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Multiple car cigarette lighter males to 1 female connecting, wiring options

carcharger

New Member
What is the best, portable, permanent or semi-permanent (in terms of wire-connection), international air travel friendly solution to connect multiple (6-10) car cigarette lighter males (that charge various batteries) to 1 female socket? Usually, all of them are used simultaneously.

Having a 10-socket female panel is not a good solution (way too big and heavy).

I am OK to cutting off the male parts and merge and connect the wires directly in some clever, modular, semi-permanent way.

(An ideal solution would be replacing the males with some very small USB-C like plugs that inserts into a 10-socket female panel, or something like that)

All suggestions are welcome!
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(For example, if this yellow female thing can be aligned in a 10 piece panel, then this could be a solution?)
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For The Popcorn

Active Member
Have you considered Anderson Powerpoles? These are the best-kept secret of ham radio operators. They are crimp-on terminals that are hermaphroditic – there aren't separate male and female terminals. Any (properly constructed) PowerPole plugs into any other, always maintaining the proper polarity. Extension cables have no "right end" and "wrong end"....both ends are the same. Imagine charger / battery / load systems – the charger can plug into the battery or the load without any messing around.

There are many accessories too, like 4 way or 8 way distribution blocks. Plug in your power supply and whatever loads you want.

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rjenkinsgb

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Most Helpful Member
For 12V use from a fused cigarette lighter plug, such as XT30 or XT60 connectors. They are small, cheap and reliable.

Just remember that the cigarette lighter will be fused at probably 10A (or just possibly 15A/20A) in the vehicle so the total load cannot exceed that.

Get the ones with insulation boots, or at least heatshrink to protect the connections:

You can also get ready made splitter harnesses:

Or connectors with flyleads fitted, etc.

XT30 look similar but are a bit smaller (or XT90 are rather bigger).
 

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