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  1. #1

    cigar lighter power adaptor

    Hi Guys,

    I'm using a Lowrance GPS unit and trying to power it with their cigar
    lighter power adaptor cord. There's a green light on the receptacle end.
    When I plug it in to the lighter receptacle, it lights bright green. When I
    plug the other end into the GPS, it stays bright green. When I power up the
    GPS unit, the light on the cord dims about 50%... and apparently is not
    providing any power since the unit's 4AA batteries die in about 40
    minutes!!!!

    Lowrance has sent me a replacement power adaptor cord but the same problem
    exists. Any ideas?

    I had some charging system concerns last fall and my A&P stuck a meter in
    the lighter receptacle and was satisfied with voltage, anyway. Can I assume
    from that, the lighter receptacle is working properly for this application?
    (I know there was some discussion on the list recently about the lighter
    working in our planes).

    The cord light lights up so it must be getting power, right? Why won't it
    power the GPS unit?

    Thanks for any help.
    -Rick Koch
    2010A
    78 Sundowner



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  2. #2

    cigar lighter power adaptor

    Rick:
    I had a similar problem and it turned out that the capacity of the
    charger was too low and was not able to both charge and at the same time
    supply power to my IPAQ. Just a thought.
    Bill Passinos

    On Sun, 15 May 2005 11:21:22 -0600 "Rick" <rick@denverflash.com> writes:
    Hi Guys,

    I'm using a Lowrance GPS unit and trying to power it with their cigar
    lighter power adaptor cord. There's a green light on the receptacle end.

    When I plug it in to the lighter receptacle, it lights bright green.
    When I
    plug the other end into the GPS, it stays bright green. When I power up
    the
    GPS unit, the light on the cord dims about 50%... and apparently is not
    providing any power since the unit's 4AA batteries die in about 40
    minutes!!!!

    Lowrance has sent me a replacement power adaptor cord but the same
    problem
    exists. Any ideas?

    I had some charging system concerns last fall and my A&P stuck a meter in

    the lighter receptacle and was satisfied with voltage, anyway. Can I
    assume
    from that, the lighter receptacle is working properly for this
    application?
    (I know there was some discussion on the list recently about the lighter
    working in our planes).

    The cord light lights up so it must be getting power, right? Why won't
    it
    power the GPS unit?

    Thanks for any help.
    -Rick Koch
    2010A
    78 Sundowner



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  3. #3

    cigar lighter power adaptor

    Rick:

    Suggest you try it in your car, then you will know if the problem is in your plane's system or in the GPS. I suspect the GPS is drawing too much power as AA batteries should last several days without any power supply.

    Don
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Rick
    To: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com ; Bob Swaim
    Cc: Mike Relihan
    Sent: Sunday, May 15, 2005 1:21 PM
    Subject: [musketeermail] cigar lighter power adaptor


    Hi Guys,

    I'm using a Lowrance GPS unit and trying to power it with their cigar
    lighter power adaptor cord. There's a green light on the receptacle end.
    When I plug it in to the lighter receptacle, it lights bright green. When I
    plug the other end into the GPS, it stays bright green. When I power up the
    GPS unit, the light on the cord dims about 50%... and apparently is not
    providing any power since the unit's 4AA batteries die in about 40
    minutes!!!!

    Lowrance has sent me a replacement power adaptor cord but the same problem
    exists. Any ideas?

    I had some charging system concerns last fall and my A&P stuck a meter in
    the lighter receptacle and was satisfied with voltage, anyway. Can I assume
    from that, the lighter receptacle is working properly for this application?
    (I know there was some discussion on the list recently about the lighter
    working in our planes).

    The cord light lights up so it must be getting power, right? Why won't it
    power the GPS unit?

    Thanks for any help.
    -Rick Koch
    2010A
    78 Sundowner



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  4. #4

    cigar lighter power adaptor

    Hi Rick,
    That sounds like a whole lot of current draw. I have a Garmin color
    streetpilot and it will operate several days on it's batteries. You
    should have plenty of juice in a cigarette lighter as they are, being
    heaters, a high current drain item and fused accordingly. If you were
    trying to draw more than the outlet could handle, the symptom would be a
    blown breaker.
    John

    -----Original Message-----
    From: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com
    [mailto:musketeermail@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Janet and Don
    Bateman
    Sent: Sunday, May 15, 2005 6:16 PM
    To: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com; Bob Swaim; Rick
    Cc: Mike Relihan
    Subject: Re: [musketeermail] cigar lighter power adaptor

    Rick:

    Suggest you try it in your car, then you will know if the problem is in
    your plane's system or in the GPS. I suspect the GPS is drawing too
    much power as AA batteries should last several days without any power
    supply.

