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post #1 of 28 Old 01-20-2015, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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New seat warmers, where to get the power?

Hi.

Just bought these seat heaters for my 99 mod: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Can I tap them into the cig socket? Will the fuse in the dash be able to handle the heaters and charging my phone/GPS at the same time?


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post #2 of 28 Old 01-20-2015, 01:52 PM
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I just added them to my seats in a 00. If you look behind the glove box, you will find a small fuse panel. I had a fuse for rear defrost for a hardtop. I believe it was 20 amp. It may have been more. I used a fuse tap socked that I got from NAPA parts. I connected the 12 volt wires from the seat heaters to it, and pulled a ground from the metal frame that have the plastic dash mounted to it.

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^2. That is what I did.
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I just added them to my seats in a 00. If you look behind the glove box, you will find a small fuse panel. I had a fuse for rear defrost for a hardtop. I believe it was 20 amp. It may have been more. I used a fuse tap socked that I got from NAPA parts. I connected the 12 volt wires from the seat heaters to it, and pulled a ground from the metal frame that have the plastic dash mounted to it.
Sounds like a good way to go.

Do you have a link to the fuse tap socket at NAPA?

Also, am I still able to use the defroster for the hardtop?
Is the circuit switched? Meaning it will follow the igniton?

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I tied mine into the cig lighter circuit. No issues with it. That's where the Mopar version gets the power from.

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NAPA Part # NW 785135

http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Ca...135_0282529025

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In a 99 you should have two wires taped up near the fuse panel behind the glove box. A red/black unswitched wire from fuse 18 (15A) and a light blue wire from fuse 19 (20A) which also supplies the cig lighter/power outlet. The light blue wire would be ideal for powering the seat heater which are probably around 2.5-3A draw each. Typical draw draw for a phone charger would be up to 1 amp not sure what a GPS might require but probably in the region of an amp too so all well within the fuse rating and no problem running them all at the same time.
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In a 99 you should have two wires taped up near the fuse panel behind the glove box. A red/black unswitched wire from fuse 18 (15A) and a light blue wire from fuse 19 (20A) which also supplies the cig lighter/power outlet. The light blue wire would be ideal for powering the seat heater which are probably around 2.5-3A draw each. Typical draw draw for a phone charger would be up to 1 amp not sure what a GPS might require but probably in the region of an amp too so all well within the fuse rating and no problem running them all at the same time.
I will check this tonight!
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i have those same seat heaters in my 97. i tapped into the cig lighter also..

my issue with them is, they take like 10-15 minutes to heat up!!! its quite annoying as i tend to be at my destination before hey get toasty.
if anyone have a fix for a slow heat up time im more than interested to hear it!

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i have those same seat heaters in my 97. i tapped into the cig lighter also..

my issue with them is, they take like 10-15 minutes to heat up!!! its quite annoying as i tend to be at my destination before hey get toasty.
if anyone have a fix for a slow heat up time im more than interested to hear it!
Do you have the exact same as i linked to in the first post? I read the reviews and there was many people claiming they where fast. I haven't received them yet and now I am worry they are no good. Are you pleased except the warm up time?
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I have these in my TJ and my truck, and they heat up in a few minutes, just remember that the heavier your clothes are the longer it will take to feel it. I start on high and within 5-10 minutes I have to switch to low because they get too hot... BTW, absolutely I love them.

Just some install info, I did the install myself, But I always have my buddy's car stereo shop hook up the power (I'm color blind, so lots of colored wires plus me = electrical fire) Anyway I always hook up to ignition to insure no possibility of power when not running.
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I will check this tonight!
Jonny Jeep was right. Found the wire, it was marked. I have unswitched and switched power to the right of the fuse panel. I think this is gonna be a easy install.

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In a 99 you should have two wires taped up near the fuse panel behind the glove box. A red/black unswitched wire from fuse 18 (15A) and a light blue wire from fuse 19 (20A) which also supplies the cig lighter/power outlet. The light blue wire would be ideal for powering the seat heater which are probably around 2.5-3A draw each. Typical draw draw for a phone charger would be up to 1 amp not sure what a GPS might require but probably in the region of an amp too so all well within the fuse rating and no problem running them all at the same time.
I just found out that the switched cable (light blue) is labeled '3 amp max'

And not 20 amp as you stated.. Is there another cable behind the glove box?
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Hmmmm that's why I used the fuse block behind the glove box

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Hmmmm that's why I used the fuse block behind the glove box
Is it safe to tap into the defroster when I am currently using the hardtop defoster. Can it manage two additional seat warmers?
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