How much current does a car radio draw?

I went to a drive-in movie and used the radio to listen. My car was dead at the end of the movie and I needed a jumpstart. How much current does a car radio draw?

Find out if you’re getting ripped off on your car insurance in less than two minutes.
No spam · No long forms · No fees
Find savings (100% Free)
rating white
3.5k Ratings
Answer provided by
Bonnie Stinson
Answered on Jun 23, 2022
In most cases, how much current a car radio draws is approximately ten amps.
The amperage depends on how loud the volume is and how complicated your sound system is. For instance, if you have an upgraded sound system, you might draw much more power by playing the radio than someone with a simpler set up.
Another way to think about the electricity draw is as an hourly rate. The average power draw from a car radio is 0.02 kWh per hour. In simpler terms, that’s not much more power than a small LED light! Of course, a drive-in movie might be several hours long—and that could draw the battery down quite a bit, especially if you drive an older car.
If you’re interested in conserving energy (and money), try the Jerry app to look for a car insurance policy that aligns with your needs. You can add or subtract coverage, unlock discounts, or switch to a new provider. It’s faster than a preview and you could save a ton of money!

Here to save on car and home insurance? Great, you do that. We’ll do everything else.

Sign up in under a minute.
No need to fill out forms or shop around. Sign up in 45 seconds to start saving. Jerry does the rest.
Jerry collects and analyzes your current coverage.
Say hello to Jerry, your new insurance agent. We’ll contact your insurance company, review your current plan, then find the coverage that fits your needs and saves you money.
Get the best options before your renewal.
Jerry does all the picky, busy work by comparing prices and coverage from more than 50+ insurance companies. We compare what we find to your current policy and offer you the three best options before every renewal.

Easiest way to compare and buy car insurance

No long forms
No spam or unwanted phone calls
Quotes from top insurance companies
Find insurance savings — it's 100% free