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      11-05-2017, 06:26 AM   #1
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Stupid question?

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Am I just unlucky with usb chargers (plugging into the front cigarette lighter slot by the cupholders) not charging? Two I have work fine in the one under the passenger glovebox.....

Don't really want to spend £30 on the BMW one.

Any thoughts?
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      11-05-2017, 06:28 AM   #2
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As per the title......

Am I just unlucky with usb chargers (plugging into the front cigarette lighter slot by the cupholders) not charging? Two I have work fine in the one under the passenger glovebox.....

Don't really want to spend £30 on the BMW one.

Any thoughts?
Had a few off eBay and they didnít last , got the bmw one and itís been good and charges faster than others
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      11-05-2017, 06:36 AM   #3
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Had a few off eBay and they didnít last , got the bmw one and itís been good and charges faster than others
Cheers buddy.

The ones I've got just don't draw any power other than in the one under the glovebox.

Seems crazy that the power connection points are different sizes/more temperamental!
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Cheers buddy.

The ones I've got just don't draw any power other than in the one under the glovebox.

Seems crazy that the power connection points are different sizes/more temperamental!
I had a belkin one and stopped working when removed smelled burnt after got the bmw one and itís been fine , you can get them for under 20£ on eBay
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I had a belkin one and stopped working when removed smelled burnt after got the bmw one and itís been fine , you can get them for under 20£ on eBay
Will take a look. Thanks
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Will take a look. Thanks
Do other things work in the socket, you could have blown the fuse
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Mine has a dummy lighter in and has never had any power to it! Should it have and if so is it on a different fuse to the one under the glove box which works perfectly?
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I think the general rule is dont buy cheap ones off Ebay etc as they are quite often foreign copies of genuine products without all the safety features required for reliable operation!!
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Mine has a dummy lighter in and has never had any power to it! Should it have and if so is it on a different fuse to the one under the glove box which works perfectly?
That's exactly what I'm seeing. Need to try other chargers to find one that works I guess?
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I think the general rule is dont buy cheap ones off Ebay etc as they are quite often foreign copies of genuine products without all the safety features required for reliable operation!!
Hear what you're saying, but my Anker one just doesn't power up. Guess it's a BMW next....
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What I am saying is mine has NO power to it at all! Nothing will work in it!So it has nothing to do with which charger you are using!It is either not wired up or on a separate fuse which is blown!Yours maybe similar!
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What I am saying is mine has NO power to it at all! Nothing will work in it!So it has nothing to do with which charger you are using!It is either not wired up or on a separate fuse which is blown!Yours maybe similar!
Yup, exactly the same with me. Let me know how you get on.
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As per the title......

Am I just unlucky with usb chargers (plugging into the front cigarette lighter slot by the cupholders) not charging? Two I have work fine in the one under the passenger glovebox.....

Don't really want to spend £30 on the BMW one.

Any thoughts?
You've acquired an expensive, high-end car. Why quibble about an additional £30 for the original accessory??
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Hear what you're saying, but my Anker one just doesn't power up. Guess it's a BMW next....
Zero issues with my Anker one, used in various cars for over two years.
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If nothing works in it then maybe the fuse has blown. Its right next to the cup holders so it would be very easy to splash liquid into it i guess!
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As per the title......

Am I just unlucky with usb chargers (plugging into the front cigarette lighter slot by the cupholders) not charging? Two I have work fine in the one under the passenger glovebox.....

Don't really want to spend £30 on the BMW one.

Any thoughts?
OK. Found a really old TomTom charger with cigarette adapter, plugged it in by the cup holders, and it has power. Looking at it, there's a slightly longer nib and metal pin to connect, so assume my Anker is just a little on the short side, and fails to make a metal-on-metal connection and establish the circuit.
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Update. Only the fuse on mine. FYI no66 under the bonnet. 3rd 20amp yellow on the right.
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A fuse went in mine, and the dealer changed it under warranty lol.
He said the problem is that its not the same as normal 12v sockets as its ALL live rather than just the bottom but, so if you have something in it when you start the car, it blows the fuse. Not sure how true that is, but I've had a BMW dual usb thing in it ever since.
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