Almost a disaster

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  1. camocam1

    camocam1 Read Only Funster

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    Had my 12v cab socket rewired so that could be used without the engine being on. Went a walk and left my phone charging and came back to find smoke coming out of the dashboard. Can't see any damage so back to auto electrician when I get home on Monday
     
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    ouch sounds nasty
    hope there is no hidden damage :Doh:
     
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    Oh no, hope its not serious or expensive. Was there an inline fuse fitted?:cry:
     
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    Have you spoken to whoever did the rewiring?

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    Black smoke does not come from nowhere
    There will be damage somewhere, probably some plastic sheath from an overheated wire
     
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    It was in getting an inline fuse fitted on Friday hopefully no major damage will be in to see them 1st thing Monday
     
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    I used to use a double outlet 12v 5amp fag lighter adaptor, permanently fitted in an overhead cupboard.......until it melted.

    the heat also started to melt the plastic socket surround.

    i had a tv (2amps) and sat receiver (2amps) plugged in at the time.

    now I only use Hella DIN sockets and plugs...far superior electrical connection & more secure than a cig lighter plug, and rated at 15amps



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  8. Welsh girl

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    I had the same happen to me with a 12 volt phone charger the other day only I didn't use the dash one, luckily it started smoking as I plugged it in so immediately took it out and smelled electrical burning.
    Took the plug apart and sure enough it had melted the contacts inside.
    If it had started while we were out it could have been a disaster and burned the van down.
    Now we unplug all electrical devices when leaving the van for any length of time.
    No damage done to the van wiring that time but I will no longer buy cheap chargers from Ebay.
     
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