2015 Hyundai Sonata: Can't Charge Everything
June 15, 2015
Just about any new car has at least one USB port these days. They're great for loading music or charging a phone, but they have their limitations. I tried to top off my iPad with this port in our 2015 Hyundai Sonata, only to receive the "not charging" message, which roughly translates into "this port will take three days to charge your iPad."
Like most USB ports in new cars these days, the connection in our Sonata is of the low power variety, specifically 500 milliamps at 5 volts. For comparison, the wall charger that comes with the iPad delivers 2 amps at 5 volts. Excuse the semantics if I have that wrong.
As convenient as USB ports are in modern cars, you have to be aware of their limitations when you hop in and start plugging in stuff. In this case, I would have been better off using a charger plugged into one of the 12-volt cigarette lighters. There are plenty of those chargers available that deliver more than enough amperage to bring an iPad back to life, not to mention your phone, too. It's just a matter of remembering to keep one on board.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 7,667 miles