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Old 01-15-2016, 03:15 AM
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Aux 12 v socksts in cargo area.

Random question, but does anyone know if the 12v sockets in the rear passenger compartment or in the cargo area are permanently on or stay on for a fixed time when the ignition switches off etc.?.....

E53 X5 2003.
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Old 01-15-2016, 09:48 AM
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I don't know if the wake and sleep with the car's cycle...but if they do go to sleep...if you open the tailgate to use them...they must turn back on. I base this on something that happened a few weeks ago. I needed to use my 12v air pump first thing in the morning after both vehicles had been parked overnight...it was easier to plug it into the X5...so I popped the tailgate and plugged it in and it worked. And this occurred without having to use the key in the ignition of the X5.

So my answer is...if a door/tailgate is opened (which puts the car in WAKE mode)...those rear 12v sockets work (without the key being in the ignition).


EDIT: just checked the owners manual...and it says that the sockets remain operational when the ignition key has been removed:

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Yes all the sockets in the car are unswitched. I checked them all while looking for a source of switched power for my dashcam hardwiring... For better or worse...

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Old 01-18-2016, 11:40 PM
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Hey thank you very much for this information, it's a difficult thing to find out without he risk of having a flat battery at some point. Thanks for the scan of the page from the owners manual too.


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I don't know if the wake and sleep with the car's cycle...but if they do go to sleep...if you open the tailgate to use them...they must turn back on. I base this on something that happened a few weeks ago. I needed to use my 12v air pump first thing in the morning after both vehicles had been parked overnight...it was easier to plug it into the X5...so I popped the tailgate and plugged it in and it worked. And this occurred without having to use the key in the ignition of the X5.

So my answer is...if a door/tailgate is opened (which puts the car in WAKE mode)...those rear 12v sockets work (without the key being in the ignition).


EDIT: just checked the owners manual...and it says that the sockets remain operational when the ignition key has been removed:

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Old 01-19-2016, 01:37 AM
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Thanks for you time on this, very much appreciated. This is exactly the same reason that I'm looking at via the lighter socket in the front of the car but I also don't want the risk of a flat battery.
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:53 AM
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Thanks for you time on this, very much appreciated. This is exactly the same reason that I'm looking at via the lighter socket in the front of the car but I also don't want the risk of a flat battery.
Dave.
If you're looking for a switched socket (or power) that shuts off with the key are at least 16 minutes when the car goes into SLEEP mode...take a look to see if you have the flashlight (torch) socket in the glove box.

The flashlight socket has been a popular place to hook up peripherals to a switched power outlet. BMW used to sell an aux socket that plugged directly into the flashlight socket in the glovebox...but for some reason BMW stopped selling that item.
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