12v power in center console is dead!!!

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Scott Townsend

I have a 03' Subaru Outback Wagon

I was working out in the front 40 and didn't have a light to shine on what I
was working on in the dark, so I took a Halogen 250w work light and plugged
it into a 400w DC/AC inverter. Then plugged the inverter into the 12v power
in the center console.

Turning things on in the right order I finally got the light to stay on...
Well for about 5 minutes. then it Died. I thought I blew the fuse on the
Inverters, though its fine. Then I thought I blew the fuse on the 12v
power, that fuse is fine. I can plug things in the 12v power in the back
and it works great.

What did I do to my 12v power in the center console?? How can I take it
apart to check if I burned up the wire in the back?

Thanks,
Scott<-
 
Scott Townsend said:
I have a 03' Subaru Outback Wagon

I was working out in the front 40 and didn't have a light to shine on what
I was working on in the dark, so I took a Halogen 250w work light and
plugged it into a 400w DC/AC inverter. Then plugged the inverter into the
12v power in the center console.

Turning things on in the right order I finally got the light to stay on...
Well for about 5 minutes. then it Died. I thought I blew the fuse on the
Inverters, though its fine. Then I thought I blew the fuse on the 12v
power, that fuse is fine. I can plug things in the 12v power in the back
and it works great.

What did I do to my 12v power in the center console?? How can I take it
apart to check if I burned up the wire in the back?

Thanks,
Scott<-
Do the math....250 Watts at 120 Volts means the invertor draws about 130% to
produce the power (70%) eff.
YOu pulled about 300 watts at 12 volts. 12 X 25 AMPS = 300 Watts.
**DO NOT** connect these hungry power inverters to the "Lighter" sockets.I
don't care what the MFGR says!
They will not take it. I highly suspect you melted something. You got
lucky! Something gave up the ghost instead of catching fire.
If you use it a lot connect it directly to the battery with heavy cables and
extend the 120Volts into the car. Leave engine idling.
Most car batteries are about 65 Amp Hour rated. this means if you pull 25
amps for over 2 hours it wont start.
 
Scott said:
I have a 03' Subaru Outback Wagon

I was working out in the front 40 and didn't have a light to shine on what I
was working on in the dark, so I took a Halogen 250w work light and plugged
it into a 400w DC/AC inverter. Then plugged the inverter into the 12v power
in the center console.

Turning things on in the right order I finally got the light to stay on...
Well for about 5 minutes. then it Died. I thought I blew the fuse on the
Inverters, though its fine. Then I thought I blew the fuse on the 12v
power, that fuse is fine. I can plug things in the 12v power in the back
and it works great.

What did I do to my 12v power in the center console?? How can I take it
apart to check if I burned up the wire in the back?

Thanks,
Scott<-
On some soobs, there is a fuse in-line with the socket in the console.
That may be the problem.

Carl
 
The inverter is usually used for Camera Battery Chargers and a Laptop. I
just needed a bit more light to fix my Address sign.

So how do I get in there to see what the Damage is?

Thanks,
Scott<-
 
Scott Townsend said:
I have a 03' Subaru Outback Wagon

I was working out in the front 40 and didn't have a light to shine on what
I was working on in the dark, so I took a Halogen 250w work light and
plugged it into a 400w DC/AC inverter. Then plugged the inverter into the
12v power in the center console.

Turning things on in the right order I finally got the light to stay on...
Well for about 5 minutes. then it Died. I thought I blew the fuse on the
Inverters, though its fine. Then I thought I blew the fuse on the 12v
power, that fuse is fine. I can plug things in the 12v power in the back
and it works great.

What did I do to my 12v power in the center console?? How can I take it
apart to check if I burned up the wire in the back?

Thanks,
Scott<-
Not the most likely, but maybe the easiest to check: shine a flashlight into
the socket and see if the back part is melted. If so, you may have to
replace the socket first.

Mike
 

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