Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Far West of Chicago, Illinois, USA
Power Outlet Question
I was wondering if I should wire an outlet straight from the battery to run my heated clothing, or use the power outlet BMW provides. I believe the outlet down by the drivers left foot is rated at 15 amps, and this is shared with the radio and some other small things. I don't often wear all my heated clothes at once, but if I needed to, I'd like to be prepared. If the jacket is 77 watts, pants 45 watts, and gloves 22 watts.......that's about 144 watts total. In the event I need to run the items at full on, can this outlet handle it?
As an alternative, I thought about disconnecting the powered wire BMW sends to that outlet, protecting it from weather, abuse etc, and running a dedicated fused power wire down to that outlet straight from the battery. Any opinions and guidance is appreciated, thanks. d.