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  7 days ago +568

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    • Fidel Castrosolis
      Fidel Castrosolis 2 days ago

      Scotty Kilmer an inverter good thinking scotty.

    • No Name
      No Name 4 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 4 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 5 days ago

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

    • Robin Jays
      Robin Jays 5 days ago

      Awesome video 😀

  • Jackson Smith
    Jackson Smith Day ago

    Hey scotty

  • Jonathan T. Arbuckle

    Drive fast! Take chances! Love this guy!

  • Gordon Polk
    Gordon Polk Day 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 Day ago

    Insert non offensive comment here

  • Beverly Harrold
    Beverly Harrold Day ago

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

  • Al Grayson
    Al Grayson Day ago

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

  • Christobal Dorado

    You videos are always awesome

  • Bdger Willams
    Bdger Willams Day ago +1

    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 Day ago

    Scotty for President 2020

  • mikelap68
    mikelap68 Day ago

    great video.... going remove mine


    Don't store them near your Junk...

  • Derry Bullock
    Derry Bullock Day ago

    Thanks Scotty!!

  • Andrew Lacey
    Andrew Lacey Day ago

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

  • memeco50
    memeco50 Day 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

    cool learn something new everyday thank you

  • Chris Farley
    Chris Farley Day ago

    Lol dude Scotty’s videos are getting better

  • Robert Paul
    Robert Paul Day 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 Day ago

    Such a smart guy. Love this channel.

  • Otema Duncan
    Otema Duncan Day ago

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

  • Ben Dover
    Ben Dover Day ago

    He is like the Jack Sparrow of mechanics 🥴 😆😂

  • james jones
    james jones Day ago

    Great Scott

  • MaskinJunior
    MaskinJunior Day ago

    My BMW has USB-outlets from factory.

  • Meeean Azz
    Meeean Azz Day ago

    The Mad Scientist of car mechanics

  • Israel Ferrera
    Israel Ferrera Day ago

    Jijiji, Hi Scotty,

  • Metod Kolar
    Metod Kolar Day ago

    Clean non offensive comment😂

  • Adrian Scarecrow Hernandez

    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. Day ago

    great video

  • Ken
    Ken Day ago

    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
    PieSniper Day ago

    Hope I'm not too late for the contest.

  • Radio Astro
    Radio Astro Day ago

    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 Day ago

    Non-offensive comment

  • Nick Glover
    Nick Glover Day ago

    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
    mrdidovets Day ago

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

  • Gabriel Orozco
    Gabriel Orozco Day ago

    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

    I am a clean comment

  • Shena Johnson
    Shena Johnson Day ago

    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
    gardenofthedogs Day ago

    I'm ringing the bell but one minute late!

  • Karl Westerhoff
    Karl Westerhoff Day ago

    Great video, Scotty!

  • Ed Peters
    Ed Peters Day ago

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

  • Teh_Squirrel
    Teh_Squirrel Day ago

    I have a Pug 5v charger.

  • Mike Stuckert
    Mike Stuckert Day ago

    Non-offensive comment

  • G Pate
    G Pate Day ago

    I never knew any of this!

  • Michael Ausk
    Michael Ausk 2 days ago

    Cheap chargers often are problematic..

  • John Wolfe
    John Wolfe 2 days ago

    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.

    BIGTEX TRUCKER 2 days ago

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

  • Victor Tinnin
    Victor Tinnin 2 days ago

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

  • Gaige B
    Gaige B 2 days ago

    Good to know

  • Oofa T Maloofawitz
    Oofa T Maloofawitz 2 days ago

    Thanx for the info!

  • Kindredy
    Kindredy 2 days ago


  • Trannysoros Flex
    Trannysoros Flex 2 days ago

    Great vid

  • Viliam Beňa
    Viliam Beňa 2 days ago +2

    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 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

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

  • MrWeareone777
    MrWeareone777 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

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

  • Maureen Meyerhoff
    Maureen Meyerhoff 2 days ago +1

    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 2 days ago

    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
    ChrisSoChris 2 days ago +1

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

  • Devon Fischer
    Devon Fischer 2 days ago

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

  • Donnie Hackathorn
    Donnie Hackathorn 2 days ago


  • Jennifer Blevins
    Jennifer Blevins 2 days ago

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

  • J Huggins
    J Huggins 2 days ago

    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
    VuTang01 2 days ago

    Scotty I need one of those Qualcomm

  • Clifton Samson
    Clifton Samson 2 days ago

    I want to win the prize

  • Remrie Arrie
    Remrie Arrie 2 days ago

    Here is my clean, non offensive comment. Thank you for uploading this video. I didn't realize those put out RF signals. I got a decent double one by Anker, that is the only one I use. I also have a 300 watt inverter which doesn't have any USB connectors on it though. It has the DC adapter on the wires, I'm going to cut it off and splice wires to run it to the battery.

  • Nick Johnson
    Nick Johnson 2 days ago

    So my abs and traction lights were on for some reason. I had a cheap SafeTech USB charger that I bought from Office Depot. The one with the seatbelt cutter on it. I took it out and my abs and traction lights turned off. So thanks, Scotty!

    So it seems like it was keeping my abs from communicating with the system. So, my abs started working again. When my abs started working again realized there's a cable that needs to be replaced. It's causing my abs to misfire.......fixed one problem just to fix another. Can't wait to get rid of this damn Impala, lol. Went to the junkyard to grab a mirror for my Impala, there's was soooo many un-wrecked Impalas there.

  • Fidel Castrosolis
    Fidel Castrosolis 2 days ago

    kool an inverter.

  • Andrew B6
    Andrew B6 2 days ago +2

    I have some USB power adapters that emit RF at the same frequency as my favorite FM radio station, making it unlistenable. Those were supposedly good ones, too. Might be a knock-off. Time to investigate a little more.
    Thank you, Scotty!

  • mike mansfield
    mike mansfield 2 days ago

    depends if its a 5v reg like a 7805 chip or a switch mode job that's rubbish.

  • Connor Hunter
    Connor Hunter 2 days ago

    Free adapter sounds like a win

  • Larry Shultz
    Larry Shultz 2 days ago

    Never thought to check this for possible car issues. Love your channel packed full of useful advice. Please put me in the drawing. I have kids that love to use there tablets in the car and would like to win one. Thank you scotty

  • mamus4
    mamus4 2 days ago

    Scotty I do enjoy your videos a lot, but do you think you can invest those millions into fixing up your rotten garage doors, old windows and just pay someone to clean up around the backyard and house, seriously, you wont take them millions with you.

  • Normand Thibault
    Normand Thibault 2 days ago

    Great car repair video and the host so interesting love to have a beer with him !

  • Danny Holstein
    Danny Holstein 2 days ago

    A down converter doesn't use coils and AC, it uses pulses. It should have filtering to reduce the conducted emissions which is what is messing up the RF systems in the car. And the filter should include inductance, which is similar to a coil.

  • Tom Corinne
    Tom Corinne 2 days ago

    I thought my wife was your biggest fan but that is a big fan. Good vid Scotty Ill share it around.

  • Mark Andrews
    Mark Andrews 3 days ago

    Hey Scotty - you know that Qualcomm brand makes a lot of the iPhones too?
    Thanks for you information
    Love it, I learn something every time I watch you.
    “Ring that bell!”
    Cheers Mark
    ps; if I win I will give the adaptor to my son for is 1998 Rav4.

  • 2011.5BBC
    2011.5BBC 3 days ago

    Most new cars have USB ports for charging as well, those cheap adapters suck.

  • W. Todd Clark
    W. Todd Clark 3 days ago

    Scotty, I get a charge out of watching your videos.

  • Rudy BC
    Rudy BC 3 days ago

    Good advice as always!

  • 3 days ago

    ring that bell lol i never seen any client visiting his shed lol

  • 3 days ago

    he talks about modern cars he never been in modern car only modern car he seen is 1980 Chevy lol

  • 3 days ago

    Scotty Kilmer is a claun and shoud be working in circus don't listen to this person lol

  • Chris
    Chris 3 days ago

    Maybe one of these is causing my transmission to have shift shock issues in my new 2019 Rav4.

  • John Kohler
    John Kohler 3 days ago

    As always thank you Scotty, My TIME light kept randomly coming on and I NEVER knew Why., well now I know. You're awesome Scotty!!!

  • Mark Gipson
    Mark Gipson 3 days ago

    Your videos are always great. You get to the point and explain the subject well. When I have a problem with one of my cars or trucks, I search your videos first. Thanks

  • Davey Bernard
    Davey Bernard 3 days ago

    "What's the frequency, Kenneth?"

  • ffieditor
    ffieditor 3 days ago

    Scotty, I'm calling you on the rug on part of what you said. Not on the part that they don't create RF's. You can create 5VDC without convert the 12VDC to 12VAC. I build them in collage for a binary math class and lab. What they using is cheap crap china made IC over the better made US IC which are bigger and don't create the RF's because they have the build in RF shielding.

  • Mitch Mitchell
    Mitch Mitchell 3 days ago

    Hi Scotty, What a good report regarding plug in adapters and what they can cause...Thanks for suggesting that Qualcomp device or other very good device. Your sense of humor and your scientific and practical comments are very much relevant and intelligent. Scotty your the RockStar of automobile world and should ce called the CarStar of automobile -)-) Michel

  • Daniel Glosser
    Daniel Glosser 3 days ago

    Your are a good dude

  • Jon A.
    Jon A. 3 days ago

    This video is ELECTRIC lol

  • fjqtaxch9
    fjqtaxch9 3 days ago

    Who knew? Thanks Scotty!

  • Steven Sallaz
    Steven Sallaz 3 days ago

    Thanks Scotty, My warning lights were coming on when I started my 2015 Jetta. I was thinking (crap) I'll have to take it to the dealer to fix my problem. But I saw this video and just unpluged the usb adapter I got from china for $1. Now, no warning lights and now the dealer will not soak me for a ton of cash. Thanks I really enjoy your videos cause with your help a regular guy like me can do a lot to keep their car running. So keep up the good work.and keep these videos comming!!!

  • Dany Trippy
    Dany Trippy 3 days ago

    Next Video: Don't drive your car, it will be destroyed by a Dinosaur

  • superspit
    superspit 3 days ago

    DC to AC to DC?

  • Blue Titan
    Blue Titan 3 days ago

    you are the best!

  • Vicente Rojas III
    Vicente Rojas III 3 days ago

    Thank you for guidance, Mr Kilmer.

  • Eric Stewart
    Eric Stewart 3 days ago

    👍Good To Know . ..
    😕All dongles . .👀
    . .. are not created equal 😆

  • oliver rojas
    oliver rojas 3 days ago

    Thanks the one power adapter I used was an inexpensive version from a gas station and it caused the Iphone to heat up to 96 degrees or more and was not fully charging the phone.

  • Anton Vorobyov
    Anton Vorobyov 3 days ago

    In my experince, cheap chargers are too slow and useless if you do short trips.