This Adapter Will Destroy Your Car

  • Published on May 13, 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  10 days ago +575

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    • Travis Terrell
      Travis Terrell 3 hours ago

      Do you REALLY think your channel deserves more subscribers/viewers than f'ing TOP GEAR? I know it's gone downhill since the cool hosts left, but it's still leagues ahead of this channel. This video alone is proof that you simply do not know what you are talking about.

    • Fidel Castrosolis
      Fidel Castrosolis 5 days ago

      Scotty Kilmer an inverter good thinking scotty.

    • No Name
      No Name 6 days ago

      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 7 days ago

      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 8 days ago

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

  • Kansa City Shuffle
    Kansa City Shuffle 2 hours ago

    The good ones and the bad ones both get parts from nefarious sources. Like the computer smashers found in Southern Asia and China.

  • noelmaula
    noelmaula 2 hours ago


  • Benjamin Magee
    Benjamin Magee 2 hours ago

    good stuff, thanks for sharing

  • Travis Terrell
    Travis Terrell 3 hours ago

    "Even physicists don't really understand electromagnetic's even beyond them how this stuff actually works."
    Is this a joke? I know this guy isn't the most informed, but surely he's just exaggerating for effect. I hope. :/

  • Paul Hooson
    Paul Hooson 5 hours ago

    I put four solar panels on the roof of my Town & Country, two deep cycle batteries run through a 4,000 watt inverter that can power a microwave, a TV, charge and run a computer and a cellphone. This separate electric system can supply high power, is reliable and doesn't interfere with the minivans own electrical system.

  • agn015
    agn015 5 hours ago

    Thanks for the tip Scotty!

  • greenspiraldragon
    greenspiraldragon 7 hours ago

    I unplugged all my spark plugs the car works fine now.

  • greenspiraldragon
    greenspiraldragon 7 hours ago

    I did notice when I plug my dual cell phone charger in it interferes with the radio. But I always buy the cheap ones. But it hasn't affected my car's driving.

  • roger thornton
    roger thornton 7 hours ago

    Dam Scotty u b spitting that knowledge !!! Thank u sir. U have the best show on u tube to me !!!

  • High Hopes
    High Hopes 7 hours ago

    4:30 But caution - those power inverters will drain a battery quickly if the car isn't running with alternator recharging it.
    Also, those cheap USB chargers can fry your phone - same goes for cheap phone cables.

  • Luke Bartholomew
    Luke Bartholomew 7 hours ago

    This was a high quality video

    EL DURO 9 hours ago

    OH snap! will the computer detetc my filthy comment?

  • Don Fox
    Don Fox 9 hours ago

    Thanks for info Scotty. I had no idea these plugs would create such a problem.

  • emilee
    emilee 9 hours ago

    what whiskey does Scotty drink?

  • R J
    R J 11 hours ago

    Thanks, Scotty, always spot-on issues, analysis, and advice.

  • cj0e
    cj0e 11 hours ago

    I love your channel, it's the best car channel on TVclip...I hope that was that nice enough to win an inverter ;) because I want a refrigerator in my car. But only after you do a best and worse refrigerator for cars. I would probably go with a Kenmore or Westinghouse.

  • Rich Rockefeller
    Rich Rockefeller 11 hours ago

    I thought Fredo Corleone topped himself?

  • Noticias para Reflexionar

    This is so serious, that in order for planes to give you AC current, they require transformers rectifiers. Like Scotty said, use that only to provide AC current unless your car has it stock.

  • Chazz75
    Chazz75 16 hours ago

    Don't use your car and leave it in the parking lot, you will not destroy it

  • hurricane_laine
    hurricane_laine 18 hours ago

    AC/DC converter charger, a no no. ?

  • Paladin
    Paladin 19 hours ago

    Like Oddball (Kelly's Heroes reference here) said, "there you go with those negative waves man!"

  • Peter Voss
    Peter Voss 20 hours ago

    Not to mention the insane FM radio interference from low cost LED headlamps. :/

  • Mathieu Jobidon
    Mathieu Jobidon 20 hours ago

    "Even physicists don't really understand electromagnetic stiff" lol is this an April fools thing?

  • Patriot
    Patriot 23 hours ago

    Damn Scotty, them waving hands of yours, got me all discombobulated.

  • Mike Lamont
    Mike Lamont Day ago

    Great video as always. Thanks for the good tips!

  • Logan Brunson
    Logan Brunson Day ago

    clean non offensive comment

  • DAVID Holec
    DAVID Holec Day ago

    I wonder if an EMF detector would go off on those things

  • Ryan Scherbluk
    Ryan Scherbluk Day ago

    All I use mine for is for my LED lights under my dash. And LEDs barley use any amps at all plus my adapter was like 60 bucks so wasn’t cheap.

  • ulysses colon
    ulysses colon Day ago +1

    Good afternoon Scotty i'm puzzled with the qualcomm adapter you recommended we purchase and it doesn't say Qualcomm nor any of the other stuff like the charging symbol. Is it the real McCoy?

  • Sick Pictures
    Sick Pictures Day ago

    "And a winner will be chosen randomly by COMPUTER!" THIS GUY IS AWESOME.

  • Alberta O/G Lifer

    Good knowledge!!!

  • NPC#920208764020
    NPC#920208764020 Day ago +2

    I assume this doesn't apply to the plug in the glove box on my 06 Suzuki Burgman?

  • F C
    F C Day ago

    Thank you,

  • Virtual Insanity

    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 Day ago

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

  • Mudpuppyjunior
    Mudpuppyjunior Day ago

    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.

