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Forgive what may be a daft question?!!!

If on a 12v boat, is there some kind of device I can buy for charging phones, games consoles etc. I'm thinking something generic rather than having to bring lots of different adaptors?

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If they can be charged from a USB port (as most phones can) you just need a 12v cigarette style lighter socket, adapter (get one from Maplin or Amazon) and the right cable.


I am not a games expert, but the i things all get charged this way or from the radio/cd player which has a USB port on it.

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Be aware of overloading the power systems on boats. 


We had a customer of five or six people on a 12v boat this year, each with their own electronic gadgets. When the power gave out, we found that they were using the plug-in inverter almost permanently to power and charge a portable DAB radio along with a multi ciggy lighter adapter (as mentioned here) to charge another two or three items. 


They complained that the fridge, pumps, lights and so on only worked when the engine was running and that they couldn't even charge their phones...... 


Please remember, peeps, electricity will always take the easiest route. A flat battery has a big resistance so placing less resistive demands on the system such as a phone charger, pump and so on will not aid any battery charging.

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