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mini to maxi

Hi People, anyone know of a place that sells converters for the mini 'cigarette lighter' socket on my 1200gs that will let me plug my car sized thing into it, i.e. converter into bike socket then the plug for my air pump, which is car sized, into the converter. That was really clumsily explained but I'm in a rush this morning. Ride safe.
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What you are asking for is something I've had to make myself... there are none on the market that I have seen -...
www.conrad.se
www.elfa.se
www.biltema.se
www.jula.se
www.clasohlson.se
www.radioshack.com

I've opted to change the plug to:
http://www.clasohlson.se/Archive/Ima...Hi/36-3904.jpg
Cig.plugg.

...still wondering why the industry could not have stuck to one standard in cars/vehicles... (stupid!).
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12 Volt Din Lighter-Type Socket Adapter C0220
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...still wondering why the industry could not have stuck to one standard in cars/vehicles... (stupid!).
basically the cig lighter socket is originally American. The DIN sockets (as the name suggests) are a German design that allows for much higher current.

The whole world is divided into American vs German standards ... but as German standards are usually higher or more logical, everyone else tends to adopt the German systems in the end.

You see it with vehicle standards ... where the whole world accepts the ECE standards and vehicle regulations (predominantly German), but the USA is the only country that doesnt .... they have their SAE standards. So the whole world has yellow indicator lights, while American cars have red indicators. The whole world uses H series halogen bulbs, H1, H3, H4, H7, H9, H11 etc ... but the SAE has its own ones, 9005, 9006 etc. Apperently there have been negotiations in recent years about unifying the global standards for vehicles ... which is a way of saying the Americans are close to changing to the German standards and doing away with the SAE standards.

Most bolts are now all German spec bolts ... metric, with stuff like 4.8, 8.8, 10.9 stamped onto the head. They are of course DIN standards for bolt strength.

Even things as bland as office stationery ... Americans have letter size paper, the rest of the world has German standard A4 paper - because the ratio of the length of the sides makes them extremely scaleable, thus A0, A1, A2, A3, A5 etc.

So in the end, I am sure the world will move to DIN sockets and plugs ... eventually.
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The whole world is divided into American vs German standards ...everyone ...tends to adopt the German systems in the end.
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So in the end, I am sure the world will move to DIN sockets and plugs ... eventually.

So what you're saying is that Hitler was right, and we'll all be German puppets sooner or later!
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None on the market...?

Would any of these help? (excuse the links to a certain overrated auction site):

Powerlet Adapter Powerlet to Cigarette Rigid | eBay

ADATTATORE PRESA MOTO BMW ACCENDISIGARI SNODABILE NEW | eBay
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Interesting explanation and thanks to German engineers for their contribution towards logical standards .

I guess then I should buy directly a car plug size for my bike when I install it...
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Hi People, many thanks for the replies, finally found one at Mobile Phone Accessories | Netbook Accessories | Free UK Delivery :: [ BuyBits ] £5.95 post free, half the price of Motorwerks and faffing around on the computer was a welcome excuse to stop paint stripping. Ride safe.
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you may look at this - Sierra BMW Motorcycle Online | Parts | Accessories | Apparel | Helmets | Riding Solutions | -

or this - Sierra BMW Motorcycle Online | Parts | Accessories | Apparel | Helmets | Riding Solutions |

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I should have looke outside this (Sweden) tiny duck-pond in the north of EU... !

Thank you for up-dating me on available adaptor.
Those on BMW Sierra looks really neat

Age is taking its toll I guess...
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