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I'm looking for ideas on how to add usb charging ports to the cabin are of my car. I did a search and not much came up, so I was wondering if anyone has done this can share their project ideas. Parts, clever mounting locations, power source wiring?

I was thinking two in the center console, two more in the rear area next to the rear heater control and one in each seat in the 3rd row. This will be powered by 12v and drops down to whatever voltage USB is suppose to supply, and used for charging mobile devices, run a dash cam or radar detector.

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I'm looking for ideas on how to add usb charging ports to the cabin are of my car. I did a search and not much came up, so I was wondering if anyone has done this can share their project ideas. Parts, clever mounting locations, power source wiring?

I was thinking two in the center console, two more in the rear area next to the rear heater control and one in each seat in the 3rd row. This will be powered by 12v and drops down to whatever voltage USB is suppose to supply, and used for charging mobile devices, run a dash cam or radar detector.

Any suggestions?
this may not be practical for your purposes, but I have at least two available USB charging ports in my center console area of my 2009 MDX via the use of this +3 socket cigarette expansion device (purchased from Amazon and comprises three 12V / 24V cigarette lighter sockets- DC outlets providing total power of up to 120W) that I have velcroed to the side of the center console (just to the right of my right leg- low profile design doesn't hamper/interfere with driving at all...albeit my petite frame at 98lbs standing a whole 5 feet tall likely helps too :p ). Each of the three available expansion cigarette lighter sockets has it's own individual on/off button for which when turned on, lights up the corresponding socket being used with a subtle blue LED light.

*The two available USB charging ports reside on opposite sides of this device (pictured below).

I personally need the extra cigarette lighter expansion sockets to simultaneously power up my Escort Passport 9500ix Radar/Laser Detector, Blue Display (which has literally saved me from approximately 83 speeding tickets over the past 6 years! :surprise: ), windshield/dash camera (always on, to capture that 'just in case' moment), and also use the third one to charge devices via a cigarette lighter to mini usb charging cable...this device also features a built-in car battery red LED power meter along its front side that's consistently showing your car battery usage. Have owned this now for about 2 years now- works flawlessly, no issues.

Rocketek Car Splitter, Rocketek 3 Socket Cigarette Lighter Adapter with 2-port USB Car Charger Adapter | Build-in Battery Power Meter | Build in Separate On/Off for each Car Socket | Max Output 120W
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N4GY94A/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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I did something similar and ran an 12v power hub from the rear hatch plug. I keep the power hub under the hatch storage and ran extra 2 long USB cables to the 2nd row seats. I have all weather mats and keep the USB cables coiled up under them. I keep the iPhone/iPad power cables in the front seat pockets and the 2nd row passengers can use as needed on road trips.

I have the Adv+Ent model and I don't have a 12v plug for the rear 2nd row console. Running the USB cables from the rear hatch area is the only way I can do it if I'm already using the 115v plug in the center armrest and a 12v plug in the "not an ashtray" area.


Amazon: $17: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01J7KTBEE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

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83 speeding tickets?? only a matter of time before u plow into someone
I concur 100% and do absolutely realize the wrongs of my ways...while I've been very fortunate up until this point to have not 'plowed into anyone' due to my penchant for speed (mainly on highways when I take long weekend drives in the Midwest between states), most of my speeding varied in the range between 5mph-10mph over- although I'm 100% guilty of cruising on 92mph along a 20 mile portion of Interstate between Ohio and Indiana once while travelling to a wedding)...very dumb, immature action on my part....going into my mid- thirties in age, I'd like to say that I've grown up some since that lapse in poor/inconsiderate judgement...

