New Here?
Toggle Content
   

Toggle Content User Info
Welcome

Anonymous

Nickname
Password
Register

Membership:
Latest: Akintan
New Today: 0
New Yesterday: 0
Overall: 16897

Online Now [26]:
Visitors: 25
Bots: 1
Members: 0
Staff Online Now:

No staff members are online!
Page Views:
Today: 7842
Total: 75589609

Toggle Content Main Menu
 General Info Goodies Search Web Stats Members
 Donations

 

Forums › The Car › 206 Problems › Cigarette lighter doesn't charge USB devices


 
 

Cigarette lighter doesn't charge USB devices
Forum Index206 Problems
Reply to topic Printer Friendly Page watchs.gif View Previous Topic View Next Topic
Author
Message
pAvax
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:45 am Up
Full on 206 Owner


Offline

Joined: Aug 01, 2016
Posts: 248
Trade Rating: 0
Location: Essex


Hey all,

Car:
2001, 2.0, 206cc.

Are there any known problems with the cigarette lighters, to charge USB devices?

Given:
- The cigarette lighter itself works
- The USB charger works in another car

But when I try to charge my phone, it simply doesn't work... which is annoying as Google Maps tends to run your phone down quite rapidly. Benefit is that my wife cannot contact me, downside is that getting lost is quite easy...

Could it be contacts? Or does it not output enough power to charge anything? I am not opposed to changing the lighter into a mounted/permanent USB hub. As long I can charge 2 or 3 devices with it.

Current project: Ciri
Silver 206cc - 2.0 - 2001
View user's profile
mtempsch
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:32 pm Up
Dedicated Member


Offline

Joined: Apr 14, 2010
Posts: 713
Trade Rating: +2
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden


pAvax wrote:
Hey all,

Car:
2001, 2.0, 206cc.

Are there any known problems with the cigarette lighters, to charge USB devices?

Given:
- The cigarette lighter itself works
- The USB charger works in another car

But when I try to charge my phone, it simply doesn't work...

Could it be contacts? Or does it not output enough power to charge anything? I am not opposed to changing the lighter into a mounted/permanent USB hub. As long I can charge 2 or 3 devices with it.

No problem for my socket to power my single 2,1A USB adapter.

Given that your lighter is working, there's definitely power to the socket. Your charger working in other sockets means it's working.

The fusing for the socket is enough to power a bunch of USB chargers (getting the lighter glowing takes much more than a charger, so power shouldn't be an issue. Also remember that the current rating/fuse is at 12-14V and a switchmode power supply dropping the voltage makes in a way so that the current available on the output is about the same ratio higher that the voltage is lower (the difference is lost in conversion inefficiencies) so a 2.1A charger probably draws less than 1A on the supply side.


So I'd say most likely connection issues.

My charger/adapter is not a very tight fit in the socket and occasionally it requires a bit of pressure and twisting to connect - and still sometimes vibrates loose during driving. It has a LED that lights up when powered, so I just glance down once in a while and if out give it another twist.
But I'd imagine you've tried pushing and twisting Confused

I'm also considering hardwiring, via a switch, a 2-USB socket step-down power module (they have similar 1- and 4-socket ones as well) on the side of the console, possibly in the hollow phone holder adapter I've got. in parallel with the cig lighter socket (never use with the lighter, so will never draw the designed for urrent out of the lighter socket anyway)

Silvermetallic 2004 206 RC
View user's profile
pAvax
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:36 pm Up
Full on 206 Owner


Offline

Joined: Aug 01, 2016
Posts: 248
Trade Rating: 0
Location: Essex


Awesome.

Know what, I am going to test various adapters and see what happens... also going to twist and turn it a bit more... as I have learned now that it -should- work!

That said, perhaps the best option is to just take out the lighter (which looks very 90's) and to put something more permanent in there.

Will keep you lot posted, should be an easy fix/swap.

Current project: Ciri
Silver 206cc - 2.0 - 2001
View user's profile
pAvax
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:42 pm Up
Full on 206 Owner


Offline

Joined: Aug 01, 2016
Posts: 248
Trade Rating: 0
Location: Essex


This looks easy enough: www.amazon.co.uk/Charg...0132MOCI8/
Current project: Ciri
Silver 206cc - 2.0 - 2001
View user's profile
SmithySmith
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:41 am Up
Getting to like it here


Offline

Joined: Jul 05, 2016
Posts: 10
Trade Rating: 0


Sounds like either a bad connection or there's not enough current from the socket to drive the charger. The lighter might work but do you have any other devices you could try with it to see if they also don't work? From what I recall the lighter doesn't take much current to heat up so it may just be the socket not giving enough grunt.
View user's profile
pAvax
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:14 pm Up
Full on 206 Owner


Offline

Joined: Aug 01, 2016
Posts: 248
Trade Rating: 0
Location: Essex


SmithySmith wrote:
Sounds like either a bad connection or there's not enough current from the socket to drive the charger. The lighter might work but do you have any other devices you could try with it to see if they also don't work? From what I recall the lighter doesn't take much current to heat up so it may just be the socket not giving enough grunt.
What I was thinking indeed.
May have another charger around and can check it.

Else will rip the thing out and the I the power through the plug and see what it reads.

Current project: Ciri
Silver 206cc - 2.0 - 2001
View user's profile
Dekzion
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:40 am Up
Getting to like it here


Offline

Joined: Apr 05, 2016
Posts: 12
Trade Rating: 0
Location: Pewsey Wiltshire


My lighter socket blew my satnav. plugged in the adaptor that I always used, and it lit up for about 10 seconds as though it was firing up, and then went dead.
Pulled the satnav apart but can't see anything popped so it must be something internal to the components.

View user's profile
pAvax
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:53 am Up
Full on 206 Owner


Offline

Joined: Aug 01, 2016
Posts: 248
Trade Rating: 0
Location: Essex


Ugh yeah, figured would be best to change the socket into a decent USB one...

Edit: which I am going to do, will see how easy it is and document it.

Current project: Ciri
Silver 206cc - 2.0 - 2001
View user's profile
Reply to topic Printer Friendly Page watchs.gif View Previous Topic View Next Topic All times are GMT
Forum Index206 Problems

Page 1 of 1
  You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum

 
We are not responsible for comments posted by our users, as they are the property of the poster
Interactive software released under GNU GPL, Code Credits, Privacy Policy