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      12-05-2012, 06:18 AM   #1
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12V power sockets

Hi guys,

Does anyone with an F30 know if the 12V power sockets in the car all provide continuous power (even when the car is off and locked)? Think I've read this somewhere...

If so, do all 3 sockets provide this (front of centre console, under glovebox, rear centre console for back seat passengers), and is there a cut-off time at all?

Thanks...
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Hi guys,

Does anyone with an F30 know if the 12V power sockets in the car all provide continuous power (even when the car is off and locked)? Think I've read this somewhere...

If so, do all 3 sockets provide this (front of centre console, under glovebox, rear centre console for back seat passengers), and is there a cut-off time at all?

Thanks...
Hi mark!

I think you missed the outlet on the trunk...

I have observed that the outlets work by just opening the doors, if an outlet is being used and you lock the doors, the power will get cut.
If you dont lock the doors you have a 10 minute timeout ( cant remember if its 10 or 15 minutes. )

In any case, its a smart car, it wont run out of juice at the driver's leisure. And just as a quick sidenote, the battery on your car is huge, seriously my v10 ford excursion had a smaller battery than the f30. Abuse of it all you want.
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Thanks Koer, yes I did forget about the one in the 'boot'

I was hoping there'd be at least one outlet that stayed on when the car was locked, to charge phones etc., but it doesn't look like this is possible
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Thanks Koer, yes I did forget about the one in the 'boot'

I was hoping there'd be at least one outlet that stayed on when the car was locked, to charge phones etc., but it doesn't look like this is possible
Hmmm good point, maybe test out the one on the "boot", i think that one comes out directly from the battery. These of course are all just thoughts, i haven't looked at the manual, maybe the info is there...
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