"Always on" power outlets

saturn
aura

#1

My 2008 Saturn Aura has 2 power outlets, both of which are always hot. I have my portable gps conneted to one, so it’s always on. Even if I turn the unit off, it’s still receiving signals if it’s getting power. At work, I park in a garage where the unit can’t receive a signal, so it’s constantly searching for one. I’m concerned this will be a drain on the battery. Will it? What would it take to re-wire one of the outlets so it’s only hot when the ignition is on?


#2

It would be much simpler to unplug it when you’re not using it.


#3

The power drain from your gps is too small to affect the car battery. But if you are concerned, why not just unplug it?


#4

Do you need a GPS to find your workplace?


#5

…or even just switch it off?


#6

If you turn the GPS off then surely all that would happen is it would charge the GPS battery???