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This review is from: Roadpro 12V, 2 Outlet Platinum Series Fused Cigarette Lighter Adapter with Short Cord (Automotive)This isn't a very complicated device so this review will be brief.
It effectively splits a 12v connection into two functional ones, each with a nice handy cap on it. Don't underestimate the usefulness of those two caps, as a stray bit of metal or anything conductive could blow the fuse on this.
Having mentioned the fuse, let me point out that not all splitters are manufactured with a fuse built into them. Without a fuse on the splitter itself a stray bit of metal or conductive material will cause the fuse in your car's electrical box to blow. This adds a little extra security as likely the fuse on the splitter is of a lower rating than that in your electrical box: so it blows first.
An earlier review mentioned electrical interference which made me wary about this product at first. However upon examination, I'm not exactly clear where such interference could be coming from. The splitter is incredibly simple with no real electrical processing being done to the power going through it. It's a fuse gated adapter with two connectors on it. As I have a zune controller and in line adapter running off one of the connectors on this, I was afraid that I would experience some hum or something similar to that mentioned in an earlier review. No issues here.
The wiring doesn't seem to be of high quality, but since I paid so little for it and don't plan on using it for heavy duty applications, that isn't something I will deduct for. The wiring is adequate and likely will not break unless I pull hard on it or abuse it.
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Initial post: Jan 6, 2012 6:49:25 PM PST
Benjamin Scott says:
FYI... I had a splitter similar to this one where the plug melted in an overload. Apparently the fuse had a much higher current carrying capacity than the wiring. So "fused" doesn't always mean "protected".
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2012 11:12:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 25, 2012 11:32:40 AM PST
As I said in the review: "This adds a little extra security as likely the fuse on the splitter is of a lower rating than that in your electrical box: so it blows first."
This is the case for my car, FYI, but not in everyone's case. So: 'likely' a little extra security. A surge protected splitter with a robust additional circuit breaker or sensitive fuse would probably be a bit expensive, but I'm not an engineer.
It's still good to reiterate it, so thank you for commenting.
The splitter contains a F10AL250V fuse. 10 Amp 250 Volts. F for Fast Acting.
L for low breaking capacity.
Posted on Jun 27, 2012 9:18:36 AM PDT
Intelligent Shopper says:
Do you have to take it out when car is off to prevent battery discharge?
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 11:47:54 AM PDT
My car automatically shuts off current to all cigarette lighters and powered accessory plug in points when the key is removed.
If that's the case with your car, then you don't have to worry about removing it.
There's a small LED on this device that lights up when it is plugged into a live cigarette lighter or accessory port to let you know it is getting power. IF your particular car doesn't shut off power to those ports, then this small LED would stay lit as long as you had the splitter plugged in.
I suppose that could eventually drain your battery. Without knowing anything about your car, I can't tell you if the ports stay live or not when the key is removed. However that should be easy to figure out if you already have some sort of device you plug into a cigarette lighter anyway? Such as a cell phone charger or such.
Simply plug that in, hooked up to the device you want to charge, and see if the car stops supplying power when you remove your key. I hope that helps.
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