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Wiring cb for DC power

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Jester519

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I have an early 90s Radio Shack TRC430 cb that I would like to power using the power outlet in my car. Can anyone tell me what the best type of power plug adapter to use would be? The radio has a 3 wire syster (red, white & black). Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
 

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The best way to wire it in is to "hardwire" it. Don't be intimidated by that term as hardwiring doesn't mean that you have to cut or splice any factory wires in your car, or run a new wire from the battery. You can hook it up very easily using fuse taps that simply plug into your interior fuse box. Cigarette lighter plugs do not provide a good/reliable electrical connection, which is why almost all manufactures recommend hardwiring their product.

That being said, if you insist on using a cig lighter plug then you will have to splice the red (ACC) and white (constant 12v) wires together and solder them to the plug tip, and solder the black wire to the side ground connector. NOTE: There are solderless plugs available (where you crimp the wires onto spring contacts at the back of the plug), but I would not recommend using these as they make an already unreliable connection even worse.

Happy CB'ing :)
 

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Call Radio shack and get the Part number. Also find out if it was made by Uniden or Cobra. I needed one for my cobra, and I called cobra, they took the serial no. and gave me the part number , and shipped it out that day...only a few bucks....
 
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