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    Default Charging via a car USB port.

    My 2012 Toyota Highlander has a USB port. Will my phone stay charged while I drive? The phone also bluetooth syncs through the vehicle radio system so it is constantly in use with linking and/or phone calls. If the USB will not keep it charged, then I will have to get a cigarette lighter adapter with USB plug to keep it charged which I already have a Garmin plugged in to.
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    Default Re: Charging via a car USB port.

    it should charge it via that USB port. have you tried it out?
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    Default Re: Charging via a car USB port.

    i have a 2012 honda crv and i can't charge my iphone 5 via the usb port. it will charge if i plug the cable into a regular charger. luckily my car's bluetooth plays all my music/pandora so I only plug it in if needs to charge.
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    Default Re: Charging via a car USB port.

    The USB port in my car doesn't charge .. It's more of a read-only port. I keep a jumpdrive with all my music plugged into it, but it won't charge any device I try to plug in.
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    Default Re: Charging via a car USB port.

    i have a 2012 camry se and my usb works fine. charges and plays through usb. bought an extra cable to avoid the hassle of plugging it in every time.

    but it has had some glitches playing music through iphone speaker instead of car speakers.
    to fix i just hit bluetooth and then back to usb and clears it up.
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    Default Charging via a car USB port.

    On my 2011 Nissan maxima it does...worked for my 4S and now with my i5...works with new lighting cable phone came with as well as extra 3 I purchased from apple store...


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    Default Re: Charging via a car USB port.

    my honda pilot has a USB and I charge my 4S through that all the time without issue
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    Default Re: Charging via a car USB port.

    Works in my truck's USB, charges just fine.
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    Default Re: Charging via a car USB port.

    my honda crv charged my 4 just fine via usb connection, it's now not charging the 5 with the lightening cable, will only play through it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Phreddyl View Post
    my honda pilot has a USB and I charge my 4S through that all the time without issue
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    Default Re: Charging via a car USB port.

    Quote Originally Posted by kmc979 View Post
    my honda crv charged my 4 just fine via usb connection, it's now not charging the 5 with the lightening cable, will only play through it.
    Is your cable is the as pictures shows?
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    Default Re: Charging via a car USB port.

    Plug in your cord and find out. Otherwise you will need to use an adapter for the lighter as normal.
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    Default Re: Charging via a car USB port.

    how else would i connect my 5? duh

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    Is your cable is the as pictures shows?
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    Default Re: Charging via a car USB port.

    Quote Originally Posted by kmc979 View Post
    my honda crv charged my 4 just fine via usb connection, it's now not charging the 5 with the lightening cable, will only play through it.
    Look at the AC charger... see what its amperage output is... then check the specs of the CRV's USB port if that's what you're using... if the CRV's amperage on the USB is less than the charger, well... there's your problem.
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    Default Charging via a car USB port.

    Quote Originally Posted by kch50428 View Post
    Look at the AC charger... see what its amperage output is... then check the specs of the CRV's USB port if that's what you're using... if the CRV's amperage on the USB is less than the charger, well... there's your problem.
    So are you saying that the 5 needs more power to charge then the 4S?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phreddyl View Post
    So are you saying that the 5 needs more power to charge then the 4S?
    I don't know... that's why I suggested comparing amp output specs... if the car USB outputs a lower amperage than the AC charger, that is likely the cause of the car not charging the phone.
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    Default Re: Charging via a car USB port.

    I have a 2012 Scion tC and the USB works fine as a charger (should work in yours because both are made by Toyota)
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    Default Re: Charging via a car USB port.

    The supplied apple charging block is a 1A charger, i.e. 1000mA. This allows fast charging your iPhone, as well as charging during use.

    The Spec for USB protocol determines a high-power capable port must be able to source 500mA, and a low power port up to 100mA.

    I all cases, the iPhone will only pull as much power as it needs, but if you've only got a low power port available on your car then your iPhone may not charge in which case I would recomend a good 1A charger for the cigarette port. Never ever ever buy a cheap or knock-off charger; I've seen far too many electrical problems both on the device AND the car side from plugging these things in. Stick with Belkin, Kensington, Griffin..
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    Default Re: Charging via a car USB port.

    Quote Originally Posted by creyc View Post
    The supplied apple charging block is a 1A charger, i.e. 1000mA. This allows fast charging your iPhone, as well as charging during use.

    The Spec for USB protocol determines a high-power capable port must be able to source 500mA, and a low power port up to 100mA.

    I all cases, the iPhone will only pull as much power as it needs, but if you've only got a low power port available on your car then your iPhone may not charge in which case I would recomend a good 1A charger for the cigarette port. Never ever ever buy a cheap or knock-off charger; I've seen far too many electrical problems both on the device AND the car side from plugging these things in. Stick with Belkin, Kensington, Griffin..
    Thanks for the info I just got a belkin one today....

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    Default Re: Charging via a car USB port.

    Can't charge via the USB port on my 2012 Hyundai Elantra, but that's because Hyundai makes you use THEIR cable to connect to the stereo. So I'm waiting for the 30 pin to Lightning adapter to come out so I can have the full functionality back.

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    Can't charge via the USB port on my 2012 Hyundai Elantra, but that's because Hyundai makes you use THEIR cable to connect to the stereo. So I'm waiting for the 30 pin to Lightning adapter to come out so I can have the full functionality back.
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    Default Charging via a car USB port.

    I have a 2011 Sierra and a 2012 sonic. My iPhone 4 both charged and played music via the connector before. Now with my iPhone 5, I can only charge the phone on my truck. No music on either, any suggestions???
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    Default Re: Charging via a car USB port.

    I have a 2008 Toyota Corolla and my stereo has the USB port and mine worked just now. It plays music and charges my phone. Sweet.
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    Default Charging via a car USB port.

    Ok borrowed my friends 5 and it charges and plays music. I have the 09 pilot.
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    Default Re: Charging via a car USB port.

    The USB on my 2012 Ford Focus does not seem to charge. Or at least it renders my phone uselsess. All that comes up on the phone is a screen that says "accessory connected." Same thing on my 4.
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    Default Re: Charging via a car USB port.

    Many type of USB chargers available to charge the phone. You can also charge you phone with the help of the car USB charger. If you want to buy a good quality charger by which you can charge your phone easily then europlugs is one of the best companies which provide high quality USB chargers, You can easily buy it with the help of our site too.
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    Default Re: Charging via a car USB port.

    I have a 2012 honda CRV also, and my USB port charges my ipod touch...however, it wont allow my to charge and play music at the same time. havent figured that one out yet..
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