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Inside your vehicle, its stereo system lets you enjoy good quality music and helps you make a boring journey more enjoyable. So, what happens when your car becomes unusable, should you throw it away in the trash along with the stereo system?
Well, not necessary. As it happens, you can still use the car’s stereo system by charging it with a battery charger. So how to power a car stereo with a battery charger?
To charge your car’s audio system, you’ll need to find the right voltage, otherwise, it could lead to catastrophic failure. A 12v battery should be enough to power it. Then all you have to do is connect the car stereo to the battery with its charger, and you’ll be able to power your vehicle’s audio system.
Read the entire article to learn in detail.
Do You Need a Battery Charger to Power a Car Stereo system?
So as you know, the stereo system inside your car draws power from the internal battery already installed in the vehicle.
However, you don’t need an external battery charger unless you want to use the car’s stereo system outside the vehicle at your home or any other place.
If you want to use the car’s stereo system at your home, make sure you look into the required amps and choose a battery charger according to the external battery you have.
When you choose the right power charger, your battery will generate the right amount of power for your stereo system. On the contrary, if you fail to select the charger lower than required, it won’t provide enough power.
NB. If the battery voltage is high, it might also cause a circuit failure.
How Much Power Do You Need To Charge A Car Stereo?
You must’ve figured it out by now, if you wish to use the car’s stereo system outside, then you’ll need a power source to run it.
It’s a well-known fact that a battery comes with different voltages, which represent its power output.
So, you should know how much power you’ll need to run your car’s stereo system.
Most electrical appliances need at least 60 amps of power. But in the case of a car stereo system, it doesn’t need much.
Generally, it needs 2 to 5 amps. So while choosing a battery charger make sure you take the factor into consideration.
Although there are different types of car stereo system and the required powers varies according to its system.
However, in general, you’ll need at least a 12v battery charger.
What Will You Need To Power A Car Stereo With A Battery?
Powering your car’s stereo system is not at all a difficult task. However, there are certain things and tools you’ll need to complete it.
Here are the things you’ll need:
- A wire cutter (6cm-9cm grip span)
- A crimping tool
- Crocodile clips
- Insulating tape
- Battery charger (at least 12V- DC)
With these tools in hand, you can start preparing for powering your car stereo system with a battery charger.
How To Power A Car Stereo With A Battery Charger?
As you know, gathering the tools for a process is the easy part but an essential part of any process. So now the question is how to power a car stereo with a battery charger, right? Well, it’s not as hard as you might think, you’ve all the necessary tools, right? So now let’s begin the process.
Here’s a step-by-step guide for powering a car stereo with a battery charger:
Step 1: Preparations
First things first, you need to prepare your car’s stereo system for powering with a battery charger. To do that, you’ll need to take the car’s stereo deck out.
- Remove any molding over the deck.
- Then grab the deck on both sides and pull it out carefully.
- At the end of the deck, you’ll couple of wires you need to unplug them to remove it completely.
After removing the stereo deck from your car, look for the wiring ports on the back.
Step 2: Connect the Stereo Deck to the Battery
Take the crocodile clips and measure much length you need to connect the deck to the battery. Then cut it accordingly with a wire cutter.
After that, connect one end to the stereo deck and the other end to the battery charger’s DC port(+). Then connect the ground black wire from the charger to the stereo deck.
Step 3: Turn on The Power
After all the wires are securely connected from the stereo deck to the battery, it’s time to turn on the power and see if it’s running properly.
Note– if your stereo deck doesn’t turn on properly, then it means there is something wrong with the wiring, make sure each and every wire are connected properly.
How to Choose the Right Battery For Your Car’s Stereo System?
As you must have found out about the process of powering, now let’s talk about how you’ll find the right battery for powering your car’s stereo deck. Because as we mentioned earlier, it is crucial to find the right power outage from the battery. To find the right one you must take some factors into consideration.
Here are a few considerable factors that will help you choose the right battery for your car’s stereo:
When it comes to choosing a battery, the size is the first thing that comes to mind. Depending on whether you can organize it properly. So keep in mind where you’ll place the battery charger, and choose the size accordingly.
Just so you know, for powering a car’s stereo, you can try any type of charger that can provide an ample amount of voltage. You can even use a regular battery charger or if you have a spare laptop charger then you can use that as well to provide an ample amount of power to the deck.
The charger’s power is the most crucial factor by far. The right power outage not only ensures the safety of your stereo deck but also of your car. As we all know, there are different types of stereo decks in the market, and according to each deck, the required power varies.
However, as we’ve already mentioned generally, a stereo deck requires 2 to 5 amps of voltage. So while choosing a battery charger, makes sure to take one that has a minimum of 12v of a power outage.
No matter which type of charger you use, make sure it’s manufactured by a renowned brand. This is because as we all know, battery chargers’ quality mostly depends on the manufactured brand. So while choosing a charger for your make sure to choose one that’s manufactured by a renowned brand like NOCO.
You can’t just buy any battery charger, you need to consider your budget. If you have a fixed and tight budget then you should consider buying a lower-end charger. However, if that’s not an issue for you, then you can easily go for a high-end battery charger.
Tips To Keep Your Car Stereo Safe While Powering It
Although powering a car stereo with a charger isn’t a difficult task, mistakes are made while doing it. We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.
Here are some tips:
- Make sure you choose the right battery charger, otherwise, won’t be able to produce the required power for the stereo deck.
- Place the battery charger in ventilated section, so that it doesn’t heat up and cause problems to both the stereo deck and your vehicle.
- Don’t keep any flammable things near the charger. This is because if by any chance it catches on fire it can do more harm than good.
- Keep the battery clean and make sure nothing could get inside it. In doing so not only you avoid any damage to the battery but also help make it last longer.
- And while connecting the wire from the battery to the charger and stereo deck make sure you’re wearing safety gear.
These are just a few essential tips to make sure you can avoid common mistakes while powering your car’s stereo with a battery charger. Don’t forget to use your common sense, because, in the end, it is all that matter, if anything feels wrong you can stop and find another way.
As you can see, powering your car’s stereo system with a battery charger is possible.
By following our above-mentioned guide on how to power a car stereo with a battery charger, you can easily use your car’s stereo system anywhere you want.
Remember to choose the right battery charger for stereo amplification and follow the mentioned tips to avoid any mistakes.