Back from the dead, I bring you a little something I've been working on....
Finally got around to replacing the plate that holds the 12v outlets in the old rear vent location with some textured ABS.
I went with three 12v outlets, all wired together right now, but I can always run separate +12v & switches/fuses to each one if I decide to change my mind again.
Each 12v outlet has it's own 5mm clear/green LED mounted above to indicate which outlet has power (controlled by a single switch where the tissue holder opening used to be).
A few weeks ago, I ran into a deal online for one of those USB to 12v adapters that plugs into the cig lighter socket & it got me thinking.... why plug it in when I can install one permanent?!
Sooooo, I took the adapter apart, added some new wires to run to USB ports & changed the original resistors on the indicator LED's & BAM!
I had an old USB hub that didn't work so I took it apart & de-soldered the USB ports to use in my new power panel.
Soldered some cat5 wire to each lead, careful to keep the colors the same, and for good measure, I added a 2nd USB port too.
It was a trick getting the rectangles cut exactly for the USB ports, but after a few x-acto blades I got 'em in there.
Unfortunately, there was nothing to keep the USB ports from being pulled out when you remove whatever you have plugged into it, so I soldered a little blob on all 4 corners on the back side & added a little drop of Gorilla Glue to make sure the USB ports stay in place.
The adapter PCB had a LED indicator already, but when I connected my 2 new LED's to it, they had almost no output. After a little testing, I removed both original resistors from the board & soldered in some cat5 wire to bypass the resistors & just added my own resistors to each of my new LED's.
Each USB port has it's own clear/green indicator on the top side, just like the 12v ports.
One of my local Dollar Stores had these cool flexible LED USB powered book lights that I plan to plug into the USB ports for adjustable light behind the seats. (sorry, no pics of the USB flexy light, use your imagination)
If my indoor, daytime tests are any indication, the 5 green LED's are going to light up the entire headliner of the truck when everything is powered up.
I can't find Krylon Fusion in gray around here, so I just painted this back panel black. With the other black accents on the console, it looks fine... plus I doubt if anyone will ever notice it.
To make removing the panel easier, I added some ring terminals & barrier strips for the power & grounds.
Still don't have any idea what I'm going to do with the other rectangular opening or the lower opening. I did re-shape the bottom opening to make it easier to access under the console for storage.
That's it for now, more when I'm able