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We had a recessed well down low in the wall of the cockpit (behind crews' legs) where the manual diesel fuel cutoff cable used to terminate. I re-used that space for a 12v receptacle, put in a Sea-Dog receptacle with the rubber cap and put it on the top, so the opening faces down. In addition to lights, it comes in handy for the charging cable for the handheld GPS, our daughter's iPod, the 12v shop vac and other devices. Its position seems to make it less susceptible to moisture and has worked out for 2 years so far.
I considered replacing it with a non-standard jack, but that would entail replacing the plugs on multiple devices and using an adapter for others that may make their way on board.
The cigarette lighter connector is particularly problematic. I threw out a $100 12v coffee maker last weekend after melting the plug. It was the last straw in a long list of attempts to make that bugger work, including dedicated 25A circuit, special high current receptacle, high current plug, heavier wire to the unit. It was a poorly engineered product for which I kept attempting to compensate. But the cigarette lighter contacts were just not really up to the job. If we could move to another standard and start to get products with plugs compatible with that new standard, count me in. But until then, we get to live with what's available. Or maybe I'm just being lazy by not setting my own styandard and replacing every plug that comes with every device I bring on board?