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    Top Box socket - keeping that cigar lighter plug in place
    on: Oct 03, 2020, 01.30 pm
    Oct 03, 2020, 01.30 pm
    I've read a few reports of difficulties in keeping the cigar lighter plug in place when using to charge USB devices.  I did a little research on the internet and came up with this.  They both work by the way.  There are two types of plug securing methods I'm aware of..neither are particularly secure, and bouncing around inside a top box doesn't help.  I've photographed solutions for both.  The first involves adding an O ring under the clip.  The clip compresses when inserted but only as far as the O ring will allow it, giving a tight fit. At first I tried with 2 O-rings but I could hardly get the plug out again  :008:  One is enough.

    The other type of plug works by getting a very small diameter O-ring and stretch it over the plug body.  Remember, the plug doesn't need to go in and out that often..it can be left in place.  If the O-ring does slip off when removing the plug (mine didn't), then it's easy enough to pick out and use again.

    My O-rings came from Aldi.  You can't have too many in my book  :008:



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    Re: Top Box socket - keeping that cigar lighter plug in place
    Reply #1 on: Oct 03, 2020, 01.59 pm
    Oct 03, 2020, 01.59 pm
    Great ideas.  I'm curious as to how many USB devices are you trying to charge at one time?  I assume that those are multi-port chargers.
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    Re: Top Box socket - keeping that cigar lighter plug in place
    Reply #2 on: Oct 03, 2020, 02.09 pm
    Oct 03, 2020, 02.09 pm
    *Originally Posted by tdragger [+]
    Great ideas.  I'm curious as to how many USB devices are you trying to charge at one time?  I assume that those are multi-port chargers.

    The first unit has one output; the second unit has 3 outputs.  I actually only charge one device at a time.
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    Re: Top Box socket - keeping that cigar lighter plug in place
    Reply #3 on: Oct 03, 2020, 03.07 pm
    Oct 03, 2020, 03.07 pm
    If only charging one device at a time, have you tried the USB port that's built in.  I don't know if it charges but I would assume so.
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    Re: Top Box socket - keeping that cigar lighter plug in place
    Reply #4 on: Oct 03, 2020, 06.17 pm
    Oct 03, 2020, 06.17 pm
    *Originally Posted by tdragger [+]
    If only charging one device at a time, have you tried the USB port that's built in.  I don't know if it charges but I would assume so.

    I use that for music
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    Re: Top Box socket - keeping that cigar lighter plug in place
    Reply #5 on: Oct 04, 2020, 02.04 pm
    Oct 04, 2020, 02.04 pm
    *Originally Posted by tdragger [+]
    If only charging one device at a time, have you tried the USB port that's built in.  I don't know if it charges but I would assume so.

    I think (though haven't confirmed) that the built in USB socket in the glove box only charges at 0.5 amps.  This provides only very slow charging for many modern phones (might not be enough to charge, just slow down discharge rate, if the device had the display on for some devices).  Additionally, the glove box is a little too small to fit many of the newer phones with a cable plugged into them.  my previous phone (Xiaomi Mix Mix 2S) just squeaked in if I took the case off of it and used a right-angle charging cable to minimize the size of the plug extension.  The replacement I just got (Samsung Galaxy S20) is a few mm taller.  No way to get it in there with the plug connected.  And I actively shop for smaller phones.   
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    Re: Top Box socket - keeping that cigar lighter plug in place
    Reply #6 on: Oct 04, 2020, 08.30 pm
    Oct 04, 2020, 08.30 pm
    *Originally Posted by tdragger [+]
    If only charging one device at a time, have you tried the USB port that's built in.  I don't know if it charges but I would assume so.

    I tried using the USB port in the glove box for my phone.  I was running Spotify, Waze and Bubbler at the same time and it couldn't keep up.  It was using energy quicker than it could replenish it.
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