directly to your existing SAE pigtails on your bikes.
Furthermore, the 7.5Amp fused SAE to Ring Terminal cable included in the kit can be used with battery chargers or maintainers to charge the battery.
What we like
Waterproof cap protection: Make sure to wear the cap when it rains to protect the electrical system. Waterproof cap included protecting internal circuits.
Multiple mounting options: It can be mounted to most surfaces with tape, zip ties or screws (hardware not included).
Energy-Save: In standby mode, there is no power consumption. If no USB devices are connected, the USB port will enter sleep mode.
This is a similar product to the one above. However, it only has 2.1A max output, so it might be better for bikes that can't take a bigger drain on the battery. You can connect it to the motorcycle headlight, so the ignition acts as a switch.
If you connect it directly to the battery without a switch, it will eventually drain a steady charge, resulting in a flat battery. It also comes with a fuse in the fuse unit and a spare.
What we like
SAE quick-release connector: It is equipped with a standard SAE quick release connector, which is a good conductor. You can connect directly to the existing SAE outlet on your motorcycle or connect with a ring-terminal extension cable to use your motor battery to get power.
Weatherproof design: Made of high-class ABS and copper materials with an IP67 rubber cover that can be easily removed, this USB charging port is water- and dust-resistant.
Simple mount: Four zip-tie holes and two screw holes allow for flexible surface mounting.
If you need a charger for a long round trip around the UK, abroad, or just your daily commute. A USB charger comes in handy for charging multiple devices. We have listed a few different products that will work for everyone’s situation.
However, our top pick is the Cliff Top waterproof motorcycle USB charger. It’s easy to install and has a handy attachment and magnetic lid that turns it off to save battery.