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    Regulated Cig?

    Are cig outlets in cars regulated?

    I'm running +12 to a distribution block. From there i'd like to run my cig toys (Radar detector, Roady2, etc.) and my OPUS (which I just ordered, yay!)
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    Car power outlets (aka cig outlets) are not regulated -- when on, they are electrically equivalent to your distribution block. The accessories you plug into the outlets usually include a small regulator, as needed. If you want to hook your accesories up to your distribution block, you still need to use the included regulators.

    The other key is to note that many 12v power outlets are only on when the key is switched to ACC or ON. Your distribution block is always on. If you hook your radar detector (or other devices) up to the distribution block, you need a way to switch it off when the car is off, so it doesn't drain your battery.

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    Thanks.

    My Cigs are always on. I wish I could change that, It's a pain in the *** to turn on the radar everytime I get in. If I unplug it, it turns on, if i plus it back in, it comes on with no button push. So If I didn't have "always-on" cigs, I could just leave it on and plugged in and it would turn on with the car. Same for my Roady2.

    I know I could rig up some relays, but I'm not going to now. That may be intigrated within my to-be-finished consol.
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