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post #1 of 24 Old 07-15-2008, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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Powerlet Socket too small

I recently ordered and received in a timely manner a powerlet from AMOTOSTUFF. When I opened the parts package the first thing I noticed is that the socket is way too small to fit the cord for my GPS and cell phone charger. Did I get the wrong powerlet? or are there adapeters to fit the small socket?

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A powerlet socket is a specific size/type that is nicely standardized so all powerlet sockets/plugs are interchangable. Your devices are using a cigarette socket which is not standardized and tends to have poor electrical connections, especialy in a vibration environment like a bike.
There are adapters, but it might be better to get some powerlet plugs and cut off and replace the cigarette plugs from your charger/gps.

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You can get the full story on Powerlet sockets vs. cigarette lighters here: http://www.powerlet.net/documentation/glossary.html

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You will need an adapter. Powelets use those BWM connectors that nobody else in this country uses. They may be popular in Europe but this isn't Europe.

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I've found powerlet sockets to work 100 times better than standard connectors. They don't vibrate loose, and withstand weather better.

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You will need an adapter. Powelets use those BWM connectors that nobody else in this country uses. They may be popular in Europe but this isn't Europe.
John Deere uses the same socket.

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John Deere uses the same socket.
Really? That surprises me. BMW and Mercedes cars, sure, but I never would have guessed a John Deere tractor. Learn something new every day

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Chances are it won't work to cut off the cigarette lighter connector on a GPS or cell phone charger. In most cases, such devices use 5VDC and have a voltage regulator in the connector. If you cut it off, you'll be feeding 12VDC instead of 5VDC.

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They may be popular in Europe but this isn't Europe.
You had better not talk to anybody associated with boating. This socket is very common world wide in marine applications.
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I just use a 2 regular cigarette connectors into one powerlet. got it from powerlet - they have about every kind of adapter you can imagine. worked great so far - charge the cell phone and power the garmin GPS - also...the gps connector also charges my mp3 player - both use a mini usb connector.

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