Extra 12v sockets

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  1. Minxy Girl

    Minxy Girl Funster Life Member

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    We want to put in some 12v USB sockets in the cab area on the dash and I'm thinking of getting one of the below 2 hole base units and fixing it in the centre on top of the 'lift up flap/document holder' (that doesn't lift up on ours due to us having a passenger air bag) with a couple of twin USB power sockets in and connecting them to the existing 12v ciggy socket wiring. The reason for using the holder and the central location is to remove the need to drill large holes in the dash facia to put them elsewhere and also ensures that when in use all the plugged in cables will be well out of reach of errant dog paws ... they accidentally caught a lead in the past and pulled it out of the existing 12v ciggy socket and smashed the plug end in the process! The central location will also mean that the USBs are exactly where we need them for phone, sat nav etc leads.

    Can anyone see any problems with this set-up?

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    I think you spot on with your plans to fit USB sockets in particular. So many things run on USB that its become essential to fit extra sockets. Please keep us informed with the job, photo's would be really helpful. Good luck.

    .....Robert.
     
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    I did and used the same thing Mel, in our bedroom area there was no 12v/240v or USB power, i picked up a 12v supply and ran cable behind a plinth in the bedroom and fitted one of those covers to both sides, x1 12v ciggy socket and a USB in one housing and did the same with the opposite side so we both have power while we are in bed to either charge or play - and no cables or holes to be seen anywhere.
     
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    I simply replaced one of the existing dash mounted 12v sockets with a dual USB socket, almost identical to the one in your picture Mel. Nice simple job to do and only took about half an hour to complete.

    D.
     
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    I have one of these
    12v 2 Way Car Cigarette Lighter Power Socket Charger Adapter Dual USB Port Twin
     
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    Just found this on ebay interesting didnt realize these were available until saw this thread
     
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    One possible problem to avoid is to check that they are the high power type. Many USB devices, especially the latest ones, won't stay charged from a 1 amp socket, and need 2.1amps at least. If you're permanently fixing them, you can't just drop-kick them into the canal responsibly recycle them if they aren't up to it.

    An alternative if you just want USB sockets is a very neat Belkin setup designed to give rear seat car passengers their own USB sockets.

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/belkin-road-rockstar-4-port-passenger-car-charger-n70eg

    USBAdapter01.jpg USBAdapter02.jpg

    There's a cigarette socket adapter with two USBs, and a wire extension to a small rectangular box with two more USBs. The rectangular box mounts nicely on top of the dash with velcro, no screws needed. It comes with a clip-in holder, which you can velcro or screw to the dash, but I don't use it.

    Another advantage is they can supply up to 2.4 amps from each USB.
     
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    Agree Dave but it's not the USB bit that's important it's getting the leads away from where the dogs' legs can catch them - we've aleady had one lead destroyed due to an errant dog leg catching it and had close shaves with others (our Romy is a heffalump!) so want to put the cables completely out of harms (or dogs legs) way.

    We already have one of those which is tucked in the slot above the radio (not a Fiat one so it doesn't fill the whole gap) but again we still have the lead going up to it which can get caught.

    I did similar too for our 'bedroom' area so we could charge up stuff and watch TV there, using a single casing under the locker and a 12v ciggy socket on one side and on the other I fitted the 12v ciggy socket flush with the front of the cupboard itself.
     
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    Mooching on Ebay came across this which is another possiblity ... it's meant for motorcycles but it can be wired directly to the battery and therefore doesn't mean interferring with the existing cab socket wiring at all, it comes with either a USB on/off switch, or no switch (cheaper), but obviously the switched ones means they can be turned off although I'd probably prefer an inline fuse and switch anyway to turn the whole thing off when not in use ... views please?

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/252255711785?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

    Also spotted this - no good for my needs but I like the text on the switches!

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12V-24V-WATERPROOF-3-GANG-LED-ROCKER-SWITCH-4-USB-SOCKETS-PANEL-MARINE-BOAT-CAR/252296045451?_trksid=p2045573.c100508.m3226&_trkparms=aid=555017&algo=PL.CASSINI&ao=1&asc=36886&meid=a2c60970ae8445019e09a05421ac3cf3&pid=100508&rk=1&rkt=1&
     
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    Grabbed this one as it fits in pot holder on front dashboard and acts as extension lead from to socket

     
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    Never heard that phrase used about in-bed activity, but each to someone else's as they say.
     
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    If you want a totally non-invasive position then there is room underneath the lift-up flap. When not in use there's also room to leave the leads connected & tucked away as well.
     
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    We converted one of the existing cab sockets to double USB and added two more sockets that are always on from the vehicle battery.
    An extra double USB in the hab and a further double USB in the bedroom.
    Can't remember how we managed before
     
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    That is only applicable if you don't have a passenger air bag, for some reason when you have one they flap isn't 'liftable' any more unfortunately.
     
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