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CANNOT RECHARGE BATTERY USING THE CAR CONNECTOR. WALL PLUG STILL WORKS. TRIED IN ALL THREE CARS WE HAVE WITH THE SAME "SUCCESS".

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Is there a light indicator on the car adapter? If so, is it lit?
Have you checked the fuse in the car adapter? Usually the tip will unscrew and there is a glass fuse inside. Have you checked it? You say you have the same problem using the adapter on 3 different cars with the same results, so the problem must be in the car adapter. If the fuse is ok and the light is lit, then the adapter could be bad. Is there any damage to the cord?

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Posted on Jul 03, 2008

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