The cigarette lighter socket for automotive use was initially designed to power an electrically heated cigarette lighter but became a standard DC connector to supply electrical power for portable accessories.
Examples of devices that can be operated from a cigarette lighter socket include lights, fans, heated clothing devices, phone chargers, Satnavs and small motorized tools such as compressors for inflating tyres.
Currently, automotive vehicles may have a 12V socket that is intended only to operate accessories and that is not to be used with a cigarette lighter.
We stock two sizes and three types of Power Sockets and accessories – STANDARD, CONTINENTAL/DIN & USB.
STANDARD Socket / Plug diameter: 21mm – 22mm
Most commonly used in the UK & Europe, and sometimes as a second socket in American automobiles expressly for DC power connections.
Also referred to as HELLA or Powerlet type and most often used on BMW’s, Triumphs, Trucks and American automobiles.
USB Socket – 12V to 5V USB charger specially designed for iDevices. It charges iPad at full speed of 2A and iPhone/iPod at 1A and is also compatible with other smartphones and navigational equipment requiring 5V power. The USB sockets are the same physical size as our STANDARD Sockets.