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Griffin Charge Converter Adapter for All iPods and iPhones

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  • Allows older, FireWire chargers to work with iPhone 3G and new (2008) iPod models
  • Simple to use
  • Compact to carry
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Technical Details
Brand NameGriffin Technology
Item Weight0.8 ounces
Product Dimensions1.5 x 1.4 x 0.3 inches
Item model number3031-FWUSB
Number of Items1
  
Additional Information
ASINB001OI2VGI
Best Sellers Rank #119,577 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 14, 2004
  
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Griffin Charge Converter Adapter for All iPods and iPhones

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 1, 2009
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I was a little disappointed when I found that my new, 2009, Infiniti's iPod docking cable still was wired to the old standards and not the newer USB charging ones. My old classic would play and charge without difficulty but when I plugged in my iPod touch I got the "this accessory does not support charging" message even though the iPod played fine (not a big surprise since the charging and audio/video circuits are separate). I was afraid that this would limit the usefulness of the iPod jack on my car until I got the Griffin Charge Converter. This device rewires the charging circuitry so that the both my Touch & Classic will play and charge without any problems.

The only issue that I see as a potential problem is that the adapter adds about 1 inch to the length of the connector so you need to be sure that there is no leverage placed on the ipod/connector/docking cable connection otherwise you may run the risk of damaging the dock connector on your iPod.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Green III on March 19, 2009
I bought this to adapt my 4th gen Nano to a Monster FM transmitter I used with my previous Ipod while in my car. No longer get the "Device can not charge" screen, and the Ipod now charges without issue.

Planning on picking up a few more for other devices that I used the Ipod with. Certainly cheaper then replacing the other accessories outright.

The total length when plugged in adds about an inch of length to the adapter socket. So if you are using a dock keep that in mind.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David R on February 26, 2009
It seems like a lot of money for this tiny thing, but aside from that, it works great. It's stubby enough that you can attach it to you iPod Touch (at least that's what I use it for) and the iPod can still stand up snugly in a speaker dock - not wobbly or anything.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William W. Lin on August 24, 2009
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I own the USA SPEC PA11-HON2y iPod interface, which is connected to and integrates nicely with the audio system of my Honda Accord. This system is great except that it doesn't charge the iPhone 3G/GS. There has since been a new cable released by USA SPEC which works with the iPhone, but the way my interface was installed, I can't get to the box to plug the new cable in. I had originally bought an adapter from CableJive which correctly converted firewire power to USB power, however, it was flimsy and didn't attach securely to the iPhone, which meant that whenever I went over a bump, the adapter would disconnect and my audio would go out. I just got the Griffin charge converter last week and, in comparison to the CableJive adapter, it is very well-constructed and sturdy. There is no spring button release, unlike some plugs - you just push the connector in and pull it out without having to depress buttons on either side of the plug. Despite this, the adapter fits snugly both into the iPhone and with the cable that plugs into it. The only advantage the CableJive adapter has is a mini-USB port built into its side, which allows you to inject power if you're using an accessory which doesn't normally provide power on its own. Still, I wish Griffin had come out with their adapter earlier, so I could have saved the $30 I spent otherwise.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Genske on February 1, 2010
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I purchased this charge converter to convert my 2008 BMW 5-series iPod connection to support the iPhone 3GS. The fit between the adapter and the iPhone has been poor from the start. There is no latching mechanism, and the converter is often loose. The connection has been intermittent, and now doesn't work at all. I will need to purchase another product to replace this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. P. Cornelius on September 8, 2009
After getting myself a nice, new iPod Nano 8GB (4th generation), I found out that Apple had changed the charging voltage of the new crop of iPods and iPhones. This presented a dilemma with my Alpine deck and KCA-420i iPod controller that I used with my old iPod Photo (4th gen), which worked wonderfully.

My research had brought up the Scosche PassPORT and Alpine's own KCE-422i adaptors, which both claimed to do the trick. Trouble is, they were both hideously expensive for a tiny piece of electronic gadgetry. The Griffin, although marketed as a "Firewire to USB" connector, works EXACTLY the same way, for less than 1/2 the price!!

It does add about 2cm of length to the connector assembly, thus making it a little more prominent where it might stick out of dashboard pockets and slots commonly used to house iPod connectors, however, that's a small inconvenience to the functionality this now gives to the current Nano range.

Update 2010-06-03.
I have tested this with an iPhone 3GS and confirm that it works 100%.

Verdict: Highly recommended, best value-for-money compared to other offerings by Scosche and Alpine. Well worth the $19.95 (plus delivery) (vs the $50-100 for the others on offer)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Hudson on January 9, 2010
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After receiving the 3G iPod Touch for Christmas, I was bummed when I plugged it in my truck. My existing head unit would not charge the newer generation of iPods. I got the dreaded "accessory not supported with this device" message. I starting looking around for a new head unit. I almost spent $350 on a new head unit with cable until I did just a little more research and found the Griffin adapter. It does exactly what it's supposed to and is very small and seems well built. Connects and un-connects very easily. Great Product, Great Price.
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