So your buddy is bragging about the conveniences in his new Jeep and charging his smartphone and tablets from the USB dash charger. Don’t be jealous—get even. With a simple install, you too can have your vintage flatfender and the modern conveniences of today's handheld devices without worry of batteries dying on you.
Nowadays, it's easy to add in-dash USB charging to any vehicle with a 12V system using an inexpensive panel mount charger. We used a BANDC PJH-RS-0123 dual USB charger that provides 2.1-amp (good for tablet charging) and 1-amp USB charging outlets to add some new electrical capabilities to our Wrangler.
We put the flush-mount charger in the center dash panel. However, you can locate one most anywhere you need to accommodate cables and keep them from being strung across your dash or wherever they might make an unsightly mess. Even new vehicles with factory USB chargers may have them placed in a less-than-ideal location. Plus, you can also leave any existing power port(s) intact for other charging needs. At around $9, this is definitely a dirt-cheap deed.