12V Socket

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  1. wilgold

    wilgold Active Member
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    Hi everyone got my new van and just realised that there is a 12v socket in the back. This might be a stupid question but can I run my pump from this? Thanks guys
     
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    You could but then you might drain the van battery.
     
  3. spruce

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    My son in law has a LWB Transit Connect on an 04 plate. He didn't have a 12v socket in the back, but as Ford used the same wiring harness for the people carrier he did have the cabling for it.

    We tapped into that and connected an intelligent Split Charge Relay so he could charge a seperate 85 amp leisure battery. The wire is live all the time so you don't need a key in the ignition, but we found that by day four his van battery was flat when we tried to run his pump off the van's battery. We did subsequently find that the latest Varistream does consume power even when switched off (about 25% of a fully charged battery in a week) so with that corrected and the mileage he travels he may just have been able to use his van battery to run his pump. (We have put an isolator switch inline to the varistream from his leisure battery and he switches that off at the end of the day. This prevents the Varistream drawing current overnight and 'draining' the leisure battery.)

    We tried to run my son's pump from the battery on his Peugeot Partner van and again his battery went flat as we don't do enough mileage to recharge it. Some seem to make it work, we couldn't.
     
  4. bluemonkey

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    what van is it, as the peugeot turn them selves off after 10 mins with out the van running
     
  5. wilgold

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    My van is a Citroen berlingo, it's got a 12v in front and back. I thought it would be easier and cheaper just to plug the pump into that?

    But after reading various articles and posts it seems like its not advisable :(

    The middle passengers seat lifts up and there is a large storage space under there so I think I will just hide a leisure bat in there and run a relay off it.
     
  6. spruce

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    I think Bluemonkey has a good point there. I don't know the finite details of the latest Berlingo (the ones I sold up to 2005 didn't have a power point in the back) but all our 2003 Xsara's (we have 3 in the family)have econo mode kick in after a while and you have to start the engine to reset it. It is a fail safe to ensure a nearly fully charged battery next time you want to start the car.

    Anyway, we put the leisure battery under the front passenger seat which folds up in his 52 plate Peugeot Partner LX model van. An 85 amph Numax leisure battery fits fine under there with no clearance problems, even when someone sits on the seat. I did have to weld up a special frame to secure it. The battery sits in a stainless steel oven baking tray should there be any spillages. In his case, I ran a wire from the van's battery into the cargo area and put the split charge relay next to his leisure battery.
     
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    i have the peugeot partner, 59/60 plate and after ten minutes, its turns off what year is your berlingo?
     
  8. harunh

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    i got a peugeot partner 56 plate :)
     
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