From Car Cigarette Lighter to 12v Accessory Socket

Today it’s possible to power anything from a cutting-edge phone or tablet to a tire compressor with the same exact socket that was once used only as a car cigarette lighter.

Some vehicles come with multiple sockets for the express purpose of powering multiple accessory devices, although it is uncommon for more than one to be capable of accepting a cigarette lighter.

Accordingly, the specifications for these power sockets that are contained in ANSI/SAE J563 include two variants: one that works with cigarette lighters and one that doesn’t. If you’ve ever tried putting a cigarette lighter into a cigarette lighter socket only for it to fall right back out, that’s why.

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