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Old 06-21-2015, 08:45 PM   #1
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How add 12v outlet in dash area

With two GPS, a TPMS, iPhone charger, etc. I am concerned that I am overloading the one 12v outlet in the center counsel. With an multi-outlet device, I am plugging three items into the one outlet. It would be nice to know the amperage limit, but more importantly, I would like to add an outlet to the driver's left side. Where do I tap into 12v, and are there any cautions that I should be aware of?
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Old 06-21-2015, 10:18 PM   #2
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I can speak for your unit, but it most likely has a 15A fuse. Most GPS units an run off a PC USB plug so are 1A or less. The TPS should be also fairly low. A cell phone charger is 1A for most phones. Yous should be okay, just do through in a 12V toaster on at the same time....
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Old 06-21-2015, 10:40 PM   #3
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I use a multi tap outlet for gps, tpms & sat. Radio and have not had any fuse issues as most devices are around an 1amp load

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Old 06-22-2015, 11:20 AM   #4
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Mine (2) happens to be fused at 15A. With the types of loads you are talking about you couldn't possibly have a problem.
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Had a 2nd 12V socket installed for a CB radio. The installer tapped into the vehicle's main fuse panel and the socket is always hot. Not sure what else is on that circuit but just add up the draw on each device. Should be good up to the limit of the fuse.
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How add 12v outlet in dash area

I was getting tired of having pigtails and wires running everywhere so I had 2 extra outlets installed.

1-GPS and Tire Pressure Monitor
1-Dashcam
1-Original outlet that was installed in the dash I use to keep the cell phones charged.

The outlets are connected directly to the main fuse panel just to make sure that I didn't trip and fuses or cause a fire.

If you would like to have outlets installed I would look around in the phone number (aka Google) and find someone who installs radios or car alarms. The guy that I used installs radios and explained the project from soup to nuts and wired the outlets so that they would not blow a fuse or cause any issues.
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Adding it all up, here's what I've come up with. I ordered a 12v outlet from etrailer.com which I will mount to the lower side panel just left of my leg. One of the two wires goes to a good ground, and the other gets fastened to the top of any one of the red (hot) battery cable attachment nuts. Finally, get an in-line fuse holder from Radio Shack, put it in in the wire running from the 12v plug to the battery cable, and pop in a 15 amp fuse. It looks to be very simple, even for a DIYer like me.
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