Wattage of USB C ports

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I recently mounted an Apple Magsafe charger on my MY22 CT4 console. I saw some posts where forum members were using the rear seat USB C ports because they were concerned that the console USB C ports did not have adequate power to drive the Magsafe charger. Others were using a USB C charger in the 12v accessory socket in the console compartment.

I purchased a small VA meter to measure the output of the USB C ports. The photos with readings that show 13+ Watts were taken with an iPhone 13 mini plugged into the port. The rear seat ports ands console ports did not show a significant difference with the iPhone 13 mini attached to the ports. The reading with 0.30 Watts is for the Magsafe charger with no phone mounted, in other words no charging load. With the iPhone 13 mini mounted on the Magsafe charger, the meter indicated 10+ Watts.

Based upon the readings I took I am confident that I can safely use the console USP C ports with the Magsafe charger. According to what I read on the Apple website, the iPhone 13 mini can be charged with up to 12 Watts with the Magsafe charger. When I have a chance to try a larger iPhone 13 or 13 Pro I will update this post.

Plugable brand VA meter:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NAWYSVK?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2_dt_b_product_details

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All I know is that I only charge with the rear seat ports and my iphone 12 charges INSANELY fast.
 
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All I know is that I only charge with the rear seat ports and my iphone 12 charges INSANELY fast.
I wonder if there is a difference in the console ports between the MY21 and MY22 Taycans. The charging rate with a Magsafe and iPhone 13 mini in the console port is completely acceptable in my car.
 

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All I know is that I only charge with the rear seat ports and my iphone 12 charges INSANELY fast.
QFT, my wife uses the USB-C in rear seat and it is easier to pull to disconnect than opening the armrest. (straight shot from rear seat to front seat).

As reluctant as she is to do it, I prefer we keep nothing visible in car whatsoever, that includes anything at all (paper, coins, drink cups, clothing, etc.)

Last thing I want is a broken window over a charging cable.
 
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For people plugging in the phone cable every time they drive the car I agree that even though it would be a nuisance that it is easier to use the rear seat ports than to wrestle with the console compartment lid. My primary motivation for measuring the current values in the console was to confirm that the USB C port supplied enough power for the MagSafe charger. If it did not, I would have installed a 20 watt charger into the 12v socket. Ease of inserting the MagSafe cable into the USB C port is not an issue since it only had to be done once.
 


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Great! I want to use MagSafe too. Looks like I dont need to buy 20W charger into the 12v socket
 

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Thank you for doing this! I have a 2020, and I have been using a MagSafe in my console since they came out. It is superior to the built-in charging cradle due to its precise mounting.
 

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What is a good MagSafe charger that mounts nicely in the Taycan? Do share pics!
 


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I recently mounted an Apple Magsafe charger on my MY22 CT4 console. I saw some posts where forum members were using the rear seat USB C ports because they were concerned that the console USB C ports did not have adequate power to drive the Magsafe charger. Others were using a USB C charger in the 12v accessory socket in the console compartment.

I purchased a small VA meter to measure the output of the USB C ports. The photos with readings that show 13+ Watts were taken with an iPhone 13 mini plugged into the port. The rear seat ports ands console ports did not show a significant difference with the iPhone 13 mini attached to the ports. The reading with 0.30 Watts is for the Magsafe charger with no phone mounted, in other words no charging load. With the iPhone 13 mini mounted on the Magsafe charger, the meter indicated 10+ Watts.

Based upon the readings I took I am confident that I can safely use the console USP C ports with the Magsafe charger. According to what I read on the Apple website, the iPhone 13 mini can be charged with up to 12 Watts with the Magsafe charger. When I have a chance to try a larger iPhone 13 or 13 Pro I will update this post.

Plugable brand VA meter:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NAWYSVK?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2_dt_b_product_details

RearRightWithiPhone13mini.JPG


RearLeftWithiPhone13mini.JPG


ConsoleTopWithiPhone13miniJPG.JPG


ConsoleTopWiithMagsafeNoLoad.JPG
A question remaining is what is the maximum 'Power Delivery' that can be drawn from the USB C ports?

The MagSafe and the iPhone can only take up to ~15W, so the USB C ports can likely provide more than that. Anyone tested the ports with other USB C equipment with a higher draw?

What USB PD revision is the USB C ports in the Taycan?
USB hardware - Wikipedia
 

 
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