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keyed power 2006 Chevy Crew Cab 2500 HD 6.0L

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by carlriv2, Feb 4, 2006.

  1. carlriv2

    carlriv2 Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 126

    I am trying to install a power inverter to run my laptop and printer. I would like to supply the power to this with a keyed source. Does anyone know of a good strong keyed source in the newer Chevy trucks? Is the A or B stud keyed?
     
  2. GripTruk

    GripTruk Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    I would just run a hot directly to the positive block and then run a relay from any keyed hot you can find to turn it on and off. you'll get the best performance from your inverter and you won't risk over drawing on an existing circuit.

    -Jer
     
  3. carlriv2

    carlriv2 Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 126

    Thanks for the response... But this is only going to power a laptop and printer. It is comes with a cigarette lighter plug, so I don't think it really needs that much power. I just want to make sure I don't use a 10 amp circuit, 20-30 amp keyed power should be fine. The power ports used to have keyed power, but I don't think they do now.
     
  4. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    You need one of these....

    [​IMG]

    They go in place of a fuse. You remove the original fuse, and put in in this.

    Then you add your own fuse for the circuit you want to add.

    I'd still see what you could do about getting a solid 12V and having the switched 12V activate a relay.

    If it runs on a cig lighter circuit, why not use one?
     
  5. nevrnf

    nevrnf Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    Those are cool. Where did you get them?
    Got a link?
     
  6. motoxdk24

    motoxdk24 Member
    Messages: 57

    those are fusable links, should be able to get those at radio shack
     
  7. TLS where can we get those?

    TLS,
    Those are cool, are they available online??
     
  8. carlriv2

    carlriv2 Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 126

    Thanks, I think I figured out the best way to do it.

    I opened up the inverter and pulled one wire off the power switch. I then attached a keyed lead to that side of the switch.
    Then I wired the power leads to stud B and a ground.
    Now I can turn the inverter off and on with the original switch, but if it gets left on it will only run when the key is on, and not drain the battery.
     
  9. GripTruk

    GripTruk Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    Those are NOT fusible links, I think they called "add a fuse" or something like that, a fusible link is essentially a section of wire that works like a fuse, it burns out when it reaches a certain temperature and sacrifices itself before overloading a wire. (the buttsplice crimps in the picture may have confused you because some fusible links do resemble that) By the way, A lot of people consider fusible links to be dangerous and an inadequate shortcut to installing a standard fuse or circuit breaker.

    Picture of a Fusible Link
    [​IMG]

    -Jer
     
  10. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    They are available at Pep-Boys and Advanced Auto. I found them in the fuse section. I believe the manufacturer is Little Fuse IIRC.

    The brass slip on tap-a-fuse's just looked like a rig job to me. These allow the full protection of the original circuit, and then allows you to fuse whatever you tap at a seperate amp rating.

    Great for the switched 12V for plows, radar detectors, cell phone car hookups, CB's etc. I wouldn't go more than 15 amp on them though.

    I think Waytech wire (forget the link) had them online, if you view my pic, you can visit the company I hotlinked the pic from.
     
  11. Waytek was it

    Here is the link to Waytek:

    www.waytekwire.com

    From the toolbar click Products..fuses..ATO/ATC Fuse holders.
    Sorry the complete link didn't work when I tested it after posting.

    Thanks TLS for the name!