I toyed with the idea for some time of installing more specialized, and more compact 12V outlets and plugs, since the cig lighter plugs are so bulky. but the fact of the matter is that most 12V tools, accessories, toys, etc. all use a cig lighter plug, and in the end it was more convenient and cost effective to just stick with the defacto standard and accept the bulkiness of the plugs.
(though one can get cig lighter plugs that are very low profile, and can be retrofitted to gear that one uses often, to reduce the annoyance of the standard bulky plugs)
For high amperage 12V connections, I use specialized plugs, of course, to handle the current as needed.
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Cruising the Baltic in 'Merihiisi', a 1979 Westerly Berwick Ketch