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Old 05-10-2009, 03:40 AM   #1
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Default Quick fix for non working Cigarette lighter.

So if your lighter isnt working and your fuse is good and your stumped. as many threads have stated the lighter has a fusible built onto the back of it that burns up. instead of getting a new one or soldering it solid like people have done just pull the lighter out and take the little nut off the back work the contact out and take the non conductive spacer out and reassemble it.

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btw if this has been said elsewhere sorry.
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Old 10-28-2009, 01:35 PM   #2
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I wanna do this. I just wanna know if it's gonna be safe to use an power inverter, with a rating of 100W. At most I would plug in my laptop which is rated around 80W
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Old 10-28-2009, 02:02 PM   #3
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Old thread, but not a good idea to jump out the thermal fuse for safety reasons. The protection needs to be there to prevent the socket from overheating and melting down or catching fire.
To run a laptop in the car it's much more efficient to use a DC-DC converter to power it directly, rather than an inverter to convert the 12V to 100AC, then a power adapter to convert it back down to DC.
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Old 10-28-2009, 02:49 PM   #4
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the laptop would be charged only in an emergency case. mostly it would be a cellphone or mp3 charger. to use a DC-DC I need to find something that outputs 19.5v, not to mention the adapter tip which for my laptop is not standard.
could I eventually put a higher rating thermal fuse?
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Old 10-28-2009, 03:05 PM   #5
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A higher rated fuse would defeat the purpose.
19.5-20V is common for laptops, that's what Dell uses as well as many others. It's not hard to find a converter with that voltage. As for the tip, I'd be surprised if it's really that unusual. What brand is the laptop?
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:12 PM   #6
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I'm currently facing this exact dilemma. 2 weeks after hardwiring my v1 to the auto dimming mirror harness the circuit is dead. The fuse is fine, so is the fix I require done by replacing the lighter socket or is there more involved?
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:11 PM   #7
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The fuse behind the socket is for the lighter only. If the entire circuit is not working, it is most likely the fuse in the fuse box even though you are saying it's "fine". How did you check it?
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:42 PM   #8
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Just a visual test, but I replaced it just in case and still no dice.
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Old 11-02-2009, 02:53 PM   #9
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anybody have any clue what might be causing this short. I've been searching but can't find anything substantial.
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