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Topic # 82790 6-May-2011 00:23
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Hi, I am just wondering if there is such a thing as a mains adapter that car chargers(that utilise the cigarette lighter slot) exist.

As I have a car charger for my cellphone but have lost my mains charger, I know that a replacement mains charger is a cheap option but an adapter would be very universal for a multiple number of gadgets

Any help would be appreciated 

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  Reply # 466009 6-May-2011 01:06
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i would doubt it.. but you could try searching dealextreme.com in hongkong.. I buy lots of useful adppters and cables and usb devices from them every year

you best chance would be buy one of those dual solar chargers with usb output and different voltage settings and comes with various mobile phone adapters and also can charge the power pack from mains although most plugs are usa style.. you can get a us to aus/nz plug adapter from that site or 2 dollar shop ones seem good.

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  Reply # 466010 6-May-2011 01:22
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Not likely that you will find a good one. There are plenty of people selling questionable china domestic market junk on trademe and getting away with it because it looks like a NZ plug to the ignorant.

Problem is that a car lighter is good for up to 20 amps, and if you make something that cant do that, you have to put overload circuitry in it which almost costs as much as the rest of the adapter (hint, its not in the $1 cellphone chargers)

Cheapest way to get bulk 12v is to use a PC power supply and bridge the ATX plug to make it turn on. Its usually a green wire, but in this era of random detachable cable PSUs where everything is black to match the case you cant be certain of that. Then use the yellow and blacks for 12v and 0v respectivly. Supercheap auto etc sell ciggy lighter sockets etc you can put on it.




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  Reply # 466023 6-May-2011 07:44
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Something like http://jaycar.co.nz/productView.asp?ID=MP3575 should be fine for a cellphone, but just check the amps first.

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  Reply # 466108 6-May-2011 11:04
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most of the stuff at jcars is the same as dealextreme.com but cheaper from HK.. always read the reviews before buying though

I bought a ipod adapter charger with usb socket for $5 gives 1amp and they work well
cheapest in NZ ive seen is warehouse for $20 but of course usa pins so need a cheap $2 adpater with it for ac

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  Reply # 466146 6-May-2011 12:17
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non nz plug prevents it from being usable at most workplaces.

also the $2 pin adapters are not legal. If you see somewhere selling them report them to the med ess enforcement team.




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