I most certainly would have if I could have found one. I checked locally and on the internet and no one carries that size fuse tap. No one had ever even heard of one that small. The larger blade type fuse taps were easy to find. but the size that the 2010 Highlander uses don't seem to exist, so I made my own! If you know of a dealer, please let me know!Why didnt you just use a fuse tap, instead of what you did?
Well, actually I cheated. I didn't feel like taking the console apart so I pulled the fuse that goes to the center and rear 12v outlets and created my own. I drilled out the center of a spare fuse to break the connection and filled it with super glue. I then trimmed away some of the plastic over one side and soldered the other end of the wire to the fuse and plugged it into the fuse block.
My apologies for resurrecting an older thread, but I've been looking into this and would really like to perform this "hack" myself.and just to clarify you tapped into the fuse on the inside of the engine compartment or the fuse under the drivers steering wheel?
I pulled the Electrical Outlet fuse in the engine compartment and it did not affect the 12v plugs. But I was able to pull the fuse in the driver's wheel well and it did turn off the plug. Are there two fuses for these plugs or is something labeled wrong in my owner's manual?
Finally, if I have connections that are not used in my car, like the seat heaters or something, can I tap into one of those assuming they don't turn off when the car is off too?
Thanks for your reply. I'll be doing this this week and would love to see some pics.10 minute mod is to get two fuse taps and splice them together to make a "jumper wire". The connect one end to a "constant on" spare fuse slot. Pull the fuse for the 12v outlet and plug the other end of your jumper in place of that fuse.
CAUTION you will have to clip off one of the little spades on the fuse tap to prevent back feeding the factory circuit that normally supplies switched power to the 12v socket fuse. That circuit powers more than just the 12v socket!!!!
Did this for the wife's 2010 limited so she can keep her phone charger powered when the vehicle is off.
If you are comfortable using a voltmeter I have some pictures of how I did the mod. No grinding no soldering!