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Old 05-15-2012, 08:56 PM   #1
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I was just wondering if the cigarette lighter can charge electronics..I have my gps plugged in but every time I jump in truck, it won't turn on..the cigarette lighter does work lol.

I wanted to ask before I would take in for warranty work because that would be a pain.
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I believe the cigarette lighter only charges while the truck is running or key on the on position. Use the power outlet in the console for full time charging
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I believe the cigarette lighter only charges while the truck is running or key on the on position. Use the power outlet in the console for full time charging
Yeah does anyone know for sure?

I have my radar detector on 12 volt and one inside console is phone....
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I havent checked in a while but the front cigar lighter stays on for a bit after you exit the vehicle and the rear one stays on all the time. You can check by turning on the ignition then turinging it off. Stay in the cab the whole time, open the door and close it. While in the cab set up some sort of way to check each socket.
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I havent checked in a while but the front cigar lighter stays on for a bit after you exit the vehicle and the rear one stays on all the time. You can check by turning on the ignition then turinging it off. Stay in the cab the whole time, open the door and close it. While in the cab set up some sort of way to check each socket.
Yeah the only issue is that it's not charging gps when driving.

Anyone know if this port has that capability?
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From the 2012 F150 Owner's Manual:

Do not use the power point for operating the cigarette lighter element (if
equipped).

Note: Do not plug optional electrical accessories into the cigarette lighter
socket (if equipped). Improper use of the lighter can cause damage not
covered by your warranty, and can result in fire or serious injury.
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^^ What he said. Owner's manual recommends not using the cigarette lighter socket as a power source, use the 12v power points instead.
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^^ What he said. Owner's manual recommends not using the cigarette lighter socket as a power source, use the 12v power points instead.
Perfect. How many power points do i have?
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I think that's just legal-speak to cover their asses. The cig lighter does work as a power source. It might be that the plug for your GPS isn't making good contact in the socket.

There's 3 total power points on a Screw. 1 to the right of the radio, 1 in the flow thru console (if you have it) and 1 behind the flow thru for rear passengers. The cig lighter would make 4 if you count it.

edit: All electrical systems remain active for 20 mins after the engine is turned off and key out or until a door is opened. I'm not sure if the power outlets are still active after that.
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Perfect. How many power points do i have?

You should have two - one on the front dash and one in the rear of the Supercrew. And if you have the flow-through console, a third one inside the console on the front.
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