Will USA car charger fit European car cigarette lighter

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    Pogo2190

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    Will my Tomtom Start USA car charger work in Italian rental cars? If not, can I purchase one that will?
     
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    The cig lighters are pretty well standard in NA and Europe. Some years ago, I used my NA 540 XXL in an Italian rental car. No problems.
     
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    In a word, yes, even though the ANSI/SAE spec for plugs/sockets here in the U.S. is slightly different.

    The U.S. spec for the socket is 20.97+/- 4mm
    The Euro spec for the socket is 21.46mm +/- 5mm.

    So they make the grounding springs on the plugs stiff enough to hold in a U.S. spec socket without vibrating loose, but not so tight as not to fit well into a Euro socket.
     
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    Thanks
     
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    Thanks for the info. Much appreciated
     
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