    • Data Crystals
      Data Crystals 21 hour ago

      Mudpuppyjunior yeah, they will make “modified sine waves” which are just square waves, and a HUGE amount of switching noise, however due to the size of the inductors used, it will not interfere with the car. Also, they will die bc if you plug it into an inductive load, the square wave makes huge voltage spikes from inductive kick and kills the semiconductors

  • Lisa Albarras
    Lisa Albarras Day ago

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

  • richard weston
    richard weston 2 days ago


  • Antonio D
    Antonio D 2 days ago +3

    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. 😞

    • Roniel Domingo
      Roniel Domingo 3 hours ago

      Scotty: NO! you'll destroy your legs. 😒

    CLMDADE 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

    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.

    • Ryan Scherbluk
      Ryan Scherbluk Day ago

      tazgamer bought a cheap USB adapter and it worked for one day and that was it. Bought a 60 dollar one hasn’t broke yet

  • jared daniels
    jared daniels 2 days ago

    Scotty you rock

  • Janet Ray
    Janet Ray 2 days ago

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

  • Steve Kasperski
    Steve Kasperski 2 days ago

    Thanks for the great information

  • tadz mathews
    tadz mathews 2 days ago

    well said..thanks for the tip

  • Jacob Earman
    Jacob Earman 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

    I want to win

  • Garrett Reid
    Garrett Reid 2 days ago

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

  • Javion Sorello
    Javion Sorello 2 days ago

    Hey, can you recommend a good quality inverter?

  • Lee Slater
    Lee Slater 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

    Clean non offensive comment

  • John  Pierce
    John Pierce 2 days ago


  • Anthony Rodriguez
    Anthony Rodriguez 2 days ago

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

  • Steve P.
    Steve P. 2 days ago

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

  • joestardell
    joestardell 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

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

  • Steven Farmer
    Steven Farmer 3 days ago

    What do you think about surge protectors?

  • Marlon Brando
    Marlon Brando 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

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

  • Mark Dolan
    Mark Dolan 3 days ago

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

  • Jolly Green
    Jolly Green 3 days ago

    Aluminum foil wrap it

  • HeyJoeHaze
    HeyJoeHaze 3 days ago

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

  • SterlingOnFoot
    SterlingOnFoot 3 days ago

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

  • dwai1967
    dwai1967 3 days ago

    Probably sending info to the Chinese government...

  • Some One
    Some One 3 days ago

    That's cool.

  • John fella
    John fella 3 days ago +3

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

  • Thomas Rice
    Thomas Rice 3 days ago

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

  • michael marsh
    michael marsh 3 days ago

    clean non offensive conment.

  • Solar powered potato
    Solar powered potato 3 days ago +1

    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 3 days ago

    I could really use that mine just broke

  • Robert Johnson
    Robert Johnson 3 days ago

    It’s working I bought a Toyota

  • luis guillermo
    luis guillermo 3 days ago

    i want one scotty! great week!

    ZILL NIAZI 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    Yet another reason why simpler is better.

  • Jackson Smith
    Jackson Smith 3 days ago

    Hey scotty

  • Jonathan T. Arbuckle

    Drive fast! Take chances! Love this guy!

  • Gordon Polk
    Gordon Polk 3 days ago

    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.

  • Franklin Kardos
    Franklin Kardos 3 days ago

    Insert non offensive comment here

  • Beverly Harrold
    Beverly Harrold 3 days ago

    would the adapter be strong enough to run a freezer, two fans and a swamp cooler?

  • Al Grayson
    Al Grayson 3 days ago

    $1 + tax at Dollar Tree. Lucky to last 1 month. Never used more than 1 USB adapter at once.

  • Christobal Dorado
    Christobal Dorado 3 days ago

    You videos are always awesome

  • Bdger Willams
    Bdger Willams 3 days ago +2

    Can you put a tin foil hat on your car for driving by power lines you no that eltro magnetization lol

  • the rowdyone
    the rowdyone 3 days ago

    Scotty for President 2020

  • mikelap68
    mikelap68 3 days ago

    great video.... going remove mine

    MRTRIGGERMAN 4 days ago

    Don't store them near your Junk...

  • Derry Bullock
    Derry Bullock 4 days ago

    Thanks Scotty!!

  • Andrew Lacey
    Andrew Lacey 4 days ago

    Yep we have the same issues with tv and radio reception lol

  • memeco50
    memeco50 4 days ago

    I drive very old cars and use a $1 charger from the dollar store to keep phone charged. For old cars from the 90's it's OK right?

  • steven nunamaker
    steven nunamaker 4 days ago

    cool learn something new everyday thank you

  • Chris Farley
    Chris Farley 4 days ago

    Lol dude Scotty’s videos are getting better

  • Robert Paul
    Robert Paul 4 days ago

    I guarantee you if I hot-wired an inverter up to my battery somebody in my family is going to leave the switch on and then I'll have bigger problems

  • adaptiveagile
    adaptiveagile 4 days ago +1

    Such a smart guy. Love this channel.

  • Otema Duncan
    Otema Duncan 4 days ago

    Hope the winner selection by a computer won’t be interfered with given the EMI in that room.

  • Ben Dover
    Ben Dover 4 days ago

    He is like the Jack Sparrow of mechanics 🥴 😆😂

  • james jones
    james jones 4 days ago

    Great Scott

  • MaskinJunior
    MaskinJunior 4 days ago

    My BMW has USB-outlets from factory.

  • Meeean Azz
    Meeean Azz 4 days ago

    The Mad Scientist of car mechanics