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USB for music getting hot

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As rhythm raced inside, the ship came alive
Nov 24, 2014
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In my experience, it's down to the specific USB thumb drive you're using. I've used 3 different ones in my Model S:
1. Kingston 64GB: this was plastic with a metal connector, and never got even slightly warm. But I found it was just too small to hold lots of FLAC files.
2. SanDisk 128GB: this also had a metal connector. and got VERY HOT, like, burning hot to the touch. That happened after a very short period of time, regardless of whether it was plugged into the Tesla's USB ports, or my computer.
3. SanDisk 256GB: this is made of a composite (non-metal) material, including the connector, and while it can get slightly warm to the touch after continuous use, it's never hot like the previous one was. It's been working well for the past year.
 
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In my experience, it's down to the specific USB thumb drive you're using. I've used 3 different ones in my Model S:
1. Kingston 64GB: this was plastic with a metal connector, and never got even slightly warm. But I found it was just too small to hold lots of FLAC files.
2. SanDisk 128GB: this also had a metal connector. and got VERY HOT, like, burning hot to the touch. That happened after a very short period of time, regardless of whether it was plugged into the Tesla's USB ports, or my computer.
3. SanDisk 256GB: this is made of a composite (non-metal) material, including the connector, and while it can get slightly warm to the touch after continuous use, it's never hot like the previous one was. It's been working well for the past year.
interesting! I used exactly what you used in #2!!
 

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