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Power Outlet vs Cigarette Plug

Can I change the 12v power outlet to a lighter?

Power Outlet vs Cigarette Plug

Postby HammerDown [OP] » Jul 30 2011, 6:31pm

My '08 Silverado has two 12v power ports in the dash under the radio and I want to use one of them as a pop-out lighter. I bought the lighter piece and thought it would just plug into the socket, but the socket is too big. I also have a little rechargeable flashlight that is designed to fit in a lighter socket and it doesn't fit either.

Is there an insert I can buy to change it into a lighter socket? Or can I swap something out? What are my options?
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Re: Power Outlet vs Cigarette Plug

Postby Silver08 » Jul 30 2011, 6:39pm

the dealer sells the replacement cigarette style lighter plugs the style you have are power outlets and they have a different contact point then the units made as power outlets
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Re: Power Outlet vs Cigarette Plug

Postby HammerDown [OP] » Jul 30 2011, 11:01pm

I figured that. Any chance there are aftermarket ones out there or am I stuck paying dealership prices?
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Re: Power Outlet vs Cigarette Plug

Postby koolz71 » Jul 31 2011, 12:04am

I have the same problem but just the opposite... I have 1 cig 1 power adapter... I wanted to covert the cig to 12 volt
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Re: Power Outlet vs Cigarette Plug

Postby Silver08 » Jul 31 2011, 2:36am

try gm parts direct online ,there a lot cheaper and even ebay cant cost that much
or you and kool could swap housings
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Re: Power Outlet vs Cigarette Plug

Postby cumminschevy » Jul 31 2011, 2:39am

or pepboys,napa,autozone,advance discount autoparts,etc.. lol
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Re: Power Outlet vs Cigarette Plug

Postby HammerDown [OP] » Aug 05 2011, 10:49pm

I figured it out today. Not sure if it is worth a write-up in the "how to" section. We'll see.

To change a 12v power port to a cigarette lighter involves buying a lighter housing (right in picture) that has to be swapped out for the power port housing.

The dealer part # for the housing is 25776667 (cost me $7). I also bought the plug-in lighter while I was there since I knew they were designed to go together (part # 11516140 - $6.25)

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You will need a right angle pick and a small screwdriver to remove the power port housing. If you look inside the housing you will see a very small black plastic tab in the middle of the metal tube. Use the right angle pick to hook the housing inside and use the screwdriver to press the tab as you gently pull with the pick. There is a 2nd tab on top that need to be pressed as well.

The housing will slide out. Unhook the connection on the rear and swap the power port with the new cigarette housing. It doesn't pull out very far, but far enough to do this without needing to remove the dash panel.

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Push the new housing in and put the lighter in its place.

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Works like a charm and takes less than 5 minutes to do. I decided to go this route, not because I smoke (I don't), but because my truck has 3 power outlets (including the one in the center console) and I had broken the black cap off of the left one on the dash. I figured it could come in handy to have a lighter at the ready since I didn't need 3 outlets and it would solve the missing cap problem.

NOTE: I did end up taking it apart one more time to do a little Dremel work on the plastic collar that holds the housing in place because the lighter was REALLY hard to pull out. Burned the crap out of my finger when I was testing it and couldn't get it to come out after pushing it in. The hot lighter ended up somewhere under the passenger seat as I was playing hot potato with it. Anyway, there are 2 wings in the cigarette housing that were too tight because of the plastic behind them. I removed a little plastic and now it works like butter. Hope this helps.
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Re: Power Outlet vs Cigarette Plug

Postby Silver08 » Aug 06 2011, 11:31am

excellent right up ! Glad it worked out , as for the Burn :oops: , no pain no gain
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Re: Power Outlet vs Cigarette Plug

Postby Onlyina_Chevy » Aug 06 2011, 12:40pm

Call me naive, but why, if you don't smoke, would you need a lighter 'on the ready'? I don't smoke, and I'll be damned if I'm gonna let someone else smoke in my vehicle. Sure, they can dip in my truck all day long, but don't you dare use 'my' spit cup/bottle!
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Re: Power Outlet vs Cigarette Plug

Postby HammerDown [OP] » Aug 07 2011, 3:46am

It started because the little black cap for the outlet broke off and I lost it. I figured I'd stick something in there so I didn't have to keep looking at the gaping hole so I bought a little rechargeable flashlight that fits in a cigarette lighter. It didn't fit. I was at a parts store and saw a lighter for GM vehicles so I bought it thinking maybe that would work. Nope. Too small. I was at a dealership and asked about it and they told me about the different housing. I bought it and here we are. Like I said, there are 3 power outlets. Why not turn one into a lighter? It could come in handy when I'm hunting and camping.
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