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New car- phone has old "cig lighter" charger- now what?

New cars don't have cig lighters - the style "plug" that you used to plug in your phone to charge if necessary--- so the charger that I have with my phone (which I purchased less than a year ago- doesn't have a charger with the usb? at both ends (don't know if I'm using the right terminology- but my car only has the "slots"- where do I get an appropriate charger for my tracfone? New cars don't have cd players either- new tv's dont' always have enough"connections"-- everything is more expensive and you're getting a lot less   >:/ 

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Re: New car- phone has old "cig lighter" charger- now what?

Huh ....  I've never charged my phone in my car and don't see any reason to.  I charge it in my home.  Maybe your phone battery is faulty?  

 

Why don't you get one of those Halo charger sticks ... or whatever they're called?  

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Re: New car- phone has old "cig lighter" charger- now what?

Maybe you can get an adaptor at Radio Shack online.  

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Re: New car- phone has old "cig lighter" charger- now what?

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You need one of these. It's called a:

 

USB A Male to 12V Car Cigarette Lighter Socket Female Power Converter Cable

 

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Just plug that cable into your usb port in your car and then plug your old phone charger into the other end where the socket is located.

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You can order a car charger from Tracfone for under ten bucks. Mine came with it. My car also has several different types of plugs to charge devices and a CD player, though CD's aren't exactly state of the art anymore, I guess, and it's not a particularly upscale car. What you get depends on the car you choose.


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Re: New car- phone has old "cig lighter" charger- now what?


@sipp wrote:

New cars don't have cig lighters - the style "plug" that you used to plug in your phone to charge if necessary--- so the charger that I have with my phone (which I purchased less than a year ago- doesn't have a charger with the usb? at both ends (don't know if I'm using the right terminology- but my car only has the "slots"- where do I get an appropriate charger for my tracfone? New cars don't have cd players either- new tv's dont' always have enough"connections"-- everything is more expensive and you're getting a lot less   >:/ 

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Get a new adapter to attach your phone to the USB slot you have in the car. 

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Re: New car- phone has old "cig lighter" charger- now what?

@sipp 

 

I think the "slots" you mentioned could be USB ports. If they are, you only need a USB cord, not a charger. Just plug the wide end into a port, and the smaller end into your phone. The car might need to be on for the phone to charge. Check the manual to be sure.

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Re: New car- phone has old "cig lighter" charger- now what?

I'm sure you can find an adapter at any Walmart, Target or drug store.

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Re: New car- phone has old "cig lighter" charger- now what?

@sipp   What @Caffeina  said is all you need. 

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Re: New car- phone has old "cig lighter" charger- now what?

Yes- most likely they're usb ports in the car- it was the charger itself that has the big "plug" on one end that isn't going to be of any use - I've not seen the kind you speak of- and my husbands is a different "size" than mine- so I guess I'll have to go to office depot or some other place to see if I can find them.. thanks for answering to all!