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    Any ideas on how to wire a cell phone charger into the Jeep permanently?

    All right, this might be a little out there, but go with me for a minute...

    I have an old cell phone (Samsung S4) that I no longer use but I think might still be able to be used as an altimeter. I downloaded several apps today that all seem to be working and claim to work even without a data connection. The idea would be to permanently mount the cell phone to the dash and have an always-on elevation displaying on the screen. Then as I crawl around the mountains of Colorado, I can always know my elevation.

    I'd prefer that:
    a) the cell phone not need to be removed from the Jeep to be charged indoors
    b) not take up my cigarette lighter or other electrical outlets
    c) not show any cords

    Ideally I'm hoping to glue a mount to the dash which has a cord running out of it and under the dash and...then I'm not sure. Is there another power source behind the UConnect 430 I could tap into? Use battery power somehow?

    Any ideas appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Christrap did a solid write up on installing some USB ports into the dash.

    http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?t=18140
    In dash USB plugs

    My only concern with permanently mounting anything like that is the current speed to which these devices are becoming obsolete. Now not only are you dealing with the device, but with proprietary designs of plugs. I have a long history with installs in all types of vehicles. I have found that keeping it simple is the best way to not have to fix a hole in the dash.

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    I ran this to the dash tray and connected it to the 12 volt plug just above the center console. Using a Daystar dash tray my phone (NOTE4) can be used for nav or any other app.


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    I did an isimple 32 (I think that's the model). It can do USB or headphone jack and comes with a module so you can run an mp3 player through your factory system. It's about 50 bucks. Here's a pic of how I installed mine with the provided mount:

    jeep (2).jpg
    You can easily hide the wires better than I did. However, you can mount the button and both plugs anywhere else too. You don't have to use the provided mount. Here's a quick google image search:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=isim...is32+installed
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    Your 430N does not have Nav.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DasBuxxx View Post
    Christrap did a solid write up on installing some USB ports into the dash.

    http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?t=18140
    In dash USB plugs

    My only concern with permanently mounting anything like that is the current speed to which these devices are becoming obsolete. Now not only are you dealing with the device, but with proprietary designs of plugs. I have a long history with installs in all types of vehicles. I have found that keeping it simple is the best way to not have to fix a hole in the dash.
    Thanks for the link! Agreed on speed of tech but USB doesn't seem to be going anywhere fast

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat Top View Post
    I ran this to the dash tray and connected it to the 12 volt plug just above the center console. Using a Daystar dash tray my phone (NOTE4) can be used for nav or any other app.


    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I3P6QQG..._3T5zwb6CFYXY1
    Thanks! Any issue with it being only 5V? Does it charge slowly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    I did an isimple 32 (I think that's the model). It can do USB or headphone jack and comes with a module so you can run an mp3 player through your factory system. It's about 50 bucks. Here's a pic of how I installed mine with the provided mount:

    jeep (2).jpg
    You can easily hide the wires better than I did. However, you can mount the button and both plugs anywhere else too. You don't have to use the provided mount. Here's a quick google image search:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=isim...is32+installed
    Looks like the wires disappear into your dash. Going to cigarette lighter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree Frog View Post
    Your 430N does not have Nav.?
    It does... Will that give me elevation? Am I missing something totally obvious?

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