NGT2 ipod interface not charging.

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V12cat

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S500L, ML420, V12XJS, Pajero 2.8 SWB
I've got a W164 ML420 with a mercedes ipod connector in the glove box. I want to add bluetooth connectivity for audio but I doubt one of the ipod to bluetooth adapters will work because the ipod port doesn't seem to charge an ipod. Is there something wrong with mine or is this how they are?
I'm struggling to find any information on it.

It does play music off the ipod and the dash centre display does show track names and steering wheel controls do navigate through the ipod music.
 
The early kits didnt charge after iPod switch to 5V only charging (from 12V) many years ago, Mercedes sold a new iPod lead bit to fix that. But all of it is no longer available
 
The early kits didnt charge after iPod switch to 5V only charging (from 12V) many years ago, Mercedes sold a new iPod lead bit to fix that. But all of it is no longer available
Thanks very much. That explains it. I actually like the ability to skip tracks on the steering wheel so might try to make up a lead to address this.
 
Thanks. From what I've read, some Bluetooth adapters obviously do work off the 12v charging so I've ordered a cheap ish Bluetooth device that specifically states old devices. Worth a punt at the price. I've also got a Bluetooth receiver that is fitted with the MB command connector so that will be my backup option.

It looks like the 5v charging lead is hard to come by, as stated. The other option is to use a female 30 pin breakout and make one.
 
The 30 pin Bluetooth adapter didn't power up so obviously it required 5v charging like most seem to. Decided the easiest option was one of these. No steering wheel functionality but connects instantly and sound quality is absolutely fine.

KIMISS Music Receiver Car kit, Bluetooth 5.0 Adapter Module, 12Pin Car Radio Bluetooth 5.0 Music Adapter Aux Cable Replacement for W169 A Class https://amzn.eu/d/4vxjsHi
 

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