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Old 11-21-2006, 02:29 PM   #1
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I currently have a Starmate replay that is using the 12v power outlet in my car. When you turn off the key, the outlet stays hot. I have reason to believe my wife left the radio on and killed the battery in the car. I'm looking to avoid this situation repeating itself, so I was wondering. what is the best way to find a power supply that turns off/on when in the ACC position? And what is the best way to install the power supply? Thanks fof the input.
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I currently have a Starmate replay that is using the 12v power outlet in my car. When you turn off the key, the outlet stays hot. I have reason to believe my wife left the radio on and killed the battery in the car. I'm looking to avoid this situation repeating itself, so I was wondering. what is the best way to find a power supply that turns off/on when in the ACC position? And what is the best way to install the power supply? Thanks fof the input.
Well, the best way is to rewire that cig lighter outlet so that it is only powered when the ignition is turned on, or find a switched power source from the fuse box to hook into. Unfortunately I don't know exactly how to instruct someone to do this, but that's the way I would go. My Toyota 4runner came this way out of the factory. I use an Xact Visor and it automatically turns itself back on with the car.

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It depends on your skill level.... But what I do is find a wire under the dash that has 12V with the key on and no volts with the key off.

I have a voltmeter and a probe that is thin and sharp like a needle.. I look around the fuse panel and pierce the insulation of several wires with the probe until I find one that is hot only with the key on.

I use a razor knife to peel off a tiny patch of insulation so the bare wire underneath is showing. Then I use a hot fine tipped soldering iron to solder the Sirus power lead on to it. (This saves cutting the wire, splicing etc).

A tight wrap with electrical tape and the job is done
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I would suggest checking the Auto Parts store for something called an Add-A-Tap. It plugs into your fuse panel and basically piggy backs a second connection while keeping both fused. You plug it into your fuse panel and it has a lead wire coming out. I would suggest connecting that to a 12V cig style receptacle and grounding off the other wire. That way you can use the cig plug that comes with the device without messing with it and you don't mess up any wiring in your car either. Completely reversible.
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If you find a switched 12v wire, these taps are relaly easy to use:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...entPage=search

Just slide it on the power wire, insert the new wire, then squeeze it all together. I wrap them with a little tape to make it a bit more secure. I used to solder all my taps but this is way easier and gives a good connection.

I use this outlet from radio shack in my car:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...entPage=search

Connect it to switched power then hide it behind the dash. It lets you use the power cable that came with the tuner and leaves it intact in the event you want to take it out and use it somewhere else.
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Wow, thanks for all of the suggestions. I used to do some basic stereo/speaker installing back in the day, but it seems so long ago...I'll probably check out radio shack and try the install suggested by propermod. That seems like the easiest route.
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In line fuse adapter works well for me. just locate what one you fuse panel is not hot when the key is off.

I found using the radio or wipers works well.
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Job is done. I got one of those additional outlets that propermodulation suggested ($7.94 at radio shack). I have a 2004 Malibu and it has a fuse box right on the passenger side center console. I attached a u shaped connector to my pos and neg wires on the adapter. Then I loosened the nut that grounds all the other elctrical components from that panel. Next I simply found an unused outlet and slid the u shaped connector into the fuse panel(it is the exact width as a fuse). I turned on the key, powered up the Starmate, turned the key off, Starmate off. To easy guys, thanks for the help. Does anyone forsee any problems I may have with this install?
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