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Cigarette outlet cell phone charger

Hello. So my older Verizon cigarette lighter outlet charger finally broke. I went to buy a new one and after trying 2 different brands, they don't work! The plugs are too small. When I plug it in it pops back out and if I hold it in it wiggles around in the socket. The new ones are smaller for some reason. I tried a usb cable and it really doesn't charge the phone.
Has anyone run into this situation?
The phone is a Samsung Galaxy Note 8-Android.

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You shouldn't use the lighter outlet anyway. The fuse is rated to a very low amperage and it will blow up.
Why? I don't know, but it's even stated in the user's manual.
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Yeah, but when I try a usb cable, it barely charges or if I'm using say Waze, I lose charge! And I've tried 2 different cables!
The lighter outlet has been great.

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Why don't you use the power socket in the central console instead?
My GoPro branded charger had a tight enough fit not to get loose during driving.
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Why don't you use the power socket in the central console instead?
My GoPro branded charger had a tight enough fit not to get loose during driving.
Do you mean in the arm rest storage area?
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order some felt tape from amazon and apply a few wraps at a time above the ground tabs on the plug in charger until it sits mostly snug in the 12v port.
this is the tape i use, have had to to do several times:


the 12v outlets have enough fuse to operate a charger.
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Cigarette lighter socket is usually protected by 15A fuse. Your typical high power usb charger produces 2-3 A at 5v, roughly half of that converted into 12v rating so there’s no reason not to use cigarette lighter socket to draw power to charge phones or GoPro.

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order some felt tape from amazon and apply a few wraps at a time above the ground tabs on the plug in charger until it sits mostly snug in the 12v port.
this is the tape i use, have had to to do several times:
https://www.amazon.com/Tesa-Wire-Loo...gateway&sr=8-2
the 12v outlets have enough fuse to operate a charger.
Why does it have to be felt tape?
For its Thickness?
Prevent catching fire?

I just checked and there is no room above the tabs (on the end sticking out of the socket). Do you mean on the end that goes into the socket?
Can you provide a pic of yours please?
Mine is loose and just pops out.

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Cigarette lighter socket is usually protected by 15A fuse. Your typical high power usb charger produces 2-3 A at 5v, roughly half of that converted into 12v rating so there’s no reason not to use cigarette lighter socket to draw power to charge phones or GoPro.

It's not only the cigarette lighter on that fuse IIRC. It's also the center console lighting and so on.
Bottom line is that the fuse is known to blow if you use it to charge things.
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Why does it have to be felt tape?
For its Thickness?
Prevent catching fire?

I just checked and there is no room above the tabs (on the end sticking out of the socket). Do you mean on the end that goes into the socket?
Can you provide a pic of yours please?
Mine is loose and just pops out.
on the plug in charger, there should be a prong on the bottom that goes into the 12v to the brass contact on the bottom; on the sides there ought to be 2 springy tabs that are the ground contacts. a few wraps of felt tape until it is snug in the outlet should do it.
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