Then dedicated accessory sockets showed up on the scene, and all of that went out the window. These 12V accessory sockets look like cigarette lighter sockets, but they aren’t, and the differences are important.
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After decades of cigarette lighter sockets playing double-duty as accessory sockets, it’s only natural to wonder what, if any, difference there is between these two components. While this might seem complex, it’s not. In basic terms, cigarette lighter sockets are accessory sockets, but accessory sockets aren’t necessarily cigarette lighter sockets.