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Old 01-17-2013, 11:49 PM
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Mine is the same rjmlakota, I believe that is what you get when you have the 8.4an.
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I am in the same situation where there is a USB output instead of a 12V in the armrest box. That USB stays hot even if you turn off the truck. I think that it depends on the radio system you have. I have the 8.4AN.

I am actually looking into having some wiring changed for this
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Old 08-01-2013, 02:32 PM
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I am in the same situation where there is a USB output instead of a 12V in the armrest box. That USB stays hot even if you turn off the truck. I think that it depends on the radio system you have. I have the 8.4AN.

I am actually looking into having some wiring changed for this

I didn't check it, but if that's the case then I can just put an adapter cord there. Stupid place in my mine to one stay "Hot" with Key off.
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USB Type A connectors are pretty much the standard charging interface on everything these days. The bulky, round plug is a holdover from before the days of personal electronics when you actually had a coil heater in that spot to light your cigarette. It was never an efficient power plug design - but just made use of what cars were built with for decades to access 12 VDC.

I would prefer all power ports to stay live at all times, but it makes sense that if you are only going to have one to put it in a hidden location. If I want to charge my phone with the truck off, I am probably not in the truck. I would rather it be hidden in the armrest instead of visible on the center console.

I use a dual USB cigarette lighter charger since I can charge both of my phones at once, and my personal phone sees it as a "fast" charger, unlike the armrest ports. It is just more convenient for routing wires for me. I'm still adjusting to remembering that the port in the center console storage bin turns off with the truck.

The only thing I have any more that requires the cigarette lighter plug is my Garmin GPS. That has the traffic receiver in the cord, so I can't just use a USB cable. I have always kept that plugged into the back seat power port. Works great in the Ram as the flat areas next to the rectangular storage bin on the dash are perfect for the suction cup mount.
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USB Type A connectors are pretty much the standard charging interface on everything these days. The bulky, round plug is a holdover from before the days of personal electronics when you actually had a coil heater in that spot to light your cigarette. It was never an efficient power plug design - but just made use of what cars were built with for decades to access 12 VDC.

I would prefer all power ports to stay live at all times, but it makes sense that if you are only going to have one to put it in a hidden location. If I want to charge my phone with the truck off, I am probably not in the truck. I would rather it be hidden in the armrest instead of visible on the center console.

I use a dual USB cigarette lighter charger since I can charge both of my phones at once, and my personal phone sees it as a "fast" charger, unlike the armrest ports. It is just more convenient for routing wires for me. I'm still adjusting to remembering that the port in the center console storage bin turns off with the truck.

The only thing I have any more that requires the cigarette lighter plug is my Garmin GPS. That has the traffic receiver in the cord, so I can't just use a USB cable. I have always kept that plugged into the back seat power port. Works great in the Ram as the flat areas next to the rectangular storage bin on the dash are perfect for the suction cup mount.
Yea, the shape of the charger makes no difference to me, but my 05 2500 they all stayed on, and this NEW tech advanced truck they all turn off just seems dumb to me. And then if Cparent is right and the one in the console stays hot, your now putting things in a closed space with no air circulation not to mention, batteries can get hot while charging etc... and there are papers, napkins etc... usually in those areas.
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I have 1 12v and 1 usb port in my dash and 1 usb and 12v in my upper armrest storage. Only the usb in dash is powered with truck off. The usb port in armrest storage works with rap(retained accessory power). I added an extra 12v to my previous vehicle. I used a multimeter on fuse block to find a constant on with decent amps and bought a plug from autozone. I'm thinking of adding one in cab and one in bed.
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Here is a picture of what's under the covered console. I do not have another 12v outlet. Only the one by my shifter. Anyone know why?
My truck is the same but I have a second 12v outlet in the back seat on the console. I haven't tried the usb after the truck is off but I know both 12v outlets and the 115v turn off with the truck.

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There is a little cut out in the console lid to run your USB cable out of so your phone doesn't have to stay in the console when charging & get hot.
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change it...wire it hot if you want it hot.
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You need to play with the F93 (or F104, I don't remember exactly) fuse. There are two positions possible for that mini fuse, one for staying hot, the other one for being switchable. It is not perfect since that it affects only the backseat outlet, but for me it is OK since that what I have to plug into a hot outlet stays on the back of my truck.
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