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I used the 12V sockets for the first time this weekend... I had to work really hard to get the jack into the socket, and even harder to get it back out again without pulling the socket out of the dash! Is this just an odd plug (are there more than one size of lighter adaptor?) or does the E just have tight sockets?

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I had a hard time getting my husband's cell phone adapter out of the 12V socket, but removing my adapter was fine. Maybe it just depends on what you're plugging in.
 

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The first day I got my EX I tried plugging in my cell charger. I was absolutely sure that I would have to buy a different style of charger plug since it simply would not fit. Anyway, I called the local Radio Shack and was told to push really really hard and it will fit. It worked but it is a really tight fit. I am not sure why they designed it this way.
 

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Same thing happened to me in the rear outlet when using a plug-in cooler. I was really getting worried that I was going to either pull the outlet out from the sidewall or that I was going to pull the entire sidewall off. Very scary :shock: Chris
 

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[quote:4b65bd77b4="Drew"]I used the 12V sockets for the first time this weekend... I had to work really hard to get the jack into the socket, and even harder to get it back out again without pulling the socket out of the dash! Is this just an odd plug (are there more than one size of lighter adaptor?) or does the E just have tight sockets?

Drew[/quote:4b65bd77b4]

Funny you should mention this. On my first use of my little Vector Travel Cooler, the unplugging from the front power outlet resulted in the destruction of the power cord. I pulled it out and the damn thing flew to pieces. ??? I wasn't sure if it was just p-poor quality from Vector or what, but maybe it was a really tight fit on top of poor Vector quality.
 

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Its kind of a cross between the size and how you put it in(wow that sounded wrong) any way if you look in the whole you will see that there are two insets one across from the other, my cell charger has the two metal parts (outsets) that seem to fit perfectly into these two insets making it very hard to get the plug out but i found that if I turn the plug 90 degrees before I put it in then it comes out nice and easy!!! hopefully you all understood what I mean and this will help!!!
 

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I used an accessory in the S2000 one time. It was super tight. The plug expanded the socket, now the "cover" flaps around and won't stay in.

I think the dealer is going to hear about this one...
 

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Ok... so it's not just me then. Yeah, it seems I have to sort of "screw the plug out" to get it out easily. I'm using my rear socket for an 18" orange neon bar mounted on the edge of the skylight, and I have to unplug/replug it regularly (don't want to use it in the daytime). I'm hoping I don't damage the socket with normal use!

Drew

p.s. Jay Harley - you are aware that the 12V outlets don't work when the car is turned off right? Not much use for a cell charger, unless you only want to charge while driving...
 

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This is one of the only things I have been disapointed with! I remove things often from the jack and its like pulling teeth. I'm sure I'm gonna break the thing one of these days.
 

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I've been having the same problem with my cell charger, My friend's fit fine when we went on a road trip...but mine still is tight....

The odd thing i was just looking at my charger, and there are these scraches, almost gouges out of the side and front of my charger.

I am wondering if all the problems we are having is a build in thing to keep us from using the sockets for Lighters. If you read the manual it says you can not use the "electric element" style lighters in the 12vlt sockets. So maybe what we are running up against is some small flanges or something to keep us from putting a certain diameter plug in there. Hence why some fit, and some don't.
 

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[quote:6fc3e00aee="Drew"]
p.s. Jay Harley - you are aware that the 12V outlets don't work when the car is turned off right? Not much use for a cell charger, unless you only want to charge while driving...[/quote:6fc3e00aee]

Drew: Yes you are correct. However I just leave the charging cord plugged in all of the time and curled up in that little tray underneath. Then when I am using my phone in the car it is easier to plug it in rather than wrestling with the tight fit each time. I am not sure if I am making any sence at all.
 

