|Brand Name||Griffin Technology|
|Item Weight||1 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||2.5 x 0.9 x 1.4 inches|
|Item model number||9781-TRP30BK-2|
|Number of Items||1|
Griffin 9781-TRP30BK iTrip FM Transmitter with Dock Connector for iPod (Black)
- Turns your car stereo into an iPod broadcaster
- Clear LCD screen makes tuner setting a snap
- Station setting memory eliminates fuss
- Requires no batteries, draws its power directly from the iPod
- Compatibility: iPod nano (1G and 2G), iPod mini, 3G iPod, 4G iPod with click wheel, iPod Color, iPod Video,iPod Touch
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I bought this after my Roadtrip base was stolen with my iPod, and I thought I would try an alternative. I liked the flexible connector in my SUV to allow reaching of all controls. However, it was disastrous in my Saturn, only preferring 1 position - lying down. It is a pain to control the iPod when driving in either vehicle, as the flexible arm gave too much in order to advance unwanted songs or control the iPod in general. Although a wider range of highs and lows was evident, the strength of output of this device is way too low; easily outcompted by either of the following transmitters. In the SUV, it is very good at broadcasting and being received by the radio. However, in the Saturn, it was an absolute disaster. I am transmitting on a completely free channel, and in my Saturn I got feedback from the background radio hiss! I even had the hiss increase in tune with the windshield wipers! How awful. This is not a bad transmitter in a larger vehicle, like my SUV, but in a small vehicle, you don't want to risk it. Finally, you can't disconnect the transmitter like the Griffin items. So, it's use in your car, or don't use at all.Read more ›
What was important to me in looking for a transmitter was (1) that it be compact and easy to carry around (2) that I COULD charge my iPod while using it and (3) that I didn't HAVE to charge my iPod while using it. I saw some transmitter units that were also charging stations, like the RoadTrip, but with those you can't use the transmitter separate from the charging station. Then there is the corded inline iTrip that has the transmitter stuck halfway down the charger cord, and those also don't work unless the charger is plugged in. Then there's this unit, which plugs into the docking port and draws power from the iPod, and therefore you can use it without having anything plugged in. But I almost didn't buy it, because I hated the fact that, if my iPod battery was low, I'd have to disconnect the iTrip, plug in a car charger, wait for it to charge (not being able to use the iTrip in the meantime), etc.
BUT HERE'S THE ONE THING NO ONE TELLS YOU. IT'S NOT IN ANY PRODUCT DESCRIPTION OR EVEN ON THE PRODUCT PAGE ON GRIFFIN'S WEBSITE!!! You CAN charge your iPod while still using this iTrip. On the bottom of the iTrip is a 5-pin mini USB port. So, you can get Griffin's PowerJolt charger, which has a USB port on it, and get a USB A to 5-pin mini B cable, plug it into the iTrip, and you're charging your iPod while still using the iTrip. So you get the best of both worlds...Read more ›
Summary: Terrible product!
However, based on my colleagues experience I decided to go ahead and give it a try.
I have found the device excellent.
I've used it in two cars. I have each car preset to the frequency I've selected. I selected the best frequency by cycling through all frequencies in the car that had the best radio reception for a frequency that had a significant gap each side.
I have had no problems with the itrip. The flexibility to be able to tune it to any frequency is great and the mini USB port to allow me to charge it from my car charger is an added bonus.
My daughter is able to sit in the back seat of the car and act as DJ without any problems.
I should mention I live in Sydney/Australia not the USA and our population is about 4.3 million.
Reading many poor reviews on this site I noticed a lot of people complained about static and the ability to tune it to a frequency that received well. I have had no negative results in this area.
A lot of people also complained about how it sucks battery power. I wasn't even worried about this because the box indicates that it has a mini USB socket for charging. I have used this and it's great. But last time when my daughter was playing DJ from the back seat it was just running off the ipod battery and it seemed fine. However, I am quite happy to plug it into the charger.
I've experimented walking away from the car to see how far away I could get and I found that the distance was enough to give me absolute confidence that it will continue to work well in our car.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you own an old school ipod, this works great. Transmits directly through the gravely un-used stations on the radio FM or AMPublished 1 month ago by ophali
its good cause it can play ipod with out a cable to connect to your car to play
but the bad is that sometimes there is a lot of static interference.
Works wonders, nice to not be tied down by wires. Does drain battery quickly, gone after my 2.5 hour drive.Published 24 months ago by Jeff Babl
when I can't find my usb plug I still use this thing, it's really easy to set up and strangely enough no staticPublished on January 28, 2014 by lizzy2pink
Works great and can tune to the elusive 87.9 FM. I love that I can take it off the charger and play it on every radio in the house.Published on May 23, 2013 by Adam Wooten