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Making USB 5v stay on all the time?

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I like to use my car as a phone charger but I don't always have time to sit in my car with the engine running to charge it.

For Ford and any other consumer electronics producer, leave the 5v on! Or at least give us a setting to do that.

Unless there is a setting, I'm going to have to hack something.

The accessory 12v does seem to stay on but I'm going to have to check that with the key away from the car.
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On the ST the USB is only powered when the screen is on. Once the screen turns off or the car is locked it turns off power to the USB. I just went out and bought a 12VDC adapter that plugs into the power point and gives me 2 USB ports to charge. They also charge much faster than the USB ports built into the car. I use Bluetooth to stream my music to the car.
I have a 2012 SE and recently rented a 2014 SE. In both cases the 12V accessory outlet is live even when the car is off and the keys are out.

I love the Scosche reVOLT C2 dual USB charger. It has dual 10w charging ports, which means it will charge two tablets, or a phone and a tablet or two phones fast.

Combine that with the mediabridge coiled USM cable and you're all set.
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