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Kia Sorento 2012: Can the alternator run a cooler model TE 08?

Asked by Don Bonny

I received an Engel thermoelectric cooler model TE 08 as father's day gift and was wondering if it would overload the alternator on a Kia Sorento if used for 4 or 5 hours at a time? Also, would it affect the warranty?

Answered by CarsGuide

23 Nov 2012 Graham Smith

We asked Kia and we were told the following: "The Engel thermoelectric cooler model TE 08 draws 4 amps per hour, so if the engine is running there should be no issue with the cooler. There is no issue with the warranty on the amp. If the cooler is used for extensive periods without the engine running then the battery will be on a constant draining/recharging cycle that could reduce the life of the battery."

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