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    I have a Clark armrest that has two receptacles in the front. I am replacing one with an old Lucas cigar lighter that I found in my stash and the other will be a dual USB ports. Was planning on using 14 gauge wire and link the two together so only one each outgoing power and ground. Also adding an in line fuse. I thought about going to a purple wire source. Any comments or recos would be appreciated. What size fuse should I use?
    Thanks,
    Bruce

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    Purple wires are already fused.
    I'm no 'sparky' but I'd think you'd want your fuse(s) dedicated to the receptacles or to the accessories plugged into the receptacles....White wire source if you want power from the ignition switch or brown wire source if you want power from the battery.
    Driving a 1973 TR6
    Doing ZS carb repairs
    email kencorsaw"at"aol.com

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    • Bruce
      Bruce commented
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      So if I wanted to use brown wire, based on the wiring diagram, it looks like the solenoid would be a good place to connect. Still trying to figure out how many amps the cigar lighter pulls. The usb’s Use 4.8 amps when both are in use.

  • #3
    How much current does the cigar lighter use?
    72 Pimento w/overdrive

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    • #4
      Originally posted by Bruce View Post
      I have a Clark armrest that has two receptacles in the front. I am replacing one with an old Lucas cigar lighter that I found in my stash and the other will be a dual USB ports. Was planning on using 14 gauge wire and link the two together so only one each outgoing power and ground. Also adding an in line fuse. I thought about going to a purple wire source. Any comments or recos would be appreciated. What size fuse should I use?
      Thanks,
      Bruce
      Love to see the center console when you get it installed...considering the same one.

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      • Bruce
        Bruce commented
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        Will post a pic once I get it installed.

    • #5
      Originally posted by Bruce View Post
      So if I wanted to use brown wire, based on the wiring diagram, it looks like the solenoid would be a good place to connect. Still trying to figure out how many amps the cigar lighter pulls. The usb’s Use 4.8 amps when both are in use.
      if you have a VOM with a high enough current setting (20A scale), put it in series with the lighter when engaged and hooked to the battery.

      72 Pimento w/overdrive

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      • #6
        I was looking at my fuse box and I still have an empty fuse holder at the top. I don’t have any other accessories so instead of splicing a fuse in the line, should I just run a brown wire from the solenoid and hook the hot wire from the receptacles there? I’m definitely a neophyte when it comes to electrics.

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        • #7
          Originally posted by Bruce View Post
          I was looking at my fuse box and I still have an empty fuse holder at the top. I don’t have any other accessories so instead of splicing a fuse in the line, should I just run a brown wire from the solenoid and hook the hot wire from the receptacles there? I’m definitely a neophyte when it comes to electrics.
          Look closely at the brown wire going INTO the fuse box..You may find an empty spade in that location. Make a short jumper wire connecting that empty spade to the empty spade on the INTO side of the vacant fuse.
          Then you can install the appropriate size fuse and on the EXIT side of that fuse the wire to your receptacles....But do not install the fuse until you've completed all the connections, because the brown wire will always be hot and you'll blow the new fuse if it's installed and you touch the new wire to your receptacle to a ground while you're in the process of hooking everything up.
          I still think each device plugged into the receptacle should have it's own fuse, though.....one device plugged into those receptacles may need a different amperage fuse than the other....but like I said "I'm no 'sparky'."
          Driving a 1973 TR6
          Doing ZS carb repairs
          email kencorsaw"at"aol.com

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          • #8
            Ken,
            I couldn’t be that lucky. I wasn’t thinking of OD as an accessory. All spades taken for brown.

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            • #9
              They do make a connector with a female socket on one end and 2 male spades on the other end.
              Remove one of the wires brown wires on the fuse box, install the connector, put the brown wire you removed on one of those new spades and your power to the receptacles on the other spade.
              https://search.aol.com/aol/search?s_...nector&s_qt=ac
              And there's the 'piggy back' style.
              https://www.amazon.com/double-spade-...de%20connector

              Last edited by poolboy; 08-18-2018, 02:39 PM.
              Driving a 1973 TR6
              Doing ZS carb repairs
              email kencorsaw"at"aol.com

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              • #10
                I like that. Thanks Ken. For the jumper wire, is it OK to use 14 gauge or do I need to bigger?

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                • #11
                  A short hop like that, a couple of inches, sure...It might even be good for a longer run to the receptacles; but let's see what others think...amperage and distance will come into play eventually.
                  Driving a 1973 TR6
                  Doing ZS carb repairs
                  email kencorsaw"at"aol.com

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                  • #12
                    I havent read anything which has caused me big pause yet.

                    My only reservation with fuses close to the source, is in past cars, I have to search all over the car for fuse locations of various accessories.

                    That said. My eFan fuse is near the fuse box, and I think my ashtray 12v receptacle is indeed located with it at the receptacle.

                    The spare fuse location at the box is cleaner, IMO.
                    Last edited by tr6harris; 08-19-2018, 12:43 PM.
                    '74 TR6 CF13007U aka "Mr. T"
                    Custom Blue (Delft-Like) and New Tan (Formerly Mallard and New Tan)
                    Points, Ballast Bypassed, Bosch Blue Coil, Moss Cobalt Wires, Champion RN12YC plugs.
                    Peaks and tweaks, but the spirit of Original
                    Redlines always.
                    My wife is the Driver, I'm just the Mechanic....

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                    • #13
                      Definitely a better routing than my original plan. Will be getting the fuse box connector tomorrow.

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