Jump to content

Custom Search




Welcome to the Ford C-MAX Energi Forum


Sign In  Log in with Facebook

Create Account
Welcome to the Ford C-MAX Energi Forum. You must register to create topics or post in our community - but don't worry this is a simple free process that requires minimal information for you to signup. Be apart of Ford C-MAX Energi Forum by signing in or creating an account.
  • Start new topics and reply to others
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get email updates
  • Get your own profile page and make new friends
  • Send personal messages to other members
  • Create a photo album and post images. . .more.
Click here to create an account now.
 
Guest Message by DevFuse

Get you C-MAX Energi Registered in the official Ford Authorized Registry. More here.


Photo
- - - - -

Powered accessory outlets (12v, USB, Inverter)


  • Please log in to reply
21 replies to this topic

#1 OFFLINE   Valkraider

Valkraider

    Energi Member

  • C-MAX Energi Member
  • PipPip
  • 593 posts
  • Region:U.S. Pacific Coast
  • LocationPortland
  • Current Vehicle:2013 C-MAX Energi

Posted 31 December 2012 - 02:32 PM

Based on discussion on the Hybrid forum, I did some experimentation to get some concrete info.

Here is what happens with electricity provided to the accessory outlets when you turn off the car (based on my experimentation):

USB and the Inverter (the 110v AC plug for the back seat) lose power immediately when the car is shut down.

The 12v outlet in the center console up front stays hot for 30 minutes after shutting down the car.

The 12v outlet in the cargo area does not turn off, it is always hot.

(I am still investigating the 12v inside the arm-rest cubby)

Let us know if your experiences differ....

Edited by Valkraider, 31 December 2012 - 02:38 PM.

  • EVger and timber725 like this







Lose this advertisement by becoming a member. Click here to create a free account.

#2 OFFLINE   Tdefny

Tdefny

    New Member

  • C-MAX Energi Member
  • Pip
  • 487 posts
  • Region:U.S. Northeast
  • LocationNew York
  • Color:Ingot Silver
  • Current Vehicle:'13 C-Max Energi, '02 Prius, '00 Town & Country

Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:43 PM

Thanks. I have been using the USB, but it is good to know which stay on and for how long.

#3 OFFLINE   Valkraider

Valkraider

    Energi Member

  • C-MAX Energi Member
  • PipPip
  • 593 posts
  • Region:U.S. Pacific Coast
  • LocationPortland
  • Current Vehicle:2013 C-MAX Energi

Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:12 AM

Looks like the 12v inside the armrest stays on at all times.

So there we go. Anyone have any different experiences with this?

#4 OFFLINE   rverginia

rverginia

    New Member

  • C-MAX Energi Member
  • Pip
  • 3 posts
  • Region:U.S. Pacific Coast
  • LocationSeattle Area
  • Color:White Platinum
  • Current Vehicle:2013 CMax Energi

Posted 24 May 2013 - 11:34 AM

Has anyone used the USB to charge a cell phone, or do you have to use the 12V sockets?



#5 OFFLINE   rhea

rhea

    New Member

  • C-MAX Energi Platinum Member
  • 168 posts
  • Region:U.S. Southern Atlantic
  • LocationOkeechobee, FL
  • Color:Ice Storm
  • Current Vehicle:C-Max Energi

Posted 26 May 2013 - 10:42 AM

Those ports charge my Nexus 4--and at AC rate with the charge-only cable. Data cable gives USB charge (haven't tried setting Fast Charge on my phone kernel when using that cable). I haven't tried the iphone4s as we have one of those 12 volt USB adapter plugs from our previous vehicle that gives both a 1 amp and 2.1 amp outlet.


Edited by rhea, 26 May 2013 - 10:49 AM.


#6 OFFLINE   paladinfello

paladinfello

    New Member

  • C-MAX Energi Member
  • Pip
  • 95 posts
  • Region:U.S. Pacific Coast
  • LocationSan Francisco
  • Color:White Platinum
  • Current Vehicle:CMAX Energi

Posted 26 May 2013 - 03:20 PM

I charge my iPhone 4s off the USB port.  I can't comment on the charge time since I'm not in the vehicle long enough to remember what it started at.  I can say that it does charge as if I'm using it for USB Audio the battery hasn't dropped when I reach my destination.