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[quote:98463bcaf1="Macromonkey"]I am wondering if all the problems we are having is a build in thing to keep us from using the sockets for Lighters. If you read the manual it says you can not use the "electric element" style lighters in the 12vlt sockets. So maybe what we are running up against is some small flanges or something to keep us from putting a certain diameter plug in there. Hence why some fit, and some don't.[/quote:98463bcaf1]

Well, while that does make some sense, the majority of the 12V accessories out there are designed to go into standard lighter outlets. If they make the jack smaller to keep you from putting a lighter in it, they also prevent you from using most standard accessories.

My adaptor for my MP3 player has a fuse tip in it that unscrews. Almost every time I unplug it I'm nearly ripping the removable tip off of the adaptor. :p

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There must be something they're not telling us about what can and can't be used in the 12V outlets. I camped out on my drive around the country this summer, and put my self-inflating air mattress to good use until that night in northern Minnesota when plastic adaptor fell apart in my hands. I eventually got the combination of good advice at the local Radio Shack in northernmost Vermont and managed to splice a hardier adaptor to the cord of the air mattress. Discovered that my initial attempt - not knowing diddly about which was the positive or negative wire - burned out the fuse to that rear outlet, so I not only learned about wiring DC devices (my childhood was deprived in many ways) but also how to find and replace the many fuses the Element has. Actually my wife had to do it for with bifocals once I got close enough to see the interior fuse box I couldn't for the life of me read the numbers on the different slots.
The various adaptors that I've bought at Radio Shack - one for the iPod, one to produce AC current and the one for the air mattress - have all been sturdy enough that there hasn't been a problem getting them into and out of the sockets.
 

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i, too, have had difficulty with the outlet.
 

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[quote:a785563102="woody"]Actually my wife had to do it for with bifocals once I got close enough to see the interior fuse box I couldn't for the life of me read the numbers on the different slots. [/quote:a785563102]

Wow, is that proof that you aren't part of Honda's target market, or what? Bifocals?!?!? :lol: j/k

I went to unplug my Uniden radar detector cord and it blew apart. It took me about a half hour with needlenose pliers to shatter the remains and get them out.

Talk about justification to hardwire the detector... :roll:
 

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I just bought a new adapter for my c-phone and when I went to plug it in it to was very difficult. Removing it was also difficult. I thought at the time 'what a pain in the neck this is - maybe I should just leave it pluged in' but I didn't know if that was a good thing to do. It's stored in my armrest. I'll have to check out the method discussed previously.
 

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Never believed in radar detectors. I got most of my speeding tickets with one in the car. Anyway I also had trouble with the socket but I noticed the more you use it the better it gets. I used my cell phone adapter in it. Just a word of caution though. When removing your plug, hold the socket with your hand or you'll end up tearing up your dash.
 

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I've seen a suggestion that purchasing one of those Y-adapters that plugs in to the vehicle socket and has two 12v plugs splitting off from it is a good solution to the small hole.

The adapter never needs to be unplugged, and the sockets on the adapter ends are sized more normally.

I don't know if I would plug in two items at once or not, but other than that it seems to be a workable solution. I started considering it after destroying two plugs for a Vector cooler. (I have now discovered that, at least in my E, the rear plug in is 'proper' sized to get the plug in an out normally.)
 

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I picked up one of those Y adapters and they work pretty well. Makes it a lot easier to plug and remove those DC adapters.
 

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[quote:ab58ba5a06="klynch13"]Never believed in radar detectors. I got most of my speeing tickets with one in the car. [/quote:ab58ba5a06]

Funny, I call the old one in my del Sol "the $50,000 detector" it has saved me so many times. I think it is all about how good of a unit you get, how familiar you are with the reading and mostly, and mostly dumb luck of some cop shooting the instant-on at the 53 mph Ford Escort in front of you and getting lucky enough to catch the beam before he hits you.

That one is one of the first laser-all-in-one Unidens from February 1992 and it is still alive and well, hard-wired in the del Sol. People always tell me Uniden detectors are crap, but I have had as good of luck with both units I own that I have never bothered to replace them.

If I did, it would be a Valentine One, of course.
 
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