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    Can you really use a sat nav without a cigarette lighter?

    Bought a navigo about a month back for my new car ( rover mini cooper)
    but the only problem i face now is i dont have a cigarette lighter in my car meaning that my sat nav only works for about an hour before turning off - i know that sat navs need a constant supply of power to be used and the small battery life on their own are for setting up before the journey

    So my question is Can you really use a sat nav without a cigarette lighter? any brand suggestions e.g long long battery life

    Daniel

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    Can you not install an aftermarket lighter socket?

    could try a freeloader

    ogormans.co.uk/fre…htm

    Might have some nightime dramas though.

    Something like ]this just need to tap into a 12v line

    Why hasn't your car got a ciggie lighter ?

    halfords car hardfit a satnav for you. they basically take a feed and fit a cig lighter type plug and hide it behind dash and connect to satnav, so no real need for a socket in car.

    Original Poster

    choc1969;3080072

    Why hasn't your car got a ciggie lighter ?



    well i dunno its only a 1994

    its pretty much exactly the same as this

    http://mini-exchange.com/images/Rover_Mini_Cooper_For-Sale_00078.jpg

    Original Poster

    shanecr;3080073

    halfords car hardfit a satnav for you. they basically take a feed and fit … halfords car hardfit a satnav for you. they basically take a feed and fit a cig lighter type plug and hide it behind dash and connect to satnav, so no real need for a socket in car.



    nah

    but im sure they could install a ciggy lighter somewhere

    wtf thats one old classic

    halfords wont install a cig lighter. a garage will, prob cost you an hours labour or so.

    in fact buy a cig lighter, fit yourself, take a feed from the interior light or something. its not that difficult.

    Original Poster

    MarzBarz;3080106

    wtf thats one old classic



    yeh a rover mini sprite 1.3l mine is same as that cooper about but its not a cooper its a sprite - not one of these monstrosities that everyone from 20 year old girls to 50 year old men drive

    http://www.design-cars.com/images/stories/2007_mini_cooper.jpg

    lighter is well easy to fit mate, even my mum could probably do it, lol.
    They used to sell them in Maplin when I worked there a few years back, might be worth taking a look.

    Mike..

    dandoc2;3080133

    yeh a rover mini sprite 1.3l mine is same as that cooper about but its … yeh a rover mini sprite 1.3l mine is same as that cooper about but its not a cooper its a sprite - not one of these monstrosities that everyone from 20 year old girls to 50 year old men drive



    The reason people dont drive yours is because they are old deathtraps. :thumbsup:

    If i were in a crash the last thing i would wanna be in is an old mini.

    [quote=MikeBeaver;3080137]lighter is well easy to fit mate,
    [SIZE=5][COLOR=red]even my mum could probably do it, lol. :w00t:[/COLOR][/SIZE]
    [SIZE=5][COLOR=#ff0000]kids :roll: !![/COLOR][/SIZE]

    Or you could take your navigo apart and put a higher capacity battery in it?

    Original Poster

    GAVINLEWISHUKD;3080185

    Or you could take your navigo apart and put a higher capacity battery in … Or you could take your navigo apart and put a higher capacity battery in it?



    :oops: not too good at opening things

    Titchimp;3080177

    The reason people dont drive yours is because they are old deathtraps. … The reason people dont drive yours is because they are old deathtraps. :thumbsup: If i were in a crash the last thing i would wanna be in is an old mini.



    That is true - no airbag and pretty much no protection anywhere - also like 5 inches off the ground -

    Though driving it is a rush - i just wish i could drive it more

    dandoc2;3080229

    :oops: not too good at opening things



    Probably better of getting a cig lighter put in anyway as it will come in useful for other stuff too.

    It depends on your satnav - My tomtom 730's battery lasts upto 3+ hours from a full charge

    Could use this ]http//ww…927 should clear you a few more hours and costs around £10.

    something like this would also be handy maplin.co.uk/Mod…153 but maybe your sat nav wouldn't be as portable ?

    choc1969;3080072

    Why hasn't your car got a ciggie lighter ?



    Because smoking is bad.

    The JFK;3080571

    Because smoking is bad.


    And the car isnt old enough to smoke either:thumbsup: Mind you knowing Rovers version of the min i it probably does anyway.
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