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Adding a USB to the center console?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by fireman!, Aug 19, 2017.

  1. Aug 19, 2017 at 9:02 PM
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    fireman!

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    has anyone added a USB charger to the center console?
     
  2. Aug 20, 2017 at 2:13 AM
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    I've added a total of 10 USB ports, but none on the center console. Have a 400-watt inverter with 4 USB ports bolted to rear of center console for the rear passengers. Have a 2-USB port on the little squarish thingy below vent and to left of glove box, for the passenger. Have a combination 2-USB port/2-cig lighter thingy bolted under the center coin tray thingy, right of steering column. And, have a 2-USB port mounted in one of the empty switch ports on dash left of steering wheel. I think I've seen someone put a USB port inside the center console, but have not seen one on the console. If you take the console out and look on the bottomside, you'll see a honeycomb type web of extruded plastic that would make it a challenge to insert a USB port. Well, inserting it will be easy; it's bolting it in place that's the challenge.
     
  3. Aug 20, 2017 at 5:59 AM
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  4. Aug 20, 2017 at 6:33 AM
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    I thought about trying to mount a 110 outlet to the outside of the center console some how.
     
  5. Aug 20, 2017 at 6:53 AM
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    Like this? There is a thread on here to do this. All you need is the inverter set up in bottom of counsel. Pretty easy to do.
     
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  6. Aug 20, 2017 at 7:19 AM
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    Do you have a write up??
     
  7. Aug 20, 2017 at 7:34 AM
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    Larzzzz

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    Looks like you used the screw holes for the plate on the outlet to mount it.
     
  8. Aug 20, 2017 at 7:57 AM
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    best of both worlds right there... I'm sure I would muck it all up some how though... ;)
     
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    Had it ever killed your battery while charging something over night or for several hours.
     
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    lol not at all. I would worry about that. I would charge phone and or Bluetooth devices. Not drawing much power at all
     
  13. Aug 20, 2017 at 11:37 AM
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    6 of my 8 USP ports. All except the first one run off my 2nd battery.

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  14. Aug 20, 2017 at 11:52 AM
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    I have 3. One is built into my Schosce Magic phone mount. The other is just a 12v to USB adapter that a passenger can use. The factory USB I use for my MP3 player.

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    I did add a 12v port the the back of the center console of the wife's Prius and stuck a dual USB adapter in it. That's been a lifesaver on long trips. No more dead phones and tablets for the kids. Makes for quiet, peaceful road trips. The lighted ring is tied into the parking lamp cicuit. Makes for easy finding in the dark.

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  15. Aug 20, 2017 at 12:11 PM
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    That's pretty neat so how does that work? Is that connected to your main battery?
     
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    @Twom07

    I don't remember! Pretty sure I ran the line down to the fuse box and used a fuse tap. I use it mostly to power my handheld GPS which is low power.

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  17. Aug 20, 2017 at 12:58 PM
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    This that and the other thing.
  18. Aug 20, 2017 at 1:07 PM
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    Where did you get the constant power from???
     
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    You can go to the fuse box in the cab under the coin door by adding a fuse tab, or wire into the engine bay fuse box. There are some live blades you can tap into. Use a voltmeter to find them.
     
  20. Aug 29, 2017 at 6:20 AM
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