How many watts does your car stereo put out?

I’m thinking of upgrading my car stereo. I’ve heard that upgrading can reduce your battery’s life, so I want to make sure I have the right information. How many watts does your stereo put out?

Answer
That’s a great question! The amount of wattage your stereo puts out will depend on your car, the stereo it has, and how much you drive. That said, the average car stereo puts out about 12 watts per day.
If you want to upgrade to a more serious and sophisticated sound system, it’s easy to go above 12 watts.
Regardless of the type of system you want to upgrade to, it’s always good to take your car in for a quick battery health check. Sometimes the average car battery can struggle with heavy-duty stereos, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Once you have an idea of your battery’s health, you can determine whether you’ll need to upgrade your battery as well.
Once you get your battery and stereo taken care of, make sure your car has the best car insurance protection with Jerry.
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Will Baldwin
Answered on Jan 13, 2022
Will Baldwin is a graduate of Ryerson’s School of Journalism with three years of experience writing and freelancing for multiple publications including The Globe and Mail. With a deep interest in geography, economics, and politics, he has come to be extremely interested in the relationship of personal finances and culture with the auto industry as one of the forefronts of his interest. When not writing, he’s an avid sports fan who splits his time between watching too much basketball and having his heartbroken by the New Orleans Saints. Will is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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