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Old 10-04-2005, 09:21 PM   #1
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Question How Do I Make My Outlet Work When the Car is Off?

I have 3 outlets on my console (put two outlets where the ashtray was) and I want to rewire one of them so that it will work regardless of the car being on or off.

It's probably a simple wire re-routing solution but I don't know where to re-reoute and splice the wire from the outlet. Can anyone help? Thanks!

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Old 10-05-2005, 10:07 AM   #2
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are you talking about a cig lighter socket?

just run a 15a fused 12awg wire right to the battery from that socket and call it done.
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Old 10-05-2005, 07:36 PM   #3
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Thanks. I can do that, but I don't want to have to run a wire all the way to the battery though (through the firewall, etc). Is there an easy, existing wire to splice into under the dash?
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Old 10-05-2005, 07:50 PM   #4
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yeah, there are all sorts of constant 12v sources in your car. Lights, radio shoul d have one running through it, gauge cluster probably has a wire running through it.

Now I dont know where they are but yes you'll find constant 12v wires all around your car.
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Old 10-05-2005, 08:07 PM   #5
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constant = power going to it even when the car is off?

If that's the case, I don't think my lights are have a constant source b/c they turn off automatically when the ignition is turned off.
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Old 10-05-2005, 08:48 PM   #6
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The clock has a always on +12V. It is labeled 'memory'.
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Old 10-05-2005, 08:52 PM   #7
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I tapped into an extra 12v source I ran to behind my headunit when I installed my radio because I knew I would end up using it for something. I then took that and ran it to a 3 outlet adapter I got at radioshack for 17 dollars and then installed that in my center consol where it opens behind the e brake, so that I could hide it.

Now, as for what you should use for a constant 12v, you could do the radio, I think that might be your best source, but I would still use a fuse for it, like a 3-5 amp. Although I really would suggest just running a wire to your battery and through the firewall and fuseing that, its the best way to make sure you don't hurt anything else and it would most likely be quicker than trying to determin which wire to splice into. Hopefully that helpped.
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Old 10-05-2005, 08:56 PM   #8
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btw the part number for that adapter from radioshack is Catalog #: 270-1561

and its really the best one in my opinion, and I tried quite a few, and the fit is just very nice for this particular one, plus it comes with all the parts you would need.

direct link to their online catalog
http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...%5Fid=270-1561
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Old 10-06-2005, 12:05 AM   #9
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use the lead that goes to the clock. someone beat me to this but its the simplest way!
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are you talking about a cig lighter socket?

just run a 15a fused 12awg wire right to the battery from that socket and call it done.
second that, jerry rigging operation
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Thanks. I can do that, but I don't want to have to run a wire all the way to the battery though (through the firewall, etc). Is there an easy, existing wire to splice into under the dash?
it takes two seconds once the IC is off.

don't be a wuss and do it right. cig lighter accessories draw more power than you think.

edit: if you don't have an IC its even easier!
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Old 10-06-2005, 05:14 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the tips. I'll probably just run a wire directly to the battery. I just didn't really want another wire under there since I already have wires for:
  • Stereo
  • Additional siren for alarm
  • Supertone horns
  • P/A speaker (fun with pedestrians and other drivers)
  • Engine grounding mod
Whew! Fun with electricity!

vorlon333 - Thanks for the link, but I already have 3 outlets (see added pic above). I just want to make one of them "hot" when the car is off.
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