This Adapter Will Destroy Your Car

  • Published: 13 May 2019
  • This Adapter Will Destroy Your Car, DIY life hack and car repair with Scotty Kilmer. Car destroyed by cheap cigarette plug adapter. Car life hacks. Charger adapter hack. Why your car's electronics can be destroyed by these small aux adapter devices you plug in your car. Cheap adapters that are harmful to your car. Why many cars are having electrical problems due to these plug in adapters. The truth about adapter plugs for your car. Car advice. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 51 years.

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  • Scotty Kilmer
    Scotty Kilmer   1 weeks back

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    • Fidel Castrosolis
      Fidel Castrosolis  4 days back

      Scotty Kilmer an inverter good thinking scotty.

    • No Name
      No Name  5 days back

      When I have Honda Accord parked next to my Tacoma. Both vehicles rush me on the amount of time I have to go open the doors after I unlock them with the remote before they lock themselves up again. Vice versa. Then I have to go back inside the house for the key to unlock them because I didnt know they would lock themselves up again. -.-

    • Tony Louis
      Tony Louis  6 days back

      Scotty , you have no idea what you're talking abou about, the reason why the car wouldn't start is not because of RF, it's because the car has a voltage sensor control module that keeps the car in check and stops the run mode when the car senses an abnormally low voltage or over current draw. RF will not effect this vehicle. "Electronics Engineer for over 50 years"

    • ken james
      ken james  6 days back

      The BBC do not advertise at all. You need a licence..,

    • Robin Jays
      Robin Jays  6 days back

      Awesome video 😀

  • F C
    F C  2 hours back

    Thank you,

    • Virtual Insanity
      Virtual Insanity  5 hours back

      You lost me when you suggested an AC inverter.
      Plenty of low cost electronics getting around and they aren't just cigarette lighter chargers, a bad inverter can be just as bad, possibly worse than a bad ciggie lighter charger.
      Regardless of what is used and how it is connected these issues can appear.
      There is no advantage to avoiding the cig lighter socket for loads within the lighter sockets limit.

      • Dan Rossi
        Dan Rossi  6 hours back

        I notice it effects my cruise control . (It won't turn on)

        • Mudpuppyjunior
          Mudpuppyjunior  6 hours back

          Incomplete info Scotty; an inverter that produces modified sine wave power [that is most of them and almost all of the cheaper ones] will either interfere with or get fried by many electronic products or will fry or improperly run the electronic products, such as laptops, sensitive medical equipment, etc.
          You should use an inverter that makes pure sine wave power if you're going to be running certain types of electronic equipment.

          • Lisa Albarras
            Lisa Albarras  7 hours back

            Awesome information as usual, I am so glad I found your channel Scotty!

            • richard weston
              richard weston  10 hours back


              • Antonio D
                Antonio D  12 hours back

                Me:I need to drive my car to the store. Scotty: No! You will destroy your car!!!
                Me: Uber?
                Scotty: you’ll destroy their car!!! (Scotty’s Creepy laughter )
                Me: ummm yeeeah I’ll walk then. 😞

                • CLMDADE
                  CLMDADE  14 hours back

                  I used to work at a trucking company, and drivers would use those cheap ones from truck stops and they would mess with the tire pressure monitor system..

                  • tazgamer
                    tazgamer  14 hours back

                    I bought a Duracell brand from family dollar, and it blew the fuse as soon as I plugged it in. I didn't buy the cheap brand just a cheaper store.

                    • jared daniels
                      jared daniels  16 hours back

                      Scotty you rock

                      • Janet Ray
                        Janet Ray  17 hours back

                        Do you realize that your link for a safe adapter is one that is a dual port charger?

                        • Steve Kasperski
                          Steve Kasperski  17 hours back

                          Thanks for the great information

                          • tadz mathews
                            tadz mathews  21 hours back

                            well said..thanks for the tip

                            • Jacob Earman
                              Jacob Earman  24 hours back

                              I bought a Bluetooth adapter that plugged into the cigarette lighter that plays either by aux or radio frequency. I usually plugged the aux cord into the aux port and ran it into the adapter so that I could use Bluetooth on my phone without having the aux cord plugged directly into it. One day I got curious and started messing with the radio frequencies on the device and it kicked on my TPMS light. It would only kick the light on at certain radio frequencies...weird stuff!

                              • Rhinoceros
                                Rhinoceros  1 days back

                                I want to win

                                • Garrett Reid
                                  Garrett Reid  1 days back

                                  Love your videos. Searching new videos of yours for more of my car questions

                                  • Javion Sorello
                                    Javion Sorello  1 days back

                                    Hey, can you recommend a good quality inverter?

                                    • Lee Slater
                                      Lee Slater  1 days back

                                      When it comes to anything electronic. It's never a Good RULE to: "NEVER Buy the Cheapest Product!". Always buy the highest quality product you can afford. This applies to computers, stereo equipment, to cell phones, power tools and even batteries. In almost every case, when it comes to electronics, if you buy the cheapest product on the Shelf, you will be lucky if it works at all. If it does, you will end up replacing it soon because it will fail to work as for as advertised or you'll just find yourself wishing you bought something better.. This rule applies especially applies to cheap batteries! With the exception of name brands like Sony, Etc. The batteries that come with a flashlight or a remote control almost always leak and corrode quickly once they're activated and quickly ruin your flashlight or other battery-powered product! The best thing you can do is dispose of them immediately and properly and replace them with name brand batteries such as Duracell or Energizer, Etc. Aspirin might be aspirin by any brand but generic batteries are crap!

