- How is a cigar lighter diferent from a cigarette lighter?
There is no real difference, but there are specialty lighters made expressly for cigars. Zippos can be used and it does not 'leave' a bad taste on the cigar. It will initially but will disappear within a puff or two. Matches will also leave a 'bad' taste unless you allow the sulfur to initially burn off before lighting a cigar. A butane lighter does burn cleanly and will not affect taste from the get-go. The best thing to get is a torch lighter. Colibri, Prometheus, Vektor and Xikar are a few well known brands. Colibri's have been notorious in the past for being junky, but all torch lighters require a little more care than a regular butane lighter.
- Can't find reason why cigar lighter does not work, fuse is ok?
There is usually pretty easy access to the lighter socket and the power wire behind it, disconnect the wire and see if you have power there. If you don't, there is a break between fuse box and socket. If you do, the element is burned out in the lighter. Happens all the time. A trip to the auto parts store and a new element or lighter "pop-out" will get you puffing again. There is no need to touch the stogie to the element at all. If you remember to just hold the element near the stogie it will light perfectly without ever touching it. The element will last for gazillions of lights cuz it never gets dirty.
- How do I install a cigar lighter in my boat to be used for spotlights, gps, marine radio or other electronics?
Buy a cigarette lighter kit and possibly an inline fuse holder from a parts store that includes the lighter housing and retaining ring....drill a hole where you want to mount the lighter using the lighter housing and retainer as a guide to the size of the hole....the hole has to be big enough for the lighter housing to fit into but not too big that the retainer won't be able to grab onto the area where it mounts. The retaining ring usually screws onto threads that are on the lighter housing and as you screw them together, the retainer will tighten onto the material of the area where you mount the lighter. Make sure to pick a mounting area with thin metal, wood or plastic since there is not much threads on the lighter housing to accomodate anything very thick. Some lighter kits come with a mounting bracket that you simply screw to an area and then attach the lighter unit to the bracket. Then wire the center post on the back of the lighter unit to a battery positive terminal with an inline fuse holder or a tap on the fuse panel or other fused 12V power wire and wire the ground side terminal of the lighter unit to the battery negative or a common ground point on the fuse panel or other negative wire.