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onlyawhaler posted 03-05-2004 06:46 PM ET (US)   Profile for onlyawhaler   Send Email to onlyawhaler  
On my late 80s era outrage I have a factory power outlet of sorts. It is located below and to the left of the steering wheel on the black fuse panel that also has the bilge and nav lights next to it. It has a rubber cover and when that is pulled off all that is left is an outlet with two small holes.

I think this is a standard factory installation power outlet, but I don't know how to covert it to something useful that takes a normal lighter, spotlight, push in type device.

Am I missing a part to convert it to modern things? Should I just pull it out and replace it with a regular power point?

Thanks
Sterling
Onlyawhaler

Tom W Clark posted 03-05-2004 06:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Sterling,

Actually, what you should do is cut the stupid cigarette lighter type plug off your spot light and install a nice Perko two-pole plug that will fit that receptacle.

http://perko.com/cgi-bin/perko.pl?dis+1189-connections_info

onlyawhaler posted 03-05-2004 06:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
Tom,

Thanks for the picture. That is the outlet on my boat. That would solve the spotlight, but I am also thinking about charging other things like a camcorder, air pump for inflating a tube. I don't want to cut off all those plugs.

Is there an advantage to this two prong set-up that I don't understand vs. the more standard push in power outlet?

Thanks
Sterling

onlyawhaler posted 03-05-2004 06:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
Tom,

Thanks for the picture. That is the outlet on my boat. That would solve the spotlight, but I am also thinking about charging other things like a camcorder, air pump for inflating a tube. I don't want to cut off all those plugs.

Is there an advantage to this two prong set-up that I don't understand vs. the more standard push in power outlet?

Thanks
Sterling

LHG posted 03-05-2004 07:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
I made a short conversion cord. Buy a standard cigarette lighter extension cord setup, with plug on one end and tubular socket on other. Cut the socket end to a workable length, disposing of the plug, and install the two pronged plug on the cord for your Whaler recepticle. Just be sure to get your polarity correct!! I made mine about 2 feet long, and I often use it for the cellphone. Guests can use it too.

I agree that the cigarette socket has become the new standard for 12 vlolt accessories, so you need one. In addition, I also installed a recessed socket in the floor of my console, directly under the side door. This works well for longer charging needs, and keeps everything neatly inside the console while charging.

Barry posted 03-05-2004 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
I made a conversion cord similar to the that Larry describes except I wired two outlets to the single plug.
Barry posted 03-05-2004 08:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
Here is a picture of what I bought at Radio Shack http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=CTLG%5F009%5F001%5F002%5F002&product%5Fid=270%2D1535 .
peetmin posted 03-05-2004 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
I mounted a cigerette type 12vdc receptical underneith the port side gunwale back toward the battery box. I use this to plug in a solar charger to bring the batteries back up. Seems to work...
onlyawhaler posted 03-05-2004 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
Thanks everyone

Great feedback

Sterling
Onlyawhaler

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