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    How can I convert a dc (cigarette lighter) to a normal plug?

    I want to buy an electric coolbox from argos, but it only comes with an ac (car cigarette lighter adapter). Can I buy something to change this so that I can may it work off of a normal plug? Thanks

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    Original Poster

    This is the coolbox argos.co.uk/sta…htm

    I bought an adapter from Maplins last summer to plug the kids DVD player from the car into when indoors. Its abit noisy but works great cost about £15 I think.

    you need a transformer adapter

    Argos say 12v 5A so it'll be damned expensive to get a PSU.

    You need something like this


    Edit, no good it only goes upto 1 amp

    maplin.co.uk/Mod…397

    http://images.maplin.co.uk/300/n35az_new.jpg

    The cheapest way to do it, if you know somebody with some basic electrical knowledge, is to get an old PC PSU of say 350w and wire a cigarette socket onto that. Should give you at least 10A at 12v. A bit bulky etc but cheap :lol:

    Shengis;5551944

    The cheapest way to do it, if you know somebody with some basic … The cheapest way to do it, if you know somebody with some basic electrical knowledge, is to get an old PC PSU of say 350w and wire a cigarette socket onto that. Should give you at least 10A at 12v. A bit bulky etc but cheap :lol:



    Haha was just going to say use an old atx power supply and solder a cigarette socket onto the 12v line.:thumbsup:

    GAVINLEWISHUKD;5551952

    Haha was just going to say use an old atx power supply and solder a … Haha was just going to say use an old atx power supply and solder a cigarette socket onto the 12v line.:thumbsup:



    I do it all the time. They make excellent bench supplies at a fraction of the cost. Only mod needed is to connect the green ATX wire to a black and it's good to go :lol:

    Original Poster

    Thanks everyone, sounds like a lot of hassle. Robert Dyas sell one for £40 which has both on it - may go for that

    bargainhunter2009;5552617

    Thanks everyone, sounds like a lot of hassle. Robert Dyas sell one for … Thanks everyone, sounds like a lot of hassle. Robert Dyas sell one for £40 which has both on it - may go for that



    Well the reviews on the Argos one aren't that good tbh.

    Original Poster

    Shengis;5552672

    Well the reviews on the Argos one aren't that good tbh.



    Think your right, thanks

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