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Old 08-24-2015, 06:45 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Pod2Vibe View Post
My 12VDC Jensen 32" LED plug overheated and died on a camping trip.

Replaced with a better quality 12VDC plug and cable that I had for another device.

No more issue.

The one that comes with the Jensen is not the greatest...
Agreed about 'not the greatest'... my Jensen 12v plug is starting to deform from internal heat and never made good contact because of that un-sprung tip in the first place. Any idea why these get hot? ...maybe a 12v regulator circuit jammed in there? Bottom line I'd like to replace it with something a little more industrial-strength. On to Google...

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Old 08-24-2015, 07:08 AM   #22
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The 12V cig lighter type plugs generally get hot because of a bad or dirty connection. The quality control on the male plugs appears to be very poor and some are too large and some too small to fit the hole and hence do not make good contact primarily on the tip end. This causes a high resistance connection and heat. If you don't want to replace the plug and socket with something better, keep the tip clean and make sure the plug is in all the way and tight. If the plug is too small to stay firmly in place, a toothpick can be used to wedge it in.


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