# How Many Amps Does A Car Use

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## How many amps does a car use at idle?

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## How much current does a car draw?

A normal amount of parasitic draw for newer cars is between 50-milliamp to 85-milliamp current draw. A normal amount of parasitic draw for older cars is a reading less than 50-milliamp. Anything past these amounts indicates an electrical issue and should be addressed by a mechanic.

## How many amps can a car handle?

Car batteries will typically have a capacity of 48 amp hours. What this means is a fully-charged 12-volt car battery rated at 48 amp hours can deliver 1 amp for 48 hours or 2 amps for 24 hours.

## How many amps is an alternator?

Alternator ratings range from about 60 or 70 amps up to 150 amps or more on many late-model vehicles. Some high-output alternators can generate upward of 200 amps. The amp rating of the alternator is matched to the vehicle’s electrical system.

## How many amps does an alternator charge at?

Immediately after starting the car it may charge at a high rate, like 50 amps, and then quickly go lower, like 5-10 amps, and eventually very low, like below 1 amp, as the battery is charged. The voltage should remain about the same at all times.

## How many amps will drain a car battery?

Generally, a car battery pulls approximately 400 amps for small vehicles to start and more than 1000 amps for the large ones.

## How many amps does it take to maintain a car battery?

We don’t mean physical size, but how many amp hours your battery stores. For example, a typical full-size auto battery is about 50 amp hours, so you would choose a 10 amp charger that would take about 6 hours to recharge it if the battery were completely dead.

## How many amps should a car pull when off?

Most vehicles draw some battery current when the key is off, thanks to the clock and the internal memory of engine computers, body-control modules, and radio presets. Altogether, they draw a very small amount of current. Fifty milliamps would be a safe upper limit for this, though many vehicles will draw less.

## Is 1000 amps enough to start a car?

How many amps do I need to jump start my car? 400 to 600 amps will be more than enough to jump-start any normal, consumer vehicle. Commercial vehicles may require up to 1500 or 2000 amps. Compact and small vehicles can be boosted with as little as 150 amps.

## How many amps does a refrigerator use?

Refrigerator amps are the amount of electrical current it’s compressor uses to cool it’s compartment. Amperage for most household refrigerators, is anywhere from 3 to 5 if the voltage is 120. A 15 to 20 amp dedicated circuit is required because the in-rush amperage is much higher.