                                      • Ectoplasmic Entity
                                        Ectoplasmic Entity  1 days back

                                        Clean non offensive comment

                                        • John  Pierce
                                          John Pierce  1 days back


                                          • Anthony Rodriguez
                                            Anthony Rodriguez  1 days back

                                            Thanks scotty i had one of these lil bitty adapters i was picking up radio frequincys from pakastan

                                            • Steve P.
                                              Steve P.  1 days back

                                              looks like a sweet inverter, would like to win it.

                                              • joestardell
                                                joestardell  1 days back

                                                True...Got a freebie charger plug from Hyundai at a car show...tried to use it in my 2013 Scion xB and the car would not lock using the key fob! Unplugged it and the car locked fine.

                                                • Dave Ryan
                                                  Dave Ryan  1 days back

                                                  Got a Check engine light from my cheap phone charger. i couldn't believe that was the problem.

                                                  • Steven Farmer
                                                    Steven Farmer  2 days back

                                                    What do you think about surge protectors?

                                                    • Marlon Brando
                                                      Marlon Brando  2 days back

                                                      Hey scotty, what about the inverter that uses the adapter that plug in the cigarette charger port? Are they safe to use?

                                                      • Jose Chaves Porras
                                                        Jose Chaves Porras  2 days back

                                                        Well the first thing I will say is, yes using cheap adapters is not a good idea.
                                                        Most of the adapters just have a linear regulator that basically dissipate the rest of the energy in heat that can make your adapter very very hot.
                                                        Other ones will have a buck converter that will be a lot more efficient and that uses a PWM DC signal of high frequency to achieve the desire voltage , not an AC signal.
                                                        Now, yeah buck converters can introduce noise to your system, that is why using a good manufacture that know what electric components use to reduce the noise its important.

                                                        • Peet Westraat
                                                          Peet Westraat  2 days back

                                                          Thank you for videos on YouTube. I learn a lot from them.

                                                          • Mark Dolan
                                                            Mark Dolan  2 days back

                                                            The cheap chargers just raised their prices to become expensive ones. Will they work better now?

                                                            • Jolly Green
                                                              Jolly Green  2 days back

                                                              Aluminum foil wrap it

                                                              • HeyJoeHaze
                                                                HeyJoeHaze  2 days back

                                                                I unplugged one of those cheap adapters in my car and it fixed my flat tire!

                                                                • SterlingOnFoot
                                                                  SterlingOnFoot  2 days back

                                                                  Excellent advice... and what a great lesson on EM interference to boot! Are you a HAM Scotty?

                                                                  • dwai1967
                                                                    dwai1967  2 days back

                                                                    Probably sending info to the Chinese government...

                                                                    • Some One
                                                                      Some One  2 days back

                                                                      That's cool.

                                                                      • John fella
                                                                        John fella  2 days back

                                                                        Your like columbo in the mechanic world. Love all your reviews I learn something every time

                                                                        • Thomas Rice
                                                                          Thomas Rice  2 days back

                                                                          Dern it, guess I'll have to quit fryin eggs, bacon and pancakes whilst drivin down the highway.

                                                                          • michael marsh
                                                                            michael marsh  2 days back

                                                                            clean non offensive conment.

                                                                            • Solar powered potato
                                                                              Solar powered potato  2 days back

                                                                              Wonderful video Scotty, as usual. I will certainly unplug the cheap 2-USB adapter I have in my car. You were wrong, however, in the beginning of the video. Scientists actually have a very good idea about how electromagnetism works, being able to describe it classically and quantum mechanically. It's gravity that's the problem, which cannot currently be described in quantum mechanics. Apart from that, I thought your video was very informative! Thank you!
                                                                              SOURCE: Me; I work in a lab with lasers.

                                                                              • Real world mechanic
                                                                                Real world mechanic  2 days back

                                                                                I could really use that mine just broke

                                                                                • Robert Johnson
                                                                                  Robert Johnson  2 days back

                                                                                  It’s working I bought a Toyota

                                                                                  • luis guillermo
                                                                                    luis guillermo  2 days back

                                                                                    i want one scotty! great week!

                                                                                    • ZILL NIAZI
                                                                                      ZILL NIAZI  2 days back

                                                                                      I drive a latest Toyota Corolla 1.8 CVT and I have a charger plugged in all the time. When it's not charging a phone, it's charging a flashlight. And I even charge my aircraft batteries in the car with a company supplied charger that I got with the aircraft kit. And I have never felt any issues with the car's electronics. But I would really like to plug in that Qualcomm charger. So where should I send you my address?

                                                                                      Thank you for making all those nice videos.

                                                                                      • Jrezky
                                                                                        Jrezky  2 days back

                                                                                        The problem isn't even cheap adapters. Well, not cheap retail prices at least. You could buy a $50 adapter that was assembled in the same factory as the cheap one you were using and have the same problem. There isn't much oversight or enforced regulations on what people are allowed to say about their electronics. "Qualcomm certified" is on all kinds of devices that have no such certification. And even some which are certified can have excess interference and a lack of shielding despite it being extremely cheap to do. A penny saved a million earned.

                                                                                        • Jrezky
                                                                                          Jrezky  2 days back

                                                                                          Yet another reason why simpler is better.

                                                                                          • Jackson Smith
                                                                                            Jackson Smith  2 days back

                                                                                            Hey scotty

                                                                                            • Jonathan T. Arbuckle
                                                                                              Jonathan T. Arbuckle  2 days back

                                                                                              Drive fast! Take chances! Love this guy!

                                                                                              • Gordon Polk
                                                                                                Gordon Polk  2 days back

                                                                                                Ha! I was thinking the same thing about aluminum foil. Only possible issue is heat. I have one that generates quite a bit of heat.