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Cig Lighter Draws power even with ignition off?

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Odd thing just happened to me. S/O and I went to the local Cracker Barrel for dinner. Just as we get there to park, she pushed in the cig. lighter, but it didn't pop out before I parked and shut the ignition off. 2 hours later, the battery was stone dead - needed a jump to get going.

It ran fine afterwards, the DIC showed 13.7 - 14.1 volts going in to the battery.

This happened once before when I left my cell phone charger in the cig lighter overnight.

Is this SOP for the lighter to stay "hot" even with the ignition off?
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Another argument AGAINST cheap batteries. It always pays to get a good price for a high quality battery. Exide is making a good knock off of the Optima now that's less costly, and Optima prices have come down relative to other quality starting and deep cycle batteries.
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