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On-Board Air HELP

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ZachPrerunner, May 12, 2017.

  1. May 12, 2017 at 7:42 PM
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    ZachPrerunner

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    Okay, so I'm wanting to install a small 12v 100psi air compressor from HF on the truck. I was intending to use the outlet in the bed, but I'm unsure how to convert the cigarette lighter plug. Do I need an inverter or is there a way around this?
     
  2. May 12, 2017 at 7:57 PM
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    Justinlhc

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    You want to power a 12v DC compressor using your 120v AC outlet?

    Why not just wire it into the 12v truck system? The inverter is only good for 400w max AC.

    Btw those compressors are junk.
     
  3. May 12, 2017 at 8:06 PM
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    What's the easiest way to wire in the compressor? I don't want a switch inside the cab. I just want to get power to it. I haven't found a write up doing such?
     
  4. May 12, 2017 at 9:16 PM
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    There isn't a proper power source in the back end of the truck, unfortunately. It would have to be wired either directly from the battery or from one of the ignition sources depending on the amp draw of it. Your best bet is to wire it to the battery with its own fuse. I had a nice Viair cig lighter compressor that drew too much power for most cig lighter outlets so it was constantly blowing fuses.
     
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  5. May 12, 2017 at 9:26 PM
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    If you don't want a switch why wire it in at all? Just pop your hood and connect to the battery when needed. You probably won't use it every day anyway
     
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  6. May 12, 2017 at 11:08 PM
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    Well there's already a switch on the unit itself, so I don't really need a switch on the inside of the cab anyway.
     
  7. May 12, 2017 at 11:12 PM
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    So I can just clip the end off and wire directly to the battery with a fuse from an auto parts store? The compressor doesn't have any positive and negative wire markings, so how would I figure out which is which? I'm new with electrical, so I'm sure these questions are a pain to answer.
     
  8. May 12, 2017 at 11:53 PM
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