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Old 08-08-2013, 09:23 AM   #1
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Charging Phones iPads, kindles and the like

so sitting here this morning just typing away on my iPad and wondering what I am going to do about charging these beasties in Morrison (ok my wife named the unit Morrison.... as in Van Morrison ). I have an almost unlimited supply of IOS charging blocks and cables so having a set for just Morrison is not an issue. But I am wondering about the logic of having the inverter change the power from AC to DC and the have the charger change it back. On the other had I know of only two 12vdc power outlets and the are both in the cab, and it would be nice to be able to plug in when in bed to finish that last chapter.

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Old 08-08-2013, 09:33 AM   #2
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I added two 12vdc power ports in the rear curbside upper cabinet. Between that, the one next to the driver's seat, the one in the overhead and the one in the dash/ashtray compartment (plus another one for my iPhone that is connected to the Kenwood deck in the center dash console) I'm good to go.

I agree it is silly to use an inverter to go from 12vdc to 120vac back to 12vdc. And inefficient if you are boon-docking as well.


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Old 08-08-2013, 09:45 AM   #3
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Does the interstate not have a powered USB port up front? A lot of vehicles come standard with these now.
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The Kenwood has a USB connector but AS puts it in the glove box. I put mine in the central overhead compartment above the deck.


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Does the interstate not have a powered USB port up front? A lot of vehicles come standard with these now.
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I added two 12vdc power ports in the rear curbside upper cabinet. Between that, the one next to the driver's seat, the one in the overhead and the one in the dash/ashtray compartment (plus another one for my iPhone that is connected to the Kenwood deck in the center dash console) I'm good to go.

I agree it is silly to use an inverter to go from 12vdc to 120vac back to 12vdc. And inefficient if you are boon-docking as well.


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did you come from the DC distribution panel or tap in to something and I would need one on each side we are an IOS kind of family 2 iPads 2 iPhones and two iPods but I think we will only bring one of those and it wil stay in Morrison full time unless it is getting updated
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Adapters with 5v USB output that plug into 12v receptacles are available.
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I ran a new 12vdc line to the DC distribution panel. It's quite easy to do. You simply remove the control panel's four screws and carefully place it in the right compartment next to it while you work (out, up a bit and over, and don't disconnect anything). Then run the wires down the shower wall, then under the seat, then to the panel. It's easy to do.

I mounted a double DC outlet in the upper right hand corner of the locker just to the right of the control panel, and put it on its own circuit. I had to drill a small hole for the wire. I also use it to power a "Surf on the Go" Pepwave 4G router that I use when on the road for internet access.That way, the 12vdc can be powered by the house batteries when boon-docking and the router can be used as a WIFI as WAN router, or cellular router, as the case may be. I also ran three antenna's to the roof-one for the WIFI on the router, and the other two for the 4G modem, to increase the signal strength.

If you just want more 12vdc outlets, you can get two to four circuit adapters such as this:

Amazon.com : LENMAR SPP-04 Power Port 4 Outlet DC Power Socket : Electronics

and plug them into the 12vdc plug in the overhead compartment.

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did you come from the DC distribution panel or tap in to something and I would need one on each side we are an IOS kind of family 2 iPads 2 iPhones and two iPods but I think we will only bring one of those and it wil stay in Morrison full time unless it is getting updated
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:10 PM   #8
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We charge off the invertor? plugged into the cig lighter when we are driving, use the outlets in back with an adapter for multiple lines when parked and plugged into electricity.


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We charge off the invertor? plugged into the cig lighter when we are driving, use the outlets in back with an adapter for multiple lines when parked and plugged into electricity.
That works for me as well. The power drain on the house batteries is minimal, and even though my wife and I often have as many as four iOS devices between us, it is a rare occasion when more than one needs charging at the same time. Besides that leaving an iOS device constantly on charge will shorten the life of the battery in the device. The same thing is true of laptop batteries but I haven't bothered to carry a laptop since the iPad came out.
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One of the pluses with charging is that the same device that charges the Verizon MiFi also charges the smart phone and the Nooks.

We have an invertor for the cig lighter with two outlets in it, which allows charging of the IPad and another device at the same time.


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Be sure you get a charger that will supply the higher current for the iPads.

I like this one. 1 port for ipad, 1 for phone/iPod.

Griffin Dual USB Car Charger Car Charge Ipad2 Iphone 4s 3gs Griffin
http://amzn.com/B0079BLTPS

The nice thing about this one is that it sits almost flush in the outlet. Larger ones won't allow you to close the upholder if you use it in the cigarette lighter port.

I think it was already mentioned,but a stock AS will have the cigarette lighter which only has power with the key on as well as a power outlet under the cup holder (I'm embarrassed to say I never saw this one until someone on here mentioned it) as well as a unit above the driver In the entertainment compartment.

The later 2 are always powered.

Also, the wall outlet behind the driver is always powered with the inverter on. The other outlets require the generator or shore power.

(I'd use the 12v outlets for the iOS devices. The outlet is handy if you need to charge a laptop)
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I think it was already mentioned,but a stock AS will have the cigarette lighter which only has power with the key on as well as a power outlet under the cup holder (I'm embarrassed to say I never saw this one until someone on here mentioned it) as well as a unit above the driver In the entertainment compartment.

The later 2 are always powered.

Also, the wall outlet behind the driver is always powered with the inverter on. The other outlets require the generator or shore power.

(I'd use the 12v outlets for the iOS devices. The outlet is handy if you need to charge a laptop)
Don't forget that you've got also an exterior 12v outlet on the curbside, for when you're set up at the campground.
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:57 AM   #13
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I have purchased and will be adding 2 of these Dual USB Charger Socket - Blue Sea Systems dual USB sockets at strategic locations the next time I visit my Interstate along with another 12v outlet, also from Blue Sea. I wish the Dual USB sockets were rated for more than 1A but they will serve to charge our iPhones at least.

It's a bit amazing AS didn't include more outlets.
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Our cigarette lighter inverter draws off the engine battery, whether we are driving and the ignition is on or parked with the ignition off.

We charge the phone, IPad, nooks, MiFi, etc., this way when camping without electricity for whatever reason.

One cig lighter is on the dash, another in the ashtray just beneath.


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