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    So I've got some time today to wire up the USB port / ciggie lighter socket pod that I got for Christmas.

    It comes with a voltage display for DC.

    So what's the best practice? Wire them up in parallel (split POS+ feed into 3 x feeds and split NEG- into 3 x earths) or do I do them in series (POS+ in on one end, hop between blade connectors and out to NEG- earth from the end)?
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    Default Re: Wiring up extra USB/ciggie lighter pod

    Please see attached.

    You need to decide if you connect to permanent or switched power.

    If its a car in regular use or left on a maintenance charger then permanent is nice because you can see your cars battery voltage at a glance.

    Also if you at uncomfortable pushing two wires into a crimp lug then get some of those 2 spades into one bucket adapters like in the little pic.

    After three craft beers, put it aside and try again tomorrow.
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    Default Re: Wiring up extra USB/ciggie lighter pod

    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    Please see attached.

    You need to decide if you connect to permanent or switched power.

    If its a car in regular use or left on a maintenance charger then permanent is nice because you can see your cars battery voltage at a glance.

    Also if you at uncomfortable pushing two wires into a crimp lug then get some of those 2 spades into one bucket adapters like in the little pic.

    After three craft beers, put it aside and try again tomorrow.
    Thanks.

    Darn, just wasted 4 x spade connectors ...............

    I never drink when doing any wiring: I'm stupid to start with, don't need THAT interfering.

    Also realised the wire I have is 2.5mm house multi-core which is a lot stiffer than automotive fine strand stuff.
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    Wasted a bunch of spade connectors on the first incorrect attempt before Fluffy responded, so I'll have to stop off in Harties later for a bunch more.

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    Default Re: Wiring up extra USB/ciggie lighter pod

    Just get the correct size.

    Red = Small, Blue = Medium, Yellow = Large.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KobusDJ View Post
    Just get the correct size.

    Red = Small, Blue = Medium, Yellow = Large.
    Yep

    Didn't have enough yellows for the gauge of wire I'm using, especially since I had to double-up as per Fluffy's diagram. The pod came with blues which won't work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Yep

    Didn't have enough yellows for the gauge of wire I'm using, especially since I had to double-up as per Fluffy's diagram. The pod came with blues which won't work.
    Only the long lead to the battery/whatever, needs to be a decent thickness, the jumpers between the spades can be as small as 1mm or maybe even a wet shoe string.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    Only the long lead to the battery/whatever, needs to be a decent thickness, the jumpers between the spades can be as small as 1mm or maybe even a wet shoe string.
    Yes I know, I just didn't have anything decent lying around.

    I later went and stripped down a length of trailer multi-wire that I had bought for the Series 2 so that I could scavenge the smaller stuff out of there and have some colour coded options.

    I'm running the live jumpers in yellow and the earth jumpers in black.
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    Default Re: Wiring up extra USB/ciggie lighter pod

    This thing is working well, and even better when I realised I can't crimp terminals well at all.............and had to re-do the earth crimp close to the pod when I started to get strange power interruptions when I went over bumps.......

    I found a USB Type A to Mini-B cable from some old phone or something that was in our cable collection that the Garmin is happy with. Happy days.

    I can also now charge my phone on one of the other ports.

    Fluffy your advice was spot on, thanks.

    The fuse is right at the battery POS+ terminal and is a quick-remove blade type.
    The feed wire has been fed around the front of the vehicle at the radiator/slam panel mounting area and over the top of the right fender and through an existing rubber grommet. All cable-tied and away from moving stuff.

    Voltage monitoring is also cool: 12.6v after 2 days so the little voltage monitor doesn't draw more than 0.1v after 48 hours. If I parked the vehicle for more than 2 weeks, I'd just pull the fuse.

    Charging voltage is 14.4-14.6v DC.

    The secondary radiator fan drops the voltage by 0.5v when it kicks in.

    All in all a great upgrade.
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    Default Re: Wiring up extra USB/ciggie lighter pod

    Jelo,
    Did you stick it in the Jeep?
    Will you please post a pick of your final installation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoelfleRoux View Post
    Jelo,
    Did you stick it in the Jeep?
    Will you please post a pick of your final installation.
    Nope, it went in the Tata bakkie that has dodgy dash electrics.

    The installation is ugly. I'd be ashamed to post it here.
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    Default Re: Wiring up extra USB/ciggie lighter pod

    Haha...
    Cool, thanks

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    For the sake of getting an accurate reading on the volt meter, I would take a clean line from the battery, or if you want to switch it, take from the accessory position.But you will see how much the voltage fluctuates when you have the radio on or run something else. The voltage is way more constant directly off the battery. My car chargers hardly charge a
    phone if my lights are on. Took a cable direct from the battery, and the charging picked up. That after buying two chargers thinking the things were stuffed.

    I like the look of those chargers, I was seriously looking at one of those, but the "marine" flat mount version here https://www.banggood.com/5V-3_1A-LED...69788152016104. Then wanted to replace the ciggie lighter with an additional usb charger unit like this https://www.banggood.com/Car-Dual-US...69788152016104

    Don't like the lights much though, think this one might work better https://www.banggood.com/Car-2_1A-Du...69788152016104

    But I ended up spending my budget on some other bagngood product. Audio connectors and stuff that would have cost me over R2k, I got for under R500. Next time, but I have also been looking at the Qi chargers. I like the wireless charging, and you can add a module to a "normal" phone to enable wireless charging. My wife is hounding me to sort her tablet and her S3 out like this so she can just get home and dump her phone onto charge without looking for cables and chargers and breaking the plug off now and again.

    Tell us how well those work for you, before I spend my money
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    Default Re: Wiring up extra USB/ciggie lighter pod

    Trust a beer connoisseur to be a smoker.

    Bly jy het reggekom.

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    Actually, Jelo does not smoke.
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    I have a direct large core feed straight from the battery.

    This feeds into the pod and I earth at the closest firewall mount available. I used HD insulated crimp joins: perhaps I should have soldered as well but what the heck.

    Power feed is permanent. Battery voltage drop as mentioned (nothing connected but pod LEDs active) is 0.1v in 48 hours. So around 10+ days before it becomes closely an issue.

    The flat panel version would work as well.

    I mounted the pod on the passenger side of the gearbox tunnel cover: it doesn't bother the passenger as it is just below the seat bolster level and close enough to the seat so that the right knee misses it.

    I now have 2 x USB ports (hi and low amp), as well as a ciggie lighter type port.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bfreesani View Post
    Actually, Jelo does not smoke.
    well sometimes I do, bet never tobacco............
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