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    Question Installing a Wii in the glove box/floor - some questions

    Howdy folks,
    I've been itching to install a Wii in my car since my monitor doesn't offer VGA, and the Wii has everything I need: a simple web browser, bluetooth controls and a ton of games. The music and DVDs are already handled by my deck, and I have a stand-alone GPS unit when needed.

    I'm debating whether I should be installing it in my glovebox, or under the passenger's seat. They both have their own pros and cons but there is one thing that's stopping me: the inverter. I know you guys don't like inverters but it's a simple solution to my problem until someone releases a proper DC adapter that I can wire to.

    Anyway, my question is: where should I grab a 12v rail from? I thought about splicing into the lighter, but I'm scared that this would put too much of a strain on a single line since I still need to use the lighter socket to charge my GPS and cell phone. When I do find a line, what kind of cable should I be looking for? It will be run to a 200w inverter, more than enough for the Wii. Are there any issues running power under carpeting?

    Anything else I haven't thought of? The AV cables are already connected to the deck and working as intended. It shouldn't be a problem to run them under the carpeting to under the seat if I decide to place the unit there.

    This is on a 2008 VW City Golf (essentially an MKIV with a new exterior shell) connected to a KW-AVX810. I can put up some photos if you want 'em.

    [EDIT] Cleaned up post.

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    The Wii requires 12vDC after the power brick.
    All you need is a 12v regulator to provide clean 12vDC. Wire it to an ignition-controlled circuit and you should be golden.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    For the inverter (even though I don't necessarily approve of it ), I would run some 10 gauge to the battery with a fuse in line near the battery. The negative of the inverter you can ground to something nearby. I would strongly suggest not using it on a cig lighter socket, if you use a bunch of stuff on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kibble View Post
    For the inverter (even though I don't necessarily approve of it ), I would run some 10 gauge to the battery with a fuse in line near the battery. The negative of the inverter you can ground to something nearby. I would strongly suggest not using it on a cig lighter socket, if you use a bunch of stuff on it.
    Okay, thanks for the input! I'll take a look and see what I can do. To be honest, I've never run anything directly from the battery before, so it's all new to me. Is there anything in particular I should watch out for? In terms of fuses, how big should I be looking at?

    [EDIT] I've been thinking about it for a while and I think I'll mount the Wii under the passenger seat or the trunk liner board if space allows. This would let me run wiring under the carpet, out of sight, and let my glove box do what it does best: store my paperwork and junk.

    [EDIT2] Now that I think about it, I already am running a line from the battery to my small amp in the trunk, with an inline fuse. Could I splice off of that, or should I run a new one through? My amp is very small, so I don't think it should be much of an issue, but if you guys advise against it, I'll try to run another.

    [EDIT3] I like updates. I made a visit to me local car audio wiz and he set me up. We spliced through the amp's line and installed the inverter. I blew a fuse, but sorted out the problem. The Wii is now running fine. All that's left is for me to hide the AV cables.

    However, I did noticed that the inverter remains on even when the car is off. I can shut it off, but am afraid I'll forget and it will drain my battery, Any thoughts?

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    Yeah, that's part of the issue with an inverter, it WILL drain your battery if left on for long enough. You could always try modifying the power switch and instead, adding a relay that goes to your ignition line so that once you turn the key to on, the relay turns on and activates the inverter.
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