I'm new here...been reading alot but my first post! Great board here.
OK so I wanted to hard wire my passport 8500 x50 radar detector into the stang. I wanted it to come on and off with the vehicle. After reading up on the forms I decided to go with the common solution of using the "add-a-circuit." For those that don't know, one end looks like a common fuse and replaces a fuse of your choice. On the other end are female fuse plugs where you put the original fuse, and one rated for your device. Then you crimp the power wire from your device into it as well.
Anyways, in the instructions for the add-a-circuit it specifies to not use a fuse > 10 amps. Looking through the manual for my mustang I found several fuses rated 10 amps or less...and I tried them all...unfortunately, NONE of the ones rated 10 amps or less allowed the detector to turn on / off with the vehicle. My only option was to use a higher rated fuse.
I ended up using the 15amp fuse #20 for the convertible top. Everything is working great and the convertible top is working fine, but I want to know is using that 15amp fuse slot a serious issue, or could it cause a serious issue?
Also I am not quite sure how many amps the x50 draws, but I used the smallest fuse that came with the add-a-circuit which was 5amps