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Old 14 July 2009, 10:49   #1
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12v socket for accessories

Hi,

can anyone help advise with the installation of accessories such as a fish finder, gps etc.

i can find no 12v outputs and not being electrically minded i have no idea how i would connect these items up .

any help would be much appreciated


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Hi,

can anyone help advise with the installation of accessories such as a fish finder, gps etc.

i can find no 12v outputs and not being electrically minded i have no idea how i would connect these items up .

any help would be much appreciated


regards

ben
A picture of your boat console (inside and out), battery and fuse board would be good for a start, so we can see what you've got or not
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Hi Ben I'm obviously assuming you've got a 12volt battery on the boat so the simplest way to create a socket is to buy a wired cigarette lighter single or twin plug from halfords for example and a couple of ring eyelets to connect onto the battery terminals (wire from the centre terminal usually red to the +12volts on your battery other wire normally black to earth.) Marine chandlers may do a more robust or sealed cap version for when not in use as the down side is the metal surfaces inside are liable to corrode in a marine environment if not regularly protected with grease or wd40! This will give you a cig lighter plug in socket if your accessories have this type of plug. Make sure you also get an inline fuse for the red or positive wire from the battery and try a 5 or 7amp fuse to start (you will need to check the draw`from your intended accessories to ascertain the correct fuse, too small a fuse canl see you 'blowing it' all the time and too bigger fuse will see things melting if there's a problem before the fuse blows. Be sure to secure it off the floor inside your console away from any chance of water! On from this The best thing to do is create a mini fuse board to attach items direct but i would suggest you seek professional help from an auto electrician or boat specialist as getting it wrong can obviously lead to fires!..hope this helps? regards Alan
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Hi,

can anyone help advise with the installation of accessories such as a fish finder, gps etc.

i can find no 12v outputs and not being electrically minded i have no idea how i would connect these items up .

any help would be much appreciated


regards

ben
It needs to be connected to your isolator switch and the negative of the battery so it turns off with your isolator switch. Centre pin of a normal cigarette lighter socket is positive-but if you're not electrically minded,personally I'd get someone who understands about how badly sea water and electricity don't mix to do it.
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thanks

thanks for the replies. i do have 12v battery but after reading the comments i think i'll play it safe and get a fuse board installed professionally.

my vhf portable/ fish finder holds charge for 24 or so shouldn't be an issue for a short time whilst i get it arranged.

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