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Old 12 Jun 2005, 09:32 am
Z Man
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Default Honda CR-V 2003: can the 12 volt outlet be 'always on'?

In my CR-V, the 12 volt outlet (which in the old days was used for a
cigarette lighter) is not powered when the vehicle is not powered. I have a
GPS unit that plugs into the 12 volt outlet, and maintains certain
information when powered. If I stop for a moment to go into a store, for
example, and turn the engine off, that data is lost (and it also takes a
little while for the GPS to find the satellites again). Can the car be
modified such that the 12 volt outlet wills stay powered even when the
vehicle is off?


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Old 12 Jun 2005, 09:39 am
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Default Re: Honda CR-V 2003: can the 12 volt outlet be 'always on'?

On Sun, 12 Jun 2005 10:32:30 -0400, "Z Man" <z1z@hotmail.com> wrote:

>In my CR-V, the 12 volt outlet (which in the old days was used for a
>cigarette lighter) is not powered when the vehicle is not powered. I have a
>GPS unit that plugs into the 12 volt outlet, and maintains certain
>information when powered. If I stop for a moment to go into a store, for
>example, and turn the engine off, that data is lost (and it also takes a
>little while for the GPS to find the satellites again). Can the car be
>modified such that the 12 volt outlet wills stay powered even when the
>vehicle is off?


I don't know how hard it will be to trace the wiring for the power
outlet but of course you can run some sort of separate fused power
to it. Or wire up a 12v socket just for the GPS in the same manner.



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Old 12 Jun 2005, 11:22 am
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Default Re: Honda CR-V 2003: can the 12 volt outlet be 'always on'?

I found an un use 12 V terminal at the fuse box, taped it and ran my radar
detector off that till on morning the battery was dead.

When I first hooked it up I heard a relay somewhere click, I have sense
changed the location of the wiring no problems with battery drain. Can't
remember what terminal I am hooked to at the moment.

Tom


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> On Sun, 12 Jun 2005 10:32:30 -0400, "Z Man" <z1z@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
>>In my CR-V, the 12 volt outlet (which in the old days was used for a
>>cigarette lighter) is not powered when the vehicle is not powered. I have
>>a
>>GPS unit that plugs into the 12 volt outlet, and maintains certain
>>information when powered. If I stop for a moment to go into a store, for
>>example, and turn the engine off, that data is lost (and it also takes a
>>little while for the GPS to find the satellites again). Can the car be
>>modified such that the 12 volt outlet wills stay powered even when the
>>vehicle is off?

>
> I don't know how hard it will be to trace the wiring for the power
> outlet but of course you can run some sort of separate fused power
> to it. Or wire up a 12v socket just for the GPS in the same manner.
>
>
>



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Old 12 Jun 2005, 12:13 pm
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"Z Man" <z1z@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> In my CR-V, the 12 volt outlet (which in the old days was used for a
> cigarette lighter) is not powered when the vehicle is not powered. I have
> a GPS unit that plugs into the 12 volt outlet, and maintains certain
> information when powered. If I stop for a moment to go into a store, for
> example, and turn the engine off, that data is lost (and it also takes a
> little while for the GPS to find the satellites again). Can the car be
> modified such that the 12 volt outlet wills stay powered even when the
> vehicle is off?


If you don't mind a little under dash wiring it is very easy. Just run a
line from the hot side of the accessory outlet to an always hot circuit at
the fuse panel. Use an inline use to protect the circuit and cap off the
now unused like at the outlet.

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Old 12 Jun 2005, 09:08 pm
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Default Re: Honda CR-V 2003: can the 12 volt outlet be 'always on'?


"Seth" <seth_lermanNOSPAM@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> "Z Man" <z1z@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:4IXqe.588$Gy3.538@fe12.lga...
>> In my CR-V, the 12 volt outlet (which in the old days was used for a
>> cigarette lighter) is not powered when the vehicle is not powered. I have
>> a GPS unit that plugs into the 12 volt outlet, and maintains certain
>> information when powered. If I stop for a moment to go into a store, for
>> example, and turn the engine off, that data is lost (and it also takes a
>> little while for the GPS to find the satellites again). Can the car be
>> modified such that the 12 volt outlet wills stay powered even when the
>> vehicle is off?

>
> If you don't mind a little under dash wiring it is very easy. Just run a
> line from the hot side of the accessory outlet to an always hot circuit at
> the fuse panel. Use an inline use to protect the circuit and cap off the
> now unused like at the outlet.


