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.

  • 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

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.

  • 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

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