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Inverter install

I did a search but there wasn't anything on wiring one. I have a 400w inverter that has the plug for cigarette lighter. I want to hardwire it. Will only be using it to charge cell phone or batteries for camcorder. Can I just splice into wires of the power oulet on the truck? What about wiring to upfitters switches? I have them in my 05 and the only one that I am using is for high idle mod.
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Yes, you can wire it into the switches. I would advise against hardwiring it directly into on of the power outlets, with the switch, you could atleast turn it on and off, and not have constant drain.
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Yes, you can wire it into the switches. I would advise against hardwiring it directly into on of the power outlets, with the switch, you could atleast turn it on and off, and not have constant drain.
The inverter has an on/off if that matters. Does it matter which switch I use? Does it need an inline fuse? I dont even know where the upfitter wires are at.
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You could run wires directly from your battery, with an inline fuse, to your inverter.
You could run wires from the upfitter switches, which i believe you can find the ends of near the ebrake, someone correct me if i'm wrong, as for which switch, it doesn't matter, but the 3rd and 4th ones are lower amp switches, and you may wish to save the others for lights, etc down the road.
You could tap off of one of the cigarette lighters or 12v power ports aswell, using a fuse in that case may be more trouble than its worth, as if there is an issue, the fuse for that outlet in the truck would simply blow.
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Here is a more detailed description of where the wires are...

upfitter switch wires, WHERE? - Diesel Forum - TheDieselStop.com
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Might want to double check your booklet that came with your inverter. If you ever need to have the full capacity of your inverter you'll need to hardwire directly to the battery, at least I did for my 500w inverter. If I used the cigarette light plug, I was limited to just 100w.

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Might want to double check your booklet that came with your inverter. If you ever need to have the full capacity of your inverter you'll need to hardwire directly to the battery, at least I did for my 500w inverter. If I used the cigarette light plug, I was limited to just 100w.
Good point but I do not think I would have a problem as I am only charging phone or camcorder. Also I will usually be driving while doing this so the truck batteries will be charging.
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I decided to wire it to the cigarette lighter. Hardest part was removing the seats to mount it under middle seat. Did not want to wire to upfitter switch because I would not be able to use it unless truck was on.
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