Into the cigarette lighter


So many groups can be divided into an assortment of electrical appliances powered by the vehicle's on-board network.

Maxim Sachkov

Let’s shine … (photo 1). They are always ready to dispel the gloom of “carrying”: with long and short wires, on a magnet and with a hook, with bulbs of different capacities. Some are plugged into the cigarette lighter socket, others are plugged into sockets, the rest are simply “plugged” onto the battery terminals. The cheapest are domestic “carriers” worth 20–100 rubles. True, they do not differ in special grace. For those who prefer a lot of light for little money (about 100 rubles), our "carry" with fluorescent lamps are suitable. And lovers to see the edge of the forest or to light the windows of neighboring houses can not do without a searchlight with a powerful halogen.

Imported goods from Taiwan, from the United Arab Emirates, Korea are more diverse and more expensive - 40-500 rubles. The cost depends on the authority of the manufacturer, the quality of the material (found even in metal cases), the type and power of the bulb.

There are lights in the arsenal of which are ordinary and fluorescent lamps, and also flashing red and yellow lights. They can work not only from the on-board network, but also from batteries. There are both domestic and foreign products at a price of 250-800 rubles.

Personally for the navigator (photo 2). These are small lamps with a flexible lead, on one end of which there is a bright lamp, and on the other - a plug for the cigarette lighter socket. The directional light source is convenient when you need to check the route on the map or, at the request of the driver, find his favorite cassette. For such an opportunity will have to fork out for 50-250 rubles.

High pressure area (photo 3). Electric compressors from the East, as a rule, are not able to create pressure above 3 atm, so they only pump the wheels of cars with them. The devices are attractive due to their convenient packaging, good appearance and a bunch of additional functions - for example, the ability to blow a carburetor with special nozzles, pump up a ball or a boat, light everything around with a built-in “carry”, mark it with a red light …. The more options and the cooler the design, the higher the price: from 200 to 1000 rubles. One of the traditional drawbacks of all these compressors is the unpredictable operation of pressure gauges that measure pressure in unusual PSI, that is, pounds per square inch (recall - 1 kgf / cm2 is about 14 PSI). This price group also includes domestic electric pumps “Mustang-M”, “Utes” and “Temp-3” (more about them in ZR, 2000, No. 3).

Another category is more powerful compressors, therefore the price is higher - 800–2000 rubles. As a rule, these are American vehicles for heavy vehicles, as evidenced by the inscription "Truck" on the package. I wonder how long it will take for the Yankees to pump the KAMAZ wheel? Many pumps shut off at a certain pressure.

The struggle for cleanliness (photo 4). You are deeply mistaken if you believe that car vacuum cleaners completely replace 220-volt colleagues. The capabilities of these devices are much more modest: sweep crumbs from the instrument panel or dust particles from the seats and floor - nothing more. Some, however, also know how to remove water from rubber mats. Sellers conditionally divide the "cleanliness" into two groups: the former are shaped like a chisel, the latter look like a barrel. The latter are usually more expensive - 600-1000 rubles, but more powerful and clean better. Their elongated "relatives" are about one and a half to two times cheaper. Many vacuum cleaners come with various nozzles and brushes. Some manufacturers apply a special adapter - to inflate balloons or children's toys. Sometimes hybrids come across - a mixture of a vacuum cleaner and a compressor. The main thing here is not to confuse what's what.

Do you need tea or coffee? (photo 5). A boiler is the simplest and cheapest device for heating water in the car. For such a pleasure they ask 70-100 rubles. Note that in order to boil the liquid, the onboard boiler will need several times more time than its counterpart working on alternating current.

The same goes for coffee makers. It will take about half an hour until a liter of raw water turns into about 1000 grams of boiled water. These products differ from each other in configuration, appearance and, accordingly, cost: price range from 150 to 600 rubles. Some coffee makers have a special stand for stationary installation in the car, one or more mugs, sometimes a special strainer (as is customary in the best houses in London) to make tea more convenient.

Greetings from Carlson (photo 6). Coolness in the summer heat does not hurt at all. Air conditioning is expensive, but there is something cheaper, such as a fan. A small plastic one with a Velcro fastener will cost a motorist suffering from heat only 50 rubles. For more solid and powerful appliances will be asked two to three times more expensive. The most expensive fan - with a large propeller and a metal grill - is offered for about 450 rubles.

Window to the world (photo 7). Many vacationers for whom a car becomes a vacation home miss their favorite TV shows. Suffering can be put to an end in just 1, 000–2, 000 rubles. That's what portable TVs with 5.5-inch screens cost. Imagine how nice it is after a dinner to watch the broadcast of the next stage of Formula 1 on the shore of a quiet river, turning on the sound to the maximum …

Camping barber (photo 8). Rest is a rest, and returning to civilization unshaven is somehow not solid. Some foreign companies offer real gentlemen small electric razors of 12 V. To even look beautiful in nature, you need to pay 300-400 rubles. But this product is unlikely to help the owners of lush bristles - it is better to grab the machine.

Caution: DPS (photo 9). Often reckless drivers help out small "traffic police messengers." Rarely, but still come across radar detectors of domestic production. Usually their cost does not exceed 1000 rubles. But there’s more than enough imported goods: with different options, noise immunity, range. Prices for the most expensive ones reach $ 200, that is, approximately 60 average fines.

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We examined the nine most popular groups of "electric bells and whistles." By the way, if you use several devices at the same time, you will need a splitter. A modest device with only two sockets is enough for many. Those who want to simultaneously view the card under the navigational light, use a radar detector, fan the fan are looking for adapters with three or four outlets. Inexpensive ones cost about 50 rubles, and the owner of a "sophisticated" foreign car is not solidly buying a splitter cheaper than 250-300 rubles.