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Old 05-02-2013, 11:17 PM   #1
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Question about the outlet

I never had an outlet where I was able to plug something in, in any of my other cars. I hear things about inverters and things like that and I have a question. What can I plug into the outlet in the Jeep? Can I plug in my laptop charger and charge the computer or do I have to buy an inverter? Thanks and sorry if this is a stupid question.

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I charge my laptop and Kindle Fire all the time in the Jeep. The outlet on the dash shuts off when the vehicle shuts off, but the one in the center console charges regardless of if the key is in it or not. I use an inverter (about $15 at Walgreens, but three years ago) to plug any normal plug into the Jeep. Just watch out if you use an inverter because it can get in the way if you have a stick shift. THat's the only thing that I don't like about the Jeep; I would like my power adapter on the right side of the shifter, not the left.

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Old 05-03-2013, 12:07 AM   #3
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are you talking about the 12v outlet that comes in all JK's or the 115v that comes in a few?

Cobra CPI 1575 1500 Watt 12 Volt DC to 120 Volt AC Power Inverter : Amazon.com : Automotive

I have one of these under my passenger seat. I can power the whole city if I need to.
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I have the 115v in mine. So i can plug my regular laptop charger into it and it'll charge or do I need an inverter. If not, what does am inverter do?
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I have the 115v in mine. So i can plug my regular laptop charger into it and it'll charge or do I need an inverter. If not, what does am inverter do?
The 115v is powered from 12v via an inverter. It's built in. You already have one because it has the wall plug. An inverter converts DC to AC.
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During Hurricane Sandy, when we lost power for a week, I used that plug to charge all my electronics (including the family laptops and video games) There were no problems to mention.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:10 AM   #7
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The outlet is rated at 150 watts. Anything you intend on plugging into the outlet, laptops, phone chargers ETC. should have a sticker on it with the input wattage requirements. If it falls under the 150 mark than you are fine.

As a side note, sometimes the sticker will only give you voltage & amperage. In that case wattage = volts x amp
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are you talking about the 12v outlet that comes in all JK's or the 115v that comes in a few?

Cobra CPI 1575 1500 Watt 12 Volt DC to 120 Volt AC Power Inverter : Amazon.com : Automotive

I have one of these under my passenger seat. I can power the whole city if I need to.
I just have the "cigarette lighter" variety (one in the dash, and one in the center console), not the plug itself.
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Then you'll need an inverter. I keep a small one in my rig just for emergencies.
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The outlet on the dash shuts off when the vehicle shuts off, but the one in the center console charges regardless of if the key is in it or not.
I don't read manuals too often (for fear of losing my man card), but I'll admit that I did glance at the worthless pamphlet posing as a "User Guide" that came with my JKU. One thing I did learn that was actually useful is that the "picture" on the cover of each power outlet actually indicates whether it require the key to be on or not. If there is a key pictured on the cover, key required for outlet to be powered. If there is a battery pictured, no key required for power.

Maybe old news to others, but I've actually found it useful.
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I don't read manuals too often (for fear of losing my man card), but I'll admit that I did glance at the worthless pamphlet posing as a "User Guide" that came with my JKU. One thing I did learn that was actually useful is that the "picture" on the cover of each power outlet actually indicates whether it require the key to be on or not. If there is a key pictured on the cover, key required for outlet to be powered. If there is a battery pictured, no key required for power.

Maybe old news to others, but I've actually found it useful.
What is the "manual" that you speak of? Is that some Spanish guy you know?
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Great, thanks guys
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:09 PM   #13
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Things I have used it for

I have plugged my iPad and my laptop into it. Nice feature. I use the cigarette lighter for my phone.

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