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      09-28-2011, 03:31 PM   #1
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What to do with your "lighter" socket - or Why do I care about my battery voltage?

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Very cool Lotus, especially that flashlight. Thanks.
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As always, Lotus you are the god amongst gods. Thanks.

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Nice post Lotus!

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Ditto. Still trying to find a source of these meters in the UK. eBay folks postage doubles their price. My nephew rigged me up a temp version for now - thanks Christopher!
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I usually just lick my finger and stick it in there. I'm able to gauge the charge level by the degree of pain.
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As always, Lotus you are the god amongst gods. Thanks.

So, what you're saying is that everyone here is a god.... and amongst us lesser gods, Lotus7 is the greater god. Yeah, that sounds about right. I'm good with that.
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Sure, but do you light up "a beautiful ruby color"?
More like the blue you get from the sparks between the teeth.
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Sure, but do you light up "a beautiful ruby color"?
Only when you're around!
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Sure, but do you light up "a beautiful ruby color"?
Only when you're around!
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Draw on the electrics?

I just picked up my new X3 and interested to see there's been previous discussion about battery recharging. I was thinking this week about what I may possibly be plugging i and what impact it may have.

USB in centre console - 500ma HDD with 140Gb of music
Lighter plug near drinks holder - Garmin Sat Nav
Lighter plug in centre console - Charging two iphones
Lighter plug for back seat - Charging iPad

Is this going to draw more power than the electronics can handle?
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Triple packs available

Thanks for the post Lotus. I just ordered a Fade to Black triple pack that includes a black, titanium and silver. Couldn't decide between the three for my Mineral Silver with Sienna wood and Mojave leather so I got all three colors! I'm thinking silver will look best but we'll see. Cant really go wrong with any of those colors. Cost was $43.95 plus $5.95 shipping.
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Triple pack link

Here's the link that I forgot to post in previous one ...

http://www.jtspecialty.net/collections/allproducts/products/spotlight-colors
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You will be fine. Each of the "lighter" sockets is independently fused at 10 Amps (the fuses are in both the front No.1 fuse panel behind the glove box and the larger, No. 2 panel in the rear fender).

The USB port is good for 500 mA, but not more. You are wise to use your iPad adapter in one of the 12 volt sockets, since it draws too much for the USB port, but will easily be accommodated by any of the other accessory sockets.

FYI: You may be interested in this lighter socket/USB power adapter. I have one and it works great. It will supply 1.2 amps, which is plenty for most USB accessories. It's tiny and reduces the wire clutter near the lighter socket. They also sell a 2.1 amp version that is recommended for iPads.

The phone chargers probably draw less then 1 amp each, and the Garmin about 2 amps, so are no problem at all.

I wouldn’t plug in a 10 amp tire compressor, however.

Also, please be aware that the accessory sockets are switched off after a 5 to 15 minute delay after the vehicle has been shut off. Your chargers will not work, but then again, they won't run down your battery while the car is stopped.
Many thanks for the detail. Much appreciated.
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