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    I have a 1990 Nissan Sentra, and I just bought a ipod connector that plugs in through the cig. lighter port,and to my ipod. I was wondering If the car is turned off, would it be ok to leave the connector in the cigarette charger or would it drain my battery over time. If anyone could give me a for sure answer I would highly appriciate it. I wouldnt want my car to run out of battery power on some random road or anything. Thanks

  • #2
    Originally posted by Leviathanmike
    I have a 1990 Nissan Sentra, and I just bought a ipod connector that plugs in through the cig. lighter port,and to my ipod. I was wondering If the car is turned off, would it be ok to leave the connector in the cigarette charger or would it drain my battery over time. If anyone could give me a for sure answer I would highly appriciate it. I wouldnt want my car to run out of battery power on some random road or anything. Thanks
    if the car is off all the electronics are shut down so it'll not drain the battery.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Leviathanmike
      I have a 1990 Nissan Sentra, and I just bought a ipod connector that plugs in through the cig. lighter port,and to my ipod. I was wondering If the car is turned off, would it be ok to leave the connector in the cigarette charger or would it drain my battery over time. If anyone could give me a for sure answer I would highly appriciate it. I wouldnt want my car to run out of battery power on some random road or anything. Thanks
      probelly not. look at your ipod battery compaired to your car battery. i would try to charge while your car is running but as long as the cig charger has a overcharge protection which most have it should be fine.

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      • #4
        Depends on the car. Does your lighter socket turn off with the key or does it stay on all the time? If it stays on all the time, it probably has NO PROTECTION ON IT. Especially on a 1990 model.

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        • #5
          Don't think cars had the always-on cigerette lighter plugs back then. Just look to see if your iPod is charging when the car is off and that will tell you if you can leave it hooked up.

          Derek

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          • #6
            thanks a bunch guys

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            • #7
              Cigarette lighters are on a switched 12 volt source. The car shuts off all power to it when the car is off for safety reasons. So you can jam your fingers in there if you want while the car is off and nothing will happen.
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              • #8
                In my car the cig lighter stays powered. I think in newer cars they started doing this so you could power a cell phone if the car would not start. I know when my phone charger is plugged in, the LEDs stay lit when the key is out of the car. You should be able to leave the ipod plugged in and turn off the car and see if it charges or not. If it does, it could drain the battery I would think. if it does not, then it answers your question...
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                • #9
                  My lighter is a 12 volt constant source.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Maheriano
                    Cigarette lighters are on a switched 12 volt source. The car shuts off all power to it when the car is off for safety reasons. So you can jam your fingers in there if you want while the car is off and nothing will happen.

                    Not true for all models. Our suburban stays powered but the toyota does not.
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                    • #11
                      From my experience, the 80s and early 90's cars that I used to own, the lighter was constant 12 volt. Mid to late 90's cars that I have seen, the lighter shuts off with the car. And the newer 2000+ cars seem to be constant 12 volt.

                      I think it varies (obviously) on the make and model of the car. From the initial question, it sounds like his is constant 12 volts when car is off. Why else would he ask the question?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SnyperBob
                        Why else would he ask the question?
                        Cause he is a NOOB and has no idea???

                        And all the people who are like, The lighter plug shuts off with the car probably has no experience with any other car besides thier own.

                        There is no standard when it comes to the cigarette lighter and being powered while off. Some cars power it all the time, some do not. There is no correlation between year, it is just what the manufacturer wants, and they are RARELY consistent. Now adays though, with the increase of manufacturers including several power ports in a vehicle, they usually have switched and non switched ports in the vehicle.

                        OP, you just got to check and see if it stays powered. If it does, your battery WILL eventually die. If not, then your IPOD will not charge when the car is off, and the battery will be fine.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by d_sellers1
                          Don't think cars had the always-on cigerette lighter plugs back then. Just look to see if your iPod is charging when the car is off and that will tell you if you can leave it hooked up.

                          Derek

                          PS. Just be sure to keep it out of sight when you're not around. Someone may decide that they may need it more than you do. Happened to me with my radar detector...

                          Maybe someone was getting more tickets than you did, and I know how hard they are to come by after getting mine confiscated and being fined.
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                          • #14
                            Are we talking about the key in the ACC position? I realize the car doesn't actually have to be running.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Maheriano
                              Are we talking about the key in the ACC position? I realize the car doesn't actually have to be running.
                              Basically some cars = lighter plug always has voltage going through
                              other cars = key needs to be turned, but engine doesn't need to be started.
                              Teach me.

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