This Adapter Will Destroy Your Car

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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1. Safe Charger Adapter:
2. Common Sense
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2. There will be one winner of a safe charger adapter valued at $15
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  • Scotty Kilmer

    Scotty Kilmer

    Il y a 8 jours

    Join the movement and help make this non-sponsored independent channel become the top subbed car channel on FRdownload, instead of corporate channels like Top Gear, subscribe to scotty: ⬇️ Things used in this video: 1. Safe Charging Adapter: 2. Common Sense 3. 4k Camera: 4. Camera Microphone: 5. Camera Tripod: 6. My computer for editing / uploading: ⬇️Scotty’s Top DIY Tools: 1. Bluetooth Scan Tool: 2. Cheap Scan Tool: 3. Basic Mechanic Tool Set: 4. Professional Socket Set: 5. Ratcheting Wrench Set: 6. No Charging Required Car Jump Starter: 7. Battery Pack Car Jump Starter: 🛠Check out the tools I use and highly recommend ► 🔥Scotty Shirts and Merch ► Subscribe and hit the notification bell! ► Scotty on Social: Facebook ► Instagram ► Twitter ►

  • Fidel Castrosolis

    Fidel Castrosolis

    Il y a 2 jours

    Scotty Kilmer an inverter good thinking scotty.

  • No Name

    No Name

    Il y a 4 jours

    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

    Il y a 4 jours

    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

    Il y a 5 jours

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

  • Robin Jays

    Robin Jays

    Il y a 5 jours

    Awesome video 😀

  • Janet Ray

    Janet Ray

    Il y a 6 minutes

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

  • Steve Kasperski

    Steve Kasperski

    Il y a 51 minute

    Thanks for the great information

  • tadz mathews

    tadz mathews

    Il y a 4 heures

    well said..thanks for the tip

  • Jacob Earman

    Jacob Earman

    Il y a 7 heures

    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


    Il y a 10 heures

    I want to win

  • Garrett Reid

    Garrett Reid

    Il y a 10 heures

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

  • Javion Sorello

    Javion Sorello

    Il y a 11 heures

    Hey, can you recommend a good quality inverter?

  • Lee Slater

    Lee Slater

    Il y a 11 heures

    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

    Il y a 12 heures

    Clean non offensive comment

  • John  Pierce

    John Pierce

    Il y a 12 heures


  • Anthony Rodriguez

    Anthony Rodriguez

    Il y a 12 heures

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

  • Steve P.

    Steve P.

    Il y a 15 heures

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

  • joestardell


    Il y a 17 heures

    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

    Il y a 17 heures

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

  • Steven Farmer

    Steven Farmer

    Il y a 19 heures

    What do you think about surge protectors?

  • Marlon Brando

    Marlon Brando

    Il y a 20 heures

    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

    Il y a 20 heures

    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

    Il y a 22 heures

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

  • LE H

    LE H

    Il y a 23 heures

    One of the last things a guy would suspect. Thanks I sometimes use a small AC converter plugged into the cigarete lighter. I wonder what potential problems those units might cause?

  • Mark Dolan

    Mark Dolan

    Il y a 23 heures

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

  • Jolly Green

    Jolly Green

    Il y a 23 heures

    Aluminum foil wrap it

  • HeyJoeHaze


    Il y a jour

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

  • SterlingOnFoot


    Il y a jour

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

  • dwai1967


    Il y a jour

    Probably sending info to the Chinese government...

  • Some One

    Some One

    Il y a jour

    That's cool.

  • John fella

    John fella

    Il y a jour

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

  • Thomas Rice

    Thomas Rice

    Il y a jour

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

  • michael marsh

    michael marsh

    Il y a jour

    clean non offensive conment.

  • Solar powered potato

    Solar powered potato

    Il y a jour

    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

    Il y a jour

    I could really use that mine just broke

  • Robert Johnson

    Robert Johnson

    Il y a jour

    It’s working I bought a Toyota

  • luis guillermo

    luis guillermo

    Il y a jour

    i want one scotty! great week!



    Il y a jour

    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.

  • Christopher Dalpatan

    Christopher Dalpatan

    Il y a jour

    My car ABS light, lights up because of this.