I have since worked towards eliminating this very bad habit and potentially costly one- most states will charge you thousands of dollars in fines and/or impose criminal convictions (if caught)- even up to a felony in some cases!! (i.e. driving 100mph) which can really put a damper on one's vocational aspirations. I have no criminal record and prefer to remain that way...for the past year I've been consistent in ensuring that I not drive more than 10mph over speed limit (this becomes much harder when taking my 2015 402hp Mercedes SUV out on long trips!) :crying2:

on a sidenote, while travelling back and forth to Illinois from Michigan over the years to visit my cousin in Arlington Heights, I've been pulled over about 6-7 times (pre Escort Passport radar detector days) by either the Illinois State or Chicago city police for speeding- in ALL instances, the cops/troopers had only resorted to giving me JUST a verbal warning- no ticket! (even once many years ago when I had very foolishly used the emergency stopping lane/freeway shoulder on a major Chicago Interstate to drive on during an admittedly selfish attempt to bypass some horrendous bumper to bumper, big city rush hour traffic!!!- didn't know that constitutes wreckless driving and is actually a jail-able offense!!) i'm still amazed at that (how stupid I was and how lenient the officers were!) when I look back esp. considering all the bad press/reputation that seems to surround the Chicago police.
 

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I also took my Blackvue DR650 front/rear dash cam to one of those car audio install places to hard wire into the MDX. No wires to look at, can record in parking mode for hours, and it freed up a USB port. I also added the Vico power plus, Amazon, $60, to cut battery power if it drops below 12.2v in parking mode: https://www.amazon.com/VicoVation-Vico-Power-Battery-Discharge-Prevention/dp/B00ZPLSITE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497628044&sr=8-1&keywords=vico+power+plus

The hardwired Dashcam came in handy in parking mode when someone hit my MDX rear driver side quarter panel trying to park next to me in the Walgreens parking lot at 10pm. Didn't notice the damage until the next day. Caught everything on the front and rear camera for insurance.
 
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I also took my Blackvue DR650 front/rear dash cam to one of those car audio install places to hard wire into the MDX. No wires to look at, can record in parking mode for hours, and it freed up a USB port. I also added the Vico power plus, Amazon, $60, to cut battery power if it drops below 12.2v in parking mode: https://www.amazon.com/VicoVation-Vico-Power-Battery-Discharge-Prevention/dp/B00ZPLSITE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497628044&sr=8-1&keywords=vico+power+plus

The hardwired Dashcam came in handy in parking mode when someone hit my MDX rear driver side quarter panel trying to park next to me in the Walgreens parking lot at 10pm. Didn't notice the damage until the next day. Caught everything on the front and rear camera for insurance.
That Blackvue is a nice camera!- I eventually settled on getting a KDLINKS X1 instead (which doesn't always work in cold weather), but will likely buy the Blackvue for my Mercedes SUV as it can record even then the car is parked :29:

KDLINKS X1 Full-HD 1920 x 1080 165 Degree Wide Angle Dashboard Camera Recorder Car Dash Cam with GPS, G-Sensor & WDR Superior Night Mode
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N8BM0BU/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

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I like the front/rear views and the compact size that hides it from view in my MDX. Zero issues with extreme cold or southwestern summer heat (below freezing winters or +130 degrees in the MDX with windows rolled up). No monitor; but, you can syn'c to a smart phone with built-in wi-fi to look at saved files or see a live front or rear view. I did the live view for the rear camera when I had to back up my MDX in a tight spot when I had my cargo carrier on. I even used the rear camera as a rear view mirror when I had to carry a lot stuff in the back of my MDX hatch a few times.

You are suppose to replace the SD card every 3 months or so because all that writing will cause the card to fail. I purchase the SanDish High Endurance Video Car, 64GB, Amazon, $30, that is good for 10,000 hours (around 416 days of 24/7 recording). It is also suppose to be more heat, cold, water, and shock proof compared to regular SD cards. So far, no issues after a full year of use with this SD card: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00V5Q1N1I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 
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I like the front/rear views and the compact size that hides it from view in my MDX. Zero issues with extreme cold or southwestern summer heat (below freezing winters or +130 degrees in the MDX with windows rolled up). No monitor; but, you can syn'c to a smart phone with built-in wi-fi to look at saved files or see a live front or rear view. I did the live view for the rear camera when I had to back up my MDX in a tight spot when I had my cargo carrier on. I even used the rear camera as a rear view mirror when I had to carry a lot stuff in the back of my MDX hatch a few times.

