Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Is there any way to charge an iPhone 5 in a 2005 Cadillac (in the cigarette lighter hole)? Or am I just out of luck with an old car?

I did some searches on google but nothing came up. I also saw some car kits but I didn't understand the description when they talked about "pins". I don't see any pins on the charger that came with my new iPhone.

I went back to the Verizon store where I bought it, but they weren't any help. I don't think Cadillac could answer my question either. After all, they are sales people not techs.
I searched on the Apple website but found nothing regarding a 2005 car.

share|improve this question
    
There are plenty of charger kits which provide you with a USB port from your cigarette lighter, so you can just plug a Lightning cable in there. –  Gerry Feb 11 '13 at 9:05
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 3 down vote accepted

Due to the new Lightning connector introduced with the iPhone 5, you'll need a car charger specifically built for this connection. A quick Google search gave several hits e.g. Amazon iPhone 5 Car Charger - Lightning Connector or Belkin Car Charger with Lightning connector for iPhone 5 (10 Watt/2.1 Amp).

Nothing changed on the cigarette lighter side of things, so these chargers should work with older cars as well.

share|improve this answer
    
Actually you don't need a charger specifically built for the lighting connection. I had my Usb car charger well before iPhone 5s and lightning connector. It gave enough juice to charge my 4s and or my iPad. All I have done for my iPhone 5 is by a usb to lighting cable from apple. Which works. You just need a charger that delivers enough power and the cable. Here's a page that goes into details discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3511 –  markhunte Feb 11 '13 at 18:15
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.