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From: email@example.com (Gibbo)
Date: 19 Nov 2002 01:54:53 GMT
Organization: AOL, http://www.aol.co.uk
Subject: Re: Car cig/cigar lighter socket current rating?
"Dave VanHorn" firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>Is there actually a standard for this, and if so, what is it?
>I've seen a lot of devices at various ratings, but I've just been asked to
>provide a definitive rating, and I can't find one.
I looked into this a few months ago as a result of a discussion regarding power
inverters provided with a cigar lighter plug.
Some cars *were* provided with a cigar lighter type socket with a 10 amp fuse
(but no cigar lighter).
The original cigar lighters were supplied with a 30 amp fuse and cabling.
These lighters would light up bright orange in about 5 seconds and remain so
for several seconds afterwards.
Later cars had the socket but no lighter. They were supplied with a 10 amp fuse
and cabling to suit. Putting a normal cigar lighter (from an older vehicle) in
them instantly blows the fuse.
Then the Japs (notably Honda and Nissan initially) started to fit cigar
lighters that would run on a 10 amp supply (and other manufacturers followed).
They take about 3 months to get hot enough to light a cigar and go cold in
about 1 mS (ok perhaps I exaggerate a touch)
That's what happened. Make your own decision on what is and what isn't a cigar
lighter socket :)
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