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Re: Added USB port in glove Box [Re: 455lark] #1294349
Fri Jan 11 2019 01:38 AM
Fri Jan 11 2019 01:38 AM
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78buckshot  Online
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Joined: Feb 2016
Posts: 245
Southeast Michigan
For optional equipment they call it a cigar lighter, cigarettes might have been too dainty.


1957 Chevrolet 5700 LCF 283 SM420 single speed rear, 1955 IH 300U T/A, 1978 Corvette 350 auto
Re: Added USB port in glove Box [Re: 455lark] #1294372
Fri Jan 11 2019 11:49 AM
Fri Jan 11 2019 11:49 AM
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moparguy  Offline
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Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 788
Watford City ND...
A couple years ago I stumbled across this replacement cigar lighter at Oreillys. It fit like it was made for '51 and the black plastic cover does a good job of hiding the upgrade to the 6 volt truck. I carry a two port plugin charger and it works like a champ (phones only require about 5.5 volts to charge). One step I did take was to wire it to a constant hot so I didn't have to have the key on to charge. No pics but can throw one up if anyone is interested.

Last edited by moparguy; Fri Jan 11 2019 11:50 AM.

1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



Re: Added USB port in glove Box [Re: 455lark] #1294389
Fri Jan 11 2019 02:58 PM
Fri Jan 11 2019 02:58 PM
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cmayna  Offline
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Menlo Park, Ca
moparguy,
Did you have to enlarge the hole in the dash for this lighter? That would be awesome if I didn't have to do that to my '50.


Craig's '50 Chevy 3100 5 window
My truck
If I'm not working on my truck or VW camper, I'm fishing with the wife or smoking Salmon.
Re: Added USB port in glove Box [Re: 455lark] #1294423
Fri Jan 11 2019 07:15 PM
Fri Jan 11 2019 07:15 PM
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moparguy  Offline
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Watford City ND...
No need to enlarge. Fit like it was made for my ‘51.


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



Re: Added USB port in glove Box [Re: 455lark] #1294464
Fri Jan 11 2019 11:28 PM
Fri Jan 11 2019 11:28 PM
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cmayna  Offline
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Menlo Park, Ca
Thanks. Picked one up at my local OReilly's. Just checked the diameter of it vs one of my retired old ones and they're identical. Now, as soon as it stops raining.........


Craig's '50 Chevy 3100 5 window
My truck
If I'm not working on my truck or VW camper, I'm fishing with the wife or smoking Salmon.
Re: Added USB port in glove Box [Re: 455lark] #1294751
Sun Jan 13 2019 07:00 PM
Sun Jan 13 2019 07:00 PM
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fraso  Offline
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Posts: 16
Fort Erie, Ontario
Adding a USB charger is a great idea. I think these devices always draw a small amount of power even if nothing is connected to them so I would connect it to switched power instead of the always hot cigar lighter circuit.

Make sure that your USB charger puts out enough power for your device. Some USB sockets (possibly a radio's USB port) only supply 0.5A but aftermarket chargers commonly supply at least 1.0A and often 2.1A. If you're using your phone for navigation, I would consider looking for a charger with at least one port with 2.4A or, even better, a QC 3.0 USB port.

See Quick Charge 3.0 explained: what you need to know and Navigation.

Re: Added USB port in glove Box [Re: 455lark] #1294776
Sun Jan 13 2019 11:15 PM
Sun Jan 13 2019 11:15 PM
tclederman  Online
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Jarvisburg, NC
Thanks, fraso

Now I will remove my lighter USB port when I am not driving (or, when I will not be driving for any long period of time).


Tim
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1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 50 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
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Re: Added USB port in glove Box [Re: 455lark] #1294779
Sun Jan 13 2019 11:58 PM
Sun Jan 13 2019 11:58 PM
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cmayna  Offline
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Menlo Park, Ca
I just installed my new lighter for USB usage. Added it to a switched circuit just for this reason. I charge only when I'm driving the turd.

To the OP, if you are charging all day, I like the idea of the phone, cable & usb outlet are all hidden while in the glovebox with it's door is closed. Maybe installing an auxiliary battery under the seat to help minimize the wear on the house battery?




Craig's '50 Chevy 3100 5 window
My truck
If I'm not working on my truck or VW camper, I'm fishing with the wife or smoking Salmon.
Re: Added USB port in glove Box [Re: cmayna] #1294798
Mon Jan 14 2019 02:37 AM
Mon Jan 14 2019 02:37 AM
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455lark  Offline OP
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Joined: Dec 2017
Posts: 24
Arizona
I wired mine to the accessory circuit. Only has power to the USB port when Truck running or key is turned to accessory position. Like Craig said , I like having my phone and cable hidden in the glove box.


Tom
1950 3100
Re: Added USB port in glove Box [Re: 455lark] #1294850
Mon Jan 14 2019 04:41 PM
Mon Jan 14 2019 04:41 PM
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moparguy  Offline
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Watford City ND...
I strongly considered the glove box for all the stated reasons. However I couldn't bring myself to give up that precious storage space. Hence the repurposed cigar lighter. When I'm not using the plug-in charger, I just slip it out, snap the cover back in place on the cigar lighter and pop the charger into the very small console box that lives on the bench seat. It's not mounted and is easily removed and provides a convent arm rest and small amount of storage.


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



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