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Click & Clack 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 King Features, 628 Virginia amp. And it’ll only draw that Drive, 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. Distributed by King To give you some Features Syndicate, Inc.