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12v Power Box

Posted: 16 Sep 2018, 11:31
by digitalman
This weekend little project has been a 12v power box and mount for my fishfinder. :D

Got the basic idea and design from a youtube video but wanted something a little more water resistant so opted for the weatherproof electrical box.


My box was a little smaller than his so I did away with the lights. Everything is fused and works as it should, front switch is the master on/off and connected to the voltmeter. On the side there is a USB dual output port and cigarette lighter socket, again with their own power switch and on the rear screw ports to connect fishfinder or allow external battery charging.

All parts mentioned in the video are readily available from amazon and ebay. Took about a day to put together including breaks for meals.

On the SIB I will carry the box inside a small rucksack with all the additional leads for phone, ecigarette etc.

It may end up being mounted to the seat, but as my SIB only has one seat this will not be a permanent fixture

Re: 12v Power Box

Posted: 16 Sep 2018, 12:07
by ChrisParish
Very nice!

Re: 12v Power Box

Posted: 16 Sep 2018, 12:16
by digitalman
Would that suit your little console Chris?

Re: 12v Power Box

Posted: 16 Sep 2018, 13:44
by ChrisParish
Yeah, it would run mine no-problem, and is a much nicer setup. I currently use a plastic clip top box screwed to the underside of the seat.
Looks like I am going to have to upgrade!

Re: 12v Power Box

Posted: 16 Sep 2018, 20:17
by The Hobbit
ChrisParish wrote:
16 Sep 2018, 12:07
Very nice!
Is that the power box or the underwear Chris? :oops: :oops: :shame :rofl

Washing aside, that's a very neat and tidy job. I like Chris clip mine under the seat. :thumbsup :thumbsup ohyeh

Re: 12v Power Box

Posted: 16 Sep 2018, 20:21
by ChrisParish
Ha! I hadn’t even noticed the washing!

Re: 12v Power Box

Posted: 16 Sep 2018, 20:25
by The Hobbit
ChrisParish wrote:
16 Sep 2018, 20:21
Ha! I hadn’t even noticed the washing!
Eyes like a sh*thouse rat me :thumbsup :rofl :shame

Re: 12v Power Box

Posted: 19 Sep 2018, 01:12
by Gazzago
Nice neat job.

Be wary of those scotchlock type connectors. They often give trouble after a while with poor connections.

Re: 12v Power Box

Posted: 19 Sep 2018, 09:11
by digitalman
Gazzago wrote:
19 Sep 2018, 01:12
Nice neat job.

Be wary of those scotchlock type connectors. They often give trouble after a while with poor connections.
Thank you Gazzago, the scotchlocks were a bit of a compromise, if they do give me any issues its out with the soldering iron :thumbsup

Re: 12v Power Box

Posted: 04 Dec 2018, 16:23
by Sonofgum
Thats a really neat tidy job, puts my power box to shame somewhat.

I velcroed the battery to the bottom of the box, seems to work up til now.