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prkaye 03-18-2011 04:09 PM

usb power to panel
anybody know a way to rig up a powered usb port to your panel, strictly for providing USB power to devices that take it? Need to somehow convert convert the voltage from the 12V aircraft power bus to the appropriate voltage for USB, and then feed this in to the appropriate pins on a a female USB port.
Most of the car USB-cigarette lighter adapters I have seen have the circuitry inside the moulded plastic, so it wouldn't be straight-forward to hack one of these for this purpose.

davestapa 03-18-2011 04:24 PM

usb power to panel
This is a supplier for Kitfox airplanes, but it will work in a RV:). Scroll down to bottom of page. Also available at many Electronic sales webs.

bhester 03-18-2011 04:38 PM

Why not cig adapter with small USB plug
Why not cig adapter with small USB plug. I use a duel USB plug.

prkaye 03-18-2011 04:50 PM

The cigarette plug is big and clunky and an eyesore, and an opportunity to catch pant legs on while exiting the aircraft. I love that little panel-mounted usb port, that's exactly what i was looking for.

Also available at many Electronic sales web
I haven't been able to find anything else like that through a bit of googling. They want too much money for what it is, so i'd like to find a cheaper supplier. Do you have any other links?

EDIT - my mistake. All the cigarette lighter usb adapters I have seen in the past are big things that stick way out. I just found out they make cheap cigarette lighter usbb adapters that fit nearly flush with the cigarette lighter face... perfect!

aturner 03-18-2011 05:53 PM

Check out the Scosche line of USB chargers (idea from Tim Olson). They fit into your DC power source sockets.

Low profile, nothing to catch on. Different models with different amperage available.This one, designed for the iPad, is $18.

Snowflake 03-18-2011 06:22 PM


Originally Posted by davestapa (Post 524578)
This is a supplier for Kitfox airplanes, but it will work in a RV:). Scroll down to bottom of page. Also available at many Electronic sales webs.

That's a more elegant solution, but unfortunately at 200 mA it won't drive an iPad. And i'll run out of gas before it charges my iPhone. But there must be a 2A version so i'll keep looking... :)

Mike S 03-18-2011 06:48 PM

It would be fairly easy to wire up one of these, couple layers of shrink tube to insulate it, and slide it into a dedicated panel hole. That is if you want a permanent USB outlet.

The cigarette lighter outlet, and adapter gives more flexibility IMHO.

One of the guys who make the above panel mount outlet is a neighbor, I will check to see if they can up the output.

LeeM_2000 03-18-2011 06:49 PM

Here's one:

If you don't like the form factor, tear the guts out of it and make your own.

prkaye 03-19-2011 01:33 PM

This morning I went to futureshop and got a Kensingon unit basically identical to that Scosche one that aturner showed. Its face will sit flush with the front of the cig lighter and it will put out 2.1 amps. Perfect solution, so I bought two - one for the plane and one for the car.

Sam Staton 03-19-2011 02:28 PM

Check this out
Quick web search turned this up - single type A with unterminated wires.

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