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Ford Explorer, Mercury Mountaineer, SUV
Jun 28, 2005 (6:10 pm)
2004 Mercury Mountaineer
Does anyone know if I have a device (gps unit - RM300) plugged into the power plug and have the unit turned off, does it drain any battery power? there is a green light on the cord of the device that always stays green? I was wondering if this is drawing any power?
Also, does anyone know of anyway to stop the power plug from providing power when the vehicle is turned off? I would rather have my gps turn on when I turn my vehicle on and turn off when the vehicle is turned off.
#2648 of 3348 Re: Power plug [bjohnrini]
Jun 28, 2005 (6:13 pm)
i would leave the gps unit on, then check it about an hour later. i think you will have your answer.
#2649 of 3348 I believe that if the
Jun 28, 2005 (7:56 pm)
green pilot light is on, at least you know that the line is live with voltage...now, if I put a radio on the wire, but the radio is off, then the line is live, but the radio is off, so no power drain (altho the pilot light itself is a tiny drain on the battery...if left like that in an airport for six weeks, you could return to a dead battery)
I would unplug the cord, or stick it into a power outlet that is connected to the ignition switch, rather than a live plug 24/7...
#2650 of 3348 Power plug (Cig. lighter is live)
Jun 28, 2005 (8:31 pm)
Teh always live cigarette lighter (power point) is one of the best features of Ford vehicles. I want it that way. For example,I want my cell phone to charge when the car is off, not just when it is on.
The tiny amount of power going to the turned-off GPS unit would be an issue only if you had the car parked for a long time.
#2651 of 3348 Re: Power plug (Cig. lighter is live) [fsmmcsi]
Jun 28, 2005 (8:45 pm)
>>The tiny amount of power going to the turned-off GPS unit would be an issue only if you had the car parked for a long time.
And what exactly is considered a long time?
>>I would unplug the cord, or stick it into a power outlet that is connected to the ignition switch, rather than a live plug 24/7...
How would I go about connecting it to the ignition switch?
#2652 of 3348 Made the plunge
Jun 29, 2005 (12:24 pm)
Bought a 2003 XLT last night with 26k miles Salesman bumped the certified warranty to cover 55 more components and I kicked in another $320 to cover 29 more like power window regulators etc. It is a V6 with sunroof, rear air, adjustable pedals, skipped the 3rd row. I think I got a good deal -- $19,800 before tax and title.
#2653 of 3348 Good deal.....
Jun 29, 2005 (5:47 pm)
and a good decision too. On the 03, you get a little known added bonus also - your spare is mounted on a matching Alloy wheel - not a black steel wheel, allowing you to integrate your spare into the tire rotation. Only the 03's have that.
#2654 of 3348 Re: Good deal..... [nvbanker]
Jun 30, 2005 (4:29 am)
Thanks -- did not know that! Haven't finished going through the owner's manual yet. In the end, I could not find an '04 that wasn't a rental with the options I wanted. So even though I wanted the extra secuirty features from 2004, I went with the '03.
#2655 of 3348 Re: Power plug (Cig. lighter is live) [fsmmcsi]
Jun 30, 2005 (3:33 pm)
i didn't know if the power point shut off after time, like the interior and puddle lights lights, etc...
#2656 of 3348 Re: Power plug (Cig. lighter is live) [explorerx4]
Jun 30, 2005 (5:13 pm)
It doesn't, but unless you have a refrigerator plugged into it, it won't kill your battery. Charging a phone or something takes no power from a battery of that size.