Tutorial: Simple HIDDEN power cable to vent mounted smart phone.

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  1. PixelRogue

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    INTRO
    Have been a huge fan of PriusChat for many years. While the below tutorial will be considered 'easy' by anyone who mods, thought this would be a helpful solution for many. A little way to give back.
    Shout outs to prifahrer and Redpoint5.
    Car is a workhorse, so do not be turned off by the dirt the photos highlight.

    NEED
    Power to the vent mounted smart phone, that hides the unsightly and sloppy power cable.
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    Tools (fish and wire tape for Gen 3 only (not PIP)
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    SUMMARY
    Run a USB cable to the armrest storage. No wiring required.
    • Skill Level: 2 on scale of 10
    • Time: Less than 30 minutes (5 minutes for anyone already comfortable removing panels)
    • Tools: Interior panel remover (technical name of course). Harbor Freight has a kit for about $7.00.
      • Wire fish and electrical tape helpful for Gen 3 wire run. Not needed for PIP.
    • Supplies: 6' USB cable for your smart phone; flat cable preferred. Cigarette-to-USB adapter for Gen 3.
    • Application: Most 2010-2015 Prius Gen 3 (V) vehicles; slight variation for PIP.

    Step 1: Remove Inside Shifter Panel.
    - Using Panel Removal Tool (PRT), gently slide under left back edge of inside shifter cover.
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    - Using Panel Removal Tool (PRT), gently slide under left front edge of shifter cover.
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    - Using fingers, left the reset of the panel away from shifter.
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    - Unclip wire harnesses. Tip - two (2) wire harnesses. Small pressure clip holds harness together.
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    Step 2: Remove Outside Shifter Panel
    - Using Panel Removal Tool (PRT), gently slide under left top edge of outside shifter cover.
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    - Using Panel Removal Tool (PRT), gently slide under left bottom edge of outside shifter cover.
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    - Using Panel Removal Tool (PRT), work your way from left bottom edge to right bottom edge and upwards.
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    - Open glove compartment and use fingers for the upper portion. Plastic will need to flex slightly and pop out.
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    Step 3: Remove Radio Panel
    - Using fingers, pull plastic cover (starting on the right) way from radio.
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    Step 4: Remove Ignition Panel (Optional)
    - Using fingers, gently pop off the ignition cover panel, unclip wire harness.
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    PRIUS GEN 3 ONLY
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    Step A: Remove armrest back panel.
    - Using Panel Removal Tool (PRT), left top edge, then right. Remove panel w/fingers.
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    Step B: Remove USB AUX port in arm rest.
    - Push up (from underneath) the USB AUX port. Disconnect.
    * Note - this port does NOT provide power, so we use a cigarette lighter adapter instead.
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    Step C: Feed Wire
    Wire for the GEN 3 is run below the arm rest. I used a wire fish, starting from the back edge of the arm rest (step A) and fed the usb wire downwards from the shifter.
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    Step D: Install Cigarette Lighter USB Adapter
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    Step E: Plug USB cable into Cigarette Adapter
    After running wire, run usb cable up through the old spot for the USB port, plug into Cigarette Adapter.
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    Option: USB port cover
    I created a small cover for the empty space using a piece of a paint stick colored black.
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    PRIUS GEN 3 PIP ONLY
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    USB port inside the arm rest 'does' provide power. Makes life easier. Simply run the wire from the port, under the cup hold and upwards.

    Step A: Using fingers, remove cup holder.
    Step B: Plug USB cable in, run cable under cup holder and replace cup holder.
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    Step 3: Run Cable
    Run the cable behind the panels on left side.
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    Step 4: Reassemble Panels
    Locate your desired spot for the wire exit. Flat cable will work better. Be mindful of the clip locations as to not pinch your wire.
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    Slight bump in this photo which has since flattened. Flat cable would be preferred.
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