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SAE J563

2009 Edition, February 1, 2009

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(R) Standard for 12 Volt Cigarette Lighters, Power Outlets, and Accessory Plugs



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Product Details:

  • Revision: 2009 Edition, February 1, 2009
  • Published Date: February 2009
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: SAE International (SAE)
  • Page Count: 29
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

Description / Abstract:

The lighter is provided as a convenience, for use in lighting cigars and cigarettes. The intent is to provide a lighter which is usable with as little distraction as possible to the primary function of safe vehicle operation, and which is relatively safe, considering this device may reach functional temperatures in excess of safe human contact. There is no intention that this device be incapable of making damaging contact with people or materials if dropped or misused after heating.

The power outlet is provided as a convenience, for connection of electrical devices to the vehicle's electrical supply. The power outlet is exposed to insertion of a variety of devices beyond the automotive industry's control. Principal among these is the plug provided as part of the customer's device. This document provides requirements for the design of these plugs.

The lighter receptacle is not intended to be used for a power outlet, since it has components related to the heating and pop-out function. However, it is recommended that power outlet plugs be designed so that if inserted in a lighter receptacle, no damage will occur to the internal components of the lighter receptacle. The power outlet is not expected to function with plugs not meeting the requirements of this specification.

Devices intended for mounting outside the passenger compartment should meet these requirements as a minimum, with other requirements added by the purchasing documents.

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