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Old 21 August 2019, 12:24   #1
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Electrical accessory socket

I have 2006 Ribcraft RIB with a 2 pin accessory socket on the helm. I assume it works but modern gear seems to be cigaret lighter or 3 pin. So I think the best bet would be to change the socket - but to which type? And will 3 pin not work if I only have 2 wires. I have not yet unscrewed it


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Chances are itís a bulgin buccaneer ip68 socket. I doubt very much if youíre going to find a waterproof cigarette style socket to replace it. In addition, cigarette sockets are pretty crap as a power outlet. You can get waterproof usb sockets nowadays which would be a better bet. They ainít cheap though.
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This is what you need to replace it with. About £40:

https://scanstrut.com/products/aviat...-socket-detail

https://seamarknunn.com/acatalog/Sca...RoCoFcQAvD_BwE
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I have 2006 Ribcraft RIB with a 2 pin accessory socket on the helm. I assume it works but modern gear seems to be cigaret lighter or 3 pin. So I think the best bet would be to change the socket - but to which type? And will 3 pin not work if I only have 2 wires. I have not yet unscrewed it


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The 2 pin Bulgin on my 2006 ribcraft is there to charge the boat battery without removing the battery or faffing with jump leads in the fuel tank vapour zone inside the console . good idea i thought and would,nt want to be without it ,i bought the mating half from RS and fitted it to my battery charger !
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Blue sea also do a few.

https://www.bluesea.com/products/cat...cket_and_Plugs
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The 2 pin Bulgin on my 2006 ribcraft is there to charge the boat battery without removing the battery or faffing with jump leads in the fuel tank vapour zone inside the console . good idea i thought and would,nt want to be without it ,i bought the mating half from RS and fitted it to my battery charger !
Oooo, sounds interesting. Any more details?
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Almost any accessory socket that uses power from the battery can be used in reverse to charge the battery via a charger. You just need to remember to leave the socket turned on. You can make a fly lead that converts from your charger to the accessory socket.

Jump starting is different and you would need an Anderson connector or similar.
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Thanks for all the replies. I need a 12v outlet but a USB connector would be handy at times https://www.bluesea.com/products/147...al_USB_Charger looks good but a little large - and it isn't waterproof! Well it doesn't say it is so I assume not. Also it's large so I'm thinking of adding it rather than replacing what I already have - and that would make it easier to fit as it's currently right at the top of help so *very* difficult to deal with the tiny nuts on the screws
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Thanks for all the replies. I need a 12v outlet but a USB connector would be handy at times https://www.bluesea.com/products/147...al_USB_Charger looks good but a little large - and it isn't waterproof! Well it doesn't say it is so I assume not. Also it's large so I'm thinking of adding it rather than replacing what I already have - and that would make it easier to fit as it's currently right at the top of help so *very* difficult to deal with the tiny nuts on the screws


I put a 12V cig socket & USB charger inside the console for emergency charging of phones etc. The waterproof aspect becomes irrelevant.
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The 2 pin Bulgin on my 2006 ribcraft is there to charge the boat battery without removing the battery or faffing with jump leads in the fuel tank vapour zone inside the console . good idea i thought and would,nt want to be without it ,i bought the mating half from RS and fitted it to my battery charger !
I have the same...and wouldn't be without it!...saves a lot of flaffing when testing Batteries and Topping up charge.
As well as a 12v take off port below for handheld spotlight ..air pump ect....Plastic ("Bulgin") with Screw covers ...both installed from new and they are definatly 100% waterproof
I also installed "waterproof" USB port (snap off friction rubber cover) I installed it inside a glovebox on the Consul for extra protection (phone iPad charging ect) ...don't see it lasting forever in a Salty environment ....but 4yrs in its still fine
A thin coating of silicon grease on all seals seems to help
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