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Anybody install USB plugs into your rides? I'd really like to get a dual plug setup for the phone and iPod.

If anybody's done it, please post pics.
 

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Ughhhh... borrrrrring.... I'm married with a young child. Projects like this keep me going.

I can only do so much land scaping, home improvements, or wash my motorcycles, and my cars so many times before I start yawning. This summer I built a really nice paver patio, gazebo, and flower boxes. I redesigned a bathroom. I wrapped one of my motorcycles and the dash in my Jeep with 3M Di-Noc (bad to the bone). I tinted my windows on the Commander, replaced the shocks (no lift. This is still my family car) and cruised junk yards with hopes of finding a Commander Limited with a great condition dark interior to chop up and redesign my sport interior to be black and tan... now, tho, I am onto much more sophisticated modifications, well more sophisticated, at least. For starters, I want 2 USB ports

Time at home... I got plenty of it, just need to fill it..

I am on a budgeted long-ish-term quest to build this Jeep into what I think it should have been from the factory, yet to an untrained eye, it'll be virtually stock looking. If only I could pursuade my wife into new chrome wheels.
 

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I went to best buy and bought a phone charger with a usb cable plug on it, it charges my phone and my Ipad.
 

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I could see routing some kind of panel to the back of the center console that is powered for the rear passengers to use. That might be a pretty cool job. Then again you could mount 2 new power accessory ports to the back and then use it for whatever type of power you need whether it be usb, phone charger, electric cooler. etc.
 

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So lets attack that boredom...

I don't know if you are handy with a soldering iron, but if you are - pick up the following parts (one set per USB plug):

5Volt 3Amp Voltage Regulator
http://www.jameco.com/1/1/3193-lm323t-5v-fixed-positive-regulator-psfm3-analog-linear.html

USB Port
http://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10001_10001_2097011_-1

2 49.9K resistors
http://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10001_10001_2080382_-1

1 75K resistor
http://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10001_10001_1887926_-1

1 http://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10001_10001_1887168_-1

you might also want a heat sink for the voltage regulators - they get HOT with load.
http://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StoreCatalogDrillDownView?langId=-1&storeId=10001&catalogId=10001&freeText=heat sink&search_type=jamecoall


follow this wiring guide for the USB port use a +12V Accessory on lead behind the dash - maybe from the always on cig lighter jack.
http://thecustomgeek.com/2011/08/03/charging-an-ipad-iphone-or-ipod/

Where you have the VCC that is the OUTPUT connector of the voltage regulator
Where you have GRD is the GROUND/COMMON of the voltage regulator AND vehicle ground.
on the voltage regulator where you have INPUT is the +12V ACC or Always on feed from the vehicle.

I think it should be up to you to find the place to put these. I chose the 3A regulators even though the referenced project uses a 2A becuase the new iPads use a 2.5A charger. Also the USB 3.0 specification goes up to 3A.

Good luck and show me some pics when you are done. Personally I would think that one iof the switch blanks by the seat heaters at the bottom of the dash center above the cig lighter ports would be great.

Dr. Noise
 
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