yes, it is an electric lock. Sounds like you have a plan in mind...I know I saw some posting about this, but my searches have turned up nothing
How does the In-Bed Truck Lock work?
Does it take power to lock it or power to unlock it?
If it takes power to lock it that means there is always power there?
Excellent Question!^^ ?? Why could this not also power the tailgate lock as found on the Pop N Lock??
so...is it possible to get the honda trunk lock and make it work for the tailgate?I seem to remember that the Trunk Lock uses a different type of Controller signal then the doors (which is a simple Plus Pulse or Minus Pulse to lock/unlock). It was discussed in a thread on here somewhere. Not sure WHY Honda got fancy with the Trunk lock... lol
I stand corrected. Good point! I hadn't considered the differences.The trunk lock operation is similar to a door lock operation, it just operates on a different circuit. A door lock is basically just plunger that moves back and to move the door lock linkage. The trunk lock is similar in that power runs to a switch, which you then push to actuate the plunger that moves the linkage that opens the trunk. When you lock your doors, the solenoid plunger moves the door lock linkage into the locked position and interrupts the power circuit that goes to the button that opens the trunk. When you unlock the doors, the plunger moves the linkage to unlock the doors and re-energizes the circuit for your trunk open button.
For the tailgate lock, you need the same momentary power to move the linkage that moves the linkage on the door locks, not the constant power that goes to the trunk button. If the trunk worked the same as the doors, the trunk would pop open every time you unlocked the doors. I don't think you'd find that amusing very long.
You probably could use the trunk circuit, but it would involve adding relays, complicating things further.
Another viewpoint, if it helps. Doors are safety-latched (two-stage), you have to mechanically unlatch. The locking for that type of latch is, for the lack of better terminology, a PERMIT or NON-PERMITTED unlatch (the plunger slides to one or the other, just like your hand in the cabin). Essentially for those two positions to take place, the plunger needs to reside in either Condition-0 or Condition-1 states. Chosen by way of a positive pulse... or a negative pulse... or maybe opposing plungers, but the last condition wins and it remains in that state. This pos/neg style pulse can be triggered by the Key-Fob (obviously).^ Good Explanation. So.....as they say on Myth Busters: Plausible, but not practical?
My thought was if there was power there when it unlocked then maybe something like this 1Pc DC12V 0.8A Mini Electric Bolt Lock Small Cabinet Lock Solenoid Lock | eBay could be mounted inside the tailgate.