This question is similar to the superuser question "How to check how much power a USB port can deliver", which is answered for Linux and Windows.

How do you check the same on a Mac?

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The Knowledgebase article Apple Computers and Displays: Powering peripherals through USB contains some general guidelines and illustrates using System Profiler (System Information in Lion) to provide information about the output (according to specifications) of a Macs USB ports.

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If you want to test the real world voltage output of a given USB port on an individual Macintosh at a given load you will have to use a test device. (USB Test Circuit)

  • Exactly what I was looking for. Would be good if you could include the relevant screenshot in your answer (for later reference, if the external link goes down). Jan 30, 2012 at 8:20
  • Eventually, I've added the screenshot myself. Aug 7, 2014 at 6:36

Simply open About this Mac -> More Info... and go to USB on the left side of System Profiler. You will get current (now power or voltage) in milliAmpere but I guess this is what you need to know. E.g.

USB Receiver:

  Product ID:       0xc52b
  Vendor ID:        0x046d  (Logitech Inc.)
  Version:          12.00
  Speed:            Up to 12 Mb/sec
  Manufacturer:     Logitech
  Location ID:      0xfa130000 / 6
  Current Available (mA):   500
  Current Required (mA):    98

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