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Old 06-04-2016, 3:16 PM
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Default Auto power on in Vehicle

If I get the cigarette lighter plug for the BCD396XT, will the scanner auto power when the vehicle turns on?
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Only if your lighter goes on and off with the ignition. That said I believe the 396 uses a sim card, if so you do not want to just switch off the power W/O powering the radio OFF.
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The 396 does not have a SIM so forget that. The 396 will not turn on with the application of power. If you turn it off by removing power it can lose settings made while power was on.
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Only if your lighter goes on and off with the ignition. That said I believe the 396 uses a sim card, if so you do not want to just switch off the power W/O powering the radio OFF.
Not exactly. The 396XT requires a deliberate step to power on. It has nothing to detect "incoming" power for activation purposes.

If it did, then the scanner would power on whenever someone plugged in the AC adpater to charge batteries.
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If you turn it on w/external power applied and no batteries. Then remove power. When power resumes the scanner will power on.
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