Leafabout
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WHAT IS THE POWER OUTLET PLUG USED FOR?

Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:45 pm

This is probably a stupid question, but what kind of devices are used in the POWER OUTLET PLUG ? I'd hate to plug something in there and find out that it started a fire or fried something that shouldn't have been plugged into it.
Thanks for you replies.

RonDawg
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Re: WHAT IS THE POWER OUTLET PLUG USED FOR?

Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:55 pm

Are you talking about the port in the lower-center dash (below the HVAC controls) that looks like a cigarette lighter plug? If so, just about anything that is 120 watts or less per the owners manual, but also not a cigarette lighter itself. I used mine to power a dash cam.
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Re: WHAT IS THE POWER OUTLET PLUG USED FOR?

Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:58 am

It's a traditional cigarette lighter outlet, but the manual clearly says don't plug a ciggy lighter in there. Those draw WAY too much current. Lots of other uses though, USB outlet for charging phones, etc (IIRC the nearby USB port is for data/music only, not charging), or for the air compressor in your trunk to fix a flat tire.
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Leafabout
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Re: WHAT IS THE POWER OUTLET PLUG USED FOR?

Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:45 am

I forgot about the air compressor in my trunk! Thanks for all the quick replies!

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Re: WHAT IS THE POWER OUTLET PLUG USED FOR?

Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:09 pm

erco wrote:It's a traditional cigarette lighter outlet, but the manual clearly says don't plug a ciggy lighter in there. Those draw WAY too much current. Lots of other uses though, USB outlet for charging phones, etc (IIRC the nearby USB port is for data/music only, not charging), or for the air compressor in your trunk to fix a flat tire.


The USB on my 2015 LEAF charges my iPhone.
I noticed you're still working with polymers.

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Re: WHAT IS THE POWER OUTLET PLUG USED FOR?

Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:00 pm

Don't exceed 10 amperes or 120 watts load on the power outlet.
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erco
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Re: WHAT IS THE POWER OUTLET PLUG USED FOR?

Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:28 pm

Ocean Blue 2014 S, 3.6kW OBC, no QC, purchased 9/17, 12 bars, Los Angeles

RonDawg
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Re: WHAT IS THE POWER OUTLET PLUG USED FOR?

Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:00 pm

erco wrote:It's a traditional cigarette lighter outlet, but the manual clearly says don't plug a ciggy lighter in there. Those draw WAY too much current.


That could be one reason. Another reason could be the port itself isn't insulated enough from the heat of the cigarette lighter itself.
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Re: WHAT IS THE POWER OUTLET PLUG USED FOR?

Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:23 pm

RonDawg wrote:
erco wrote:It's a traditional cigarette lighter outlet, but the manual clearly says don't plug a ciggy lighter in there. Those draw WAY too much current.


That could be one reason. Another reason could be the port itself isn't insulated enough from the heat of the cigarette lighter itself.

+1
I don't believe the cigarette lighter draws more than 10a but the heat generated could easily melt things if the socket isn't designed for the heat.
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Re: WHAT IS THE POWER OUTLET PLUG USED FOR?

Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:04 pm

Yep. I plugged my 2.1A charger into it because the stock USB outlet only supplies like 700mA.

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