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8 Cool Gadgets That Your Vehicle's 12-Volt Outlet Supports

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By: Lisa Felepchuk – driving.ca

Back in its glory days, the sole purpose of that round hole and accompanying cylindrical plug in your car’s dashboard was to do one thing: Produce enough heat to spark a cigarette. But these days, finding a new vehicle with a designated cigarette lighter is near impossible, unless you opt for some sort of “smoker’s package” upgrade.

That’s a hard pass for many. Instead, modern vehicles are outfitted with one (or sometimes multiple) 12-volt outlets plugs that support all sorts of gadgets and accessories. Read on to discover eight cool things you can plug into your vehicle’s 12-volt outlet — or, depending on how old your ride is, cigarette lighter. Word from the wise: Read the instructions on all of these gadgets before you blindly plug one in and accidentally fry it.

Wet/dry canister vacuum

Skip the shop-vac (and the process of lugging it to the driveway while tripping over an extension cord) or a trip to the car wash each time you want to clean up your vehicle’s interior. Instead, let this portable wet/dry canister vacuum do your dirty work. It features a 36-inch flexible hose with a variety of add-on carpet tools, like an upholstery nozzle, a 17-inch cord to easily maneuver around, and reusable filter bags.

Drive and Grill machine

This portable grille will make all of your tailgating dreams a reality in 2019 — even those involving grilling burgers in the back of a sedan. Strange dream, but lucky for you, this portable grille does grant you the ability to cook meats from frozen in your vehicle. Enjoy your burger, weirdo.

Stainless steel heated coffee mug

If you’re not keen on a coffee maker that you can use in your car, at least know there are other options to keep your coffee or tea hot. This stainless steel heated coffee mug keeps liquids warm up to 60 degrees and fits inside most cup holders.

Lunchbox stove

Anyone who spends long days on the road, works an outdoor job site or simply never seems to get around to their meals while they’re still warm may appreciate this electric-heated lunch box. Dinner is warm and ready, whenever you are.

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Source: https://driving.ca/gmc/auto-news/news/8-cool-things-for-your-cigarette-lighter

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