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Is there any reason I can't cut the cord....

My new to me boat has no stereo. Boat $$ are low for the next couple of months. Is there any reason I can't cut the cord on this Ipod player and add a cigarette lighter type plug onto this puppy? The big fat a.c. plug thingy says 13volt d.c. I have been charging it and bringing it to the boat, but its a few years old now and the battery ain't what it used to be. Here is the product:

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Re: Is there any reason I can't cut the cord....

You can give it a shot, but the A/C power adapter outputs a consistent 13vdc whereas your boat power could be anywhere from 12v to 14v. That may or may not be a problem.

Your other option would be to buy a small power inverter that plugs in to your 12v outlet and outputs 110v. You can get them for under $20. That way you still have the option of plugging in your ipod dock at home.

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Re: Is there any reason I can't cut the cord....

You need to know what the voltage output of your units battery is, as the 13v you mention in the charging unit will be quite a bit higher to allow it to charge the battery. I would give it a go as the voltage is not that dissimilar and the battery should take up any difference.

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Re: Is there any reason I can't cut the cord....

This might help...

I did a write up on how to hotwire an iPhone/pod into a car stereo and how to hardwire a power supply.

DavidBlackhurst.com/Cars e38 iPhone (iPod) integration
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Very nice writeup, Mr Blackhurst. Your mum must be proud.
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Is there any reason I can't cut the cord....

My batteries are are new so the stay around 12.4, with the engine running the system shows 13.4. I guess I'll give it a shot

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Re: Is there any reason I can't cut the cord....

12.4 sounds a little low for full charge, no?

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Re: Is there any reason I can't cut the cord....

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Is there any reason I can't cut the cord on this Ipod player and add a cigarette lighter type plug onto this puppy?
Rob, I have the exact same unit, however it got wet a while ago and doesn't work. I still have the unit (and the power cord). If you want the power cord so you can try your idea, I can send it to you. PM me and we can make arrangements.
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