A little background: I have a 12 VDC "cigarette" socket in my car which is a non-switched circuit (so, always on). I'm in need of a switched socket, whereby power is cut when the car is not running. Rewiring the socket to an existing switched power source in the car is not really an option.
So I'm considering introducing an N-channel MOSFET (like this), where the gate would be driven by a USB line's +5v. There are two standard USB 2.0 ports right next to the 12VDC socket, which are both switched, so the idea is the USB ports go live when the car is started, which will drive the MOSFET to complete the 12VDC circuit. Car is shut off, and the MOSFET switches off. The peripheral hooked into 12VDC socket would only draw about 2A.
USB +5V -> Gate, with pulldown resistor to GND Socket GND lead -> Drain Batt GND -> Source
1) Does this plan sound reasonable?
2) As I understand it, with the V(GS) at 0V (the car is off) the Drain-Source connection is essentially an open circuit. Is this accurate, or would the car battery still see a small (even negligible drain) if the peripheral is left connected while the car is off?
3) Any concerns, or better ways to achieve my result? Would a relay be more appropriate than a MOSFET?
Any advice is greatly appreciated.