Cigarette Lighter soocket always on (1 Viewer)

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Sep 21, 2021
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Silverstream, Tyholland, County Monaghan, Ireland
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Transit Conversion
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So with some devices plugged in on these sockets my starter battery drains on the transit
I could go over (un)plugging all devices each and every time but .... nope

1: Should these sockets be always on
2: Could I (probably by pulling new cables, power them with a relay via engine on
3: I had a look at 2 ...how do i pull the f ers out without damaging the dash

Option 4 install extra sockets as option 3
 
Apr 9, 2018
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Worcestershire
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Bailey Adamo 75-4t
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March 2018
Sockets are often always on. If you are plugged in but the device is switched off there should be no current drawn.
A switched live could power a relay to put in a new socket. That would be fairly simple.
I would consider running any new sockets from the leisure battery rather than the vehicle’s battery.
 
Sep 29, 2009
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East Anglia
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Roller Team
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Since 2009
I can only comment on my Mk7 coach-built, the one in the dash next to radio is always live and the one in the cupboard Infront of the stearing wheel is also always live. As mine is a 2.4 it has 2 starter batteries under the driver seat. I always unplug those 2. I also had a battery drain when fitted an aftermarket stereo with an eBay wiring kit. Ford to iso. The connection were wrong from electric Arial, steering wheel remote and alarm. (functions I never used) . Took me months to sort that problem.
 

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