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Chapter 15. iStuff > Power Adapters

15.5. Power Adapters

It never hurts to have a spare power adapter, so that you don't have to keep hauling the iPod's cable and AC adapter when you need to recharge on the road. (If you're looking for an automobile charger to use for powering the iPod through the car's cigarette lighter, see page 260.)

  • iPod AC Adapter has an AC plug on one end and a FireWire Connector on the other. For pre–2003 iPods; $25 or less at www.everythingipod.com.

  • The Apple World Travel Adapter Kit works with the iPod's included AC adapter for electrical outlets in North America, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, Japan, China, Korea, and Hong Kong. (As international travelers know, all electrical outlets are not created equal. Not only is the voltage often different in other countries, but the outlets have differing plugs.) $40 in the Music & Audio section at http://store.apple.com.

  • SiK FireJuice is a connector contraption for iPods that connect to 4-pin (unpowered) FireWire jacks or CardBus laptop cards that don't supply power to the iPod. The FireJuice box provides an extra FireWire jack right when you need it so you can use your AC adapter to charge up the iPod simultaneously while syncing your music and not have to wait around for your battery to get itself together. The FireJuice also lets iBook users connect their iPods without having to worry that it's siphoning off the laptop's battery. It works with Apple's iPod AC adapter or SiK's auto charger (which, like the FireJuice, is available at http://store.sik.com) and comes in models for 6-to-6 pin or 4-to-6 pin cables. FireJuice costs about $25 to $40, depending on the type of iPod.

  • SendStation PocketDock fixes a problem that made many people unhappy when the 2003 iPods debuted: the flat 30-pin dock connector, which needed that special cable. The PocketDock slips over the end of a regular FireWire cable and then plugs into the iPod's dock connector, making it possible to use older FireWire cables and chargers with newer iPods. Other versions of the product include the PocketDock Combo, which has both FireWire and USB ports for connecting standard cables to dock-connecting iPods (see Figure 15-11); and the PocketDock with Line Out, which offers an audio jack superior to the iPod's headphone port. Prices range from $20 to $30 at www.sendstation.com.

  • Figure 15-11. The SendStation PocketDock saves you the trouble of dragging around your special dock-connecting iPod cable and can convert standard USB and FireWire cables for iPod use. Another version of the PocketDock sports an audio line-in jack that you can use instead of the headphone port to connect stereo cables.

  • Monster iAirCharger does what a car charger does, except on an airplane: refills your iPod's battery so the music doesn't run out on that long flight from New York to Sydney. The iAirCharger uses the same type of 15-volt connector found in the armrests of seats in first and business class and also includes an adapter to work with most car cigarette lighters. It comes with a 3-foot cord and sells for $30 at www.monstercable.com.



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