Best wire to hook up cigarette lighter to?


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Best wire to hook up cigarette lighter to?

Postby chevydog66 » Mon May 17, 2010 7:11 pm



Hi, newbie here. I searched but couldn't find any info about wiring up a cigarette lighter. I am wanting to install a cig lighter (purchased from Saber Cycle) in my 84 that has the rubber plug up in the right corner below speaker. I havent' tore the upper fairing apart yet, but was curious as to what wire that might be close to that area that would hold the amount of current for a cig lighter? Thanks!


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Re: Best wire to hook up cigarette lighter to?

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 17, 2010 10:10 pm

I would be a little wary of running a cigarette lighter through any existing bike wiring. I'd suggest you run a wire directly to the battery, and put a 15 amp fuse on that wire, as close to the battery as you can get it.

I hope you didn't pay those Saber Cycle crooks too much - I put one on my bike (to power a GPS), I bought it at Wal-Mart for $2.99, and it has a sealed cover to make it weatherproof.

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Re: Best wire to hook up cigarette lighter to?

Postby chevydog66 » Mon May 17, 2010 10:25 pm

Thanks WingAdmin. I was a little disappointed with the price and the size of the lighter, both are larger than I had hoped. From the pic it looks smaller than it really is. I might just have to return it. Thanks again.
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Re: Best wire to hook up cigarette lighter to?

Postby Right Winger » Thu May 20, 2010 5:33 am

:lol: :lol: You are going to be more dissapointed if you try to return that lighter to Sabercycle ! Lighters only come one size so it can't be any smaller or larger than any other. I'd make sure you a good weatherproof type as WA stated Good luck on your return :lol:

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Re: Best wire to hook up cigarette lighter to?

Postby tricky » Fri May 21, 2010 8:02 am

A marine type stainless steel is the best for the wing. and will fit in the hole on the right side if the square hole is made bigger.

If just running GPS or something like that the 10 amp Accessory circuit is fine, anything heavier run a fused wire from the battery with heavy enough wire and fuse to support the load.

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Re: Best wire to hook up cigarette lighter to?

Postby chevydog66 » Fri May 21, 2010 11:30 am

thanks guys. I got it hooked up with 12 gauge wire and 15 amp fuse
There's a green with green stripe wire there under the pocket with bullet connector I used for ground
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Re: Best wire to hook up cigarette lighter to?

Postby WingAdmin » Fri May 21, 2010 11:59 am

Keep in mind that the ground wire has to carry just as much current as the power wire. If the ground wire can't handle 15 amps, particularly if it's already connected to ANOTHER ground that may be handling the ground for something, then it is going to be the weak link, and could overheat. You might want to consider running your OWN ground directly to the frame somewhere.




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