Car Cigar Lighter Socket female .jpg
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Keywords car socket, 12 volt, female, car adapter, cigarette lighter socket, cigar lighter receptacle, DC power connector, DC outlet, car outlet
Authors Stef Breukel
Published 2007
License CC BY-SA 4.0
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Many different types of vehicles, including boats, cars, vans, and campers have a world-standard power socket on the dashboard.

It is possible to connect a specially designed cigarette lighter to a car socket. WARNING: Do not use this type of cigarette lighter for car socket extension cords, because most cords cannot handle the heat.

Other names for the car socket[edit | edit source]

Other names for car sockets include car adapter, cigarette lighter socket, cigar lighter receptacle, DC power connector, DC outlet, and car outlet.

What to connect[edit | edit source]

What can you connect to this socket?

You can connect chargers to laptop computers, mobile phones, PDAs, GPS devices, digital audio and video players, electric razors, portable spotlights, thermoelectric coolers or heaters. DC to AC inverter [Au query: DC to AC inverters are part of the list?]

How to make a car Cigar Lighter Socket female[edit | edit source]

Why?[edit | edit source]

With this system there will be fewer mistakes about the electric plus and minus polarity.

Many different types of electrical equipment can fit in this kind of socket.

This socket is a world standard DC 12 volt socket.

How?[edit | edit source]

Cut Tinplate

Take some tin plate and copper wire as in Figure ?. The sizes are in millimeters.

Cut copper wire.PNG

Fold tinplate double rond copper wire.PNG

Tin plate and copper wire .jpg
Curve tinplate.PNG

Curve and roll the cylinder into the right shape.

Rolling the erylind.jpg

Rolling the edge.jpg
Solding the tinplate and copper wire.PNG
Solder the edges of the cylinder.
Wooden insulator.PNG
Make this from beech or pine wood.
Tinplate ring and plastic ring.PNG

Assemble [Au query: which parts in which order?]

Solding the plus wire.PNG

Soldering the plug

Wire beechwood plastic tinplate .jpg

Note: make sure you solder the plus in the middle and the minus on the outside. Find the plus indication mark on the electric plus wire. Wire is marked in different ways. You can find more information about marks on the plus wire at this link: Low voltage connection basics
Solding the tinplate and minus wire.PNG
Solder the tinplate and minus wire
Hammer tinplate and beech wood.PNG

Hammer with small nails

Hamer NOT through wire.PNG

Be careful you do not hammer the nail through electric wire
Car Cigar Lighter Socket female .jpg

Cigar Lighter Socket female is finished!

Make watertight with rubber.PNG

Car cigarette lighter plug dimension.PNG

How to make a car Cigar Lighter plug male[edit | edit source]

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You can connect the car Cigar Lighter female socket to the :