does a car engine have to be running in order for you to get power from the cigarette lighter?

if i wanted to charge my cell phone with a car charger, can the car power jsut be on or do i need to turn the car on fully in order for it to work?

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6 Responses to “does a car engine have to be running in order for you to get power from the cigarette lighter?”

  1. Patrick says:

    Your engine does not need to be running for a cell phone charge

  2. dhargraves217 says:

    It varies. Many cars have cigarette lighters that are on all the time some only when ignition is on, Newer cars tend to have multiple cig. lighters that one is always on.

  3. Art Vandalay says:

    No, but the key has to be turned to ‘on’ or back a notch, if the radio works then the cig lighter should work.

  4. 81Mustang says:

    Even if the key is off I believe there is still power to the cig lighter since I have charged my Cell phone with the car completely off before an the power light on my charger was on and the phone said it was charging.

  5. Sam McGuin says:

    non your lighter output gets a constant 12-volt charge from the battery.Yours must be broken

  6. intellegentdust says:

    The engine does not need to be running, but the ignition switch (key) MAY have to be all the way on (as if the engine was running.)

    It depends on the model of the car.

    In my 1999 VW golf, the lighter had power all of the time (unless the battery was dead or disconnected.) In my 1999 Mazda Miata the lighter only works if the key in in the ignition and turned to the "On" or "Run" position.

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