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    How Much Could I hook up to the Cigarette Lighter Socket?

    Hello!

    I was thinking of maybe adding some LED lights and a dashcam to my car using the cigarette lighter, but I already use a phone charger from there.

    I understand the socket handles 15 amps, but would it be okay to run all that kit from that one socket?

    If anyone has some suggestions or advice, let me know. Thanks!



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    side note:

    Is the USB socket powered? Does anyone use that to run anything?

    I remember trying and concluding it wasn't enough for my phone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spadesheart View Post
    Hello!

    I was thinking of maybe adding some LED lights and a dashcam to my car using the cigarette lighter, but I already use a phone charger from there.

    I understand the socket handles 15 amps, but would it be okay to run all that kit from that one socket?

    If anyone has some suggestions or advice, let me know. Thanks!
    Your electrical load can be added up to see if it will exceed the circuit's capacity. What devices did you have in mind and what is their current draw? Any links?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spadesheart View Post
    side note:

    Is the USB socket powered? Does anyone use that to run anything?

    I remember trying and concluding it wasn't enough for my phone
    The USB specification calls for power at the port. I recall my phone started charging when I plugged it in.

    I recall another forum member added a USB port to one of the unused switch locations on the center console.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spadesheart View Post
    Hello!

    I was thinking of maybe adding some LED lights and a dashcam to my car using the cigarette lighter, but I already use a phone charger from there.

    I understand the socket handles 15 amps, but would it be okay to run all that kit from that one socket?

    If anyone has some suggestions or advice, let me know. Thanks!
    Your electrical load can be added up to see if it will exceed the circuit's capacity. What devices did you have in mind and what is their current draw? Any links?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spadesheart View Post
    side note:

    Is the USB socket powered? Does anyone use that to run anything?

    I remember trying and concluding it wasn't enough for my phone
    The USB specification calls for power at the port. I recall my phone started charging when I plugged it in.

    I recall another forum member added a USB port to one of the unused switch locations on the center console.

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    I added a separate socket for my dashcam and GPS just so I can keep the original lighter plug for a phone charger and a spotlight charger. That way it is not an issue.

    It's pretty easy to do, and there is a thread about it here someplace.

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    The USB port in the glove compartment powers my dash cam. It allowed for a clean install of the power cable as well. Ran it under the headliner, under the a pillar trim and then into the glove box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machiblue View Post
    The USB port in the glove compartment powers my dash cam. It allowed for a clean install of the power cable as well. Ran it under the headliner, under the a pillar trim and then into the glove box.
    That's actually surprising. I tried again, and it really wasn't able to charge my phone. I guess modern phones are quite power hungry though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggman View Post
    Your electrical load can be added up to see if it will exceed the circuit's capacity. What devices did you have in mind and what is their current draw? Any links?

    The USB specification calls for power at the port. I recall my phone started charging when I plugged it in.

    I recall another forum member added a USB port to one of the unused switch locations on the center console.
    It's much less work to use a splitter, at least it seems to me. All of the equipment would be from ebay, sent from china. There are a number of 3 way 120 watt cigarette lighter splitters there from around 4.50 CAD to 8 CAD, and that should handle 10 amps at least. Anything more than 120 watt and the prices sky rocket. Finding one that is cheap and good is a challenge, I've ended up cross referencing the pictures with companies who rebranded the same devices and sold them on amazon and the reviews are often poor, citing sockets that won't hold the plugs in place. Found a very well liked one for 7.89, but still looking for a cheaper one so I can order a few.

    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/3-Way-12V-24V...3D252699700913

    As for the lights and dashcam, I honestly don't know. You can buy cheap LED lighting from ebay as well for under 10 so that's probably what I'd go for.

    Dashcam's you can fund for under 30 CAD on amazon and some liquidation stores here, they just often seem to be of questionable quality. Anyone have a suggestion on a good cheap one?



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