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Old 09-15-2010, 12:56 AM   #1
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Cool DIY: 12V Auxiliary Power / Secondary Cig. Lighter Under $10!!

Hello everyone, this is going to be my first pictorial DIY so please take it easy on me
I have done a lot of mods for my car, on my own, but was always too lazy or excited to take pics. I know some people wanted to do this and needed information on it.
Oh, btw, please excuse the dirtiness of the car I need to clean it soon lol

NOTE: I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU MESS ANYTHING UP WITH YOUR ELECTRONICS OR MESS UP YOUR CAR IN ANYWAY BECAUSE OF THIS MOD!
I'M PUTTING THIS AS A FUTURE REFERENCE FOR EVERYONE THAT WANTED AN EXTRA AUXILIARY 12V SOURCE IN THEIR CONSOLE!


Anyways, I tried to take as many pictures as I could and I edited all of them so here we go.




Tools Required
  • Power Drill
  • Utility Knife/Razor
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Wire splicer (Optional but recommended)
  • Electrical tape


Parts Required
  • Victor Complete Lighter ($3.29 at Advance Auto Parts)
  • Bussman Inline Fuse 30A (Optional but recommended) ($2.19 at Advance Auto Parts)
  • Wire Taps (Optional)
  • Terminal Connectors ($1.99 at PepBoys) (You can always solder stuff too if your good at it )



Other
  • About 2 Hours of your free time
  • Patience

First, take out the socket and screw off the socket housing and measure...



It measured out 22mm. Depends if you are using the same kind or some other brand...

Lets start removing the center console pieces, starting with cupholders..



Previous owner obviously spilled some coffee all over the place, I'll clean up some other time



Lets remove the compartment we are going to be working on...



Remove the rubber piece from the compartment... From here on pics are pretty self-explanatory







Put the rubber piece back on and get your drill ready












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Old 09-15-2010, 12:56 AM   #2
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Smile continued













Screw in the outer shell that we took off in the begining!
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Old 09-15-2010, 12:57 AM   #3
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Cool continued







We're going to be using some terminal connectors but you can always solder them together if your good with it





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Old 09-15-2010, 12:57 AM   #4
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Wink almost there



Inline fuse is optional but highly recommended





as always, installation is the opposite of removal so put it back together and enjoy your new aux jack under 10 bucks



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Old 09-15-2010, 02:15 AM   #5
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dont throw bunch of stuff in that litttle compartment. i might try it in the rear of the console
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:26 AM   #6
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dont throw bunch of stuff in that litttle compartment. i might try it in the rear of the console
I wasnt sure if there was enough clearance for me to put it under the rear ashtray compartment. so i put it in this spot.
Socket is about 2 inches long so make sure you have enough clearance to throw that in there
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Old 09-15-2010, 02:20 PM   #7
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Thanks for the write up. I know what my next DIY will be.
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Old 09-23-2010, 08:48 AM   #8
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update: make sure you tape around the cig lighter's positive body before screwing in the outer shell of the socket.
this way you are making sure you dont short anything out. I will come back with some pictures to show you guys...
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Old 11-01-2010, 11:46 AM   #9
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YES! Just what I was looking for... Great write-up and information. Tons of pictures.

Thankyouthankyouthankyou I am doing this tonight!!
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:04 PM   #10
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YES! Just what I was looking for... Great write-up and information. Tons of pictures.

Thankyouthankyouthankyou I am doing this tonight!!
you're welcome bud. glad i could help you out
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Old 11-05-2010, 06:31 AM   #11
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To get the hole in the centre, draw diagonal lines from corner to corner.
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Old 11-05-2010, 10:09 AM   #12
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yes sir. that works even better lol
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:19 AM   #13
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yes sir. that works even better lol
Sure does, but then of couse drilling that hole right is the hardest part...!
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also as a warning, with it facing straight up like that, if you accidentally drop change inside of it, you will most likely pop the fuse.
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:49 AM   #15
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yea make sure u dont drop any dimes all the way in to the bottom... lol
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:34 AM   #16
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excellent DIY Thanks!
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:18 PM   #17
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glad i could help my friend
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Old 05-10-2011, 03:23 PM   #18
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wow!!! great DIY!!!
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Way back in the 80's, my dad drove Cadillacs, and kept popping a fuse... a paper clip in the cig liter socket... I'm gonna look around for another spot, I put a socket above the emerg release on my Silverado pickup for my GPS, and for my Corvair Spyder, used a wiper/lamp sw pod, ground out one hole, and now have 3 sockets!
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I Added 1 onto my rear console was sick of the blue light from the charger
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