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    Extreme noob question about Cigarette lighter port

    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

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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    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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    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.

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    thanks a bunch guys

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    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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    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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    My lighter is a 12 volt constant source.

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    Quote 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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