#7 OFFLINE   Smiling Jack

Smiling Jack

    New Member

  • C-MAX Energi Member
  • Pip
  • 366 posts
  • Region:U.S. Southern Plains
  • LocationHouston, Texas
  • Color:Sterling Gray
  • Current Vehicle:2013 C-Max Energi 303A w. sun roof

Posted 27 May 2013 - 12:13 AM

Looks like the 12v inside the armrest stays on at all times.

So there we go. Anyone have any different experiences with this?

The 12 v inside my armrest compartment definitely goes off after 30 minutes or so, but it turns back on as soon as the door is unlocked.


Edited by Smiling Jack, 27 May 2013 - 12:13 AM.


#8 OFFLINE   dr61

dr61

    Energi Member

  • C-MAX Energi Member
  • PipPip
  • 595 posts
  • Region:U.S. Pacific Coast
  • LocationRedding, CA
  • Color:Ingot Silver
  • Current Vehicle:C-Max Energi, Mini Cooper S ALL4

Posted 27 May 2013 - 07:38 AM

The 12 v inside my armrest compartment definitely goes off after 30 minutes or so, but it turns back on as soon as the door is unlocked.


Good to know - I have a USB adaptor plugged into this that has an LED. It is always lit when I open a door and check it.

#9 OFFLINE   Smiling Jack

Smiling Jack

    New Member

  • C-MAX Energi Member
  • Pip
  • 366 posts
  • Region:U.S. Southern Plains
  • LocationHouston, Texas
  • Color:Sterling Gray
  • Current Vehicle:2013 C-Max Energi 303A w. sun roof

Posted 28 May 2013 - 09:08 PM

The 12 v inside my armrest compartment definitely goes off after 30 minutes or so, but it turns back on as soon as the door is unlocked.

I should have said"as soon as the door is unlocked or opened"  That is, if the door is locked it comes on when the door is unlocked, if the door is unlocked and the unlock button is pushed anyway, it comes on then.  Or if the door is unlocked, it comes on when the door is opened.

 

Also: I suppose that the other outlet on the console (near the dash) operateds the same way and at the same times.  Sometime when I have two lit devices handy, I will verify and report



#10 OFFLINE   tonyd

tonyd

    New Member

  • C-MAX Energi Member
  • Pip
  • 52 posts
  • Region:U.S. Pacific Coast
  • LocationAuburn, CA
  • Color:Sterling Gray
  • Current Vehicle:C-Max Energi

Posted 10 January 2014 - 10:49 AM

I have a problem with the USB port that I don't understand.  I'd like to use it to power my Garmin GPS and I think it does do that - but the GPS won't work when it's plugged in.  It works on other USB outlets including a 12V-USB adaptor that I have to use in the car.  The car and the GPS talk to each other but it hangs up with a picture of a  computer on the GPS screen.



#11 OFFLINE   honemch

honemch

    Energi Member

  • C-MAX Energi Member
  • PipPip
  • 791 posts
  • Region:U.S. Pacific Coast
  • LocationSan Diego, CA
  • Color:Sterling Gray
  • Current Vehicle:2013 C-Max Energi

Posted 10 January 2014 - 02:51 PM

I have a problem with the USB port that I don't understand. I'd like to use it to power my Garmin GPS and I think it does do that - but the GPS won't work when it's plugged in. It works on other USB outlets including a 12V-USB adaptor that I have to use in the car. The car and the GPS talk to each other but it hangs up with a picture of a computer on the GPS screen.


What is the power requirement of your GPS?

#12 OFFLINE   tonyd

tonyd

    New Member

  • C-MAX Energi Member
  • Pip
  • 52 posts
  • Region:U.S. Pacific Coast
  • LocationAuburn, CA
  • Color:Sterling Gray
  • Current Vehicle:C-Max Energi

Posted 11 January 2014 - 10:20 AM

The manual says it's 5W max.



#13 OFFLINE   honemch

honemch

    Energi Member

  • C-MAX Energi Member
  • PipPip
  • 791 posts
  • Region:U.S. Pacific Coast
  • LocationSan Diego, CA
  • Color:Sterling Gray
  • Current Vehicle:2013 C-Max Energi

Posted 11 January 2014 - 04:02 PM

The manual says it's 5W max.


I haven't looked into the power rating of the USB ports in the car, but there is a good possibility they are only 2.5 watt or .5 amp USB ports.

