If you haven't already read through the Alu-Cab Gen 3 Tent review, this post covers the DiY 12v project box I created to replace the non functional Chineseium power box that came with the Alu-Cab.
Listed below are all the materials I used. I already had the wire left over from another project, so the length I linked is more than you need. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
- Pinfox Waterproof Electronic ABS Plastic Junction Project Box Enclosure 200mm by 120mm by 75mm (Black)
- 1/4 inch PET Expandable Braided Sleeving – Black – Alex Tech Braided Cable Sleeve
- EWCS 16 AWG 2 Conductor UL Approved USCG Approved Tinned Copper Duplex Flat Boat Cable Rated 600 Volts
- 270 PCS Heat Shrink Wire Connector Kit Electrical Insulated Crimp Marine Automotive Terminals Set
- ^^ I used bullet connectors but you can use spade connectors from this kit as well
- Cable Gland -LOKMAN 34 Pack Plastic Waterproof Adjustable 3-16mm Cable Connectors Cable Gland Joints With Gaskets, PG7, PG9, PG11, PG13.5, PG16,PG19 With Durable PP Storage Case
- Powerwerx Panel Mount Combination USB QC 3.0 and USB Type-C Power Delivery (PD) with Blue LED Voltage Display
- Milwaukee 49-56-9820 Shockwave 1-1/8" Impact Hole Saw
- Milwaukee 49-56-0032 7/8-Inch Ice Hardened Hole Saw
- Long Nose Pliers for Wire Crimping, Cutting and Stripping Klein Tools 1009
Creating the box
I wanted my outlets to face out, so I chose the long side of the box and marked where I wanted each socket to be. Note: I'm only using one socket currently but I left room for two or three more.
I knew I wanted the power to come from the side so I also marked a spot for the cable to be ran into.
I then drilled the appropriate holes for each.
- The socket I used a 1 1/8" circular hole saw
- The side for power I used a 7/8" hole saw
Then I installed the 12v socket, this is as easy as sliding it in and then tightening the end piece on.
I also installed the cable gland joint as well. For this I used the PG13.5 with the larger end facing outwards, but I suppose it doesn't really matter which way you mount it. I also loosened the end of it.
Next, run some cable inside the box. I left a good foot or two of cable in the box so down the road I can easily splice into it when adding another socket. Terminate the ends of the wires as appropriate to how many sockets you are installing, in my case I just crimped the one end with female blade connectors.
The other end of the wire I installed bullet connectors, positive was male, negative was female. Inside the tent you do the opposite, this just makes it easier to identify what is what on the project box, in case you can not see the color of the wires.
Throw it all together and place it inside the tent, connect everything up and give it a spin! You're phone should be quick charging.