I am not getting any power to my cigarette lighter or to the fuse in the fuse box. I have a 91' Ford Ranger with around 110k miles so other than that and the air conditioning it runs fine. I was wondering if there is another fuse that I can split the power from (like the instrument panel lights) or something that would have plenty of power to charge a phone from the cigarette lighter. Is this not something I should do? I would just love to be able to charge my phone in my car again lol what would be the best and easiest solution?
I would avoid any circuit that is currently under use. Find a circuit that isn't used. Look for a circuit that powers something not installed in your vehicle or not used. Your broken A/C or power window (if not equipped) circuit could be used although they won't work with the ignition off. You want to avoid adding any load to a circuit that if overloaded will make the vehicle unsafe, so stay away from lighting, wipers, turn signals etc. Check at an auto parts shop (Auto Zone, PepBoys etc) what you need is a fuse powertap. Most look like a fuse with a wire pigtailed off the fuse. That wire will be your hot or load side to the power outlet. The other wire of the outlet will need to be attached to a chassis ground.