Is there a lighter that will just plug in to the A/C plug in the fairing?
That's an interesting question...
I couldn't find any specific prohibition in the shop manual against plugging in an actual cigarette lighter but, then again, I couldn't find any mention at all of the socket. There are a couple of problems:
- Most of these "cigarette" style
sockets these days are meant only for plugging in power-source cables, not real lighters. I think some/many/most(?) may not be able to handle the heat. For instance, one of the reviewers of this one on
points out that it can't handle an actual lighter.
- I did some searching, and it seems that actual lighter/socket pairs -- at least some of them -- are fused at 10 amps. That would work with the stock wiring and fuse, but if a real lighter took more than that, this would be a problem.
- Some of these socket/lighter combos claim to be waterproof. However, I believe that's only with the lighter out and the cover closed. If you left the lighter in place during a ride in the rain, I'm not sure of the "waterproofness." This could lead to a rusty socket.
- Maybe someone here knows whether the stock dash outlet can't deal with a real lighter, e.g., maybe I missed it somewhere in the shop or owner's manual. If that's the case, you might have to replace the existing socket with a socket/lighter combo. Take a look, for instance, at http://dx.com/p/waterproof-fused-12v...e-black-163376
. You'd have to change the connectors on the ends of the stock wiring, and of course take the dash off. That's not too bad an undertaking -- I did it once, to put a switch in for some added lights.
- Unless you're going to light a stogie/cigarette while actually moving, you're path of least resistance might be to just buy a new Zippo.