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    USB Charger for Cigar Lighter

    Does anyone know of a USB charger that will fit the cigar lighter of a 1995 RRC? I haven't had any luck searching the forum or the internet in general. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: USB Charger for Cigar Lighter

    I installed this in the back seat. No reason why it couldn't go in the front. Very easy install. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I use this type for my work trucks. fairly robust package, can't imagine why it wouldn't fit the rover. https://www.amazon.com/AUKEY-Charger...al+2.4+amp+usb
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    Re: USB Charger for Cigar Lighter

    I have one with a very short head with a cable that goes to an inverter and charger. very useful to run an antique Toughbook for Rovacom diagnostics, too
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    Re: USB Charger for Cigar Lighter

    I have yet to find one either. Cigar lighter sockets are slightly larger than cigarette lighters (as you already know). I've seen a mod that uses a piece of bicycle inner tube w small slits cut for the metal to slip through and slides over the insert. Sorry can't seem to find the link.

    Or like Ranger did just replace with a USB socket. Another option if you want to keep more of an original look is to replace with a modern cigarette lighter. I think you can find some with the light up green edge.
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    Re: USB Charger for Cigar Lighter

    Thanks, everyone, I appreciate your input.

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    I actually did not know there are cigar lighters vs cigarette lighters. Why do I suddenly feel kike less of a man for having a cigarette lighter?
    Is this a model year change or NAS specific?
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    Re: USB Charger for Cigar Lighter

    Not all car USB chargers are alike in my experience. There is the obvious Amp output (which should hardly be a challenge with the amount of 12v power available), then there is the sharing of amps between multiple sockets, but there is also a bunch of cleverness build into phones to decide which charging rate is used.

    So you need a true 'high power' USB socket which is not shared across multiple outlets and had build in cleverness.

    Since most of the these type of items are made in China at really low cost there is a lot of 'advertisement confusion' out there. Just like with battery packs were Amphrs are shamelessly added up in serial connected applications.

    I recently found this devise https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 which does a great job at fast charging but has a hopelessly useless (and hideously looking) cigarette lighter connector. In fact I could not get it to work plugged in when I tried. This did not matter much to me, because it was always the plan to hard wire it in and leave it in my cubby box. You can just chop the connector off there is nothing inside. Total power output is suppose to be 65W so that is knocking on 5 Amps at 12/14v.

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    Re: USB Charger for Cigar Lighter

    I recently installed this one in my 95 SoftDash: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I had to enlarge the stock opening my a couple MM. Just used a sharp knife to shave off some plastic.

    It has dual QC 3.0 quick chargers and a voltmeter. The green illumination is a plus! Only complaint is the rubber cover, which gets in the way. I'm going to snip it off.


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    Re: USB Charger for Cigar Lighter

    In my ‘95 LWB I left the front cigar lighter for plug-in devices, but installed this in place of the rear ashtray.

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    I decided to replace the rear passenger ashtray with dual 12V charging ports plus an additional 12V socket. This will allow rear passengers to charge/plug-in, charge gear kept out-of-sight on the rear floor, or route a USB cable to the front seat area.

    Our LWB is our long-haul traveler so this mod has come in quite handy.
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    Re: USB Charger for Cigar Lighter

    Now that is slick, tom! I may have to borrow that idea for mine. Did you 3D print that piece to replace the ashtray?

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    Re: USB Charger for Cigar Lighter

    Yeah that's real nice! Did you make it or is it off the shelf? Link please if from a vendor.
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    Re: USB Charger for Cigar Lighter

    I installed this one in place of the cigar lighter on the dash. I had to remove a minimal amount of plastic with a sharp knife, but I'm sure I could revert back to the OEM setup if I needed too.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Charges great and has a voltmeter,
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    Re: USB Charger for Cigar Lighter

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeGilbert View Post
    Now that is slick, tom! I may have to borrow that idea for mine. Did you 3D print that piece to replace the ashtray?
    Quote Originally Posted by KK88RRC View Post
    Yeah that's real nice! Did you make it or is it off the shelf? Link please if from a vendor.
    No, it's built from scratch. I should probably make a kit...
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    Re: USB Charger for Cigar Lighter

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom109 View Post
    No, it's built from scratch. I should probably make a kit...
    Yes you should!
    or do a how to write up
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    I used this radio transmitter/USB charger in my 95. Fits snug with no issues whatsoever. Also has a voltmeter when immediately powered on.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bluetooth-C...YAAOSwBp5Zp4gn

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