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post #1 of 10 Old 01-07-2015, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Newb question..wiring to battery

So Im wiring a radio to my battery...do I just loop the exposed end of the power wire to the positive battery post, and then connect the ground to a bolt on the chassis? or do I need a special connector to the battery?

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post #2 of 10 Old 01-07-2015, 05:24 PM
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Radio radio or stereo radio?

In both cases I would suggest against going directly to the battery. If you're trying to wire in a CB the cigarette lighter circuit has more than enough oompf. You can also use an add a fuse to tap off another circuit inside the jeep.


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its a radio scanner for police frequencies, it suggests going straight to battery
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A scanner draws mouse nuts for current. Cigarette lighter circuit or add a fuse definitely. You can tack on to the back of the lighter socket pretty easily.

This was the power line to my transmitter in the niner.


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A scanner draws mouse nuts for current. Cigarette lighter circuit or add a fuse definitely. You can tack on to the back of the lighter socket pretty easily.

This was the power line to my transmitter in the niner.
Yea ... but you know what your doing .....

OP should step away from the battery for a minute and rethink if he should be doing any electrical additions to the ZJ ...

I know we all learn at sometime but ....
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i run an additional distribution block from battery to run all my after-market accessory's
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i run an additional distribution block from battery to run all my after-market accessory's
This. For the power hungry stuff like my 100W transmitter or lights I run a set of relays on their own circuits. I trigger the relays off the cigarette plug so it all comes on with ignition but I also have override switches so I can leave the radios on while the engine is off.

None of that is warranted for a scanner though. That thing probably draws less power than my GPS.


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I use these for auxiliary power needs in my truck. They are fast, and "plug and play." I keep a few extras in my wiring box.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ADD-A-CIRCUI...item4ae2f8795a
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Yea ... but you know what your doing .....

OP should step away from the battery for a minute and rethink if he should be doing any electrical additions to the ZJ ...

I know we all learn at sometime but ....
ive never had a problem with the add a fuses, ive added plenty of things...I ended up going to an add a fuse for this scanner, thanks guys
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I use these for auxiliary power needs in my truck. They are fast, and "plug and play." I keep a few extras in my wiring box.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ADD-A-CIRCUI...item4ae2f8795a
Hmmmm..... I like these. My Uniden set up rom right channel radios will be her today. I might need to order this.

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