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Old 07-23-2016, 01:04 AM
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iPhone 6s not charging via USB plug?

Hi Guys,
So my 2011 X5 has a USB port in the arm rest right next to the Aux port. When I plug my USB lightning cable into the arm rest and then in my phone it shows the lightning bolt likes it charging but after driving for 2 hours in the vehicle the phone battery didn't go up at all. Is this an issue with not enough voltage to the USB port to charge my iPhone?

My wife's X1 has the same issue but she is using a BMW y Adapter that is for the old 30 pin connector and then she bought a lighting adapter to attach to it, so I always thought that was why it never worked in her car.

But now having this X5 and seeing it do the same thing with out the y adapter I am wondering what's the point???

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Old 07-23-2016, 03:58 AM
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Charges my iPod Touch fine in my 2012 X5. I've got a USB-lightning cable, works well for me.
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Old 07-23-2016, 04:17 AM
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I suspect that technology has moved on and that the E70 USB charging capability is minimal. It does charge my navigator's smartphone but barely, particularly while using high power apps. For our next road trip I will upgrade to 10 Watt USB chargers supplied by the lighter/power outlet.
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Old 07-23-2016, 07:43 AM
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I suspect that technology has moved on and that the E70 USB charging capability is minimal. It does charge my navigator's smartphone but barely, particularly while using high power apps. For our next road trip I will upgrade to 10 Watt USB chargers supplied by the lighter/power outlet.


But if you do that they don't you lose the ability to connect to the iDrive system and use it for music on your phone?


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Old 07-23-2016, 07:52 AM
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On my 2011 X5 35d, the armrest USB charging port works great on my iPhone 6S. I do use a genuine Apple Lightning cable. Maybe try a genuine cable?
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Old 07-23-2016, 07:57 AM
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On my 2011 X5 35d, the armrest USB charging port works great on my iPhone 6S. I do use a genuine Apple Lightning cable. Maybe try a genuine cable?


The I have in the vehicle is gen, it's just older. Maybe I will go buy a new on this week and see if it fixes the problem. If not I will buy a cig plug and use that, and just use Bluetooth audio



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Old 07-23-2016, 08:00 AM
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The I have in the vehicle is gen, it's just older. Maybe I will go buy a new on this week and see if it fixes the problem. If not I will buy a cig plug and use that, and just use Bluetooth audio

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I'd do the same as well (if my USB charge port didn't work in the arm rest after trying a different Lightning cable) and opt for using a cigarette lighter USB adapter--that's always a good standby option.
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But if you do that they don't you lose the ability to connect to the iDrive system and use it for music on your phone?
We use discs for music and BT for hands free phone.
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