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Just wondering what people use this for... feel like I need to plug something in.

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► Edit - moderator's note - edited the thread title, for clarification, from "cigarette lighter" to "cargo area 12V outlet".

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Do you also feel the need to have something plugged into every outlet in your house?
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It's there as a convenience feature, IF you need power.
With a small compressor, it makes reaching the rear tires for a fill up much easier.
It also makes it a lot easier airing up a trailer.
 

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We have a small 12v vacuum and an air mattress pump.
 

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How many amps is the rear accessory outlet? Couples days ago i burned my dash cigarette fuse while inflating a tire that was with "zero pressure". Dash cigarette fuse is rated at 10amp If i'm correct.
 

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@Panamanian Strangely the owner's manual does not show a fuse for the accessory outlet in the cargo area, only for the instrument panel outlet (10 amp) and the console box outlet (20 amp). On my 2010 I too had a problem blowing a dash outlet fuse (more than once) with a portable air compressor. However, I never blew a fuse when using the console box or cargo area accessory outlet. So I always assumed that the cargo outlet was either a 15 or 20 amp fuse.
 

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The 14-18 shop manual shows 20 Amp Fuse 13 in the fuse panel down by the left footwell. YMMV, but at least it's a precedent for how Subaru feels about this outlet
 

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I've had the same experience as others with the front outlet fuse blowing when powering a small portable compressor so now use the rear outlet.
 

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So I have the stock Subaru battery, we all know the issues with those. I am not confident that it will run anything (like a pump), am I just being paranoid?



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Some air pump instructions recommend using it with the engine running. Also, the approximately 14 volts will make the pump faster. The rear outlet in my 2019 runs a small pump just fine.
 

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Thanks for the feedback... that's what I thought.

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@DragonSubie7 My recent smart home IoT obsession has me using most plugs in the house 😅

I was considering getting a vacuum just for the car, but not sure if it's worth it... I assume my handheld Dyson would work better
 

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I wired it to a hot wire and use it for charging things while camping. I wired this to a hot wire vs the ones in the front seat so that I don't forget about a charger being plugged in resulting in a drained battery.
 

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Air pump when I need it (not feeding quarters to a terribly slow gas station pump) and normally for a rear dash cam.
 
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