USB Music Data and Charging Power

Now i know i don’t do many miles driving, however when it comes to plugging everything into the 12v power socket (Sat Nav/Camera/Phone Charger etc etc) it can be quite a mess.

Now my car has a MDI interface that allows me to plug in a USB stick with all my music on to play through the radio which is great, but if i need to charge my phone or use the USB for whatever reason, it can be quite difficult.

So, i am going to tinker with the USB cable and try and combine 2 USB cables into 1 cable. Hopefully i will have 1x Data/Power port and 1x Power only port.

Just need to get the soldering iron back off my Dad.

 

UPDATE – Here are some images of the preliminary setup. Simply chopped up 2x USB cables and twisted them together.

Confirmed to work on the pc, i can have 1x fully functioning USB and then i can have 1x charging port as well.

Don’t know how it will be if something pulls more power than the other, but we will get to that soon.

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Next is to solder it up and then try it out in the car.

 

Update 8th Nov 2012

Ok, so i got my soldering iron back and made the connections and it still works :-)

However, the bot didn’t fit in the car where i wanted it to…DOH!!!

So i have revised the box idea and spliced the USB cable and solder in the other USB jack.

Unfortunately, i didn’t take pics but its pretty simple to do.

Will put some pics of the finished cable up tomorrow when i have a bit of light on the matter.