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Apr 17, 2010, 1:39 PM

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Hello, and I hope someone out there has an answer or an idea for me. My son has been given a 1988 Chrysler 5th avenue. Now I dont know engine size or anything but i hope this wont matter. Heres the issue, the lighter cant handle the technology that is out there today. Is there anyway to geta convertor, so he can charge his cell phone or the GPS he has purchased for it? he took it up to Canadian Tire, but no offense anyone out there, the ones in this town, really dont know what thye are talking about. So I would like a second or third opinion. Is there a product out there that would convert the wattage or voltage or whatever he needs to be able to have these items charging in his car. OK thats my question.. I would appreciate any help, as hes going on his first driving trip , far away, and I would like him to have this before he leaves in a week, if possible. Thank you very much Chris

Tom Greenleaf
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Apr 17, 2010, 2:49 PM

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An '88 would have been a cigar/cigarette lighter which became the size for power ports for 12v use items. Unfortunately those weren't so spiffy for lighting cigars/cigarettes and downright lousy at being just for power as if ever used to light a product they got dirty and corroded inside quickly. They also have side walls to vent heat or for a light inside. Amps should be plenty but the socket stinks.

They make replacements that wont work a lighter for lighting but great for ports. Have them all over my own vehicles and replace OE cig lighters with the guts if they are all out. They are popular for camping, RVs and marine use too. Sold at automotive and other places - even Walmart!

Got one right here. Casco - Auxiliary Power Source (12 volt) # 216481C and looks close to this,

My suggestion is to plain forget the orig lighter and put one of these ($5 bucks or so) in a handy spot and properly wired and fused to fuse box aux pwr spot most cars have. Choose whether ignition enabled or on all the time.

I also put the dang things in trunks (still fused) as I have and use a lot of 12v junk like air pumps and assorted stuff.

Some locations to put this where original is, is a pain but you can use it's wiring OR be on it's own. Suggest if you place it or similar inside to be away from where a knee would hit it or cut you. As said - I change them in older cars as I don't want cords out of the slide open ash trays or across dash boards in some for the staple GPS and cell phone that almost everyone has now,


PS: Comes with wire but not an in line fuse. Don't over fuse those. I find 15amp is plenty and even lower would charge smaller items. The air compressor uses a tad more current but not as much as a red hot lighter! Choose wire gauge accordingly....

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Apr 17, 2010, 7:17 PM

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Thank you very much Tom. I printed this off and will have him take it to our mechanic. Again Thank you and for your very quick response. ill be back if i need help with anything else. Have a great weekend....Chris

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May 20, 2011, 1:03 PM

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Wow nice information

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May 20, 2011, 1:46 PM

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Cowboy14, I suspect you're just another spammer. Don't even try it.


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