Actually, I do mind I know nothing about cars, and am doing the best I
can to keep it that way. Do you think I could pay Honda to do this
modification for me? If it is that easy, they shouldn't charge much.


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Old 12 Jun 2005, 09:20 pm
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Z Man wrote:
> "Seth" <seth_lermanNOSPAM@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:e3_qe.521$yg4.386@news01.roc.ny...
>
>>"Z Man" <z1z@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>>news:4IXqe.588$Gy3.538@fe12.lga...
>>
>>>In my CR-V, the 12 volt outlet (which in the old days was used for a
>>>cigarette lighter) is not powered when the vehicle is not powered. I have
>>>a GPS unit that plugs into the 12 volt outlet, and maintains certain
>>>information when powered. If I stop for a moment to go into a store, for
>>>example, and turn the engine off, that data is lost (and it also takes a
>>>little while for the GPS to find the satellites again). Can the car be
>>>modified such that the 12 volt outlet wills stay powered even when the
>>>vehicle is off?

>>
>>If you don't mind a little under dash wiring it is very easy. Just run a
>>line from the hot side of the accessory outlet to an always hot circuit at
>>the fuse panel. Use an inline use to protect the circuit and cap off the
>>now unused like at the outlet.

>
>
> Actually, I do mind I know nothing about cars, and am doing the best I
> can to keep it that way. Do you think I could pay Honda to do this
> modification for me? If it is that easy, they shouldn't charge much.
>
>

You can probably find a local car car stereo shop to do this
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Old 12 Jun 2005, 09:25 pm
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Brian Stell wrote:
> Z Man wrote:
>
>> "Seth" <seth_lermanNOSPAM@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:e3_qe.521$yg4.386@news01.roc.ny...
>>
>>> "Z Man" <z1z@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>>> news:4IXqe.588$Gy3.538@fe12.lga...
>>>
>>>> In my CR-V, the 12 volt outlet (which in the old days was used for a
>>>> cigarette lighter) is not powered when the vehicle is not powered. I
>>>> have a GPS unit that plugs into the 12 volt outlet, and maintains
>>>> certain information when powered. If I stop for a moment to go into
>>>> a store, for example, and turn the engine off, that data is lost
>>>> (and it also takes a little while for the GPS to find the satellites
>>>> again). Can the car be modified such that the 12 volt outlet wills
>>>> stay powered even when the vehicle is off?
>>>
>>>
>>> If you don't mind a little under dash wiring it is very easy. Just
>>> run a line from the hot side of the accessory outlet to an always hot
>>> circuit at the fuse panel. Use an inline use to protect the circuit
>>> and cap off the now unused like at the outlet.

>>
>>
>>
>> Actually, I do mind I know nothing about cars, and am doing the
>> best I can to keep it that way. Do you think I could pay Honda to do
>> this modification for me? If it is that easy, they shouldn't charge much.
>>

> You can probably find a local car car stereo shop to do this

and you might want to cut the wire to the lighter and reconnect it to
hot. You probably don't want to just connect it (uncut) to hot. I
believe that would make all switched devices always on.

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Old 12 Jun 2005, 09:28 pm
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"Z Man" <z1z@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> "Seth" <seth_lermanNOSPAM@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:e3_qe.521$yg4.386@news01.roc.ny...
>> "Z Man" <z1z@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:4IXqe.588$Gy3.538@fe12.lga...
>>> In my CR-V, the 12 volt outlet (which in the old days was used for a
>>> cigarette lighter) is not powered when the vehicle is not powered. I
>>> have a GPS unit that plugs into the 12 volt outlet, and maintains
>>> certain information when powered. If I stop for a moment to go into a
>>> store, for example, and turn the engine off, that data is lost (and it
>>> also takes a little while for the GPS to find the satellites again). Can
>>> the car be modified such that the 12 volt outlet wills stay powered even
>>> when the vehicle is off?

>>
>> If you don't mind a little under dash wiring it is very easy. Just run a
>> line from the hot side of the accessory outlet to an always hot circuit
>> at the fuse panel. Use an inline use to protect the circuit and cap off
>> the now unused like at the outlet.

>
> Actually, I do mind I know nothing about cars, and am doing the best I
> can to keep it that way. Do you think I could pay Honda to do this
> modification for me? If it is that easy, they shouldn't charge much.


I doubt a Honda dealer would do this. Like Brian said, find a stereo shop
to do it for you.

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