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nathy_87
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28th Apr 15 at 09:25   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

First off where do you buy them from? Tried searching Amazon but that just brings up the 12v ones that have USB on top of them which is not what I want.

Secondly, when wiring it up I'm guessing that the easiest route would be to feed the wires to the 12v./cigarette lighter?

andy1868
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28th Apr 15 at 09:32   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Just to charge stuff with? Something like this?

http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/maplin-usb-20-socket-a-line-n99fk?gclid=CLmRk5fYmMUCFWoJwwodUpUAbg


I think USB is 5V by the way. That's the extent of my wiring knowledge though i'm afraid
nathy_87
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28th Apr 15 at 09:38   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Exactly that Andy and I'm not that clued up either but I've got a mate who can do it.



[Edited on 28-04-2015 by nathy_87]
Kyle T
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28th Apr 15 at 09:59   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I once bought a cig ligher fitment, took it apart and wired it into my 12v... and blew it up

The 5v thing probably explains it


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Jambo
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28th Apr 15 at 10:03   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Kyle


Skoda might do them Nath, BMW do.
DaveyLC
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28th Apr 15 at 10:07   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/neutrik-usb-panel-mount-socket-n57fl
Dom
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Physical connectors can be had from eBay, Amazon, CPC, Farnell, Maplin. But do realise that USB is 5V not 12V so you'll a regulator circuit to reduce the voltage (an example http://www.instructables.com/id/Portable-USB-Charger-1/).

Easiest option would be to dismantle a USB car charger and fit that to your car.
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http://cpc.farnell.com/unbranded/usb-st/module-usb-to-screw-terms/dp/AV16468?ost=usb+st

I use these at work
DaveyLC
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quote:
Originally posted by pow
http://cpc.farnell.com/unbranded/usb-st/module-usb-to-screw-terms/dp/AV16468?ost=usb+st

I use these at work


Ł10.92 each? Are they filled with unicorn horn dust?
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29th Apr 15 at 08:18   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I have seen some ridiculous prices for things on farnell/rs before
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http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&alt=web&id=131408985869

Step down tranny.

Install that between 12v source and you 5v port
Dom
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quote:
Originally posted by Dee25790
Step down tranny.


Regulator transformer.

Certainly a cheap solution but i doubt you'd be able to pull 3A off it though.

[Edited on 29-04-2015 by Dom]
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quote:
Originally posted by Dom
quote:
Originally posted by Dee25790
Step down tranny.


Regulator transformer.

Certainly a cheap solution but i doubt you'd be able to pull 3A off it though.

[Edited on 29-04-2015 by Dom]


Not exactly..

A regulator regulates voltage.

A transformer transforms voltage and current up or down

 
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