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How do u check how much power a USB port can deliver?

Some laptops have a special USB port that can deliver more power than the other ones. However it is not always easy to identify which one is the good one, nor how much power it can deliver.

So is there a good way to figure it out? I'm open to any software or hardware solution.

I'm not sure why the accepted answer is so upvoted, hwinfo --usb doesn't provide any power information, neither does lsusb -v -t. See for yourself:

hwinfo

(Ubuntu 12.04)

% lsb_release -a|grep Des
Description:    Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS

% hwinfo --usb
...
...
14: USB 00.0: 10900 Printer
  [Created at usb.122]
  UDI: /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/usb_device_4a9_1069_206NL6_if0_printer_noserial
  Unique ID: IO+7.s5u63YPdXG8
  Parent ID: Uc5H.d7FDLX76qXB
  SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:12.2/usb1/1-4/1-4.4/1-4.4:1.0
  SysFS BusID: 1-4.4:1.0
  Hardware Class: printer
  Model: "Canon S820"
  Hotplug: USB
  Vendor: usb 0x04a9 "Canon"
  Device: usb 0x1069 "S820"
  SubVendor: "Canon"
  SubDevice: "S820"
  Revision: "1.02"
  Serial ID: "206NL6"
  Driver: "usblp"
  Driver Modules: "usblp"
  Device File: /dev/usb/lp0
  Device Number: char 180:0
  Speed: 12 Mbps
  Module Alias: "usb:v04A9p1069d0102dc00dsc00dp00ic07isc01ip02"
  Driver Info #0:
    Driver Status: usblp is active
    Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe usblp"
  Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
  Attached to: #11 (Hub)

(Fedora 14)

% lsb_release -a|grep Desc
Description:    Fedora release 14 (Laughlin)

% hwinfo --usb
...
...
09: USB 00.0: 10e00 Chipcard Reader
  [Created at usb.122]
  Unique ID: Bgjr.EgDcOidyXjF
  Parent ID: FKGF.0j9+vWlqL56
  SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.0/usb2/2-1/2-1.5/2-1.5:1.0
  SysFS BusID: 2-1.5:1.0
  Hardware Class: chipcard
  Model: "Lenovo Integrated Smart Card Reader"
  Hotplug: USB
  Vendor: usb 0x17ef "Lenovo"
  Device: usb 0x1003 "Integrated Smart Card Reader"
  Revision: "1.00"
  Driver: "usbfs"
  Driver Modules: "usbcore"
  Speed: 12 Mbps
  Module Alias: "usb:v17EFp1003d0100dc00dsc00dp00ic0Bisc00ip00"
  Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
  Attached to: #6 (Hub)

lsbusb -v -t

(Ubuntu 12.04)

% lsusb -v -t
/:  Bus 07.Port 1: Dev 1, Class=root_hub, Driver=ohci_hcd/2p, 12M
/:  Bus 06.Port 1: Dev 1, Class=root_hub, Driver=ohci_hcd/3p, 12M
/:  Bus 05.Port 1: Dev 1, Class=root_hub, Driver=ohci_hcd/3p, 12M
/:  Bus 04.Port 1: Dev 1, Class=root_hub, Driver=ohci_hcd/3p, 12M
/:  Bus 03.Port 1: Dev 1, Class=root_hub, Driver=ohci_hcd/3p, 12M
/:  Bus 02.Port 1: Dev 1, Class=root_hub, Driver=ehci_hcd/6p, 480M
/:  Bus 01.Port 1: Dev 1, Class=root_hub, Driver=ehci_hcd/6p, 480M
    |__ Port 4: Dev 3, If 0, Class=hub, Driver=hub/4p, 480M
        |__ Port 3: Dev 5, If 0, Class=stor., Driver=usb-storage, 480M
        |__ Port 4: Dev 4, If 0, Class=print, Driver=usblp, 12M

(Fedora 14)

% lsusb -v -t
Bus#  2
`-Dev#   1 Vendor 0x1d6b Product 0x0002
  `-Dev#   2 Vendor 0x8087 Product 0x0020
    |-Dev#   3 Vendor 0x046d Product 0xc521
    `-Dev#   4 Vendor 0x17ef Product 0x1003
Bus#  1
`-Dev#   1 Vendor 0x1d6b Product 0x0002
  `-Dev#   2 Vendor 0x8087 Product 0x0020

So what does work?

Just a regular old lsusb -v does provide the power info.

% lsusb -v|egrep "^Bus|MaxPower"
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    MaxPower                0mA
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    MaxPower                0mA
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    MaxPower                0mA
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    MaxPower                0mA
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    MaxPower                0mA
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    MaxPower                0mA
Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    MaxPower                0mA
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 05e3:0608 Genesys Logic, Inc. USB-2.0 4-Port HUB
    MaxPower              100mA
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 046d:c517 Logitech, Inc. LX710 Cordless Desktop Laser
    MaxPower               98mA
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 04a9:1069 Canon, Inc. S820
    MaxPower                2mA
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 05ac:120a Apple, Inc. iPod Nano
    MaxPower              500mA
    MaxPower              500mA

NOTE: It should be noted that this does not seem to show the maximum amount the port can deliver, but the maximum amount the device can draw at the given port it’s connected to.

Additional comments

Also I should mention that hwinfo was not a standard package that was available for my particular version of Fedora. I had to download and compile for myself on Fedora!

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