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Talk Cars
“The Tappet Brothers’’

By Ray Magliozzi

Husband tHinks cHarging pHone
drains car battery
BY RAY MAGLIOZZI

Dear Car Talk:
My wife has a 2010 Chevy
Suburban that I had to replace
the battery in recently. The old
battery was only four and a
half years old.
I suspect the cause of the
battery’s premature demise
was because she leaves
her phone charging cable
plugged in to the power port
continuously.

perspective on how much
power she’s using with her
unused charger, it’d be the
equivalent of pulling over
once a day and leaving the
emergency flashers on for 10
seconds.
It’s almost nothing. It would
be completely replenished
once the car is started again,
and it would have a negligible
effect on the life of the battery.

Now Jerry, you haven’t
I see that the tiny power
light to the cable stays on actually accused your wife
even with the ignition off and of shortening the life of
her battery with this phone
the key removed.
charger, have you? I mean,
Could that small power
out loud?
demand weaken the battery
Oh, you have? That’s too
even though the vehicle is
driven daily? She says that’s bad.
bunk. What do you say? -Well, you owe her an
Jerry
apology, then. Put your tail
between your legs, tell her
We’re with her.
you were completely wrong,
The average battery lasts
that she did nothing to wear
about five years. So yours
out the battery, and start
lasted a little less than
looking for some gourmet
average.
recipes you can cook for her
You bought this Suburban in in the next few weeks.
2010, so I’m guessing you’re
And here’s a tip: Don’t tell
now replacing your second
her
she needs to extinguish
battery. In other words, you’re
the
pilot light because
right on schedule.
it’s wearing out the stove
And the phone charger is prematurely.
irrelevant.
***
First of all, a phone charger
Got a question about
that plugs into a power port
cars?
Write to Ray in care of
typically draws about one
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amp. And it’ll only draw that
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Orlando,
FL
32803, or
one amp if there’s a phone
email
by
visiting
the
Car Talk
that’s actively being charged.
website
at
www.cartalk.com.
Otherwise, all it’s drawing is
***
enough power to light up that
(c) 2019 by Ray Magliozzi
tiny green LED that tells you
it’s plugged in. That takes a and Doug Berman
fraction of an amp.
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