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Old 11-01-2006, 08:12 PM   #1
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I am getting ready to install the final part to my stiletto car dock installation.

My question is about connection of the 12V to Female power adapter cable.

I see two ways to connect it, which might you do?
  1. Run 12V from battery through firewall under dash.
  2. Use Fuse Tap and connect to the fuse block
Do you use the Ground from anywhere in the car like a screw into the frame, or do you go all the way back to the neg post of the battery?

Do any of you add an in-line Fuse? The manual says it's a 2 amp slow blow fuse? Does it really have to be slow blow? I went to auto parts tonight, I only saw fast acting, nothing with slow blow. Also does the voltage matter. Some fuses say 250V the car obviously only has 12V

I was thinking of wiring a switch in line so if I have to, I can turn off the hardware, mostly to reset the dock if I need to. I had to pull out the plug on my S50 countless times. If I have the plug buried under the dash it will be hard to pull it, so I though a switch conveniently placed under the dash might make it easier.

Do most people connect theirs to be on all the time or do they connect it so that the key must be on or on the ACC position.

I can see plus'es and minus's for both. Always on will allow you to leave the radio on or paused while in the store for a short time. The radio is still recording the show. When you get back in the car just hit play not missing a beat. The downside is you can forget and come back to a dead battery. So if the key is off the radio is off nothing to forget.

What have any of you done? All Comments Welcome.

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I am getting ready to install the final part to my stiletto car dock installation.

My question is about connection of the 12V to Female power adapter cable.

I see two ways to connect it, which might you do?
  1. Run 12V from battery through firewall under dash.
  2. Use Fuse Tap and connect to the fuse block
Do you use the Ground from anywhere in the car like a screw into the frame, or do you go all the way back to the neg post of the battery?
I would do neither. I would use wire taps to connect a female cig lighter adapter to the positive and neg wires of the cig lighter in your dash. This way, you 1) avoid running wires to the outside of your car; 2) avoid messing with the fuse block; and 3) you will be protected by the existing fuse that the current cig lighter is connected through.

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Do any of you add an in-line Fuse? The manual says it's a 2 amp slow blow fuse? Does it really have to be slow blow? I went to auto parts tonight, I only saw fast acting, nothing with slow blow. Also does the voltage matter. Some fuses say 250V the car obviously only has 12V
No need for an extra fuse if you wire as described above. Also, I believe the cig lighter adapter has a built in fuse.

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I was thinking of wiring a switch in line so if I have to, I can turn off the hardware, mostly to reset the dock if I need to. I had to pull out the plug on my S50 countless times. If I have the plug buried under the dash it will be hard to pull it, so I though a switch conveniently placed under the dash might make it easier.
Switch isn't a bad idea. I never had problems with my older Sanyo reciever freezing on me. IMO, if I needed to reset the dock, I would just unplug the power connector and plug it back in after a few seconds. It's pretty simple.

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Do most people connect theirs to be on all the time or do they connect it so that the key must be on or on the ACC position.
This depends. On my Saturn Ion, I have two factory cig lighters. One stays on all the time and the other is wired through the ACC on my ignition. This will depend on your car and how it's wired.

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I can see plus'es and minus's for both. Always on will allow you to leave the radio on or paused while in the store for a short time. The radio is still recording the show. When you get back in the car just hit play not missing a beat. The downside is you can forget and come back to a dead battery. So if the key is off the radio is off nothing to forget.
I'm not much for recording anything except music. I hear howey all day long so no need to record him. I generally prefer it shut off when my car is in the off position.

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What have any of you done? All Comments Welcome.

Thanks,
Pretty much, I've done what I describe above. Hope my info gives you an idea of how you want to persue your install. Good luck.
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