I’ve become annoyed with my 2008 Scion xD’s built-in iPod interface… For one I need an adaptor to charge anything newer than an iPhone 3G. Also to spite the adaptor, both my old 3GS and now iPhone 4 give an “accessory not compatible” error every time I plug it in. I also run a dock connector extension cable from the 1’ proprietary Scion cable to reach my windshield mount. Yet another down side is that I have to use my car stereo’s crappy interface to select tracks…
Now that I have a car mount I like allowing me to use my iPhone more safely while driving, I figured why not use my car’s AUX port instead of the iPod connector? I need something that both charges the iPhone and connects to the AUX port directly via the dock connector.
However most name brand car chargers with AUX output cost $30+ (Kensington 2-in-1 Charger and Audio Cable and Griffin AutoPilot for iPod). I realized that all these really are is just USB car chargers with iPod/iPhone dock connector and AUX cables built-in.
It didn’t take much Google searching to find:
- 3-in-1 USB 3.5mm AUX Audio/Data/Charger Cable for iPod/iPhone 2G/3G/3GS
- 500mA Car Cigarette Powered USB Adapter/Charger (DC 12V/24V)
Ordered both for $6.81 Total
I’ll be posting a review once I receive my order and have a chance to test them.
UPDATE: I also found this $19.99 ‘NewerTech® 3 in 1 Audio/Sync/Charging Cable’ if the above generic Chinese cables turnout to be garbage.
UPDATE: Checkout my review of the $6.81 cables.