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Old 01-22-2004, 01:31 PM   #1
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Has anyone added an additional power outlet to the interior of their WRX or Wrx wagon? I just picked up my NEW WRX wagon last night, and already want to add a power outlet so that I don't have a jungle of wires hanging out of the dash (for the cell phone charger, radar detector, Ipaq etc)

Also- has anyone installed the power outlet that comes in the rear of the Outback into a WRX Wagon? It would be handy.

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Old 01-22-2004, 01:42 PM   #2
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yep, i tapped into the cig lighter wiring (was a pita, i would
suggest you run from a different switched line) and running
a 400watt inverter.

i bought mine at radioshack for like $99, but I saw a very
similar one at Target for $49. (metal case, etc. looked pretty
nice to me).

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Old 01-22-2004, 02:24 PM   #3
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Thanks!

Really all I want to do is add another hidden cigarette lighter that exits under the glovebox somewhere so I can plug in a splitter without having wires running everywhere.

Any suggestion on which wires to intersect?

Thanks for your input!

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Old 01-22-2004, 03:07 PM   #4
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i'd get one of these, and cut the wires, tap a 10A or 12A
fuse in line to a switched 12v and mount the female socket
in your glove box, etc. with either mounting tape or epoxy it.

$7.

radioshack: Catalog #: 270-1535

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Old 01-22-2004, 03:08 PM   #5
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this is $8.








and no, i dont work for radioshaq
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Old 01-22-2004, 05:47 PM   #6
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Old 01-22-2004, 10:53 PM   #7
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Thanks for the suggestions, guys!

This forum is great!!

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Old 01-23-2004, 12:22 AM   #8
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I put an extra outlet inside the glove box; ran the wire to the fuse box and tapped into an unused fuse slot.

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Old 01-23-2004, 11:45 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by kenchan
yep, i tapped into the cig lighter wiring (was a pita, i would
suggest you run from a different switched line) and running
a 400watt inverter.

i bought mine at radioshack for like $99, but I saw a very
similar one at Target for $49. (metal case, etc. looked pretty
nice to me).

Kenchan- you might consider running your inverter directly to the battery with an inline fuse. It would be much safer (from horror stories I've seen), and would help eliminate any interference and power problems. Just food for thought.

I bought my 400w inverter at target for about 30 bucks. It was on clearance from ~80 bucks. I use it quite often and it was well worth price and install time.
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Old 01-23-2004, 12:08 PM   #10
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Craig,

That was the route I was most considering. Can you recall which open slot you used, and describe where that fuse box is? I **just** bought my car 2 days ago. It a brand new 2004, so I want to do this *carefully*!

Thanks again for your help!

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Old 01-23-2004, 01:43 PM   #11
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fortytwo- come to think of it, since im running the YellowTop
deep cycle battery now, i can use it directly off the battery without
killing the battery....even while the car is off... that's a good
idea. i should rewire that inverter to rid interference.

i get RF noise when i turn the inverter on and turn on the radio.

i only use it to power my notebook to edit my utec files so...
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Old 01-23-2004, 09:42 PM   #12
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Tony,

Remove the change pocket to the lower left of the dash, and the fuse panel is back there. You can read through the owners manual to see what fuses are what (there's also a limited diagram on the back of the change pocket).

On my 03 sedan, there were two unused (but powered) fuse slots that I took advantage of: #10 and #23.





#10 is switched with the ignition (acc) and #23 is always on. #23 has a heavier wire and a higher fuse rating. #10 should be fine for an accessory outlet.

Let me know if you have other questions.

Craig

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Old 01-24-2004, 05:49 PM   #13
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Put simply:

WOW!

Thank you!

The knowledge-base contained here is staggaring!

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Old 09-10-2009, 12:52 AM   #14
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i hardwired a 300 watt inverter into mine and rewired the switch for it to my center console where the dccd switch usually is to turn it on and off. i use it a lot!
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Old 09-21-2009, 02:33 PM   #15
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I am actually planning to permeability installing a AC inverter in my glove box, ill post a DIY in a few weeks I hope
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