alohart
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Re: 12 volt outlets/sockets

Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:08 am

daghb wrote:You can use the OBD2 port which you can find just above your left toe when the foot is resting while driving. Between pin 4 and 16 you have continuous power. Buy a connector from Ebay, Aliexpress etc. To connect dash cam with electronics that are included in the 12V cigarette plug, you'll need a female cigarette plug also.

Many have reported that plugging into the OBD2 port results in the burglar alarm sounding when the car is turned off. Does your method avoid this problem?

daghb wrote:The OBD2 connector is there only because of outdated regulations. On an EV car they are never used as there ain't no diagnostics available through them, as would be the fact in an ICE car.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty certain that diagnostic trouble codes (DTC's) are read and cleared by connecting an OBD2 reader to the ODB2 port just as with ICE cars. It's true that all ICE-related DTC's don't exist on i3 BEV's but many of them do exist on i3 REx's. So I think the OBD2 port is still crucial in diagnosing i3 problems.
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Re: 12 volt outlets/sockets

Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:27 am

[quote][Do the power sockets in the i3 turn on and off with driving or do they stay on all the time? Hopefully they turn on and off- makes for a much easier life to not worry about cameras running down your 12 Volt battery. Good cameras have an internal battery that keeps them going for a few minutes after power loss, so you won't stop recording in an accident because of a loss of 12 Volt power.quote]

Although the Manual Documentation suggests that power to , at least , the "Lighter" socket should turn off without Drive Readiness or Operational Readiness , my experience is that it does not turn off .

If anyone knows that this can be changed by a setting in any way , please let me know . I'm using an old iPod as an option for my music sources . Thanks in advance .

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Re: 12 volt outlets/sockets

Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:32 am

The 12v ‘cigarette” socket under the centre of the dash definitely turns off in the UK as I have my camera in that one.
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Re: 12 volt outlets/sockets

Tue Sep 20, 2016 3:25 pm

Like many things in the car...they do not go to sleep immediately when you turn off the car...but, they do turn off after a delay of about 10-15 minutes (don't remember the exact timing). Locking the car from outside short-circuits that timer, and shuts things down when you lock it.
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Re: 12 volt outlets/sockets

Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:38 pm

jadnashuanh wrote:Like many things in the car...they do not go to sleep immediately when you turn off the car...but, they do turn off after a delay of about 10-15 minutes (don't remember the exact timing). Locking the car from outside short-circuits that timer, and shuts things down when you lock it.

I'm new to the i3 (just bought a 2014 i3 Rex) and to this forum. I'd like it if the 12 v charging ports would shut off after the i3 is shut off but from my testing so far, neither the center counsel port, nor the port under the dash shut off when you shut off the car. Even after getting out of the car and locking it with the FOB, the ports stay on (active). I've left it for 5 mins or so and come back and it is still powered. I'm in the US so maybe this is different for US vs. UK models?

Is there a setting to get them to power on and off with the car (e.g. with the "Ready" state)?

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Re: 12 volt outlets/sockets

Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:47 pm

I think you'll find that the timeout is closer to 10-minutes verses 5...try it for a bit longer.
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Re: 12 volt outlets/sockets

Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:28 pm

New to the forum and don't have an i3 yet - we are likely to be getting on in the next week or two if all goes ,well.

This thread got me wondering about the front camera that comes installed in the car - is there anyway to access the video from that maybe via coding? Seems a shame to have it and not be able to access it.

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Re: 12 volt outlets/sockets

Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:37 pm

chrisbinsb wrote:is there anyway to access the video from that maybe via coding? Seems a shame to have it and not be able to access it.

Many i3 owners have asked about this, but I haven't read about anyone doing this. The camera is reported monochrome with VGA resolution, so the quality isn't very good.
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Re: 12 volt outlets/sockets

Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:32 pm

alohart wrote:
chrisbinsb wrote:is there anyway to access the video from that maybe via coding? Seems a shame to have it and not be able to access it.

Many i3 owners have asked about this, but I haven't read about anyone doing this. The camera is reported monochrome with VGA resolution, so the quality isn't very good.


interesting, thanks

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