Charge!!!

There was a time when most vehicles came with cigarette lighters as standard equipment.  However, times have changed and auto manufactures, perhaps in response to decreased smoking rates, no longer provide this often neglected feature – at least as a typical stock accoutrement here in the U.S..  While the tiny glowing plugs of the past are gone, their receptacles remain behind to satiate  the incessant thirst for our modern electronic devices.  With this change, comes a new, more fashionable, yet just as descriptive name for these vestigial sockets – the accessory power outlet.

Although built in 1971, Moby was not provided with a cigarette lighter as it was still an option requested by the customer through the dealer and not a VW standard.  The lighters in my previous VWs remained unused, with the exception of a work light I rigged for roadside emergencies.  I, therefore, gave Moby’s deficiency in this department no thought upon her purchase.  That is until I installed a multi-musical device accepting radio; started driving longer distances with Martha, who very much likes her electronic companions; and began camping with kids which, at times (think rainy days), are easily distracted with a movie so their parents can have a moment of rest in their soggy sneakers.  To accommodate the demand for power, I tapped into the auxiliary fuse block and installed our very own accessory power outlet.

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The outlet kit cam with two power leads, the socket, and a bracket for multiple mounting options.

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I selected a spot under the dash after trying numerous other options because this was an easy place for the driver to reach and someone, quite conveniently, already drilled a hole in the lower lip of the dashboard.

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With only one hole in the dash, I found the bracket rotated around the retaining bolt no matter how much it was tightened. To keep the bracket in place, I bent the left edge so it would wrap up behind the dash lip.

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Bracket installed under the dash, near the rear defroster switch.

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Ready for charging!  Socket installed and wired up to the auxiliary fuse block.

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