iPod Adapter

iPod users who want to charge their device in the car will have to purchase an adapter. If you want to also listen to your iPod while driving, you will need to find a charger that also has an auxiliary port. Another option, a built-in jack, can be installed by the car manufacture in some cases, although this is an expensive endeavor.

There are many factors to consider when purchasing an iPod adapter. For one, it is imperative that you don’t use your device for any other voltage of outlet than intended, in most cases 12-volt. Make sure before you purchase the device that it is, in fact, iPod compatible. You may want to purchase a device that has fuse protection in the event of a power surge. Many of these USB devices are versatile enough to work with any USB-friendly device. Inspect the warranty before purchasing — they can range from limited one-year warranties to two-year warranties. If appearance is an issue, you will want to opt for a device with sleek design, one that has colors that match your car’s interior and exterior. Do you want to be able to listen to FM radio while charging your iPod? Then you will want a device that doesn’t interfere with your FM signal while charging.

Consider these top selling iPod adapters:

The XtremeMac InCharge Auto is compatible with both the iPhone and iPod and can be used in any 12-volt outlet. Makers say the device is designed to safely power and charge these devices, and are certified by logos that say “works with iPhone” and “made for iPod.” The device can be used in virtually any vehicle. The USB cable is long enough that you can use the device while it is charging. The device comes with a lifetime guarantee. The USB cable can also be used to connect your iPod to your personal computer. Makers boast of this device’s sleek design and intelligent circuitry.

The DLO TransDock micro is based on the highly lauded DLO TransPod, which has won awards. The device works on any empty FM frequency from 88.1 to 107.9 and charges the device while it is in use. Makers praise the device as a cost-effective and flexible choice that includes a removable USB cable that you can use on your home computer or on the road. A black and white color scheme can match any car interior. The device is ready to use right out of the box – no installation required. An auxiliary input port can play music from any device, from any MP3 player to laptops, Sony PSPs or a travel DVD player. An auxiliary line-out jack gives you the option to hook up to a cassette adapter or mini-plug cable for improved sound quality.

The TransDock micro broadcasts your iPod music to any FM radio frequency from 88.1 to 107.9 while charging your iPod. There’s no installation required, so you’re ready to go right out of the box – a great alternative to expensive custom installation. TransDock micro also features an Auxiliary Input Port, allowing it to broadcast the audio from any MP3 player or audio device like a laptop, Sony PSP gaming system, or travel DVD player. And with it’s Auxiliary Line-Out Jack, you have the choice of connecting to your car stereo with a cassette adapter or mini-plug cable for superior sound transmission.

The Griffin PowerJolt Car Charger for iPhone or iPod plugs into any car cigarette lighter or 12-volt socket and charges while your battery is in use. This device also has a detachable USB connector so that you can also hook up the iPod to your personal computer. The device comes with a one-year warranty and comes with a built-in status light to let you know that the device has successfully plugged into the iPod. A 2-amp blade fuse for the car serves as protection from power spokes and surges and is easy to replace.

The Kensington 4-in-1 Car Charger for iPod works with iPod, iPod nano and video iPods. A passthrough connector allows you to use your FM transmitter while still charging your IPod. The device will charge any USB-powered device. A safety fuse is included in the case of a power surge. The device is specifically designed to fit most cigarette lighter outlets. The device comes with a two-year warranty.

For those with cars with cassette players, there is the Monster iCarPlay, which comes with 40-inch cord that allows you to use the device while you are driving. The cassette goes into the cassette player, and the cable plugs into the iPod headphone jack. The device comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Other popular models include the USA SPEC iPod Interface. the Kenwood KCA-1500 Control Interface, the Peripheral iPod Interface Kit, and the Alpine KCU-440i iPod Cable.

This iPod Adapter Review is Written/Updated on Apr 6th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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