Anyone know how to add a standard AC outlet to my car?

in General Discussion edited January 2014
I've seen lots of new cars coming with standard ac outlets for laptop usage, cell phone charging, etc. I can't afford a new car, so I want to try to add an outlet to my car to charge my cell phone and such. I don't need ridiculous amounts of power since I will not be trying to power a speaker amp or anything like that.

Anyone have any resources or ideas on how to start with this project?


Goal: Add AC Power Outlet to Front Seat area


  • Reply 1 of 4
    tmptmp Posts: 601member
    try here or here .

    If you want to keep the cigarette lighter and have an AC outlet, I would talk to a mechanic.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    logan calelogan cale Posts: 1,281member
    My mechanic hardwired an inverter into my car and it works fine (except for the fact that the inverter died...).
  • Reply 3 of 4
    progmacprogmac Posts: 1,850member
    this is great stuff, thanks!
  • Reply 4 of 4
    tmptmp Posts: 601member
    If you really only need it for charging your cell phone, I would just get a car charger. You can find a nice one with hands-free for a lot less than you would pay a mechanic to put in an AC outlet. You can also find laptop auto chargers.

    I think you could pretty much get both for under a hundred dollars.
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