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    AC style plug

    I was wondering if it is possible to buy an AC style plug on connect it to the DC wiring in my car. Are any ac receptacles made that accept DC wiring? I would like to install one in my lower dash so I can plug whatever I need into it. I remember the mp3carstore had something similar but it also had usb and RCA jacks.
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    I saw a guy mod a converter unit. He stripped it apart and then installed in the passenger area in the back. Low key.

    The car is VW GT

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    Does that mean you have an AC plug that feeds a DC load?

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    what is typically reffered to as a ac plug or outlet is only that-- a plug or outlet, meaning that it will take any type of voltage, dc or ac to a certain amount(ac outlets are not typically rated for dc, as they were never intended to work on it, but will work).

    though, i think it is a bad idea for anyone that you could have in your car-- some might see it as a outlet, and assume that it has 110 volt a/c power, and end up messing up their device(that they shouldn't have plugged in in the first place...) because it only has 12 volt dc power...

    IMO, it is better to use other style connectors(4 pin square molex, hacked hdmi cable, etc) that most people do not have readily available, so that this can't happen.

    i have seen other members that have taken apart a inverter, and remotly mounted the outlet, so that they can have a 110 ac outlet in their car, and i believe that is what sapporo guy is talking about.

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    That's what I was waiting to say, but hoped to put it as a real example when someone plugs such a DC device into an AC wall outlet. (Hi kids!)

    Using AC plugs & sockets for DC is banned here for that reason.
    (A house owner once used our 3-pin AC plugs/sockets & wiring to connect an intercom in their shed. Someone else figured they needed power in the shed to they connected it to our 240VAC. A few years later the owner returned. They were "earthed" a short time later.)

    By all means use AC "style" plugs & sockets, but NEVER mix their AC and DC applications. (Except for low-voltage if ratings apply (eg, Canon) - although destruction may occur, death is unlikely.)

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    the biggest problem that could occur is killing the device that got plugged in, and usually it is by releasing that magic white smoke-- 12 volts could be enough for the device to realize that it is getting power, and enough for it to try to turn on, but not enough voltage to actually power the device-- resulting in a damage similar to brown-outs-- the device overdraws its own circuit design trying to turn on and kills itself...

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