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Old 11-22-2022, 12:34 PM   #1
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Adding 12V USB charging port. Which kind?

We just got a 2013 Keystone Hideout 31 BHS. It will be permanently setup at our dry camp. It will have a couple solar panels for the batteries. I want to add a few 12V USB ports for charging.

Can you recommend a good quality 12V USB that does not have a light on it? Everyone I find has some type of light. I donít want a light shining in my face when Iím trying to sleep plus the unnecessary current draw on the batteries.

I can get some nice quality ones through work but they have the bright blue light on them. Maybe I can smash that light out?
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Old 11-22-2022, 01:34 PM   #2
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I doubt that tiny LED draws any appreciable current to worry about power draw. I didn’t like the light, so I drilled out the blue light on the one I added. Amazing how much it illuminates the bedroom at night. I tried a dab of black caulking first, but the light “leaked” out from the USB ports, so I drilled it instead.

Not to go off on a tangent, but there are studies that show blue spectrum light can delay sleep in many cases. Aside from blue LED’s like the USB ports, smart phones, tablets, etc are a source of blue light. Keystone loves to use blue LED’s all over the interior; under the dinette, floor accent lighting, on the Furrion ranges……they are everywhere!
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Old 11-22-2022, 01:39 PM   #3
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I doubt that tiny LED draws any appreciable current to worry about power draw. I didnít like the light, so I drilled out the blue light on the one I added. Amazing how much it illuminates the bedroom at night. I tried a dab of black caulking first, but the light ďleakedĒ out from the USB ports, so I drilled it instead.

Not to go off on a tangent, but there are studies that show blue spectrum light can delay sleep in many cases. Aside from blue LEDís like the USB ports, smart phones, tablets, etc are a source of blue light. Keystone loves to use blue LEDís all over the interior; under the dinette, floor accent lighting, on the Furrion rangesÖÖthey are everywhere!
Thanks.

I could live with a red light. Much easier on the night vision. That bright blue is no good.
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Old 11-22-2022, 05:57 PM   #4
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Can you recommend a good quality 12V USB that does not have a light on it? Everyone I find has some type of light. I donít want a light shining in my face when Iím trying to sleep plus the unnecessary current draw on the batteries.
I have had goo luck with Powerwerx products. They have a couple of panel mount USB charge ports that don't have lights.

https://powerwerx.com/panel-mounts

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Old 11-23-2022, 03:18 AM   #5
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I installed 2 different ones. The first was a replacement. Second was a new USB by the kids' bunks. Been over a year for both...no issues or complaints. Lights are barely visible.

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Old 11-23-2022, 08:12 AM   #6
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I have had goo luck with Powerwerx products. They have a couple of panel mount USB charge ports that don't have lights.

https://powerwerx.com/panel-mounts

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Thanks, I've used that brand in the past with good results. However, it had that bright blue annoying light.
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Old 11-23-2022, 11:02 AM   #7
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I think this red one would be okay. Shouldn't blind you at night or loose your night vision.

https://powerwerx.com/backlit-red-panel-mount-usb
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Thanks, I've used that brand in the past with good results. However, it had that bright blue annoying light.

This one has no lights:



https://powerwerx.com/panel-dual-usb-qc30-charger
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Old 11-24-2022, 05:42 AM   #9
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Thanks! I'll have to see what qc 3.0 is. Says it's good with smart phones so I like it.
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Old 11-24-2022, 11:24 AM   #10
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Thanks! I'll have to see what qc 3.0 is. Says it's good with smart phones so I like it.
It made me curious so I looked. QC is Quick Charge, and if I read it right it can detect whatís plugged into it and choose the optimal amps for rapid charging.
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It made me curious so I looked. QC is Quick Charge, and if I read it right it can detect whatís plugged into it and choose the optimal amps for rapid charging.
Yeah it seems like a nice product and no annoying light.
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Old 11-27-2022, 02:35 PM   #12
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Put a mini switch inline at the usb to cut power to the port snd light. Left to burn the LED is parasitic power draw and over time draws the power doen.
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