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USB Charge dead with key off

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by icodeintx, Jul 14, 2022.

  1. Jul 14, 2022 at 1:05 PM
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    icodeintx

    icodeintx [OP] New Member

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    It really chaps my rear that I cannot charge my devices unless the key is on. Does anyone know of an easy fix to keep my USB ports energized?
     
  2. Jul 14, 2022 at 1:31 PM
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    Could rewire them to a circuit that's always hot

    Use a Voltmeter to test which is hot with ignition off
     
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  3. Jul 15, 2022 at 11:26 AM
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    I was hoping for a hidden switch, but I can do that too

    :rofl:
     
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    There's a relay in the engine bay box that you can remove and replace with a jumper wire. I've seen a writeup on it on here, should come up with a search and some digging.
     
  5. Jul 15, 2022 at 9:45 PM
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    I ran a hot direct to the cigarette lighter in the storage compartment in the console then flipped the factory connector around for the ground. I can change back to factory in like 2 minutes if needed. Give use a review on that please.
     
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  7. Jul 19, 2022 at 7:23 PM
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    I got the part early and here is the result.

    I first ran a hot wire from the battery through the firewall under the dash down the console into the console storage. (drilled 1/4) hold in console storage to run the wires into the storage area. For a negative wire I stole it from the cigarette lighter which will never be used. I cut the positive off the cigarette lighter and taped it up so it doesn't touch anything.

    I used two parts.
    1. Six port fuse bus (not this exact one but one like it I found local)
    2. USB Fast Charger

    upload_2022-7-19_21-15-21.jpg

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    Excuse the dust mess I made during this work :)

    I like this option because it gives me 5 more ports if I want to do anything else.

    All said and done looks like this.

    upload_2022-7-19_21-17-44.jpg

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    The part fits perfect (if you order the right size). Note that there are two sizes and the 1.3 is the correct size.
    upload_2022-7-19_21-19-13.jpg

    I have only one complaint and that is the USB charger light stays on all the time. Not just when something is plugged in. If this poses a problem then I'll install a little switch somewhere to turn this on and off.

    Hope this helps someone down the road. At the end of the day I now have fast charging without the key turned on. Some will ask why not wireless charging. That is because my phone rides in front of me on a mag mount. I don't want to pull it down to lay in the tray to charge.
     
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  8. Jul 19, 2022 at 8:57 PM
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    You could probably take it apart and cut the power inside that goes to the LED ring.
     
  9. Jul 19, 2022 at 9:05 PM
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    True but I think I found my answer. There is a blank port beside this charger and this would look perfect

    upload_2022-7-19_23-5-53.jpg
     
  10. Jul 20, 2022 at 6:55 PM
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  11. Jul 27, 2022 at 6:04 PM
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    The results are in.

    New switch from eBay
    Relay has not come in so I just picked one up local for now.
    Quick Charge USB charger


    upload_2022-7-27_19-59-38.jpg

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    Here is what I have:
    1. Fuse Bus wired directly to my battery and installed in the console storage.
    2. USB charger which can be turned on and off by the current Passenger Eject button with truck on or off.
    3. Top portion of button lights up with button is pressed (on).
    4. Bottom portion of button lights up with dash lights.

    Now have have fast USB charging either driving or sitting parked and truck not running! Exactly what I wanted.

    I'm happy with the results.
     
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