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2012 USB plug

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Squirrellydw, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. Apr 28, 2012 at 9:00 AM
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    Squirrellydw

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    I have a 2012 and have a question about the USB plug below the radio. Is there away to take it out of the holder and split it? What I want to do is split it and have one go back to the holder in the dash and have another BEHIND the dash so I can plug something in permanently. Any idea?
     
  2. Apr 28, 2012 at 1:21 PM
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    In theory, yeah. The USB protocol allows for cable lengths up to about 25 feet. However, you can't just splice the wires; there is actual circuitry involved. You have to buy a splitter/switch/hub/Y-cable whatever to do it. And then route the cables, and fit them.

    In practice.... I dunno man. Every USB hub/splitter I have ever used has been utter shite. Some devices work great, others don't. And I don't know how well the head unit will do with multiple devices attached, but that should be easy enough to test.

    If you try it, report back, I'd definitely be interested in hearing about it.
     
  3. Apr 28, 2012 at 2:01 PM
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    by splitting I mean use a y-cable. Does anyone know how to take the USB end out of the plastic holder thingy? Picture would be great.
     
  4. Apr 28, 2012 at 2:04 PM
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    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st-gen-tacomas/205044-nunavut-my-build.html
    First try plugging in a y-cable and see if it works with two devices. have you tried that?
     
  5. Apr 28, 2012 at 2:34 PM
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    no because I don't have a y-cable yet. I just wanna charge two things at once from it.
     
  6. Apr 28, 2012 at 4:36 PM
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    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st-gen-tacomas/205044-nunavut-my-build.html
    Oh, that should work no problem. I'm not sure how you would take it out. I have a 1st gen tacoma, and I had too add a usb plug myself.
     
  7. Apr 28, 2012 at 4:44 PM
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  8. Apr 29, 2012 at 5:09 AM
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    I want it to be hidden a much as possible so you don't see the wires. I just don't know how to take the USB plug apart from the holder
     
  9. Apr 29, 2012 at 6:09 AM
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    I just plugged in a dual USB mini plug in the cig lighter, and it fits perfectly, hard to grap it to remove if needed. Almost looks factory. Now the acc plug is free for other toys...
     
  10. Apr 29, 2012 at 6:18 AM
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    What about adding a 12v cig lighter style socket behind the dash and plugging in one of the USB adapter splitters? You could tap the existing 12v or run a new one from the fuse box. Seems easier and cheaper while still getting the same result.
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    :cheers:

    Same here, they are available everywhere and work great.
     
  12. Apr 29, 2012 at 7:15 AM
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    OK, is there a nice write up on how to do this? I know I saw something before
     
  13. Apr 29, 2012 at 7:40 AM
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    As some others have mentioned - then wire up an additional cig lighter under the dash, then stick one of those USB plugs in. 12v wire is easier than playing around with USB. I did a similar setup for my wife's GPS so it looks hardwired. Easy to remove and I didn't have to chop the GPS cable.
     
  15. May 16, 2012 at 7:16 PM
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    I have a 2012 and in this picture there are 4 empty fuses, 1 at the top and 3 at the bottom. Anyone know what one I can use that turns on and off with the ignition? The one with the yellow dot I can't use since I have a fuse there? Also what size fuse should I use in my add a circuit, 7.5 and 3?

    thanks

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  16. May 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM
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    What do you want to do with the USB port? Do you just want to use it as a charger, or do you want to use it as an alternate port to plug in a thumb drive? I have a 2008, so it didn't come with a USB port. I added one using a Gromm adapter, and also added a 12V power outlet. I located them in the center console. Here's my write-up.

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/audio-video/177642-usb-aux-input-12v-outlet-console-write-up.html
     
  18. May 17, 2012 at 2:19 PM
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    All I want to do is add an extra 12V power outlet. I just need to know where to plug it in so it turns on and off with the ignition.
     
  19. May 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM
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    I just tapped mine to the 12V outlet that's below the HVAC controls.
     
  20. May 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM
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    I don't know the answer to your question, but it would be easy enough to find out. With the vehicle ignition OFF, check the DC voltage on each location. Then with the vehicle ignition ON, check the DC voltage again. If you get 12V with it ON, but not with it OFF then you have found your match.
     
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