Charging iPhone in Car, is it safe?

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  1. apple111115 macrumors regular

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    We have a Honda Odessey and it has outlets.

    I am curious as to if it is alright to charge my phone with these (is the electricity "clean")

    Will using these decrease my battery "lifespan"

    Thanks!
     
  2. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    Yes, you can charge just fine.
    As a precaution I unplug before starting the ignition because I fried an iPhone while on vacation in a rental car a few years ago.
     
  3. cynics macrumors G3

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    It will be fine.

    Is it a 120v AC outlet or a USB outlet? If its USB just check the volts. Regardless either will work.
     
  4. Glickmandan macrumors member

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    Really? so terrible, :eek:
     
  5. MistahMumford macrumors 6502

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    I charge in my vehicle all the time via the little cigarette lighter USB port combo bootleg car charger setup they offered in light of a shortage of car chargers at the time of phone release. No issues.
     
  6. mapledress macrumors regular

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    It will be fine, although it causes the charge to progress more slowly than usual, but it is a proper way to Charge Your iPhone.
     
  7. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Yes, starting a car is the highest point of power. Kinda of like a generator i gave is 5700 running watts but can handle 7500 watts when something is starting that uses a lot if power.


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  8. TG1 macrumors 6502a

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    Just use quality chargers and cables and you should be fine. The cheap $2 ones from China can sometimes get you in trouble.
     
  9. Max(IT) Suspended

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    The problem could be not the car itself but the charger you are going to use.
    Voltage provided by the car outlet could easily be better than the one you have in your house.
     
  10. madsci954 macrumors 68030

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    I use the Rocketfish™ Mobile - Dual USB Vehicle Charger + Apple dock USB cable for my 4S, haven't had an issue :)
     
  11. InfinitiG macrumors 6502

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  12. 2IS macrumors 68030

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    Depends on the charger. I have a dual USB adapter in one vehicle that charges as fast as the wall charger. In another vehicle I have an integrated USB port and that one charges quite a bit slower.
     
  13. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I have used car chargers on phones for a long time. There are no problems doing this.
     
  14. apple111115 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks!

    This car actually has a USB cord that I can plug the iPhone charger into....is this alright also? Thanks!
     
  15. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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  16. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Yes. That's what it's for.
     
  17. madsci954 macrumors 68030

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    My car has a built in USB, and my iPhone doesn't charge when I plug it in, that's why I use the 12V USB adapter. So you better double check.
     
  18. darky90 macrumors member

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    Wow. That's good to know. Didn't realize it can do that to your phone.

    On a side note, I've been using my Ravpower car charger. It has two outputs, 2.1A and 1A. Great charger and low profile too.
     
  19. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    That means the port is a 5V. It will charge (it won't say it is though) but increeeeedibly slowly, to the point that your adapter is definitely a better solution.
     
  20. GoSh4rks macrumors 6502

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    :rolleyes:
    You realize that all USB for consumer electronics is 5v?
     
  21. BlaqkAudio macrumors 6502

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    Uh, 5 volt is the USB spec. The iPhone charger even says 5V as it's output. Besides, it's the current that affects how fast an iPhone will charge.
     
  22. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    You know how in movies you see a moving car explode from being shot at with a small handgun and it does like 15 flips in the air before it lands? What really happened is the driver (or passenger) plugged in an iPhone. DON'T DO IT! :eek:
     
  23. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030

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    Yea. I have outlets in my 04 Pontiac Vibe and it charges the iPhone just fine.
     
  24. lelisa13p macrumors 68000

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    I learned the "start the car before plugging the charger in" lesson years ago with a flip phone. The phone was fine but the charger blew its internal fuse and I had to take the charger in to have the fuse replaced; used the charger for another couple of years until I moved to iPhones.
     
  25. moldy lunchbox macrumors 6502a

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    my car has a radio usb and i feel like it charges faster than my wall outlet. maybe it's identical but i've gotten a decent boost of a charge out of a 10-minute carride :cool:
     

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