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06-23-2004, 07:19 PM
I'm looking for information in regards to installing a normal "house style" plug in to put in my Grand Am. I'm tired of buying a/c adapters for my cigarettel lighter whenever I want to have something powered. I've got a laptop that I want to plug into my car without having an A/C adapter for the cigarettel lighter. I just want to use the standard home adapter for my laptop. Do you guys have any information about how to do this?? I've seen somebody on this site whom has done this mod. I think I saw it on IrateGT's old GAGT?

06-23-2004, 07:36 PM
All you need is a standard power inverter. It takes your 12V and turns it into a household 110V.

06-23-2004, 07:40 PM
Thanks for the info dude. Where can I get one?

06-23-2004, 08:02 PM

Good ol' Wal Mart has this one, in addition to others. Depending on how many watts you need, the price will vary. I got a 300watt one with 2 plug ins at a walmart store for $50. You can also try ebay if you're thrifty.

06-23-2004, 08:16 PM
i have done it in my car

06-23-2004, 08:45 PM
that is one sexy install

real clean :thumbs: i want to do it now

06-23-2004, 08:50 PM
only problem with my install is there is no room for they have to go thought your little storage box...but i am making a little square cutout that rests right on that little ledge inside, so the box is still useful, only about 1/2 the size thought

Doctor Ouchie
06-23-2004, 09:05 PM
Got any cliffs on that install? :D

06-23-2004, 10:37 PM

i love that setup, maybe i will try something like that

06-23-2004, 10:41 PM
Got any cliffs on that install? :D

say what? maybe its too late but i have no idae what that means haha :D

06-23-2004, 10:55 PM
i think he means are there any notes on how to do it (but im not sure)

06-23-2004, 11:05 PM
Ohh..i dunno..nothing special really...get the parts...have an inverter wired under ur seat and drill and form holes for the peices and run wires under the carpet. I used the plugs directly off my inverter..they were easily removabe.

If any specific questions let me know

06-24-2004, 12:06 AM
Yeah that is one nice install Eblend, only thing is though what if someone has an ice cold drink and they are putting it in the cupholder and their hand is wet from the condensation on the cup and zap! lol

06-24-2004, 03:54 AM
Thats perfect Eblend. so I take it you hard wired the converter? Nice job.

06-24-2004, 06:30 AM
Thats perfect Eblend. so I take it you hard wired the converter? Nice job.

yah its hardwired underneith the seat and it actually draws 12V from the wires right under the seat that are used for automatic seat adjustment. There is a constant 12 V there.

And as for getting zapped, there is a swich there so its not always on. And they would have to do more then just condensation to get any shock out of it, the metal prongs are pretty far inside.

Only problem with my install is that the rca jacks are a little too long so i had to cut a few little grooves on the cup holder part so that the jacks would slide into the groves and lid would close

06-24-2004, 06:48 AM
Real nice, wish I had thought of it... :cool:

06-25-2004, 05:41 PM
That looks like a sweeeeet setup man.

The only thing that I can comment on is:

A) I'm not sure that splicing the wires from the power seat motor was such a hot idea, I dont think the wires are a heavy enough gauge for you to be running high current electronics through

B) Those wires that are coming out from underneath it in the picture: you'll wanna make sure you're wire gauge is good there too... Everything will work with the wrong gauge, but you'll risk overheating or melting the wires.. and thats bad news :)

But, regardless, seriously, that looks %#$@ sweet.