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Re: 12 V Outlet in Centre Arm Rest

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Yeah, not that adventurous.
What are you powering. You can VERY easily get to the back of the switched socket and tap it directly or add another socket and keep the cubby one free.

I just post pics on how to access it.

Swapping wires would be very messy.

Adding a wire from one socket over to the other so they are both switched would be fairly easy.

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Re: 12 V Outlet in Centre Arm Rest

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Yeah, not that adventurous.
The top right hand side of the inside of the 'media area' has a reasonable sized hole/opening that lets you easily run the USB charge lead from the cigarette lighter charger out of the box area and under the trim on the left or right hand side of the centre console. Its not easy to see but if you reach up the top right with your hand you can easily find the area to run the cable out.

Sorry I don't have photos. Then front bottom trim of the centre console easily pulls away (no screws just pop clips).
You are now below the area you pushed the cable out into. You can then reach up to the cable you have pushed out of the top of the media area and then run it just above the trim that sits above the pedals and then up around the plastic door trim and around the top of the windscreen to the camera.
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Re: 12 V Outlet in Centre Arm Rest

I'm assuming the OP wants to use the 12volt receptacle and end as it comes and not to splice or rewire anything. In that case if you run the wire around the windshield and under the dash to center by coming up through the trim on the side of the console then under the shifter area, pops up easily. The only mod to be able to close the cubby door is a 1/4" notch in the plastic by the lower right corner. I'll take a pic soon. Then it's only a file or a Dremel nothing terribly involved. I used the constant on as a sources for the CB on a switch and fuse because I want it available at all times.

Just read the post above, I don't have that hole, wish I did, but it wouldn't likely be big enough to pass the plug through.
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Re: 12 V Outlet in Centre Arm Rest

Thanks guys. I'll explore the options. I really don't like to cut anything and keep it OEM so when it's time to sell.

For now I did just buy an external dashcam battery pack. Ran the wires on top of the headboard and down the B pillar then onto the door underside of the front passenger seat.


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Re: 12 V Outlet in Centre Arm Rest

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Thanks guys. I'll explore the options. I really don't like to cut anything and keep it OEM so when it's time to sell.

For now I did just buy an external dashcam battery pack. Ran the wires on top of the headboard and down the B pillar then onto the door underside of the front passenger seat.


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I don't think anyone suggested cutting anything. I've hardwired stuff in 3 WK2's and no dealer will be able to detect anything. And if you did cut something and didn't do something really stupid, a dealer probably wouldn't even care if they did notice.

There is plenty of paths to get to Switch or UnSwitched power either through the Front of Cigarette Lighter Adapter or the Back. I prefer the Back because a DEALER doing service will see it and might baulk. If you do it neatly, properly and professionally they probably won't notice or care. The WK2 is very modular and very easy to get to places.

Using the 120V outlet for 12V (or 5V) Dashcam will look like a HACK and will immediately raise a red flag with a lot of Service Techs. Even if that looks like it's easily disabled they will wonder what other HACKS were done.

You will waste more battery going from 12V to 120V back to 5V. I believe most, if not all DashCams are 12V. And you can probably run then 24/7 with a "Good" battery. Some have motion sensors, timers, or battery monitors to cut down on changes of depleting the battery. They also make separate devices that will cut power n hours after shutdown. Which will cover most conditions you might want a camera to cover. There is already stuff on 24/7 in the jeep. Adding a typical small load of a dash cam probably won't hurt. Lots of folks run dash cams 24/7. But if you want it switched, then just power it by a switched circuit. And don't even think about using the 120V AC to DC inverter for this.

Here is thread to get switched 12V. No cutting. Also there is an easy path up to the mirror area.

You can also tap the mirror for switch 12V. But that's a little tricky. I did once and didn't like doing it. I needed to run wires down anyway so it didn't make sense to tap power from the mirror.

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Re: 12 V Outlet in Centre Arm Rest

Related to this topic...i leave a charger/power cord for a portable oxygen concentrator in the JGC all the time. We've just been unplugging the phone USB adapter from the media plug and that's fine when home. However on trips I need both plugs so was thinking I would permanently plug in the oxygen concentrator in the console. Any recommendations to determine if it draws current with just the cord plugged in (the oxygen concentrator does not stay in the car). The cord is just a straight cigarette lighter end with a small round power port that plugs into the machine - no power brick like a laptop.
Appreciate thoughts.
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