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Uniden BC23A Speaker Power Option?

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I did a search here the best I could and could not seem to find an answer. So this will likely be quicker.

Ordered the BC23A amplified speaker. Was surprised when I saw it comes with two wires which must have the positive wired into a fuse box port that will operate along with ignition on/off. I guess I'm spoiled and was expecting a cigarette plug adapter.

Instructions say that a DC24V is not supported. I'm guessing a cig outlet would probably be DC24V so soldering the wires into a cig adapter not an option?

Is my only option or the easiest just to power it as the instructions say? Negative to a bolt grounded to chassis and positive to the fuse box?
 
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I'm guessing a cig outlet would probably be DC24V so soldering the wires into a cig adapter not an option?
Most American cars are 12V. NOT 24 Volt

Power it off the 12 Volt from the fuse box and negative to ground.
 

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Most American cars are 12V. NOT 24 Volt
Its definitely American. It's a Dodge Charger. If modifying to a cig adapter will work and not blow anything up I think I'd rather go route. Wiring to the fuse panel may be easier, I'm just not familiar with doing that and worry I'll screw something up in the electrical system.
 

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Whatever works for you. (y)
Thanks. Started with the hardwire option by placing a spade on the positive and then onto a positive terminal with a 10 amp fuse and ground to a chassis bolt. For some reason no power.

Went with the cig adapter.

Speaker is not as loud as I expected though. BCD325P2 cranked to max as is speaker. Little better but not as loud as I expected considering I have to max out both volume knobs. Oh well. Perhaps the Uniden scanner has a volume impedance.

The auto power shut off is also annoying. Horrible feature. I know it can be disabled by placing a resistor on the circuit board but that is beyond my know how at the moment.
 

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Speaker is not as loud as I expected though. BCD325P2 cranked to max as is speaker. Little better but not as loud as I expected considering I have to max out both volume knobs. Oh well. Perhaps the Uniden scanner has a volume impedance.
That's because you're using a headphone jack. Not much you can do about that considering that's all it has. If your vehicle has Bluetooth capability consider using a Bluetooth transmitter and listening via the vehicles audio system!
 

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That's because you're using a headphone jack. Not much you can do about that considering that's all it has. If your vehicle has Bluetooth capability consider using a Bluetooth transmitter and listening via the vehicles audio system!
Yeah I was afraid it was the jack rating.

I do have bluetooth in the car. I might have to check that out!

Seems like I have came across something on the forum about someone being able to bypass the limits of the headphone jack. Don't remember the specifics though and seems there was some concerns about overload.

The amplified speaker is better than the stock one. Just not as much as I expected.
 
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