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USB C with Tesla 3 (2019)?

I have a MagSafe charger for my new iPhone, which requires USB C and 20W of power. Would like to use it in my late 2019-early 2020 Model 3. Jeda offers a hub that fits a 2019 M3, and has a USB C port, but when I contacted them they said it didn't produce enough power for a MagSafe. Is there any way to retrofit the car to provide the needed power? I've seen charging plugs for the cig lighter that have USB C ports, but that seems like an awkward way to do it, and I don't see any way of extending a line from there to the front of the storage console. Suggestions?
 

Knightshade

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Anything you plug into the front USB ports can only draw what those front USB ports allow... which is 5v at a bit over 2 amps per port.

In theory something like this (if you can find a working one- the reviews on this one are...not great) it'd get you get 20 watts by using all the draw on both ports-

It'd be a pretty garbage use of the ports.... nothing left for dashcam, music, controllers, etc...

Otherwise you'll need to either tap a 12 volt wire up front (some folks have posted about how/where for radar detector installs) or you'll need to plug into the 12v port in the mid-console.

There's no passthrough from there to the front console area unless you want to drill a hole.... though some folks have had luck with a thin enough cable poping the console side trim off and running one between mid and front areas that way.
 
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Your best bet is to run to the cigarette lighter in the armrest. That's what I do for charging. You can route the cable out of the armrest and then down along the trim on either side of the center tunnel part. I really wish Tesla would have just put a cigarette lighter in that front storage area. Maybe someone will make a relocate kit or one to add an additional there some day.
 
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