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Hi, I am trying to connect my GPS to the cigratte lighter and its not charging it. I spoke to one of the mechanics and he told me that cigratte lighter connection is only used for cigrattes ligher you

Hi, I am trying to connect my GPS to the cigratte lighter and its not charging it. I spoke to one of the mechanics and he told me that cigratte lighter connection is only used for cigrattes ligher you can't plug ur GPS in to charge as it needs 12v. I am wondering that I got 2000 ford model how could that be possible. Could anyone please advice how to charge GPS in ford falcon then? Thanks. Regards, Joe

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  • ultimatejawa Apr 24, 2009

    Yes that is true, it is hot when the car is running but that outlet is also use to recharge mobiles and GPS. I have a GPS which needs to be recharged and I have no option because it is not working for me. Could you advice in Ford Falcon 2000 AU is there any other outlets for 12v as now in new cars they have introduced new outlests with a cap on them showing its 12v outlet to recharge mobiles and GPS. But my ford doesnt seem to have one. Can anyone advice if they have ford falcon 2000 AU model and they have same problem or do they differntly like is there any other outlet.

    Please advice.

    thanks.

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Remember, the lighter outlet is only hot when the vehicle is running. Few vehicles come with an aux outlet that is hot all the time. Trucks do but not cars.

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