- 4" x 12" Balsa ply wood
- 5/8" wooden ball
- 1/2" wooden dowel
- Black spray paint
- Cig light socket
- 5' thin gauge wire
Total cost ~ $10
Step 1: Looks Like a IMac G4 ?
So dash mount this time.
Step 2: Build the Mount/holder
Also spray painted black to match interior.
Step 3: Tap Into Lighter Socket
Start with the bottom rubber cup holder. Use a small screw driver, push open the edge of the rubber cup holder. Slip in a needle nose pliers & pull it out.
Step 4: Cup Holder Removal
Eject the cup holder. Hold the cup stem, pull up a bit, then rotate clock-wise. It'll come out, trust me ...
Step 5: Remove Shifter Console
Step 6: Remove Ash Tray
Open the door, insert small screw driver to the 2 bottom tabs & push back to unlock. Pull the ash tray out
Step 7: Tap Into Lighter Harness
You don't need to disconnect the car battery, just be sure key removed !!
Grab the L-shape lighter connector with needle nose pliers, pull right to remove.
Open the connector & tap wires in.
Black/yellow is HOT
Blown is ground
Close connector & reconnect to light socket.
Step 8: Run Power Line
Quickest way is to run power wire outside, then back in.
Step 9: Connect Car Charger
Push both seats way back.
Remove felt-like padding on storage bin (similar to steps in rubber pads in cup holder)
Drill/cut out vent grill (upper right)
Feed in power wire from light, connect to socket, feed out charger end.
*** Test polarity with multimeter, compare with existing socket before connecting anything ***
If tested OK, tape up everything.
Step 10: Run Charger Cable to Dash
Tuck newly ran wires between center console & carpeting.
*** Too tired by now ... no mood to remove radio console & A/C vent ***
Cheated & drill thru glove compartment. I now have 4" of dangle wire instead of 3 feet.
Happy for now ....