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Old 08-13-2012
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Ignition switched power points

I want to add a few power points to power I-pod, cell, gps, etc., but because I'm a big dumb jerk, I want to tap in to a source that is only live with the ignition on...I've drained enough batteries by forgetting to unplug or shut down an accessory. I've noticed my OEM fogs only operate when the ignition is on, and I've considered taping into them. Any suggestions would be appreciated. My Ranger's a 2011.
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Just wire up a relay in between power and your 12 volt socket. Ground it and connect a 12v ignition source (radio would be good choice) to activate the relay. Solved!

Pin 86-12 Power (hot with ignition)
Pin 85- ground
Pin 30 - 12 Power (hot at all times)
Pin 87 (not 87a) - lead to 12 v socket
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Thanks for the info. Sounds simple, unfortunately, so am I , and I don't understand what you mean. I'm an electronic moron.
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1) Find your Fuse Panel
2) Turn on your ignition. (Don’t start the truck , put it in the run position)
3) Take a 12V Probe and find a hot wire.
4) Turn off the ignition and check to see if there is power there if not go to 5.
5) Add a Fuse Tap and run the wire to a relay mounted under your hood (pin 86 or 85)
6) Run a ground wire from pin 85 OR 86 to ground. (the opposite of 5)
7) Run a red fused power wire from the battery to pin 30 on the relay
8) Run another red wire from pin 87 to a multi power port setup in the cab or whatever you want to power.
9) Ground the Multi Power Port Setup or component.

That easy !
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Cool. Even I could do that. Thanks!!
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Hey, how’s this going ?

If you are not good at wiring, there is a Painless Wiring Circuit Panel called the Circuit Boss, it is just what you want.
It has controlled power and fused circuits.
I believe there is a waterproofed unit to.

Here is the address for the Painless Site.

Painless Auxiliary Fuse Blocks - JEGS
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Hey, how’s this going ?

If you are not good at wiring, there is a Painless Wiring Circuit Panel called the Circuit Boss, it is just what you want.
It has controlled power and fused circuits.
I believe there is a waterproofed unit to.

Here is the address for the Painless Site.

Painless Auxiliary Fuse Blocks - JEGS
Thanks for that link! It'll come in handy when I move to other wiring projects in the works. I went the Fuse Tap route for my power points. Pretty simple.

I'm liking this site!!
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