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So with all this technology we have, why in the name of all that is holy are we still plugging our accessories into a "cigarette lighter"?!?!? I know it is a standard, but it's CRAP. It takes up so much space, and there is only one in the STi. It makes it hard to charge the cell phone, charge the ipod, power the GPS, and run the future radar detector. I know this is a lot of junk, but when I'm on a 1,000+ mile road trip, it would be nice to have other outlets.

Here is what I think, why not a small USB style plug? You could fit six or so in the space of one crappy 12V outlet.

Just a thought.

Anyone have any suggestions besides a cigarette lighter power strip?
 

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add-a-circuit

There will be a picture and all in my writeup of the greddy informeter. Unfortunately I bought a regular size one and not a mini fuse one yesterday (we have mini fuses fyi).
 

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i try not to use the lighter plug unless I have to. I feel more safe hardwiring rather than using that. i remember one of my friends using those multi outlet thing for his lighter plug and had like 5 different things running off of it..lol. It didn't look SAFE AT ALL.. haha
 

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All you need it a 12v source....pull out your radio and hardwire what ever you need or you can more plugs and put them in you rglovebox.
 

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ORSTi said:
So with all this technology we have, why in the name of all that is holy are we still plugging our accessories into a "cigarette lighter"?!?!? I know it is a standard, but it's CRAP. It takes up so much space, and there is only one in the STi. It makes it hard to charge the cell phone, charge the ipod, power the GPS, and run the future radar detector. I know this is a lot of junk, but when I'm on a 1,000+ mile road trip, it would be nice to have other outlets.

Here is what I think, why not a small USB style plug? You could fit six or so in the space of one crappy 12V outlet.

Just a thought.

Anyone have any suggestions besides a cigarette lighter power strip?
You just pulled the cord and got the motor running. That's an excellend idea, and I'm definately going to look into that.
 

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The cig lighter isn't rate all that high (EastSTi should know how many amps offhand...I don't) so plugging in a bunch of stuff to that is not safe and will hopefully/probably blow a fuse (that's what they are there for).

If you are looking for places to tap power I'd suggest the clock because it doesn't draw that much (but popping the clock bezel thing out it a PITA) and the rear wiper fuse because we don't have a rear wiper.

The add a circuit thing uses the little brass connector style...(http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&DID=7&Partnumber=071-585) you could get a bunch of those and have them coming out of the spot where the cig lighter used to be...and then have the accessories connect to that.

You could also wire it up under your dash with a couple of addacircuits connected to a couple of these (http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&DID=7&Partnumber=265-570) and then mount them in various places. Then you could easily move the devices from car to car and not void their warranties by hardwiring them (plus a lot of those devices have an added fuse in their cig style plug that adds a layer of protection).
 

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Thanks for all the input. I can turn a wrench O.K., but with all the electrical, I am nOOb.
 

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sti robot said:
The add a circuit thing uses the little brass connector style...(http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&DID=7&Partnumber=071-585) you could get a bunch of those and have them coming out of the spot where the cig lighter used to be...and then have the accessories connect to that.
Thanks, I would have to see how they are used/wired. Just by looking at the picture in the link, I wouldn't know what to do with it. :confused:
 

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The squarish part plugs in where a fuse plugs in and then a fuse plugs into the back of it. The red wire is a 12V hot. I believe you wire that hot and then just put your ground to a local ground point. (someone else verify this for me)

actually you could get this one...its the same thing but a couple $ cheaper : http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=071-580

yup I think I'm right (http://www.mini2.com/forum/interior-ice/110821-direct-wiring-radar-detector.html)

even more info: http://www.rx8club.com/showthread.php?t=77085
 

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my wal-mart cigarete power strip melted down on a long trip with the v1 and the inverter runing the laptop. be carefull I mean it litterally melted the plug in my factory socket not good sparks bad smell burnt fingers yikes!
 

