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Tip for USB key + charging

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by RTPGiants, Jun 17, 2018.

  1. RTPGiants

    RTPGiants Member

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    As you probably already know, the front USB ports are the only one that work with a USB key for music. This "uses up" one of them as far as charging goes.

    I experimented and found that this cable solves the issue:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KX4TKH6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    One side of that cable delivers power, the other side delivers data. So, plug that into the USB port, plug your phone charging cable into the power side and the USB key into the data side. It easily tucks in the space below the phone dock. End result is that you can have 2 phone charging ports and USB music.
     
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  2. flashflooder

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    Good info. I ended up buying an inverter to plug into the 12VDC source. It includes 2 extra 2.4A USB ports, 2 pass-through cigarette-lighter DC adapters, and an AC plug.
     
  3. lairdb

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    Note the cautionary note:
    I have put a small unpowered USB hub in, but the charge rate to the phone is low -- if anybody finds a good solution like OP's but supporting decent power levels for Apple devices, please post.

    (Long term, I'll probably get into the center console and add a take-off from the existing cigarette lighter power. Probably.)
     

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