12v sockets

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  1. cranky

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    Hi Rapido guys and galls.
    For the first time this weekend I have had call to use the 12v sockets and find they are different to the normal "cigar lighter" type. They are smaller. Are adaptors freely available or is it easier to change the sockets, or have I just had too much Shiraz and am not thinking straight??
    Yors in anticipation
    C
     
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    Yeah , common and you can get plugs that fit either , have a look on ebay
     
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    thank you my friends. Ebay to the rescue once more. I would not like to be the one to deny swmbo her diet of soap:ROFLMAO:.
     
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    conversion plug hella european to a normal cigar socket
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hella-Plu...CommercialVehicleParts_SM&hash=item565a1f8d04

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hella-Plu...CommercialVehicleParts_SM&hash=item5af42f9afa

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    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12v-24v-H...317?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item5af41d9a05

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    Din sockets (also referred to as Hella sockets) are standard on most continental vans. In my opinion they provide a more secure connection than the US cigar lighter type as the centre pin is held in by a clip, rather than being a simple contact fit.
    Another single plug converter option is in the link below (I use one of these) - you may be able to buy cheaper on Ebay. Alternatively rewire the appliance(s) with Procar Din plugs shown in an earlier reply, that have a removable red sleeve allowing them to be used in cigar lighter sockets as well.
    https://www.roadpro.co.uk/retail/12...car-din--lighter-socket-converter-plug-69.htm
     
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    while Mel's idea of a converter lead is OK i wouldnt use fag lighter sockets and plugs give the option.

    i also wouldnt change the din/hella sockets either...change the plugs for hella type.
    far superior to fag lighter plugs and sockets and capable of carrying more current....up to 16 amps in general compared to 10 amps for a fag socket

    hella/din plugs have a positive latching effect in the socket whereas fag plugs rely on friction on the earth blades and can work loose in the socket causing electrical arcing and fires.

    i had two sockets melt because of this.
     
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    Thanks for all your replies, I have ordered an adaptor for now and will look at changing a few plugs in the future, although just spent the entire bank holiday weekend with no telly. Bliss!::bigsmile:
     

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