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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 08-16-2008, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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How to replace your 12v DC outlet for a better one

The 12v DC outlet in the Elise doesn't hold a 12v plug very well. The plug just wiggles in there and contact is spotty. Upgrading it to a more solid outlet for my '06 Elise was easy, and cheap. You'll need this:

SOURCE UPDATED see Post 40: https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f129...9/#post5595234

RadioShack product 2062272 link dead see linked post above

Plus some electrical tape, and a small flat head screwdriver.

1) Remove the black cover, labeled "1" in the picture below. This takes one screw
2) Inside, remove two more screws (don't drop them!) so that you can lift the grey holder up that holds the outlet.
3) Remove the plug with the black and purple wire from the back of the outlet (just pull).
4) Now remove the whole grey housing, #2 in the picture, then pry the old outlet out of it.
5) Take the Radioshack outlet and push it back in there. It should fit without any modification to the housing or the outlet itself.
6) This is the trickiest part, and really not that hard. Take the small screw driver and push both pins out of the plug, which you removed in step #3. This takes a little wiggling, but it can be done without damaging the plug or the pins. Be careful, the +12v line is still hot even with the car off. It is easy to short, and then you'll have to put a new fuse in. You probably should just take the fuse out or disconnect the battery when you do this.
7) Put the grey housing back, and attach the now loose wires to the radio shack outlet. The connectors on the wires should fit the new outlet perfectly. IMPORTANT Take care to attach the 12v wire (the purple) to the correct plug on the outlet. It has to go to the plug that connects to the inside of the outlet.
8) To prevent shorting when you put it all back together, wrap some electrical take around the +12v connector. For me, this was absolutely necessary. The back of the outlet sits really close to the metal frame that you screw the grey housing to. You can see this in the picture on the right.
9) Put the whole thing back together.
10) Test it with some cheap device first. I'm not responsible if you connected the +12v to the wrong plug of the outlet and blow up your V1, or so.

You're done!
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short and concise, nice write up.

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Hey Lotusfan2, great post - I just got done doing it to my car this morning... A couple things I would add - on step 6, it should be pointed out that I think you mean pull the pins out the pack of the plug (where the cables come in).

Also, I had the center pieces replaced with the leather option, so I had to remove the little rubber ring that holds the cover over the 12v plug - if I didn't it didn't seat in enough, probably due to the extra space from the leather. Either way, super simple to do and now I can actually use my lighter adapters!

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Any reason not to remove the fuse while doing this to avoid shorting it out?
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Any reason not to remove the fuse while doing this to avoid shorting it out?
No risk of electrocution, less fun!
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Just FYI - I had problems with my Garmin GPS plug in the receptacle, from day one. I got the 'sleeve' from Escort, but it really didn't quite fix my problem - the Garmin plug is still loose enough that contact is intermittent.
Luckily, my Battery Minder fits perfectly.

I'll probably do this receptacle replacement early next year.

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+1 Replacing with the Radioshack unit worked well for me.

Just FYI, comparing the Radioshack receptacle with the Lotus OEM one, the Radioshack one (I'm guessing follows some "standard" US spec) is not only a bit tighter, but is also deeper. Hence, any device's plug will actually "snap" inside the receptacle. I found that with the Lotus one, the plug will still stick out more and easily fall out, even if you manage to make it tighter.

I had the center console out for painting, so I had the receptacle changed out as well. $7 for the Radioshack unit, and $5 for the Krylon Fusion for Plastic black satin paint. Cheap mods

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Hey Lotusfan2, great post - I just got done doing it to my car this morning... A couple things I would add - on step 6, it should be pointed out that I think you mean pull the pins out the pack of the plug (where the cables come in).

Also, I had the center pieces replaced with the leather option, so I had to remove the little rubber ring that holds the cover over the 12v plug - if I didn't it didn't seat in enough, probably due to the extra space from the leather. Either way, super simple to do and now I can actually use my lighter adapters!

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Hey Lotusfan2, great post - I just got done doing it to my car this morning... A couple things I would add - on step 6, it should be pointed out that I think you mean pull the pins out the pack of the plug (where the cables come in).
Yes, exactly. The plug doesn't fit onto the back of the Radioshack outlet. Thus you need to get the two metal connectors out of the plastic plug. A bit of wiggling with a screwdriver and pulling on the wires will do it. Once out, you can push the metal connectors onto the Radioshack plug.

It sounds hard, but really it isn't. I should have taken a picture to illustrate....

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Any reason not to remove the fuse while doing this to avoid shorting it out?
Because I was lazy You're right though, the proper way is to pull the fuse, or disconnect the battery.

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bumpy...this is the last piece of the puzzle for my console install. I have to get the pins out of the plastic plug...any new and innovative tricks for doing this? with my luck i'll probably break it LOL

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I took a large pair of ChannelLocks .....squeezed both sides in at the same time & the old one came right out....... Also used a small pair of needlenose pliers to take out the connectors from the back of the old plug....no problem.

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Just did this mod. Went right to RS and they had it in stock. I installed it and, of course, as usual with this car....... Blood has to be drawn.

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Wow. Missed this the first time around, will be visiting Radio Shack tomorrow!

My DL1 falls out of the current receptacle about every 10th time. Usually when I've had a record breaking session...

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Minor Change...

FYI I went to Da Shack™ today and the part number has changed. It's now branded as "enercell" (whatev) and the part number is 270-0046.

Great mod btw, thank you to the original poster. The 12v outlet apparently came fully engineered with fail from the factory, unless of course the lads from Old Blighty have slightly larger plugs than we Yanks do. (Guess I'll have to ask the missus about that one.)

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I took a large pair of ChannelLocks .....squeezed both sides in at the same time & the old one came right out....... Also used a small pair of needlenose pliers to take out the connectors from the back of the old plug....no problem.
So did you just forgo the original instructions and get busy with the channel locks sans liner removal? Cause I'm all about the shortcuts, unless it'll end up costing me more than the $7.50 I dropped at Da Sheezack™...

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I just threw mine in. I could only get it to fit if I took the cover off as it spaced it too much for the unit to stay in place with my leather wrapped console. I cut the cover of the 12v and now if I need to take it off I just put it in the 'glove box' aka our metal passenger tray. I also had to bend the metal plugs on the Radio Shack model to get them to line up with the existing plug since I didn't want to cut and attach the included wires.

Thanks for posting this! Now I can charge my mobile in the car again.

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I did a search and found out that their is a European plug, and an American plug. Looks like they are sending the cars with the Euro plugs.



12-volt cigar lighter receptacle and plug, size A:
Receptacle inside diameter: 20.93 - 21.01 mm (median 20.97 mm)
Plug body diameter: 20.73 - 20.88 mm (median 20.805 mm)
Most often used in American automobiles.

12-volt cigar lighter receptacle and plug, size B:
Receptacle inside diameter: 21.41 - 21.51 mm (median 21.455 mm)
Plug body diameter: 21.13 - 21.33 mm (median 21.18 mm)
Most often used in European automobiles, and sometimes as a second socket in American automobiles expressly for DC power connections
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Great post, going to do mine next Sunday. I am from England and I never knew they had different sized plugs! At least now I can use my GPS.... And charge my phone!

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It seems radioshack doesn't have the lighter anymore. Is there another place to get this?
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