To charge a mobile device in a car via the cigarette lighter, you will need to use an adapter and a charging cable. First, you’ll need to insert the adapter in the cigarette lighter slot, then connect the charging cable. In most cases, the car should be running in order to the charging to commence.
Adapters come in different styles and sizes. They can have one or multiple USB ports and they also can have different charging speeds ranging from 1A to 2A or even higher. The more amps an adapter has, the faster your phone will charge.
As a safety measure, you should be sure that both the adapter and charging cable are not defective. Otherwise, it may damage the phone or it will not charge properly. Mobile devices usually run on 5V of power, so using the 12V cigarette lighter has potential risks. Using an adapter will help solve the higher voltage issue since it can regulate the power to meet the requirements of a smartphone, but if it’s effective, then it might damage your phone.
Can you charge your phone in the car when the car is off?
It mainly depends on the car make and model. If your key is in the ignition and on the accessory position, then the radio and 12V cigarette lighter charger will be functional without using the motor. However, it would be a bad idea to charge your phone while the key is in the ignition because that could drain the car battery if you leave it running for a while.
There are some car models that have their power outlets on all the time. For instance, some cars in Russia, Europe, and China have a USB port that never shuts off. Most of the new cars have an AUX port switch. To turn the AUX port on, all you need to do it put them in the ignition and switch it to ACCY or ON position.
However, you usually won’t be able to charge your phone while the car is off. The power connector, cigarette lighter, or USB socket turn off after the key is removed from the ignition. This is done so that you can save energy in your car battery, allowing you to start the car again later on. Plugging a mobile device likely won’t drain the car battery, but it’s possible that other power-hungry gadgets could.
If your car battery is very low on power and you decide to charge your phone anyways, then there’s a chance it will drain out completely. This could cause an issue since your car may not be able to start. So this method should only be used in emergency situations.
Instead of relying on the cigarette lighter in your car, it would be better if you used a power bank. But before using it, you should make sure it’s fully charged. You can even connect the power bank into the cigarette lighter and charge it up while driving the car, then use the power in the power bank when the engine is off.
Can charging via the cigarette lighter damage your phone’s battery?
It definitely is possible for your phone’s battery to become damaged from the car cigarette lighter. Generally, the output power from a car battery is not optimized for your phone battery and it’s pretty inconsistent, so it could possibly provide your device with less energy than it needs. This is risky because while the car battery is charging, it sends out more energy faster than it makes up for it. This results in the phone hardly charging or stalling, which can eventually damage the phone, especially if it’s left in this state over a long period of time.
Cigarette car lighters typically deliver 12V of power, but the adapter can provide a much safer charge to your smartphone, which only needs 5V. If you use a faulty adapter, it could send too much power to your phone, causing it to overheat and it will damage the components. However, this will depend on how old your car is, and on the phone’s charging adapter.
How does a car cigarette lighter work?
The internal components of a car cigarette lighter contains a coil of NiChrom wire. When a strong electrical current is passed through to the coil by pushing it into a receptacle, it will heat up. As soon as it becomes hot, a metallic strip will bend, causing the lighter to pop out, which can be used again later on.
Not only does it light cigarettes, but it can also provide power to small electronic devices. A special adapter plugs into the receptacle and touches the contact points and in turn, completes a circuit, which then sends electrical power directly to a connected device. Small gadgets like a GPS, cell phone, etc. will often have a cigarette lighter adapter with it, which will enable users to charge the battery in their devices while they’re on the road or even when the vehicle isn’t on. The receptacle can also power small air compressors that will allow a driver to re-inflate their tires without calling for help.