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    How Do You Connect Your GPS Set? Any Advice

    Hi everyone, need to get some input from you.. I am considering to get a Garmin GPS. And I was told by PM that if I hardwire the power cable of the GPS to any part of the car, I will take the risk of warr being void if any thing goes wrong with the electronics of the car.. and they suggest that I just connect to the cigarette lighter socket.

    But I was told that the cigarette lighter socket is still active even when the car engine is turned off.. meaning if I connect the GPS to the lighter socket, the battery will go flat also the Garmin may be spoilt by over charging..

    Anyone can comment how you do your power connection?

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    Re: How Do You Connect Your GPS Set? Any Advice

    Juz go to Pin Liang located opp Zouk below the HDB flats. They will do a good job and of course when engine off, charging will stop. Whatever u heard was plain bs.
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    Re: How Do You Connect Your GPS Set? Any Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by aerobic View Post
    But I was told that the cigarette lighter socket is still active even when the car engine is turned off.. meaning if I connect the GPS to the lighter socket, the battery will go flat also the Garmin may be spoilt by over charging..
    Not true. Power fr the ciggy lighter socket to my Garmin shuts off when i turn off car engine and REMOVE the key. Mine is pre FL E90.

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    Re: How Do You Connect Your GPS Set? Any Advice

    E46 here...bo turn off when engine cut.
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    Re: How Do You Connect Your GPS Set? Any Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by pilotsnoopy View Post
    E46 here...bo turn off when engine cut.
    Ya, for E46 it's like that.

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    Re: How Do You Connect Your GPS Set? Any Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by C3P0 View Post
    Ya, for E46 it's like that.
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    Re: How Do You Connect Your GPS Set? Any Advice

    My previous E46 (2004 Sports Edition).... engine off, key out. Power in cig socket remains on for another 15 minutes, then cuts off.

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    Re: How Do You Connect Your GPS Set? Any Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by MapleLeaf View Post
    My previous E46 (2004 Sports Edition).... engine off, key out. Power in cig socket remains on for another 15 minutes, then cuts off.
    how did u know??!
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    Re: How Do You Connect Your GPS Set? Any Advice

    Got mine done at BVO.

    Extension of power cord in lower steering wheel area. Turns on when car turns off, off when car ignition is off, so doesn't drain.

    Job done in like 15 minutes.

    In fact, i hardwired my GPS (you can see it peeking right at the top of the photo below), and TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring system) at BVO (call bernard at 9682 5571). Been running this setup for easily the last 6-8 months, no battery issues and everything is cool.

    In fact, am adding more stuff, so draining isn't an issue unless it's not wired up right.

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    Re: How Do You Connect Your GPS Set? Any Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by pilotsnoopy View Post
    how did u know??!

    Tested. I had an extension 3-hole block attached. There is a red LED light to indicate 'Power'. Even with key out, radio can work for another 15 mins before it's cut. I played music while waxing car mah.

    For my current E60, I hard-wired the 3-hole block to a Acc point. So power goes off immediately (for peace of mind).

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