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    Some mazda 3 users are talking about using a powered usb hub so that they can use my current hungry phones up front.

    Here is one mentioned that works

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MHIVYZ8...vert-amazon-20

    Not the micro-usb port on one end for power input.

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    AFAIK the only "USB power outlets" that can be used for decent phone charging is the one in the rear seat centre console as it has sufficient power and amperage:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xeler8ing View Post
    AFAIK the only "USB power outlets" that can be used for decent phone charging is the one in the rear seat centre console as it has sufficient power and amperage:

    That’s the one I was talking about. Decent
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    so it's my understanding that the usb ports inside the center console are accessory ports, not meant for charging. Think of it like you're plugging your phone into your computer's front usb ports. It will trickle charge but it's not designed to put out the amps to charge it sufficiently. If you want to charge your phone, use the cigarette lighter and add one of these in there https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    I like this one because it doesn't protrude a whole lot from the port and has a lightning built in, with option for a secondary connection

    Since I use the center console cigarette lighter port for an inverter I just have my usb charger plugged into the phone rest station and charge my phone that way
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    The infotainment hardware is based on the USB 2.0 spec and follows it exactly. The spec calls for fairly low power delivery, which is why you see the low amps and lack of charging when doing other things like GPS. It's a common issue in systems that had their hardware design frozen a few years ago.

    Their roadmap calls for a new system in 2019 so its possible they will upgrade this. USB 3.0 allows a lot more power, or they could keep it as 2.0 (for whatever reason) but choose to deliver more power. My guess is they'll switch to 3.0 because going out of spec makes engineers nervous.

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    found an article about this actually:
    https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/w...-works-at-all/

    found this to be odd:
    "Valbuena also noted that when an Apple device is connected, the USB port will provide 1A of current (as required by Apple certification – weird, right?)."
    Last edited by Carfo; 05-14-2018 at 12:24 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carfo View Post
    found an article about this actually:
    https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/w...-works-at-all/

    found this to be odd:
    "Valbuena also noted that when an Apple device is connected, the USB port will provide 1A of current (as required by Apple certification – weird, right?)."
    That's pretty interesting. So they won't break the spec... except in that case.

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    Some owners have just upgraded the front ports so it charges properly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carfo View Post
    so it's my understanding that the usb ports inside the center console are accessory ports, not meant for charging. Think of it like you're plugging your phone into your computer's front usb ports. It will trickle charge but it's not designed to put out the amps to charge it sufficiently. If you want to charge your phone, use the cigarette lighter and add one of these in there https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    I like this one because it doesn't protrude a whole lot from the port and has a lightning built in, with option for a secondary connection

    Since I use the center console cigarette lighter port for an inverter I just have my usb charger plugged into the phone rest station and charge my phone that way
    That's how I've always charged my phones. The only thing that I used the USB ports was for media. I assumed the everybody charged that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xeler8ing View Post
    Some owners have just upgraded the front ports so it charges properly
    Interesting, but I'm not likely to do it as Mazda will be upgrading CX-5 with Apple Play and Android Play in July. I understand with that comes more juice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topherc View Post
    Interesting, but I'm not likely to do it as Mazda will be upgrading CX-5 with Apple Play and Android Play in July. I understand with that comes more juice.
    Is that right

    interesting
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