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USB Ports - Dash Mounted ?

Anyone put in a dash mounted USB Port ?
I was thinking about adding one or two and was wondering how others have done it.
Also, what parts did you use?

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I have a couple usb ports on the back of my expo console.
They're just for charging usb stuff or powering usb gadgets.

I scavenged ports from a usb hub & attached them to the panel where my 12v outlets are.... have some pics in my photobucket somewhere... too lazy to dig around for them right now

They're powered by a disassembled cig outlet to usb port adapter I had around the garage. Extended the wiring from the old port to a couple new ports, just 4 wires for each port.
It only handles about 1a, but that's more than enough for charging a phone or running a flex led light or fan or small stuff.

The same could be done on one side of the radio bezel & if you have a usb port on the back of your head unit, you could re-wire a usb cable to tie into the ports on the bezel to connect a phone or mp3 player.
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Are you just doing it to charge a phone or tablet or something similar?

I had one when I had my '07 just for charging.





I found a plug that mounted to a dash sort of like a normal 12v adapter does, with the threaded on metal cup on the back. I had to shorten that cup to make it work and used a thick o-ring to make it fit snug in the larger dash hole.

Another option if you have an extra 12v port and just want it to charge is to use one of these flush mount ones.

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I bought a dollar store usb cig plug. Works good but the cord is garbage.
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First off, I am thinking complete USB port to attach my iPod too or maybe some sort of player.
Charging is good too for charging the phone.
I guess I am up in the air here, not sure.
If the port was attached to the back of the stereo for iPod attachment will,it still charge a phone ?

I was thinking of mounting a double USB in the cubby under the heater controls or one on each side of the center console, still thinking.

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So with the USB cable there are multiple wires running in it. For the music you will need to isolate which are for audio. Splice these to a headphone jack cable or the AUX ( red and white) cables. Power is going to be another cable which runs on a 5.1v circuit. Data is a 4th and I have no idea if that's possible to splice into a stereo that's not designed for it.
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Thanks for the info to all...

I will just add the charging port for now.
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Pinouts are shown here: Universal Serial Bus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pin 1 should be 5V (1.5 amperes max.), not 12V. So careful you don't fry your ipod or phone.

The middle 2 pins carry a digital signal, not analog. So I suspect it would not work when plugged into a typical stereo audio AUX input jack.
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Pinouts are shown here: Universal Serial Bus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pin 1 should be 5V (1.5 amperes max.), not 12V. So careful you don't fry your ipod or phone.

The middle 2 pins carry a digital signal, not analog. So I suspect it would not work when plugged into a typical stereo audio AUX input jack.
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Excellent, good info.
I will not have any power ports in the radio bezel but I might add one under the heater panel, not sure yet.
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