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I decided to buy a mains power adaptor for my ipod so that I could take it on holiday and not worry about running out of battery life as the only adaptor I had for it was the USB cable that came with it when it was bought. I don't like to take my laptop away with me and I wanted the flexibility of being able to charge my ipod on trains, hotels, at work, at other people's houses etc.
Although the adapter in the dooyoo image shows a two pin plug, mine was bought at an Apple store in the UK so does have the three pin plug that works over here.
To use the adapter, you take the USB charger cable that came with your ipod or iphone, plug one end into the ipod and the USB end into the adapter, then plug the adapter into a mains socket. An amber light will flash when there is power flowing through the adapter, even if there is no ipod connected. When your ipod is connected and charging the light will turn green. If your ipod battery has run down completely it will take a minute or so for it to start charging (or maybe that's just mine!).
I've noticed that my ipod seems to charge faster from the mains adapter than from the USB cable connected to the laptop. I'm not sure if there's any reason for this though or if I'm just imagining it! Its generally fully charged within a couple of hours.
The only downside I've found to this product is that its a bit bulky so it doesn't always fit into the space where the mains socket is easily, especially if you're using a multiplug adapter. Oh, and that because the cable you use is just the short USB one, if the mains plug is close to the floor you'll probably have to rest your ipod or iphone on the floor to charge as it won't reach a table! So be careful you don't stand on it by accident!
I bought this travel adapter kit a while ago for use with my iPod mainly as I often travel on holiday and cannot charge my iPod! It's great for that, but it did cost quite a lot too at £30 from the Apple Store. You get an awful lot of adapters included in the kit - literally every one you will ever need. I have personally only used the English and European ones.
Even the English one is useful as you can charge your iPod in the mains rather than connecting it via the USB cable to a computer. The adapter that comes with it has all the different plugs fit onto it, and at the other end the USB cable fits in, which can be connected to your iPod. The adapters come in a black box with the product title and images of all the adapters in a stylish arrangement with the Apple logo in the corner.
It all looks great but at £30, it's very expensive! I'd try looking online for a cheaper version if you really needed this. The adapters themselves are all of great quality and individually wrapped in plastic packets within a polystyrene mould inside the box. They literally slide onto the power adapter, which can take a bit of getting used to, and the USB just slots straight in easily.
Considering you are plugging them into the mains, the iPod may charge a bit quicker but I haven't noticed any major differences. As well as the whole iPod range, you can use this adapter with the iPhones too. Currently, as quoted from the Apple site, the following adapters are available:
* North America
* United Kingdom,
* Continental Europe
* Hong Kong
There are no adapters for cars or flights in here, which is a slight drawback. Hopefully in the near future, Apple can produce these. Overall, it's a very useful product to have as you can charge your iPod wherever you go - just make sure you bring the right adapter! They are of good quality, work well and it's easy to use. The major drawback is the price!
Thanks for reading!
This is a very useful addition to your ipod accessories. Quick explanation of how it works, it is simply a wall plug with the relevant connector to connect your ipod to it, thus allowing you to charge the ipod without having to plug it into your pc. This is useful for a number of reasons, when travelling, you may not have access to a pc and want to charge you ipod so all you need is the plug and a socket, also if you do not want you pc on but just want to charge the ipod again you can use it here. The power supply seems to charge the ipod quicker than it does when plugged into a pc which is also a plus point. On a further side note, due to the connector on the plug you can connect effectively any usb device that can charge from the usb cable and so are able to charge a number of different things such as other mp3 players, and sat navs. For travel purposes the cable also detaches from the plug so you can pack it away more neatly and thus take up less space in your luggage.
Use an extra iPod Power Adapter for home, office or travel. The FireWire-based adapter allows you to charge your iPod when not connected to a computer. Just plug the adapter into a wall outlet and (depending on model) connect a 6-6 pin FireWire cable or iPod Connector to FireWire cable to your iPod for recharging.