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Old 09-11-2015, 12:11 AM   #1
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Anyone replaced the Cig Lighter with a retrofit power inverter?
My lighter shit the bed and can't charge my phone etc. I was going to replace it, but wanted to know if I could just install an inverter instead
Is it even possible.


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Old 09-11-2015, 10:34 AM   #2
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Do you mean pull the cigarette lighter out and physically replace it with a power inverter?

Since the inverter and cigarette lighter both get their power from the vehicle's DC battery, I'm guessing the hardest part would be finding an inverter designed to mount in that location.

An internet search will pull up inverters that are designed to get their power from the cigarette lighter port.

Keep in mind, though, that the cigarette lighter's wiring is a small power wire on a 15 Amp fuse (I think it's 15 amps and on a tiny 18 gauge wire). If you are wiring in an inverter with power over 200 Watts, I'd suggest running a dedicated wire rated for the amperage of the inverter you get.

A new cigarette lighter would be simpler, along with a hard wired power inverter. I just can't seem to find any inverters out there that are designed to fit into the space where the cigarette lighter was.

...unless you've already found one!

This is the only inverter I was able to find on Amazon's list of inverters that looks remotely like it would work:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K64DRMI

Still, you'd need to ditch the little voltmeter (I'm guessing that's possible, but the circuitry may not be designed for that), and then find a way to mount the USB plugs in the existing hole.
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Damn you! You've got me looking at these, and I don't even need one.

Here is one that might be able to directly replace your cigarette lighter:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MNGCDVS

Here is one that includes a wiring kit. If you existing wiring is the cigarette lighter, then you already have wiring and a fuse:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0116GZP1A

Several styles by Blue Fire on this page. Blue Fire seems to make a lot of these USB charging devices:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W3U9FMO

I'd stay away from the ones that have lights built into them. All of the reviews from ones with lights have people complaining about the light being distracting or being a parasite on the battery.
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"Do you mean pull the cigarette lighter out and physically replace it with a power inverter?"

Yes Joe. I was considering doing this if it was even possible. I had a Tacoma that had two inverter plugs in the lower dash. It was pretty handy. Just wondered if anyone had done a retrofit. I'll probably just replace the lighter as I already have a plug-in inverter.

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Good topic, I've had a problem with my lighter assembly falling from the panel for years. Recently considered converting to a USB port for my phone, since I don't smoke anyway.
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Good topic, I've had a problem with my lighter assembly falling from the panel for years. Recently considered converting to a USB port for my phone, since I don't smoke anyway.
I've been considering the same thing. I added 2 USB ports to my car a while back. It's convenient having the extra charging space.
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Ive got like 5 inverters that ive been lazy putting in one is a police car unit. But you need to run a dedicated circuit from your battery to do it and the bigger gauge wire the better. Most of them have there own circuit breaker in them. But don't try using the thin wire going to the cig lighter or it will start a fire...
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