Scosche IPUSBM flipSYNC Keychain USB Charge and Sync Cable for iPod and iPhone
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- Ultra compact design fits on your keychain.
- Conveniently charge and sync your iPod or iPhone .
- USB 2.0 for fastest data transfer possible .
- Always have your cable with you.
- Built in key-ring loop for portability
- USB 2.0 allows for high speed data transfer
- Flip out style key chain connector
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However, they are not so clever with their choice of dimensions for the USB connector. The connector is much thicker than other similar connectors I have and it is an extremely tight fit in any standard USB receptacle. I measured several connectors of this type (without metal shells) and they are all 2 mm ±0.1 mm thick. The flipSYNK is 2.8 mm thick; nearly 50% thicker!
Since I am otherwise so impressed with the design, I decided to call Scosche customer service to see if this was some kind of manufacturing anomaly. But the rep said it was deliberately thicker for a tight fit so it wouldn't have any danger of falling out. Frankly my greater concern is that it would damage the connector in my $2000 laptop. It is so hard to push into a USB receptacle that I really don't want to risk trying. I have tested the snugness of all my 2 mm thick connectors and don't feel there is any risk of any of them coming loose with normal handling.
Since I do love the design other than this critical flaw, I have decided to file (or sand) down the connector to 2 mm and keep it instead of getting a refund. But I feel the extra thickness is such a serious flaw that I only gave it 2 stars; which I will happily raise to the full 5 if they ever fix this error.
I will add a photo to illustrate the issue.
Some of the negative reviews I mentioned pertained to the thickness of the USB connector and some people's issues trying to make it fit in their computers' USB ports. While it's definitely a tight fit, I have to say I had exactly zero problem getting it in the USB port of my MacBook Pro. It's a tight fit to keep it from accidentally being pulled out, but it's not so tight that you have to worry about damaging the USB port. That's just silliness or paranoia or both.
Long story short, it's a simple device that does exactly one thing and does it well. I'm constantly losing sync cables or leaving them at home. Either way, it seems I never have one when I truly need it. But, now, I have one on me at all times in a convenient little package. What more could you ask for?
The only caveat is that it is a little hard to get on or off a standard key ring. It basically suffers from the same difficulties with key rings that most car key fobs do. I skirted the issue by putting it on a smaller thinner key ring that then went on to my larger key ring with the rest of my keys -- again, basically the same thing they do with car key fobs.
The convenience factor of the FlipSYNC more than makes up for this one small thing, though, so if you're on the fence, do what I did and take the chance. It's not that much of a risk (got mine for $12), and I think you'll be glad you did.
The biggest complaint that I have though, is that if you have a Macbook Pro, (and others have mentioned this as well) the USB plug feels like it is glued into the socket. It fits entirely too tight, to the point that I have to pick up my computer and pry it out with my other hand. Beware of this- it is really annoying, but I'm more concerned about what a $13.00 piece of hardware will do to a $1300.00 machine. Not such a small gripe, considering its one of the only options out there for a shorter cable.
Overall though, I like it. Once they fix the USB port size issue, it's a great product, but again, I'm not sure how long this thing can last.
UPDATE: MAY 2ND, 2011
CAVEAT: IF YOU HAVE A MACBOOK PRO...
Don't buy this. It has rendered one USB port useless because nothing will stay plugged in. Because of this, I am pretty disappointed in this product. This has led to faulty syncing with my iPad, and eventually the iPad had to be restored because of some sort of connection error. My computer no longer recognized the iPad from this port using this device, therefore it is a faulty piece of plastic that is overall pretty useless. Stick with the cables, or use something made by Griffin. This thing is a piece of junk.
On another note, it also frequently enters a "Cannot charge with this accessory" mode on my iPhone. I know this is an Apple-approved accessory as it bears the "Made for" and "Works with" logos on the box, so I might need to return it, or maybe its due to the fact that I'm not inserting it fully, risking that the inner "reed" of my USB port would be bent or damaged.
So far, however, I have used the device for successful sync (and some charging) of my iPhone 3GS, and I can still use those ports for other USB devices without issue, but I'm worried about what long-term issues could arise if I continue to shove and jam this thing into my expensive laptop (I'm sure people with less expensive laptops would be just as worried, its not JUST a Mac thing.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i have owned this product for some time now and it goes with me everywhere. It works like it is supposed to. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jess Seifert
was always great to have on my keychain. so many times it came in handyPublished 20 months ago by Dustin Keener
This simply didn't work. Maybe the one I got was defective. Who knows. It's no surprise given how cheap it is, just disappointing.Published on January 9, 2014 by Laney
Great stocking stuffer for tech buffs. My husband throws it in his computer bag whenever he has a meeting or is traveling as a backup source of power.Published on December 13, 2013 by Tricia Watkins
Here is a review after owning and using this for about 3 years. It was super handy. Never needing to worry about needing an iPod cable was awesome. Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by SirPasta117
I bought this product to go in my USB port on my car radio. It works just like it should and has lasted me over a year now.Published on September 16, 2013 by Everett