RE: [DML] Fuse Question--"power outlet" and cigarette lighter recepticle
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RE: [DML] Fuse Question--"power outlet" and cigarette lighter recepticle

I do hope the errors on that page you listed are due only to translation and
not lack of understanding.  Wow.  They are trying to sell product though.

Yes, there are differences in a dedicated "power outlet" and cigarette
lighter receptacle.  This is why I mentioned appreciable differences.  The
fact still remains that the De Lorean lighter receptacle is different than
most, if not all, American vehicles.  Using items that work properly in an
American receptacle may not work properly in the De Lorean.  This does not
necessarily mean there is anything wrong with either item.

I know of a few people on this list who have had issues with this very
situation, and there was absolutely nothing wrong with their car.  They can
speak up if they wish to do so.


-----Original Message-----
From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Jonathan Minor
Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 2:58 PM
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [DML] Fuse Question--"power outlet" and cigarette lighter

There is a difference between a power outlet and a
lighter recepticle...I believe (some)newer trucks have
both in the cab.  The difference is mainly that
lighter sockets are made to grab the tip of the
lighter when it is pushed in, whereas the power
outlets are not made to grab the tip of a lighter and
WILL NOT work with lighters.
"One particular problem is its(the lighter socket's)
disability to hold accessory plugs securely
connected." (more info
on this page)

When a peace of the inside of the cigarette lighter
bent/broke in my camaro, it caused the short (BTW:
before I figured out that the problem was the socket,
I went through about 3 25A fuses)

Wether or not you believe me is of no concern to me...
I am simply trying to offer advice.

To test wether or not the lighter socket is the
problem, just unplug it(from behind). If the fuse goes
again, then that wasnt the problem.
Hope that helps
Jonathan Minor

--- timnagin <timnagin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> The current draw for a cell phone charger, or
> cigarette lighter adapter, is
> much less than the lighter itself.
> The cigarette lighter socket in the De Lorean is
> larger than those used in
> American vehicles, though standard in Europe at the
> time of production.  If
> you use an average cigarette lighter adapter in your
> De Lorean socket you
> can very easily short the circuit.
> I am not sure if they are still available but at one
> time you could purchase
> a plastic sleeve to accommodate for this difference.
>  This adapter was very
> common back then as Mercedes and BMW's of that era
> have the same over-sized
> socket in comparison to American vehicles.
> There is no appreciable difference between a "power
> outlet" and a cigarette
> lighter receptacle.
> Greg
> -----Original Message-----
> From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
> Jonathan Minor
> Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 7:39 PM
> To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: [DML] Fuse Question
> Before you replace the fuse, you should try to
> locate
> what caused the fuse to blow in the first place.
> There is a short somewhere. Try checking the
> cigarette
> lighter socket first. The inside of the socket was
> origionally intended for a lighter, not a phone
> charger, so if the problem is the socket, and you
> dont
> smoke, then you can replace the socket with one that
> is intended to be used as a power can
> get
> one at auto zone for like $3. This is what I did
> with
> my 89 Camaro a couple years ago and I havent had any
> problems since.
> If thats not it, then its gonna take a little longer
> to find the problem.  For your sake, I hope it's the
> cigarette lighter :-)
> Good luck
> Jonathan Minor (no vin)
> --- geoff_ombao <geoff_ombao@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Greetings! Today I found the fuse for my interior
> > lights had blown. The manual calls for a 
> > 10 amp replacement, but a 25 amp fuse is currently
> > installed. Does anyone know which 
> > one is correct? (My bet is on the 10 amp one, but
> > wanted to see if anyone had any 
> > insights.)
> > 
> > Thanks in advanced.
> > 
> > - Geoff

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