Summary:A cigarette lighter is an electrical socket or plug that is often found in cars and other vehicles. ...
A cigarette lighter
is an electrical socket or plug that is often found in cars and other vehicles. These sockets have two main purposes: Some feature a heating element that can be used to light cigarettes, while others are designed to work as 12V power outlets.
Some cigarette lighters can be used to power other accessories and devices such as inspection lamps, map reading lights or vacuum cleaners. These useful tools and gadgets are sold in many car accessory shops.
Almost all of these devices will work with a standard 12V cigarette lighter socket in your vehicle. However, if your accessory isn't working, there may be an issue with your cigarette lighter or its connection to the charger.
One of the most common causes of this problem is when a coin falls into the socket and short circuits. Another is when a device such as a cigarette lighter inverter draws more current than the fuse can handle.
To find out the reason for your issue, you should start by checking each of these potential problems and determining which ones are causing it. The following are some quick and easy tests you can use:
1. Check for a foreign object inside the cigarette lighter socket - This is an extremely common cause of a faulty 12-volt outlet, and it's very important that you do this carefully.
2. Check for a damaged fuse - This is a fairly common problem and can be fixed by simply replacing it with a new one of the same amperage.