You are suppose to replace the SD card every 3 months or so because all that writing will cause the card to fail. I purchase the SanDish High Endurance Video Car, 64GB, Amazon, $30, that is good for 10,000 hours (around 416 days of 24/7 recording). It is also suppose to be more heat, cold, water, and shock proof compared to regular SD cards. So far, no issues after a full year of use with this SD card: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00V5Q1N1I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
great INFO- I shall mimic this setup in my Benz! :29:
 

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I was looking at some of the 12v socket expanders which will serve the purpose with a quick solution.

I'm wanting more of an integrated look, something you'll find on most airplanes now. Just a USB jack, and you plug in a usb cable.
I'm leaning towards getting something like this and installing them in the locations I want - https://www.amazon.com/HOTSYSTEM-12-24V-Motorcycle-Charger-Waterproof/dp/B00WBF8K0Y/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1497639111&sr=8-8&keywords=LED+12V+24V+3.1A+Motorcycle+Car+Dual+USB

Priscilla - 83 tickets?!?! WOW - slow down
 

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Priiscilla needs to move out west because the posted speed limit is between 75-80 mph except in California. Cop leave you alone if you are under 5 mph over. You can cover a lot of ground at 80-85 mph in a few hours!
 
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Priscilla - 83 tickets?!?! WOW - slow down...
that's about 83 potential tickets over the past six years (I used an anal retentive method to most accurately approximate the # of times my $500+ radar detector has saved me from the fuzz lying in wait, anywhere from 100 feet away, to up to several miles away with their nifty little radar guns...I've since changed my driving habits and have come to terms with the potential dangers to others that speeding often results in...:crying2:
 

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Priiscilla needs to move out west because the posted speed limit is between 75-80 mph except in California. Cop leave you alone if you are under 5 mph over. You can cover a lot of ground at 80-85 mph in a few hours!
California is a beautiful state to visit- but the cost of living and frequent road rage (at least from what I've perceived from my multiple visits- esp. in LA!) would wear down on my other weaknesses (over spending and bad temper on the road :crying2:)
 

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I've done a USB port install in other cars. Basically, I bought a car charger and a panel mount USB port. Then I cracked open the car charger, wired it directly into the car and ran it to the panel mount USB I put in the dash.

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- sounds interesting, nepbug , you mind posting some pictures of your project so we can all get a better visual idea
 

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I've done a USB port install in other cars. Basically, I bought a car charger and a panel mount USB port. Then I cracked open the car charger, wired it directly into the car and ran it to the panel mount USB I put in the dash.

Sent from my VS986 using Tapatalk

Any links to the two devices you used?


It annoys me to have the ash tray lid open while accessing the lighter socket. I just want to have a hardwired USB port somewhere on the dash or console.
 

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Any links to the two devices you used?


It annoys me to have the ash tray lid open while accessing the lighter socket. I just want to have a hardwired USB port somewhere on the dash or console.
I am looking for the same solution as well, and yes, the lid open bugs me too, since that's where I keep all my spare change. Surprised it was engineered that way since even the most low profile USB lighter plug will not allow the door to close (which it can't close regardless anyway due to the cable running off the socket plug).

I have used a dual 110V to USB plug inside the console but that is not that great since the protruding cables reduce the amount of usable space in there. I did install a bluetooth streaming module to my XM unit and it came with an extra USB connector so I have been running stuff from under the trunk to the front and then another dual one from the trunk socket (which is not great since it gets knocked around). I am trying to find a way to integrate a USB plug in order to install a USB flash drive / stick with music that can play on the system
 

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California is getting crazy, well anywhere in America is a bit cra cra these days.


Anyways, I ended up ordering the same cigarette light splitter than MrGold35 posted because it has 4 USB ports and I'm going out of town this weekend and need it asap. Amazon: $17: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I plan to hard wire it into the car, and use it in the center console for easy access. I need to run a dashcam, Valentine 1, and charge my phone, and passenger's phone.
Too bad Acura didn't foresee the needs of having dedicated USB ports in the car back then.
 
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