  • Jrezky


    Il y a jour

    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


    Il y a jour

    Yet another reason why simpler is better.

  • Jackson Smith

    Jackson Smith

    Il y a jour

    Hey scotty

  • Jonathan T. Arbuckle

    Jonathan T. Arbuckle

    Il y a jour

    Drive fast! Take chances! Love this guy!

  • Gordon Polk

    Gordon Polk

    Il y a jour

    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

    Il y a jour

    Insert non offensive comment here

  • Beverly Harrold

    Beverly Harrold

    Il y a jour

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

  • Al Grayson

    Al Grayson

    Il y a jour

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

  • Christobal Dorado

    Christobal Dorado

    Il y a jour

    You videos are always awesome

  • Bdger Willams

    Bdger Willams

    Il y a jour

    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

    Il y a jour

    Scotty for President 2020

  • mikelap68


    Il y a jour

    great video.... going remove mine



    Il y a jour

    Don't store them near your Junk...

  • Derry Bullock

    Derry Bullock

    Il y a jour

    Thanks Scotty!!

  • Andrew Lacey

    Andrew Lacey

    Il y a jour

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

  • memeco50


    Il y a jour

    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

    Il y a jour

    cool learn something new everyday thank you

  • Chris Farley

    Chris Farley

    Il y a jour

    Lol dude Scotty’s videos are getting better

  • Robert Paul

    Robert Paul

    Il y a jour

    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


    Il y a jour

    Such a smart guy. Love this channel.

  • Otema Duncan

    Otema Duncan

    Il y a jour

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

  • Ben Dover

    Ben Dover

    Il y a jour

    He is like the Jack Sparrow of mechanics 🥴 😆😂

  • james jones

    james jones

    Il y a jour

    Great Scott scotty

  • MaskinJunior


    Il y a jour

    My BMW has USB-outlets from factory.

  • Meeean Azz

    Meeean Azz

    Il y a jour

    The Mad Scientist of car mechanics

  • Israel Ferrera

    Israel Ferrera

    Il y a jour

    Jijiji, Hi Scotty,

  • Metod Kolar

    Metod Kolar

    Il y a jour

    Clean non offensive comment😂

  • Adrian Scarecrow Hernandez

    Adrian Scarecrow Hernandez

    Il y a jour

    Really? Those little things can cause problems. These days it seems even turning the ignition key can cause problems. Thanks for another great tip Scotty.

  • Sean L.

    Sean L.

    Il y a jour

    great video

  • Ken


    Il y a 2 jours

    Scotty =-0 ?!? Love Ur vids, but gotta point sumptn out, here. You advised getting an inverter for primarily electronics, but didn't caution people about buying cheap MSW (Modified Sine Wave) inverters. Sensitive electronics need pure sine wave inverters, or the dirty electricity of the cheapo inverters can destroy your gizmos. Pay a lil extra for a PSW inverter. It'll pay for itself. Phones, laptops, etal ain't cheap.

  • PieSniper


    Il y a 2 jours

    Hope I'm not too late for the contest.

  • Radio Astro

    Radio Astro

    Il y a 2 jours

    I'm guessing they don't have build in resistors that give out just the right frequency that/whatever the device may need..

  • Mike O'Brien

    Mike O'Brien

    Il y a 2 jours

    Non-offensive comment

  • Nick Glover

    Nick Glover

    Il y a 2 jours

    Genuine Anker products are great for USB charging needs. Very high quality, and the one we had fail didn't take anything else with it. Anker sent a replacement ASAP and it has been chugging along ever since.

  • mrdidovets


    Il y a 2 jours

    What I Learned today is that gravity causes my pants to fall down. It makes sense now

  • Gabriel Orozco

    Gabriel Orozco

    Il y a 2 jours

    This makes sense because my car was having problems when i had a multiport in for my dash cam and gps. After taking it out. I didnt have problems.

  • ribergzzon gaming

    ribergzzon gaming

    Il y a 2 jours

    I am a clean comment

  • Shena Johnson

    Shena Johnson

    Il y a 2 jours

    I have a 2007 Chrysler Aapen and it has a V8 HEMi gets only 10 miles per gallon. Is it true and ok to hook up a computer chip that will allow it to get good gas mileage?

  • gardenofthedogs


    Il y a 2 jours

    I'm ringing the bell but one minute late!

  • Karl Westerhoff

    Karl Westerhoff

    Il y a 2 jours

    Great video, Scotty!

  • Ed Peters

    Ed Peters

    Il y a 2 jours

    Interesting self induced problem. I like the ones with a volt display.

  • Teh_Squirrel


    Il y a 2 jours

    I have a Pug 5v charger.

  • Mike Stuckert

    Mike Stuckert

    Il y a 2 jours

    Non-offensive comment

  • G Pate

    G Pate

    Il y a 2 jours

    I never knew any of this!

  • Michael Ausk

    Michael Ausk

    Il y a 2 jours

    Cheap chargers often are problematic..

  • John Wolfe

    John Wolfe

    Il y a 2 jours

    I have bought the cheap ones. First they did not pull enough juice to charge my smartphone. After a few days I could not use the push button start like you said. I had a friend tell me to unplug the adapter. About twenty minutes later it started. Never had a problem when I bought a better one.



    Il y a 2 jours

    So Dollar Tree's $1.00 usb charger would be a really bad choice then eh Scotty?

  • Victor Tinnin

    Victor Tinnin

    Il y a 2 jours

    Wow. Who would’ve thought that could cause an issue with the computer. I like the inverter idea

  • Gaige B

    Gaige B

    Il y a 2 jours

    Good to know

  • Oofa T Maloofawitz

    Oofa T Maloofawitz

    Il y a 2 jours

    Thanx for the info!

  • Kindredy


    Il y a 2 jours


  • Europian Enthusiast

    Europian Enthusiast

    Il y a 2 jours

    Great vid

  • Viliam Beňa

    Viliam Beňa

    Il y a 2 jours

    I just once saw your video Scotty and now I'm watching your videos almost daily and keep referring to friends 🤔

  • NewHampshire Jack

    NewHampshire Jack

    Il y a 2 jours

    This had to be one of the best advise videos ever for folks decking out that brand new ride. For those who really need a large power source, Scotty's suggestion of wiring a quality (get a pure sine wave unit for sensitive electronics) direct to the battery is SPOT ON. Installed in modern cars with big alternators, you will own a wonderful emergency power backup. It will not replace a good gen-set but will get you past short term trouble.

  • Luís Silva

    Luís Silva

    Il y a 2 jours

    Let me guess. .. you sell USB chargers...

  • MrWeareone777


    Il y a 2 jours

    This could be the reason my radio changes by itself and switches to CD as well. Either that or my LEXUS IS250 is possessed.

  • Alex Kay

    Alex Kay

    Il y a 2 jours

    Excellent Advice your the only person i have ever head mention this .Well Done.

  • Maureen Meyerhoff

    Maureen Meyerhoff

    Il y a 2 jours

    Beam me up Scotty. U are so mechanical and electronic! I love your wit and the pics in the top right.

  • K Danagger

    K Danagger

    Il y a 2 jours

    I kept getting random bluetooth disconnects between my phone and car with one of these installed. Yanked it out and the bluetooth disconnects immediately stopped.

  • ChrisSoChris


    Il y a 2 jours

    Get an adapter that displays coordinates of unlocked '94 Celica's in your zipcode

  • Devon Fischer

    Devon Fischer

    Il y a 2 jours

    We've made driving and cars too complicated.....

  • Donnie Hackathorn

    Donnie Hackathorn

    Il y a 2 jours


  • Jennifer Blevins

    Jennifer Blevins

    Il y a 2 jours

    Hey Scotty! I'd like to win one of those converters!

  • J Huggins

    J Huggins

    Il y a 2 jours

    My 2016 Toyota Highlander with keyless ignition would not lock as if the keyless fob was left inside. I finally unplugged one of those cheap 12v usb adaptors and it would then lock. Thanks for the info. Even the dealership was baffled.

  • VuTang01


    Il y a 2 jours

    Scotty I need one of those Qualcomm