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Old 02-13-2011, 01:13 PM
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Default Cigarette lighter specs?

I've got a '94 ranger, and the stupid manual is in french.

anyone know how many volts and amps are available through the cigarette lighter?

thanks in advance!
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Old 02-13-2011, 01:20 PM
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...with the truck running, assuming a good alternator, it's 13.8V (nominally 12V); it may be less than that without the engine running, depending on the condition of your battery.

as far as amperage goes, check the fuse for that circuit -- you can safely draw up to the maximum amperage that the fuse on the circuit will allow. as a ballpark guess, I'd say 1 or 2A.
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Old 02-13-2011, 01:22 PM
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12 volt, 25 amps
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Old 02-13-2011, 02:30 PM
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as a ballpark guess, I'd say 1 or 2A.
Multiplied by 20 or by 10, yes.

The lighter plugs are fused at either 20 or 25. 25 was only in the older models. 2001 and newer are 20 amps. Everything is 12v, which while the engine is running is ~13.8v
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Old 02-13-2011, 04:16 PM
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@FireRanger: is the cigarette lighter the only thing on that circuit?

The thread title says "Cigarette lighter specs", not "Cigarette lighter socket specs" -- I rather doubt that the cigarette lighter draws 20 or 25 amps!! Further, I would be surprised if you could draw a continuous 20A from that socket for any great length of time.
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:08 PM
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@FireRanger: is the cigarette lighter the only thing on that circuit?

The thread title says "Cigarette lighter specs", not "Cigarette lighter socket specs" -- I rather doubt that the cigarette lighter draws 20 or 25 amps!! Further, I would be surprised if you could draw a continuous 20A from that socket for any great length of time.
You're referring to the actual lighter device itself. But that isn't what he was asking for. I direct you re-read his post a little beyond the title

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anyone know how many volts and amps are available through the cigarette lighter?
Which the correct answer is the rating of the fuse which is either 20 or 25 amps. And yes, actually it can sustain that current for as long as you can draw it. The wiring, connectors, and sockets are all up to that spec. And yes, I have done it.
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:14 PM
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You're referring to the actual lighter device itself. But that isn't what he was asking for. I direct you re-read his post a little beyond the title
There's nothing wrong with my reading comprehension. I'm referring to exactly what was asked about, both in the title and within the body of the message. Let me direct you to re-re-read his post (or your quote of it) a little beyond the title, and indicate wherein any device other than the cigarette lighter is referenced.
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:17 PM
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Default Re: Cigarette lighter specs?

Thanks for the quick responses.

And for clarification, I was wondering how much usable power I could draw from the lighter outlet, to power any manner of home made devices.

You've been very helpful.
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:47 AM
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hahahah.

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There's nothing wrong with my reading comprehension.
Apparently not the case...

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I'm referring to exactly what was asked about, both in the title and within the body of the message.
No you're not.

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Let me direct you to re-re-read his post (or your quote of it) a little beyond the title, and indicate wherein any device other than the cigarette lighter is referenced.
The entire context of his actual question references exactly what I and everyone except you answered. Everyone else in this thread got it right and you're the only one here that got it wrong so you should probably stop now. Obviously you misinterpreted it, big deal, who cares. But trying to defend yourself like that in the face of being blatantly wrong is just making you look like an ass.
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:44 AM
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The entire context of his actual question references exactly what I and everyone except you answered. Everyone else in this thread got it right and you're the only one here that got it wrong so you should probably stop now. Obviously you misinterpreted it, big deal, who cares. But trying to defend yourself like that in the face of being blatantly wrong is just making you look like an ass.
...in other words, you cannot find anywhere in the original question where the poster asked about anything other than the cigarette lighter device, and so you've resorted to name-calling instead of admitting that you cannot properly read and interpret the English language; and you call me an 'ass'. Your parents should be so proud of you.

also, while you're off in your own little magical world of make-believe physics and ad-hoc mis-interpretation of the English language, please explain to us how (exactly) you measure current in an open circuit with no load (a cigarette lighter socket without a cigarette lighter element installed is an 'open circuit', and the lighter element is the 'load').

As for calling me names, I invite you to do so in-person, face-to-face, and we'll "talk". My address is easily obtainable.
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Aux1 & Aux2 inputs on factory AM/FM/CD/Cassette
Door-dinger silencer button
Seamless retractable roof and passenger-side ejection seat with steering wheel mounted controls and safety interlock
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:09 AM
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Holy crap. Even after the OP agreed with me and everyone else, you still can't just give it up. Typing intelligent sounding sentences with big fancy words isn't going to help you either. Boo hoo. Get over it, you were wrong. Furthermore, I didn't call anyone including you names. I said you're making yourself look like an ass. That's not name calling, and it is painfully accurate at this point.

To answer your pointless question, you can't measure something that isn't there. There is no current in an open circuit. But that has absolutely nothing to do with this. The only one in some other magical world is you apparently. My god. He asked what the voltage was and how much current the lighter plug circuit can handle. I don't know why this is so hard for you to comprehend. You sound like a smart guy, but you're taking your misinterpretation to a whole new level by continuing to argue. And yes, continuing to make yourself look like an ass.

Next.
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:36 AM
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and again, calling me an ass. I can't imagine how/why you were 'fired' from your previous moderator duties -- certainly can't have anything to do with your personal charm and stunniing social skills.
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Aux1 & Aux2 inputs on factory AM/FM/CD/Cassette
Door-dinger silencer button
Seamless retractable roof and passenger-side ejection seat with steering wheel mounted controls and safety interlock
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