USB Devices Disabled

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Phightinphils, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. Phightinphils macrumors 6502


    Jul 27, 2012
    I only have my iPhone plugged in on one USB port, and an external keyboard plugged into the other, yet I constantly get the "USB Devices Disabled" notification saying I'm using too much USB power. What the heck!
  2. durkkin macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2013
    Most likely there is a short of some sort in one of the cables or devices resulting in a loop. The shorts have 0 resistance, so it is trying to draw more power than USB ports are designed for and can safely put out. USB ports supply 1 amp of current at 5 volts, resulting in 5 watts of power. If any devices tries to exceed that, your computer will cut power to the ports for both safety, and so it doesn't drain your battery. Check your cables, the dock connector on the iPhone, and inspect the keyboard.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    This may be helpful, if you haven't seen it already:

    Apple Computers and Displays: Powering peripherals through USB

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