#14 OFFLINE   Tdefny

Tdefny

    New Member

  • C-MAX Energi Member
  • Pip
  • 487 posts
  • Region:U.S. Northeast
  • LocationNew York
  • Color:Ingot Silver
  • Current Vehicle:'13 C-Max Energi, '02 Prius, '00 Town & Country

Posted 11 January 2014 - 04:50 PM

The problem might be the cable. Mine has one for power with a 12v plug on the other end and one for communication with a USB-A on the end. The latter one will power the unit but using it tells the Garmin to look for a computer.

#15 OFFLINE   tonyd

tonyd

    New Member

  • C-MAX Energi Member
  • Pip
  • 52 posts
  • Region:U.S. Pacific Coast
  • LocationAuburn, CA
  • Color:Sterling Gray
  • Current Vehicle:C-Max Energi

Posted 13 January 2014 - 10:12 AM

I have a 12V cord too but it broke.  As I said before, the USB cable (which is meant for communication), works on a 12V-USB charging adaptor, so maybe it is the power limitation as honemch suggests.



#16 OFFLINE   PeterJ

PeterJ

    New Member

  • C-MAX Energi Member
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
  • Region:U.S. Southern Atlantic
  • LocationOak Ridge
  • My C-MAX:2015
  • Color:Oxford White
  • Current Vehicle:C-Max Energi

Posted 14 September 2016 - 09:15 AM

The USB ports in my C-Max Energi 3015, have stopped charging my phone. They worked fine for a year. Any guess of why?

I wonder if there is a bad fuse, but do not which is the pertinent one to check. Can you help?

TIA



#17 OFFLINE   Mike Erchenbrecher

Mike Erchenbrecher

    New Member

  • C-MAX Energi Facebook
  • Pip
  • 15 posts
  • Region:U.S. Great Lakes
  • LocationCentral Ohio
  • My C-MAX:2013
  • Color:Sterling Gray
  • Current Vehicle:honda ridgeline

Posted 01 March 2017 - 11:16 AM

Just got my new 13 NRG on Saturday and I am very impressed with all the bells an whistles. But I am having trouble with the USB and or the sd card reader. I tried to change the wallpaper but the thumb drive could not be read by the car. It reads fine on my computer. Then I tried an old iPod type device. Once again no luck. Finally I tried a SD card but it too is not able to be read. Any suggestions on fuses to look at or what I might try next? Many thanks. Great site.

#18 OFFLINE   Mike Erchenbrecher

Mike Erchenbrecher

    New Member

  • C-MAX Energi Facebook
  • Pip
  • 15 posts
  • Region:U.S. Great Lakes
  • LocationCentral Ohio
  • My C-MAX:2013
  • Color:Sterling Gray
  • Current Vehicle:honda ridgeline

Posted 01 March 2017 - 11:17 AM

Just got my new (to me) 13 NRG on Saturday and I am very impressed with all the bells an whistles. But I am having trouble with the USB and or the sd card reader. I tried to change the wallpaper but the thumb drive could not be read by the car. It reads fine on my computer. Then I tried an old iPod type device. Once again no luck. Finally I tried a SD card but it too is not able to be read. Any suggestions on fuses to look at or what I might try next? Many thanks. Great site.

#19 OFFLINE   Mike Erchenbrecher

Mike Erchenbrecher

    New Member

  • C-MAX Energi Facebook
  • Pip
  • 15 posts
  • Region:U.S. Great Lakes
  • LocationCentral Ohio
  • My C-MAX:2013
  • Color:Sterling Gray
  • Current Vehicle:honda ridgeline

Posted 01 March 2017 - 01:44 PM

Also, I did a master reset and that did not help. I used the audio control to ask the car to find the USB, but it said none were connected.

#20 OFFLINE   Mike Erchenbrecher

Mike Erchenbrecher

    New Member

  • C-MAX Energi Facebook
  • Pip
  • 15 posts
  • Region:U.S. Great Lakes
  • LocationCentral Ohio
  • My C-MAX:2013
  • Color:Sterling Gray
  • Current Vehicle:honda ridgeline

Posted 01 March 2017 - 02:06 PM

Yikes, I did some more looking and these is no power to the heated seats, the inverter, the USB hubs and none to the DC cig lighter sockets. The 12v socket in the back does work. Master relay or fuse? I am a little concerned. Didn't catch this before i bought the car.








0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

Privacy Policy TERMS OF SERVICE ·