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#4411360 - 03/18/18 08:30 PM Re: Auto wiring hack? [Re: Clydewinder]  
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Originally Posted by Clydewinder
the wiring to the doors is notorious for breaking as it flexes every time the door is opened or closed

town car has 12vdc already in the console for cigar lighter, might be easier to just run that back through the console and put a charge port in the center



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#4411427 - 03/19/18 05:36 AM Re: Auto wiring hack? [Re: Chef]  
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Might make more sense, if you have a center console/arm rest in the front seat...maybe buy and mount an inverter to convert 12V to 110V and just plug in like normal? Just throwing things out there...lol.


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#4411437 - 03/19/18 09:10 AM Re: Auto wiring hack? [Re: Weasel_Keeper]  
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Originally Posted by Weasel_Keeper
Might make more sense, if you have a center console/arm rest in the front seat...maybe buy and mount an inverter to convert 12V to 110V and just plug in like normal? Just throwing things out there...lol.

My MG had a place in the centre cubby hole under the arm rest for a cigar lighter/12V socket but it was not an option I had selected when I bought the car. When MG went bust the local garage was selling off parts cheap and they had the 12V aux socket going for less than half price I bought it and installed it myself, had to remove the complete console carpet and glove box to get to the fuses. There was 2 ways of installing it, either through a relay that would shut the power off when you turned off the ignition or direct to the 12V bus and it would be powered all the time, I chose the latter and wired it to be on all the time, it is rated at 20A and not the 3A of a cigarette lighter.

My range rover has an Aux power outlet in the boot/trunk also rated at 20A and I use that to power my ham radio when I fit it to the car. in the glove box there is an Audio input and a USB socket that will play iPod or mp3 from a memory stick, wifey uses it to charge her phone in the car while I have an iPod/iPhone dock on the driver's side. The cigar lighters/aux power sockets can be programed to be either on all the time or go off with the ignition.


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#4413700 - 03/30/18 01:34 PM Re: Auto wiring hack? [Re: Chef]  
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Never knew these little gizmos existed and might this project a little bit easier than I thought.

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Came across it from seeing this video.


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