Originally Posted by uncletony
awesome - i really wish there was a fuse in the cabin.. im trying to avoid tapping of any kind
It is of course fused and most devices that use way less wattage should have a much lower wattage fuse inline.
I understand your hesitation. But this is pretty darn clean. You'll be hard pressed for a dealer to know you did it and with the 3M taps you (or they) can just unplug it if they baulk during service.
I think Service departments would be just as concerned (if not more) seeing wires going into the FRONT of the fuse box. I've gone into fuse boxes plenty of times. But this was cleaner in this case. Even if fusebox was in the cabin. This is cleaner and less chance of raising a red flag to service.
You can always come around the front and use a straight 12V cigarette lighter adapter. Some have built in fuses. But I consider that more of a hack.
This is also very reversible. Just remove the tap and put a piece of tape.
The Cigarette Lighter circuit is perfect and is for "Accessories".
Oh one other place you can tap is through the OBD port. They might make something generic. But that can raise red flags too, to service.
You can also tap the mirror. I've done that on the GC WK2 and it is NOT fun and varies a lot by year, options and what exact mirror you have. Very thin wires and lots of sh$t in the mirror on my 2017 summit and I was not gonna go in there. I did on my 2014 Limited and posted pics on it a few years back.
This spot I posted is a pretty safe bet, lots of owners have tapped in here. Way better than going through firewall to the fuse box.
There may be some other clean places to tap. Like maybe the Brake Controller Connector.