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Old 08-29-2009, 06:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well I searched and searched and didn't find what i was looking for, so here goes...

I just finished my OBA and I'm looking for instruction/ideas as to how and where to install some plugs into my Suburban. Mostly for my laptop and cell phone chargers. let me see what you got. I have an inverter that I plan to cannibalize for this install. but would like to see how others went about it.


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Old 08-29-2009, 07:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I haven't done this myself, but when you do this, I think you'll need to make you you provide it with adequate air flow.
I bought a 400W inverter, and the instructions said it can reach 140 F.
Maybe grab some computers fans to help irculate the air through whatever heat sink you setup?

Take lots of pics for us!
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Old 08-30-2009, 07:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Buy a large inverter (sp?), mount it under the hood or seat or on the firewall or trans hump.

Open the case and cut the wires before the plug, solder on longer wires using heavy duty wire like a drop cord.

Run those to where you want your plugs and mount them.

Or be like me and leave the unit alone and throw it in the glove box and pull it out when necessary.
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I keep it simple. I have a 350 watt portable inverter with a cooling fan built in that I switch to whatever vehicle I need it in. Plug it into the cig. lighter receptacle when needed and plug whatever needs power into it. I also have a 3000 watt inverter for my camper, it has 4 outlets, I plug the camper power line into it if I don't have an outside source of power and/or individual appliances and lights straight into the inverter as needed.
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Breaker I may just go the route you suggested. Only reason I don't just leave it in the center console or glove box is because I'm trying to clear some more space in there, and get rid of some clutter. + I think it would look pretty sweet to have couple outlets placed throughout the truck. Thanks for the input!
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I am going to do this in my Jeep. I have all the parts I just need to install it.

They way I'm doing it is to keep the inverter intact and using a homemade extension cord that has a plug on one end and its open on the other end with wires. You just take the extension cord and plug it into one of the inverter's outlets and then wire it up to a 120V AC outlet that you mount wherever you want. My inverter will be mounted in a cargo drawer that I'm going to build and I will probably wire up a computer fan to keep the heat down.
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