12V plug - what can I use it for?

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  1. streetdaddy

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    New to the motorhoming thing obviously and I have this 12V plug in the van that I assume is wired to the leisure battery, and i'm not sure what I can do with it...

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    The sort of things I want to charge are pretty standard ie. mobile phones and laptops

    Also, if I want to buy, for example, a mobile phone charging cable that plugs into the 12V plug, what search term should I be using? I always get results for cables that plug into the cigarette lighter adapter and that's going to the engine battery, right?

    I have read about these inverter things as well, can you get ones that plug into the 12V plug? If anyone can recommend one it would be appreciated. :thumb:

    Thanks in advance for any tips. Sorry if I'm reposting, I did have a good search on the forum first and couldn't find anything that succinctly answered my questions...
     
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    Hi

    You can buy a plug that fits into the socket that has a cigarette lighter bit on the end of it. These will then charge through the leisure battery.
    They are about £5. Im sure that someone will come along and give you more information.


    Sonja
     
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    We have one like that and use a lead from the tv to that socket when we are on 12v. :BigGrin:

    Ivy
     
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    The idea is sound and is doable but that particular plugin the link isn't for the socket you have shown
    I have the plug that fits your socket so it is available, Most caravan shops, note the correct plug you require has two flat blades one slightly wider than the other, the one shown in the link photos has 2 same size blades set at a strange angle to each other'it would be a simple job to get that adapter and swop the plug for the right one
    Those sockets were intended for 12V table lamps, TVs etc
    Geo
     
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    thanks for the replies everyone ...

    Geo - this looks like the correct 2 pin plug http://goo.gl/udqpy ... what do you think?
     
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    Yup thats the Daddy,Daddy:Wink:
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    12v socket

    Looking at the price quoted you can buy a 12v cigar socket cheaper, just remove the socket you have and wire in the new 12v outlet, save having that cable hanging around so will look a whole lot neater.:thumb:
     
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    where might I find a 12v cigar socket that matches the size and colour of the existing outlet(s)? I've had a search but didn't come up with anything....
     
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    Yes be careful there are two types. I have the same socket as you and in the end I took a photo and went along to my local caravan shop and got the right one for about a fiver. We use it for our telly.

    I do wish there were more sockets around the van though. I tend to use the cab socket when at the front dinette working on the laptop but you have to be careful as too long and the battery will go flat and the van wont start! Did it once but had a new battery since then.
     
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    A surface mount gig. socket won't look as neat as the one you have got. If there is a chance I always change the plug for one like you saw on Ebay. You cannot do it with all appliances because some have special moulded plug but replacement is the neatest option, but not the cheapest. :Sad:
     
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