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I have ordered a Vrriis Wireless CarPlay Adapter 3.1 for the Factory Wired Apple CarPlay from AliExpress.
You can read reviews about it on Amazon.
It apparently has no lag when using Carplay. It is only for iPhones up to iPhone 13 Pro Max. I have confirmed with Vrriis that Eclipse Cross is compatible.

Link to Amazon:-

https://www.amazon.com/Vrriis-Wireless-CarPlay-Adapter-Factory/dp/B09F9XQ2JD/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Vrriis+Wireless+CarPlay+Adapter+3.1&qid=1637320485&qsid=132-1404807-6842437&refresh=1&sr=1-2-catcorr&sres=B09FFGLWHL,B09F9XQ2JD,B08P1GWQDB,B091YWGY2T,B09362RPTS,B09B94QFVJ,B09D5Q2G9C,B08YYP3VVW,B07V4R3QHW,B08TZWJTPX,B08MT96H2D,B088T9CZNK,B08ZS7B3PT,B08T761T8X,B083XXLW77,B095R6W43N&srpt=GPS_OR_NAVIGATION_SYSTEM&vehicle=2020-72-27196------------1&vehicleName=2020+Mitsubishi+Eclipse+Cross


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I have looked at this type of addition but am not convinced of the convenience. True, it is convenient for short trips and removes the need to fiddle with connections. However, if you use the phone with CarPlay, like I do, for extended periods you'll need to charge and that, in most cases, requires a cable. Wireless operation can be a power hungry beast. So you are back to the old tethered model but with two connections - wired and wireless. If you add a wireless charging pad to get around the cable requirement the console starts to get cluttered with cables and devices.

I'll stick with my current extended cable setup which puts my phone in the armrest centre console box so I don't get tempted to touch the phone whilst driving. My next drive will most certainly have wireless CarPlay and a wireless charging pad as this is the new normal. It's just a pity manufacturers have taken so long to get on board as wireless CarPlay had been supported by Apple shortly after its first release.
 

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Hi zarbs
I agree 100% with you, but for short trips it is a great convenience not having to plug in my iPhone. Also I don’t always want my iPhone to charge.
The device has a pass through on the other end to plug in for charging if needed. Or as we have an Exceed model we have the luxury of having two USB ports.
 

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The device has a pass through on the other end to plug in for charging if needed. Or as we have an Exceed model we have the luxury of having two USB ports.
Yes, I read the specs on the web site. The output port provides power but also turns it back into a wired CarPlay connection though you can still choose WiFi from the CarPlay app on the phone. The Amazon link you posted had it in US$ so when it was converted the cost was just over $200 shipped. AliExpress is $138 shipped. Add in a USB wireless charging pad on AliExpress for $21 shipped.

I had a languishing credit on AliExpress from a failed purchase and refund stuff up so I bit the bullet to give this a try. Wireless box will sit in the bottom of the centre console box and the wireless charging pad in the top tray which I have added for extra storage. So I should be able to just drop it into the top tray and close the lid. Interested to see how functional it is. Watch this space...
 

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I have a top tray too, very handy. My thoughts were exactly like yours to place iPhone on the top tray which will sit on the Wireless pad.
 

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The cable I've run, from one of my USB A ports, under the console into the console storage box has a lightning connector on the end. So I don't need to run a new cable to connect to the USB C input of the Wireless CarPlay box I've ordered this adapter on eBay to make things easy:


FYI - my cable install is discussed in this old thread:

 

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Thanks zarbs.
Yep seen your thread before great job.

I am going to run the cable behind the USB port and into the console like you have done.
As I have a MagSafe iPhone case I’II stick the MagSafe Wireless Car Charger via velcro to the rubber mat of the top tray so it wont move around.
 

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As I have a MagSafe iPhone case I’II stick the MagSafe Wireless Car Charger via velcro to the rubber mat of the top tray so it wont move around.
I have genuine Apple MagSafe stuff for home but thought I'd try the basics in this setup before lashing out for anything expensive. The dock I ordered is quite large so should be fairly static in place.
 

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I’ve changed my mind and will install a new 12V cigarette lighter socket in the centre console. The rear passenger has a 12V plug.
Will piggy back from this plug and install a new 12v cigarette socket inside the centre console. Wires hidden underneath console. Both the rear passenger 12V plug and new 12V socket in centre console will be operational.
This way I can connect a 40W cigarette USB C Car Charger, which will power magsafe/QC charger on the top tray inside the centre console.

Link to Amazon - 40W cigarette USB C Car Charger
 

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I'll stick with the mat I've ordered so far and the standard connection. With your setup, keep in mind that the power draw for the two accessory sockets (three in your case) cannot exceed a total power consumption of 120W when all are in use.

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I have finished installing the 12V cigarette socket in the centre console.

Here is a few pics of my completed install.
1st pic of Rear floor passenger console (no change).
2nd pic Centre Console with cigarette socket fitted.
All working fine.

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Just keep in mind that 12V power port in the rear is ON ATT......had my battery drained last time because of it.
I may be wrong here but as far as I know the 12V outlet is switched... meaning no power unless the engine is running or the ignition switch is set to ACC.

I’ve checked by plugging something in and no power to device unless on ACC or engine running.
 

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I may be wrong here but as far as I know the 12V outlet is switched... meaning no power unless the engine is running or the ignition switch is set to ACC.

I’ve checked by plugging something in and no power to device unless on ACC or engine running.
Swear mine was ON ATT last time I checked it.....that was the only culprit I could think of first time my battery got discharged after sitting unused for almost a month....I'll check it again and confirm, I could be wrong too LOL!
 

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The accessory socket (cigarette lighter for those of us old enough to remember) on the dash is not powered when the engine is not running or in ACC mode (Which shuts off after 30 minutes). That's why I use it for my dashcam. When I originally wired it I tried one of the accessory sockets in the second row to hide the cord and found they were powered all the time.
 

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I run a camping fridge/freezer on this rear connection when we go shopping in the regional towns close by. It has a Bluetooth connection and I am unable to connect to the unit unless the car is in ACC or engine running. The display is blanked out and the heat exchanger fan does not run.

If this port was not switched by the ignition I would have run my battery down every time I plug in the fridge as it sits in the back seat for hours whilst we are out and about shopping as the fridge draws a high wattage from the connection.
 

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I just checked my car again and can confirm that all sockets have no power unless ACC or engine is running. Don’t know maybe here in Oz they have wired the car differently, maybe zarbs can confirm. Arr beat me to it. Thanks zarbs for confirming.
 

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I am almost 100% sure I got power when the ignition was off from the rear console socket. Now I'm only 87% sure. I'll have to check in the morning. Maybe it's the trim level? With the SEL I also have the rear heated seats.
 

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Our Aus Exceed model is equivalent to SEL but MY19/MY20 didn’t get rear heated seats or heated steering wheel. I think the new model just released got both though.
 
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