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Old 01-07-2005, 12:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cigarette Lighter problems

Hello and a late "happy new year" :)

I always judged the cigarettes lighter in SLK placed in the worst place in the car!
I can't drive well while using the lighter as charger for my tools.
Anyway few days ago i bought The CyberPower CPS120Si power converter. The AC Mobile Power converts 12v battery power to standard AC "Plug-In" Power.
The problem now is that since I have European Car and the plug (the male plug) is American, will always jump out any little movement of the car!
How can I solve it?
I though to use a cable to fix the male plug to the car so it cannot unplug. But it is so orrible!
Is there any way to disconnect the cigarettes lighter (the female part) so that I can disconnect the cable and remap them to another place in the car using an USA female cigarette lighete adapter?

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Old 01-07-2005, 08:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Is there any way to disconnect the cigarettes lighter (the female part) so that I can disconnect the cable and remap them to another place in the car using an USA female cigarette lighete adapter?
I would run a second cigarette lighter. Leave the original where it is. Just take wires from original and run it to the second - place it where you want it. Shouldn't be a problem to buy a spare cigarette lighter "hole"/female part.
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RE: Cigarette Lighter problems

Adding a secondary cig lighter/power socket anywhere in the car should not be a problem. Like already stated, the sockets themselves should be easy enough to come by and then all you need is a 12V source, not necessarily from the old cig lighter.
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RE: Cigarette Lighter problems

Thank You for your answers.

I was thinking to take the wires from the original socket to provide surge protection with the original fuse.

But... how can I have acces to this cables and what kinda cable I have to use?

Thank You guys. :)
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Old 01-08-2005, 07:54 AM   #6 (permalink)
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RE: Cigarette Lighter problems

Cixi, I would NOT use the same wire going to the existing cigarette lighter; I would start at the fuse block and use an empty spare position if there is one available, and, if not, use an in-line insulated fuse holder in the wire very close to where you attach it to the circuit you would feed it from (switched or un-switched depending on whether you want the socket powered when the ignition switch is off). In this way, you will not interfere with the wiring harness of the car, and the add-on can be removed at some future time if you want to move it to a different car or change it; the built-in lighter socket may very well be unpowered automatically after a time lapse to protect the car battery from being run down (I don't know for sure whether this is true for your SLK, some models of cars do this "battery protection" function, some do not).

You can usually find various standard 12 volt sockets easily at an RV dealer, intended to mount in a wall outlet type box or on a metal plate tab for mounting on the lower edge of a dash panel. You could use something like this (see picture) by removing the male plug and connecting the input wire directly to your feeder wire. Good luck!
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