Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series / 4 Series > E36 (1991 - 1999)

E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-24-2011, 09:49 PM
luketheduke luketheduke is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Southwest Houston
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 134
Mein Auto: e36
The Glovebox Flashlight as a Power Outlet?

So, I've been eyeing on that power outlet that yields 12v of power. I'm planning to connect a black 3-port auxiliary power source to the wiring similar to the cigarette lighter socket. In that way, I will be able to connect my more accessories such as my GPS and radar and charge my cellphone at the same time. Is it possible to just splice those wiring and connect a random cigarette socket or even a power inverter? Thanks
__________________
"Unleash the kraken!"
Reply With Quote
Ads by Google
  #2  
Old 01-24-2011, 10:11 PM
JoshuaG's Avatar
JoshuaG JoshuaG is offline
Natasha 95M3
Location: Fife Wa
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 1,122
Mein Auto: 95' E36 M3
Thers an app for that..
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-24-2011, 10:11 PM
JoshuaG's Avatar
JoshuaG JoshuaG is offline
Natasha 95M3
Location: Fife Wa
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 1,122
Mein Auto: 95' E36 M3
no seriously check bavauto.com I think they sell somthing that plugs right in.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-25-2011, 05:40 AM
TnT817's Avatar
TnT817 TnT817 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: ohio
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 4,667
Mein Auto: 1993 325i 4dr
I thought about taking apart a power inverter and having an AC socket wired in there at one point in time
__________________

Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-25-2011, 06:30 AM
Kdoherty's Avatar
Kdoherty Kdoherty is offline
bimmerfest Supporting Member
Location: The cradle of Liberty
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 5,545
Mein Auto: A redhead E90
I don't even know if mine works, the flashlight sure as hell doesnt.
__________________


Quote:
Originally Posted by cj.surr View Post
Drop the clutch, proceed and ain't care.
  • '06 325xi 6MT
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-25-2011, 10:38 AM
noexceptions325's Avatar
noexceptions325 noexceptions325 is offline
East Bound And Down
Location: Shenandoah Valley VA
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2,832
Send a message via AIM to noexceptions325
Mein Auto: 325e,Jeep,240z,528i
Quote:
Originally Posted by TnT817 View Post
I thought about taking apart a power inverter and having an AC socket wired in there at one point in time
common jeep mod, but you dont have to take apart the inverter... just run an extension cord dremel out the cigg lighter and wire in a standard 120V black outlet to the extension cord.

cant find a clean pic of this mod on a bmw tho lol
__________________

Built 325e too much to list, Heavily modified Jeep, Datsun about to get a 351, and now a 528i
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-25-2011, 10:50 AM
Killjoy's Avatar
Killjoy Killjoy is offline
OEM Hoe....
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,819
Send a message via AIM to Killjoy
Mein Auto: 1999 M3, 2002 tii
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kdoherty View Post
I don't even know if mine works, the flashlight sure as hell doesnt.
+1 I have the little oem BMW flashlight in there too, but it's never worked for me. I always figured the battery was completely dead on the flashlight after 11 years though.
__________________

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cmy_bimmer View Post
Oh your talking about THAT hole.. yeah thats an inspection hole
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-25-2011, 11:21 AM
EuroDriven EuroDriven is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Buffalo, NY
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 375
Mein Auto: White 1995 325i
You could wire in a voltage regulator (7805) to drop it to 5 volts and put a couple USB sockets in there to charge random little gadgets, or it would even allow you to run your gps off of a standard use cable versus an expensive charger.

-John
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-25-2011, 12:10 PM
cj.surr's Avatar
cj.surr cj.surr is online now
some kid
Location: Ithaca, NY
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 10,446
Mein Auto: whiny 318
Is there a glovebox flashlight in all E36s? I've looked in my glovebox, but I don't see a flashlight or a socket...
__________________
-CJ

Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-25-2011, 12:15 PM
Killjoy's Avatar
Killjoy Killjoy is offline
OEM Hoe....
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,819
Send a message via AIM to Killjoy
Mein Auto: 1999 M3, 2002 tii
Quote:
Originally Posted by cj.surr View Post
Is there a glovebox flashlight in all E36s? I've looked in my glovebox, but I don't see a flashlight or a socket...
There should be a socket for all e36's. My dad's '93 325is had one, and my '99 ///M has one. I think the flashlight was kind of a little "extra" option that the dealer may or may not have thrown in. The part number for the flashlight is 82 11 9 413 147, costs 28 on bavauto.
__________________

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cmy_bimmer View Post
Oh your talking about THAT hole.. yeah thats an inspection hole
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 01-25-2011, 12:26 PM
cj.surr's Avatar
cj.surr cj.surr is online now
some kid
Location: Ithaca, NY
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 10,446
Mein Auto: whiny 318
Thanks. I found it. It was really obvious when I just looked, I don't know how I missed it before.
__________________
-CJ

Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 01-25-2011, 01:42 PM
luketheduke luketheduke is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Southwest Houston
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 134
Mein Auto: e36
i guess ill do the mod myself and show it to yall if it works!!!
__________________
"Unleash the kraken!"
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 01-25-2011, 08:36 PM
luketheduke luketheduke is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Southwest Houston
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 134
Mein Auto: e36
so i integrated a 3 auxiliary socket with a USB output to it and all 3 sockets and usb worked at the same time with out busting a fuse.
__________________
"Unleash the kraken!"
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 01-25-2011, 08:44 PM
cj.surr's Avatar
cj.surr cj.surr is online now
some kid
Location: Ithaca, NY
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 10,446
Mein Auto: whiny 318
Nice job

Any pictures?
__________________
-CJ

Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 01-25-2011, 09:06 PM
luketheduke luketheduke is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Southwest Houston
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 134
Mein Auto: e36


there you goo. i hope it isn't tacky
__________________
"Unleash the kraken!"
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 01-25-2011, 09:06 PM
luketheduke luketheduke is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Southwest Houston
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 134
Mein Auto: e36
__________________
"Unleash the kraken!"
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 01-25-2011, 09:06 PM
luketheduke luketheduke is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Southwest Houston
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 134
Mein Auto: e36
my bad for big pics..
__________________
"Unleash the kraken!"
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 01-25-2011, 11:31 PM
Killjoy's Avatar
Killjoy Killjoy is offline
OEM Hoe....
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,819
Send a message via AIM to Killjoy
Mein Auto: 1999 M3, 2002 tii
Looks good!!
__________________

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cmy_bimmer View Post
Oh your talking about THAT hole.. yeah thats an inspection hole
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 01-26-2011, 06:22 AM
crisscross's Avatar
crisscross crisscross is offline
Just living MY dream
Location: Best country on Earth
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 5,582
Mein Auto: 1995 M3 Boston Green
Wow, nice work! Now do a DIY for us
__________________
-Alan


Member #2 of the Boston Green Mafia BMW-CCA #457574

1995 BG M3 2000 TiAg 4.4l X5

-I do the things today that others won't do, so I will have the things tomorrow that other won't have....
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 01-26-2011, 09:48 AM
cj.surr's Avatar
cj.surr cj.surr is online now
some kid
Location: Ithaca, NY
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 10,446
Mein Auto: whiny 318
Quote:
Originally Posted by crisscross View Post
Wow, nice work! Now do a DIY for us
+1. Even just a basic outline on what the part is and how to wire it would be appreciated.
__________________
-CJ

Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 01-26-2011, 10:52 AM
miles_trail's Avatar
miles_trail miles_trail is online now
I like pie.
Location: Lexington, VA, USA
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 3,440
Mein Auto: 96 318ti, 93 BMW 325IS
I stuck an inverter in behind the OBC and put a switch for it between the seat heat switch and the alarm light, then I ran wire back to the ash tray and put a 120V duplex receptacle in it so that I can still close the lid over it. I'll post pictures whenever I get a camera that isn't suffering from a cleat to the screen.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by E36 Phantom View Post
How do you outcrazy a dude that lifts his engines without a hoist?

Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 01-26-2011, 11:00 AM
Bimrpwr's Avatar
Bimrpwr Bimrpwr is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Midwest
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 2,505
Mein Auto: 85 VW Quantum
looks good, but now you have to leave the glove box open to charge anything. If it was me i would have mounuted something like that in the section right below the OBC..Much better location IMO
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 01-26-2011, 02:48 PM
luketheduke luketheduke is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Southwest Houston
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 134
Mein Auto: e36
actually wires were perfectly fine. this what ended up happening.

__________________
"Unleash the kraken!"
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 01-26-2011, 06:37 PM
jonesin's Avatar
jonesin jonesin is offline
The Canadian Prick.
Location: Fort McMurray AB
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 12,590
Mein Auto: '96 328is Cosmos
I mounted my 3 socket splitter inside under the OBC/sunglasses pocket. Then I have the wires coming out the top right side corner of the OBC. One to my GPS, one for my cell, one for my iPOD FM transmitter. Next step will be running my GPS wire inside the dash to the left side of my steering wheel, and the iPod & transmitter into the console itself.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by hnaz View Post
I grew up in a time when the internet was just a baby. Grammar back then versus now... holy cow. You could watch the degradation of society as the internet became more mature.

HAS KEN HAD HIS MEDS YET?
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 01-26-2011, 07:44 PM
bluebee's Avatar
bluebee bluebee is offline
Seek to understand,^Value
Location: San Jose, California
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 21,026
Mein Auto: 02 BMW 525i M54 auto 130K
Dunno if the E36 flashlight recharger is the same as the E39 but on the E39 side, we have it all figured out ...

- BMW Glovebox Flashlight Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter (1) (2) (3)

Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
e36, flashlight, glovebox, power


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series / 4 Series > E36 (1991 - 1999)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms