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
3. 4k Camera:
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2. There will be one winner of a safe charger adapter valued at $15
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4. Only one comment per entrant is allowed and more than one comment will not increase your odds of winning.
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  • Scotty Kilmer

    Scotty Kilmer

    6 days ago

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  • Fidel Castrosolis

    Fidel Castrosolis

    Day ago

    Scotty Kilmer an inverter good thinking scotty.

  • No Name

    No Name

    3 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

    3 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

    4 days ago

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

  • Robin Jays

    Robin Jays

    4 days ago

    Awesome video 😀

  • SterlingOnFoot


    3 minutes ago

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

  • dwai1967


    Hour ago

    Probably sending info to the Chinese government...

  • Some One

    Some One

    Hour ago

    That's cool.

  • John fella

    John fella

    3 hours ago

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

  • Thomas Rice

    Thomas Rice

    3 hours ago

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

  • michael marsh

    michael marsh

    3 hours ago

    clean non offensive conment.

  • Solar powered potato

    Solar powered potato

    3 hours ago

    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 hours ago

    I could really use that mine just broke

  • Robert Johnson

    Robert Johnson

    4 hours ago

    It’s working I bought a Toyota

  • luis guillermo

    luis guillermo

    5 hours ago

    i want one scotty! great week!



    5 hours 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.

  • Christopher Dalpatan

    Christopher Dalpatan

    6 hours ago

    My car ABS light, lights up because of this.

  • Jrezky


    7 hours 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


    7 hours ago

    Yet another reason why simpler is better.

  • Jackson Smith

    Jackson Smith

    8 hours ago

    Hey scotty

  • Jonathan T. Arbuckle

    Jonathan T. Arbuckle

    10 hours ago

    Drive fast! Take chances! Love this guy!

  • Gordon Polk

    Gordon Polk

    10 hours 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

    11 hours ago

    Insert non offensive comment here

  • Beverly Harrold

    Beverly Harrold

    12 hours ago

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

  • Al Grayson

    Al Grayson

    12 hours ago

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

  • Christobal Dorado

    Christobal Dorado

    13 hours ago

    You videos are always awesome

  • Bdger Willams

    Bdger Willams

    13 hours ago

    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

    14 hours ago

    Scotty for President 2020

  • mikelap68


    14 hours ago

    great video.... going remove mine



    15 hours ago

    Don't store them near your Junk...

  • Derry Bullock

    Derry Bullock

    15 hours ago

    Thanks Scotty!!

  • Andrew Lacey

    Andrew Lacey

    15 hours ago

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

  • memeco50


    16 hours 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

    17 hours ago

    cool learn something new everyday thank you

  • Chris Farley

    Chris Farley

    18 hours ago

    Lol dude Scotty’s videos are getting better

  • Robert Paul

    Robert Paul

    18 hours 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


    19 hours ago

    Such a smart guy. Love this channel.

  • Otema Duncan

    Otema Duncan

    20 hours ago

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

  • Ben Dover

    Ben Dover

    20 hours ago

    He is like the Jack Sparrow of mechanics 🥴 😆😂

  • james jones

    james jones

    21 hour ago

    Great Scott scotty

  • MaskinJunior


    21 hour ago

    My BMW has USB-outlets from factory.

  • Meeean Azz

    Meeean Azz

    21 hour ago

    The Mad Scientist of car mechanics

  • Israel Ferrera

    Israel Ferrera

    21 hour ago

    Jijiji, Hi Scotty,

  • Metod Kolar

    Metod Kolar

    21 hour ago

    Clean non offensive comment😂

  • Adrian Scarecrow Hernandez

    Adrian Scarecrow Hernandez

    21 hour ago

    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.

    22 hours ago

    great video

  • Ken


    23 hours 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


    23 hours ago

    Hope I'm not too late for the contest.

  • Radio Astro

    Radio Astro

    23 hours 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

    23 hours 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


    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

    ribergzzon gaming

    Day ago

    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


    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


    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

    Day ago

    Cheap chargers often are problematic..

  • John Wolfe

    John Wolfe

    Day 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.



    Day ago

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

  • Victor Tinnin

    Victor Tinnin

    Day ago

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

  • Gaige B

    Gaige B

    Day ago

    Good to know

  • Oofa T Maloofawitz

    Oofa T Maloofawitz

    Day ago

    Thanx for the info!

  • Kindredy


    Day ago


  • Trannysoros Flex

    Trannysoros Flex

    Day ago

    Great vid

  • Viliam Beňa

    Viliam Beňa

    Day ago

    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

    Day 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

    Day ago

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

  • MrWeareone777


    Day 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

    Day ago

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

  • Maureen Meyerhoff

    Maureen Meyerhoff

    Day ago

    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

    Day 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


    Day ago

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

  • Devon Fischer

    Devon Fischer

    Day ago

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

  • Donnie Hackathorn

    Donnie Hackathorn

    Day ago


  • Jennifer Blevins

    Jennifer Blevins

    Day ago

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

  • J Huggins

    J Huggins

    Day 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


    Day ago

    Scotty I need one of those Qualcomm

  • Clifton Samson

    Clifton Samson

    Day ago

    I want to win the prize

  • Remrie Arrie

    Remrie Arrie

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Day ago

    kool an inverter.

  • Andrew B6

    Andrew B6

    Day ago

    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

    Day 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


    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

    2 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


    2 days ago

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

  • W. Todd Clark

    W. Todd Clark

    2 days ago

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

  • Rudy BC

    Rudy BC

    2 days ago

    Good advice as always!


    2 days ago

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


    2 days ago

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


    2 days ago

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

  • Chris


    2 days ago

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

  • John Kohler

    John Kohler

    2 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

    2 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

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