MELTED CHARGER!

911 Porsche World - - Letters -

As a sub­scriber since is­sue one, and a long term Porsche owner, I would like to warn read­ers of a re­cent, po­ten­tially dis­as­trous in­ci­dent with my car.

For a num­ber of years I have used Porsche made cig­a­rette lighter (the 'charge-o-mat' type) charg­ers for my GT3, 964 and 944. Re­cently, I no­ticed a strange burn­ing smell in the garage and traced it to the charger for the GT3. I dis­cov­ered that both the lighter socket in the car and the wall plug parts of the charger had melted, but for­tu­nately not caught fire. The charger is dam­aged be­yond re­pair, but the con­se­quences could have been se­vere, as I keep the three Porsches, and an­other car, in the same garage, which is at­tached to the house.

Users should be made aware, as I be­lieved they would just stop work­ing if there was a prob­lem, and not melt as in this case. I have stopped us­ing the Porsche charg­ers and pur­chased a Cetek charger in­stead. I have con­tacted Porsche GB about this too, but have had no re­sponse as yet. Garry Staunton, via email

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