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I've done this before with no harmful effects. I believe that the worst thing you will do is blow a fuse in your car. These are easy and cheap to replace. It is likely that your civic has spares just in case. I know our integra did. This should not do any damage to your GPS or radar detector.

 

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The lighter in a car draws a huge amount of current , compared to electronic devices. Think hairdryer, or toaster in your home. The fuse in the car is probably rated around 20 amps. Things like a cellphone, GPSr, or radar detector draw well under 1 amp, so you have plenty of power to spare. Now, alot of newer cars also have what they call a "power point" which looks like a lighter receptacle, but is usually only rated for 2.5 amps. Thats still enough to power several small electric devices, or 1 laptop.

 

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I can't figure this out. Why doesn't somebody come up with a new standard. For the amp or two that is needed to run cellphones, gpsr's, radar detectors and the like, wouldn't something like a 1/8 plug do just as good and be a lot less bulky?. It works just fine at the device end of the cable. Its not like many people actually use the cigarette lighter part anymore. Oh yeah, then a dime wouldn't be able to be placed in the hole by a curious 6 year old and blow the fuse.

 

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Originally posted by Cabernet:

 

Oh yeah, then a dime wouldn't be able to be placed in the hole by a curious 6 year old and blow the fuse.


 

Hey - they do that and guess how many mechanics will be put out of work???

 

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quote:
Originally posted by Cabernet:

I can't figure this out. Why doesn't somebody come up with a new standard. For the amp or two that is needed to run cellphones, gpsr's, radar detectors and the like, wouldn't something like a 1/8 plug do just as good and be a lot less bulky?. It works just fine at the device end of the cable. Its not like many people actually use the cigarette lighter part anymore. Oh yeah, then a dime wouldn't be able to be placed in the hole by a curious 6 year old and blow the fuse.

 

John

 

One of these days I'll fix the red x.


 

My car is full of those things I have two in front seat, one for the back seat and one in the cargo area. The are so popular and such a standard I have actually installed such outlets on a boat I owned. They were handy for portable TV / Radio / GPSr / fans and lights. icon_biggrin.gif

 

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I thought the manufactures had gotten together and agreed on a new, 48V standard, largely due to the increasing electronics in cars – 12V just can’t cut it when cars are being outfitted with DVD, games, power EVERYTHING and 1500W of sound. If you own a car or truck like this, you’re probably dragging 300lbs of copper to handle the current! Going to a 48V standard would cut the current draw 75%.

 

Hopefully, when this new standard ships, they will also deliver a new (smaller) connector for the accessories we are all going to plug into it…

 

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