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I wired the informeter up last night. Those little addacircuit things are handy. I ended up lopping the blue part of and hard wiring my informeter to it. Only problem was that if you use the fuse for the rear wiper the change pocket doesn't want to close really well, but the fuse box has some wiggle room and you won't hurt anything by using it.
 

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ORSTi said:
So with all this technology we have, why in the name of all that is holy are we still plugging our accessories into a "cigarette lighter"?!?!? I know it is a standard, but it's CRAP. It takes up so much space, and there is only one in the STi. It makes it hard to charge the cell phone, charge the ipod, power the GPS, and run the future radar detector. I know this is a lot of junk, but when I'm on a 1,000+ mile road trip, it would be nice to have other outlets.

Here is what I think, why not a small USB style plug? You could fit six or so in the space of one crappy 12V outlet.

Just a thought.

Anyone have any suggestions besides a cigarette lighter power strip?
I have every single thing you mentioned and operate them all at the same time.

Valentine 1 radar detector: hardwired into the car.
Pioneer AVIC-D2 GPS nav system: hardwired into the car.
iPod: hardwired into the car via Pioneer iPod adaptor.
Cell phone: plugged into cigarette lighter :).
 

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I have an Escort Passport radar detector...where is the best place to hardwire that? The clock does sound like a good place...is there any guides on how to remove it/ tap the power in there?
 

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I have an Escort Passport radar detector...where is the best place to hardwire that? The clock does sound like a good place...is there any guides on how to remove it/ tap the power in there?
The overhead map lights are the easiest place. Do a search on here and you'll find the how-to guide.
 

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flytojungho said:
i try not to use the lighter plug unless I have to. I feel more safe hardwiring rather than using that. i remember one of my friends using those multi outlet thing for his lighter plug and had like 5 different things running off of it..lol. It didn't look SAFE AT ALL.. haha


How do you hardwire...?

I hardwired my escort 8500 but that was OFF the ciggy wire behind the center console...
Same deal with other devices?

-Nigel
 

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if you use alot of usb plugs what you can do is this. Buy a power inverter that plugs into the cigg lighter and turns it into USB plugs. (runs for like 30 bucks at my local OSH or electronic store) get some vampire clips and tap into either the clock (i wouldnt cause im getting gauges) or you can use the rear wiper OR use the cig lighter wires. Tap into those, negative to negative, positive to positive.

From there USB is a fairly safe median to transfer power so you can have the unit either sit under your ebrake inside the console (just pull it off and run the wires to the cig lighter) or run it to your glove box. Might even fit under the stereo. Next run USB cables to wherever you want the ports to be. Got some spare switch points in the center console like near the dccd? if so just fab the usb port to the cover. If you want more then one use a hub to the inverter and just run the wires to wherever desired.

you can buy a power inverter that changes it into the standard 110volt plugs but i dont know how safe that is having it tucked somewhere. I used that to install ThisizBrian's PS2 into his car.
 

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How do you hardwire...?

I hardwired my escort 8500 but that was OFF the ciggy wire behind the center console...
Same deal with other devices?

-Nigel
well, don't know about escort off of my head but for V1, it has supplied hardwire kit. All you do is tap off of rearview mirror power and ground it. I can't remember the color of the wire off of my head but you'll see when you open up the overhead head lamp.
 

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well, don't know about escort off of my head but for V1, it has supplied hardwire kit. All you do is tap off of rearview mirror power and ground it. I can't remember the color of the wire off of my head but you'll see when you open up the overhead head lamp.

Hmm... what if I have a spec c roof vent...LOL
No map lights for me anymore :p

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flytojungho said:
well, don't know about escort off of my head but for V1, it has supplied hardwire kit. All you do is tap off of rearview mirror power and ground it. I can't remember the color of the wire off of my head but you'll see when you open up the overhead head lamp.
Once hardwired, can you take the V1 out of the STi and use it in another car?
 
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