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Old 11-04-2017, 08:02 PM   #1
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Accessory power plug?

I bought a blue tooth phone adapter that lets me use the radio to do phone calls . This adapter plugs into the power plug on the center console. I would like to move the power for that plug so that it turns off when I turn off the car. Is there an easy way to do this? Is there a wire I could move at the fuse box or an easy place to splice in to a switched wire?

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Old 11-04-2017, 10:52 PM   #2
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No...not really. You'd be better off adding a plug somewhere and tapping into a "keyed" power wire somewhere under the dash or in the fuse panel. These accessory plugs don't use that much power. I leave my cell phone charger plugged into my lighter port all the time and it doesn't kill the battery.
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Old 11-07-2017, 04:15 PM   #3
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Personally, I'd probably choose to wire it into the interior lighting system. That should allow it to be triggered on without the engine running, yet turn off with the battery saver (timer based) circuit.

The thing is, a lighter outlet is a potentially high current circuit. I mean people might put upwards of 15A on it and vehicle manufacturers don't tend to use fuses or wiring that has THAT much excess capacity.

For that reason, I'd run a relay. You'd take any live power feed you want, say to the fuel pump or interior lights or whatever you find handy. One *cheater* way to do this is just use a multimeter with an insulation piercing needle tip on the probe. Grab the wire bundle coming out of the fuse box, probe for a wire that's live with engine (or accessory key position) on, but dead with it off. You can instead probe at the top of the fuses if you don't want to pierce insulation.

Tap into that, run it to the relay positive coil lead. Run the negative coil lead to ground. Next either run a new power lead straight off the battery or right after the under hood power distribution box "megafuse", and put a fuse on that new lead as close to where you take the tap off the existing wiring (or battery) as possible.

Run that tap to the relay normally open contact, then take the relay output contact to the lighter outlet.

A quicker, cheaper (though the above is only $15 worth of wire and a relay, maybe $20 including a fuse holder and solder/heatshrink-tubing/etc) is just put a switch somewhere on the dash or center console that switches the lighter outlet off.
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Old 11-07-2017, 10:53 PM   #4
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I like the first option because it is more elegant but the second would be a lot quicker.
How do I get the center armrest liner out?
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Old 11-08-2017, 02:22 AM   #5
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What is a center armrest liner and why do you need it out? Pics can't hurt. much.
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Old 11-11-2017, 02:46 PM   #6
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First picture is center arm rest
Second picture is where I am thinking of putting the switch
Third picture is the liner. I took the 4 screws out of the bottom but could not get it to move.
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Old 11-12-2017, 12:13 AM   #7
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There are only two options to pull the center console up, either it has legs/runners and the carpet adjacent to it needs pulled up to access them, or there are fasteners coming up from the undercarriage.

I don't understand why you need this out. You can put an aux outlet hole in anywhere like the firewall/front console area where it goes down towards the footwell, if not right on that bezel. I may not have your vision of what you want to do, exactly where you want to mount this and why, if there is a particular reason rather than just one option on where to put it.
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Old 11-13-2017, 08:13 PM   #8
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This is the unit that I bought and I like the location. If I can pull the liner from the arm rest I should be able to cut the wire to the accessory plug and put in a switch.
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:38 AM   #9
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There is a description of how to remove the console in this topic:
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/.../#post-3534909
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