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Hello, I should be taking delivery of my new iX in the next couple weeks and I'm trying to figure out how much power the front USB-C ports are capable of. My partner often likes to work as a passenger and for the last few years we have had this large 12v to 110v inverter to power his Dell XPS 13 while on the road. Anybody know if the USB-C ports up front can output 30 or 45W of power for power delivery? I have looked through the manual and looked around online and it's difficult to find an answer to this. Any help would be appreciated.
 

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Hello, I should be taking delivery of my new iX in the next couple weeks and I'm trying to figure out how much power the front USB-C ports are capable of. My partner often likes to work as a passenger and for the last few years we have had this large 12v to 110v inverter to power his Dell XPS 13 while on the road. Anybody know if the USB-C ports up front can output 30 or 45W of power for power delivery? I have looked through the manual and looked around online and it's difficult to find an answer to this. Any help would be appreciated.
Hello, I should be taking delivery of my new iX in the next couple weeks and I'm trying to figure out how much power the front USB-C ports are capable of. My partner often likes to work as a passenger and for the last few years we have had this large 12v to 110v inverter to power his Dell XPS 13 while on the road. Anybody know if the USB-C ports up front can output 30 or 45W of power for power delivery? I have looked through the manual and looked around online and it's difficult to find an answer to this. Any help would be appreciated.
dont know about the power of the usb-c, but there is a 12v port of front so you could continue with that solution worst case
 

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Hello, I should be taking delivery of my new iX in the next couple weeks and I'm trying to figure out how much power the front USB-C ports are capable of. My partner often likes to work as a passenger and for the last few years we have had this large 12v to 110v inverter to power his Dell XPS 13 while on the road. Anybody know if the USB-C ports up front can output 30 or 45W of power for power delivery? I have looked through the manual and looked around online and it's difficult to find an answer to this. Any help would be appreciated.
It is what BMW provide to the USB-C, I doubt it is anywhere near this, take a look USB-C 240W !

I've used in the past a universal power supply for my DELL can take 12V or 110-240V AC its about the same size as a small DELL AC charger
Somting like this 12V Laptop supply

I didnt until now realise you can get laptops that can be powered by USB-C
 

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It is what BMW provide to the USB-C, I doubt it is anywhere near this, take a look USB-C 240W !

I've used in the past a universal power supply for my DELL can take 12V or 110-240V AC its about the same size as a small DELL AC charger
Somting like this 12V Laptop supply

I didnt until now realise you can get laptops that can be powered by USB-C
You can check this link to see a couple USB-C charging laptops.
 

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You can check this link to see a couple USB-C charging laptops.
Looking into the USB-C socketrs on other BMW's it looks to be just 15W max 5V at 3A
To get enough power for a laptop the 5V is increased to 28-48V effectively increasing the wattage (V * A)

I very much doubt the iX is any different to other BMW's right now

From another forum people have succesfully charged Apple laptops from USB-C's slowly
 

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In the spirit of this thread, so if we get either a 12V USB-C PD Adapter for laptops, or a full DC to AC Power Inverter for potentially much higher wattage (say...up to 1500watts for kitchen appliances while on roadtrips/camping, can the 12V system handle it? I figure with the 2 year free EA charging, I'm definitely going to milk it for roadtrips and won't care if I'm burning through battery.
 

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In the spirit of this thread, so if we get either a 12V USB-C PD Adapter for laptops, or a full DC to AC Power Inverter for potentially much higher wattage (say...up to 1500watts for kitchen appliances while on roadtrips/camping, can the 12V system handle it? I figure with the 2 year free EA charging, I'm definitely going to milk it for roadtrips and won't care if I'm burning through battery.
You want a 120Amp 12V outlet ? I think you need to go Korean for an AC outlet
 

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Looking into the USB-C socketrs on other BMW's it looks to be just 15W max 5V at 3A
To get enough power for a laptop the 5V is increased to 28-48V effectively increasing the wattage (V * A)

I very much doubt the iX is any different to other BMW's right now

From another forum people have succesfully charged Apple laptops from USB-C's slowly
I think that would be fine, no need to "Charge" the laptop, really just want to keep it from draining on a long drive. My partner likes to work on road trips and I'm trying to keep the car as minimalist as possible. So we will just try a standard USB-C to USB-C Power delivery cable in one of the front ports to see if it works. I don't want anything as massive as we had before, even if his laptop says "Plugged in, but not charging" that would be perfect. It's a tiny Dell XPS 13 that only needs like a 40W power supply to fully charge it.
 

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If you have a USB-C laptop (I have a work and home MacBook Pro), you can charge it with only 18W or 20W power bricks, albeit slowly even thought the supplied brick is 60W or 87W. Basically it can’t keep the power from draining if you are using the laptop with an underpowered adapter, but for light use or charging with the laptop sleeping or off, it will do the trick. I at home sometimes charge my big MacBook Pro from a 20W adapter… it just takes a little longer. And of course, I couldn’t do power intensive stuff while using the adapter and expect it to not drain (the power menu will say it is not charging and simply using the power to defray the drain)

So in short, you should be able to plug into one of the standard USB-C outlets and charge the laptop back to full if you aren’t actively using it at the same time.
 

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I have a related but slight different question re: these type-c ports - anyone knows if any of these ports will remain with power when the car shuts off? I asked because I have a jailbreak iPhone I used exclusively for carplaying on my iX, and I don't want to plug it/unplug it. Just want to leave it in the car in the storage. But jailbreak phone will need to re-jailbreak if it's powered off so I want to make it constantly being charged. Any solution? thanks
 
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