    Don
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Rick
    To: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com ; Bob Swaim
    Cc: Mike Relihan
    Sent: Sunday, May 15, 2005 1:21 PM
    Subject: [musketeermail] cigar lighter power adaptor


    Hi Guys,

    I'm using a Lowrance GPS unit and trying to power it with their cigar
    lighter power adaptor cord. There's a green light on the receptacle
    end.
    When I plug it in to the lighter receptacle, it lights bright green.
    When I
    plug the other end into the GPS, it stays bright green. When I power
    up the
    GPS unit, the light on the cord dims about 50%... and apparently is
    not
    providing any power since the unit's 4AA batteries die in about 40
    minutes!!!!

    Lowrance has sent me a replacement power adaptor cord but the same
    problem
    exists. Any ideas?

    I had some charging system concerns last fall and my A&P stuck a meter
    in
    the lighter receptacle and was satisfied with voltage, anyway. Can I
    assume
    from that, the lighter receptacle is working properly for this
    application?
    (I know there was some discussion on the list recently about the
    lighter
    working in our planes).

    The cord light lights up so it must be getting power, right? Why
    won't it
    power the GPS unit?

    Thanks for any help.
    -Rick Koch
    2010A
    78 Sundowner



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  5. #5

    cigar lighter power adaptor

    I tried it in my car and seems to work fine. I guess it's the lighter
    receptacle for sure. I'll check for corrosion first. Then look into
    replacing it.

    The screen on the 2000C is VERY bright. A Lowrance representative told me
    directly on the phone that the 4AA batteries will last only 45 minutes to an
    hour!! and should be used for emergency backup only, I turned the unit on
    and off as needed and wound up using 12 batteries just going to Liberal and
    back (about 2-1/2 hours)! So I'd like to get this lighter adapter working.
    Lowrance sells a rechargeable portable power pack (a gel cell battery) they
    claims lasts 10 hours with the screen at full bright constantly... 24 hours
    on the dimmer screen setting... 9 or 10 hours to recharge. I'll have to get
    that I guess if all else fails.

    -Rick



    >I have the Lowrance 2000c and I get about an hour on
    > the 4AA batteries. I think it says somewhere in the
    > owner's manual that the batteries are only for
    > emergency use if power goes out.
    >
    > That said, my lighter acts kind of funny as well....it
    > works fine with the GPS but if I try to plug a voltage
    > meter into it the starter CB pops when I turn power
    > on.
    >
    > Not a big deal I suppose, the GPS unit displays the
    > voltage.
    >
    >
    > Just my observations..
    >
    > John Perry
    > --- Janet and Don Bateman <batejd@porchlight.ca>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> Rick:
    >>
    >> Suggest you try it in your car, then you will know
    >> if the problem is in your plane's system or in the
    >> GPS. I suspect the GPS is drawing too much power as
    >> AA batteries should last several days without any
    >> power supply.
    >>
    >> Don

    >>



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  6. #6

    cigar lighter power adaptor

    Rick.
    I replaced my lighter with one from the Auto Zone and wired it direct to the
    bus panel. On my aircraft, the old lighter was just that OLD. It had some
    corrosion near the center point and did not ground correctly. Since then I
    have never had any problems with the lighter.

    Jeff Bryant
    Southwest Regional Director
    Beech Aero Club


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    On Behalf Of Rick
    Sent: Sunday, May 15, 2005 10:21 AM
    To: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com; Bob Swaim
    Cc: Mike Relihan
    Subject: [musketeermail] cigar lighter power adaptor


    Hi Guys,

    I'm using a Lowrance GPS unit and trying to power it with their cigar
    lighter power adaptor cord. There's a green light on the receptacle end.
    When I plug it in to the lighter receptacle, it lights bright green. When I

    plug the other end into the GPS, it stays bright green. When I power up the

    GPS unit, the light on the cord dims about 50%... and apparently is not
    providing any power since the unit's 4AA batteries die in about 40
    minutes!!!!

    Lowrance has sent me a replacement power adaptor cord but the same problem
    exists. Any ideas?

    I had some charging system concerns last fall and my A&P stuck a meter in
    the lighter receptacle and was satisfied with voltage, anyway. Can I assume

    from that, the lighter receptacle is working properly for this application?
    (I know there was some discussion on the list recently about the lighter
    working in our planes).

    The cord light lights up so it must be getting power, right? Why won't it
    power the GPS unit?

    Thanks for any help.
    -Rick Koch
    2010A
    78 Sundowner



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