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(Not sure if this is the right place for this but here goes) I have a 1991 BMW 525i which is great except, I can't get any cigarette lighter power adapters to fit in it's cigarette lighter. I want to use my EVO for navigation but it doesn't the battery to do long trips without extra power. What can I do? Is there an adapter I can get or do I need to find some weird European version of a cigarette to USB adapter?
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post #2 of 21
You probably need to use the "aux" power adapter in your car instead of the smaller cigarette lighter.

Is the cigarette lighter in your car smaller then normal?
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post #3 of 21
The easest way is to hard wire the adapter to the power outlet wiring. If you pull the power outlet/ lighter socket out , you will find it wired up with 2 wire. if your charger apart you find a straight cable up to the phone plug and most likely a fuse circuit. the fuse is you power side which can be soldered in circuit with the outlets power circuit. the sraight one is most likely ground which can be atached any where to metal in the vehicle. If you need i can get on all data and find out which colors are power and gound to your socket.
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post #4 of 21
Replace the socket and if needed, drill out the place it is mounted in to make it fit.
 
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post #5 of 21
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You probably need to use the "aux" power adapter in your car instead of the smaller cigarette lighter.

Is the cigarette lighter in your car smaller then normal?
yep but by a tiny amount it looks like it's going to fit but doesn't, what "aux" power adapter????????
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post #6 of 21
Lighter sockets are lighter sockets, unless BMW did something odd and made a slimline one. I go with replace the socket, it's annoying to do but it's not complicated.

Edit: On the other hand it could be that your adapter may be a little more bulky than it should be. Tried 3rd party chargers?
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Lighter sockets are lighter sockets, unless BMW did something odd and made a slimline one. I go with replace the socket, it's annoying to do but it's not complicated.

Edit: On the other hand it could be that your adapter may be a little more bulky than it should be. Tried 3rd party chargers?
The adapter fits my mom's 1991 Jeep Cherokee just fine so it's not the adapter
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yep but by a tiny amount it looks like it's going to fit but doesn't, what "aux" power adapter????????

Typically if the cigarette lighter is the smaller kind they will have a regular sized "aux" power inlet, located somewhere else in the car. If not then you will have to replace it like suggested above.
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pic of the lighter socket

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12-volt cigar lighter receptacle and plug, size A Receptacle inside diameter: 20.93 - 21.01 mm (median 20.97 mm)
Plug body diameter: 20.73 - 20.88 mm (median 20.805 mm)
Most often used in American automobiles.
12-volt cigar lighter receptacle and plug, size B Receptacle inside diameter: 21.41 - 21.51 mm (median 21.455 mm)
Plug body diameter: 21.13 - 21.33 mm (median 21.18 mm)
Most often used in European automobiles, and sometimes as a second socket in American automobiles expressly for DC power connections
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cigaret...ter_receptacle

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post #10 of 21
Does the cigarette lighter heat up when you push it in? You have a front and rear lighter in the car as well and you haven't said anything about trying both?

Troubleshoot before asking questions in my opinion.
Edited by Peroxide - 5/11/11 at 8:25am
    
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