Cadillac Owners Forum banner

1 - 10 of 10 Posts

·
Registered
2012 CTS Sport Wagon Premium/Performance
Joined
·
216 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Has anyone swapped out the cigarette lighter at the rear of the center console (so the one for the rear seats) for a USB type charger? Something like this one:

https://www.amazon.com/Charger-Waterproof-Cigarette-Voltmeter-Motorcycle/dp/B07DGNQNLR/ref=asc_df_B07DGNQNLR/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312097415645&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5136782100437391829&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9008250&hvtargid=pla-523974741251&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=64832514209&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=312097415645&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5136782100437391829&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9008250&hvtargid=pla-523974741251

Is the wiring behind the existing one easy to access? If I remember correctly, they are typically just positive and negative, sometimes have an illumination wire. The cigarette lighter is useless to me, would be nice to repurpose that into something worthwhile.
 

·
Registered
'12 CTS Performance Sports Wagon AWD
Joined
·
2,941 Posts
I just pop a charging plug in mine and not worry about it.. They tend to be cheap units and I would rather be able to easily swap it out than to have it hard wired in.

Rodney
 

·
Registered
2012 CTS Sport Wagon Premium/Performance
Joined
·
216 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
That definitely has it's advantages, I dunno, for me I would rather have it hard wired in and potentially have to replace it down the line, but look more factory. Maybe a dumb reason, but that's what I'm going with!!
 

·
Registered
'14 CTS-V LongRoof; '16 ATS-V Sedan,' 04 Trailblazer 4x4; '10 CTS LongRoof gone but never forgotten
Joined
·
15,239 Posts

·
Registered
'12 CTS Performance Sports Wagon AWD
Joined
·
2,941 Posts
Yup, hard to notice difference between this and a hard wired one... I had the same style.

Only reason to hardwire one is if you have something like the navtool.

Rodney
 

·
Registered
2014 CTS Coupe Premium
Joined
·
165 Posts
Exactly what I have in my front charger. Cover plate comes down to hide everything when you remove the cable.
FYI, I ordered this product and it does NOT allow the lighter adapter lid to close over it. While it is low profile, and appears seamless, since the lighter cover doesn't close, the panel door will not close either. I'm returning it.
 

·
Registered
Go ahead, blame me. Everybody does 🙄
Joined
·
9,852 Posts
What about just removing the lighter housing cover to get the outside panel door to close?
 

·
Registered
2009 CTS 3.6L DI rebuilt to FE3 J55 G80 3.42:1
Joined
·
973 Posts
Nearly all 12V USB adapters currently available are obsolete, as the USB standards have changed so rapidly. If you're actually considering hard-wiring USB you would be well served to understand that USB-C Power Delivery is the latest standard. It might even stick around for a while as it seems to have been well thought out, and benefits from having learned the shortcomings of what came before. Also understand that USB-C PD devices can draw up to 100W (think Macbooks and newer PC laptops, which use USB as the power supply), which I have not yest seen supported in 12V car cigarette lighter adapters. The best I have seen so far is 30W.

Until 12V 100W USB-PD adapters are available you are hardwiring in an obsolete piece, I would stick to plug-in until then.
 
1 - 10 of 10 Posts
Top