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VZ accessory wiring

Dover1123

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Morning all.
Am in the process of installing a UHF radio and some other electrical goodies into my ute.

Just wondering the best place to get power? I've looked into using the cigarette lighter plug, but I'm looking at putting in about 4 or 5 things that need power (UHF, Scanner, laptop, GPS, etc).

How many things can you run off the cigarette lighter before you overload it?

Are there any other places I can hardwire some of this stuff in?

Cheers

Ben
 

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i would think its better hardwiring it from the battery and link it to the accessories some how so it would work like a factory fit out, thats what i was thinking
 

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most ciggy lighters are the 10-20 amp mark. best of just getting power from the battery
 

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Hard Wire is best

Dover,

Operating my VZ wagon as a "Pilot Vehicle" I have several add-ons wired in and what we have done is come direct of the battery to a distribution point in the area below the radio (ash try area). From this point I have then run power to the six (6) switch's located on a custom panel located in that area for my various warning lights. Also from this point to the UHF unit (spilt system) where the base is located under the center consol and the operating face is located across the area in front of the window switch's. In addition to this I have enough power from this supply to install two (2) outlets for the handheld spot light and GPS system which is going in next week.

I have installed a fuse link on the lead from the battery and also separate fuse on each unit supply from the distribution panel.

I did post a photo of the switch panel some time back under a heading of mobile phones.

Hope this helps.

Jim
 

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Would it be ok to use a driving light relay connected directly from the battery and using a current from the cigarette lighter as the exciter?

That would give me two +ve terminals that could be split in half to power 4 accessories.

Now just need to find a place to hide all this wiring...
 

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Would it be ok to use a driving light relay connected directly from the battery and using a current from the cigarette lighter as the exciter?

That would give me two +ve terminals that could be split in half to power 4 accessories.

Now just need to find a place to hide all this wiring...
i would use the mobile phone connector for the exciter. the yellow wire is the accessory power. FYI red is permanent power and black is ground (you probibly could have guessed that) and pink is radio mute which amy be handy for your UHF install
 
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