Merit Socket

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 18:22
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We have a merit socket in our caravan and I would like a dual USB adaptor or similar to fit. Does anyone know where I can purchase a fitting?
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Reply By: Member - mechpete - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 18:24

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 18:24
you could try EBay
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Reply By: Member. Rob M (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 18:25

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 18:25
Hi Cheryl,

I would have a look at the Narva website as a good place to start.

Good luck.
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Reply By: Member -Ted (Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 18:28

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 18:28
Hi Sheryl

You could try one of these http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_odkw=12+volt+usb+plug&_from=R40&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksi
and use one of these http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2x-USB-CHARGER-with-CIGARETTE-LIGHTER-PLUG-12-VOLT-NEW-/151076626100?pt=AU_Car_Parts_Accessories&hash=item232cde5eb4

Not sure how to link these ??

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Follow Up By: Member -Ted (Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 18:40

Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 19:05

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 19:05
Sheryl,

The easiest way would be to purchase a lead with a merit plug on one end and a cigarette socket on the other. Then you can plug in a standard cigarette plug to dual USB socket adapter which are readily available from any auto store JB Hi-Fi or Jaycar outlet.

Even harder is to attempt to buy a Merit plug to dual Merit socket patch lead, to connect two lights or similar. They are simply not made for some obscure reason.
You can buy a Merit plug to one Merit socket and one cigarette socket, or one Merit plug to two cigarette sockets, but not a dual Merit socket lead.
I made a couple myself as I often run dual 12v LED lights in the awning area and I have standardised on Merit sockets and plugs on all my 12v equipment.

God only knows why manufacturers such as Narva, persist with cigarette style sockets and plugs. They are the most useless connectors around when even a slight tug or vibration will cause them to disconnect.



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Follow Up By: Member - RUK42 (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 20:09

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 20:09
That's the way I've done it - a merit plug to twin cigarette socket then a small cigarette usb twin plug that fits inside the cigarette socket without any protrusion - works well for me.
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Reply By: SDG - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 19:14

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 19:14
I drilled a hole next to my original socket, and installed a dual flush mount usb socket, piggy backing off the wiring that is already there. Sockets available from any auto store. Can also get combinations of usb and normal cig size.
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Follow Up By: SDG - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2015 at 19:17

Reply By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 10:51

Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 10:51
If you want a simple plug in solution use our hella to cigar adapter and then plug our 2 outlet usb charger into it.



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Follow Up By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 11:07

Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 11:07
Look at eBay item number:

311248016716

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 14:58

Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 at 14:58
Sheryl,

I wanted something permanent for our slide-on camper, for charging iPads etc, so in a burst of enthusiasm, fitted these 2 Narva sockets. One is a merit, the other a dual USB.

Only downside I've found is the USB has a quite bright blue light, which is a bit glarey for comfortable slumber. That's if you're charging a device overnight. Otherwise a flexible cover keeps the "blue Rays of insomnia" at bay. :-)



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