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iPod Charging Adaptor

by on Apr.03, 2009, under Accessories

iPod Adaptor
iPod Adaptor

  

 We recently began carrying these iPod charging adaptors because they have an SAE 2-pin connector.  Prior to listing them, I consulted with supplier regarding their application.  Specifically, I was concerned about hitting an iPod with 12-volts DC, knowing that 12V charging adaptors often step the voltage down to that which the device is designed to receive.  The response I was given was that the iPod device has the internal electronics to accept voltages ranging between 10 and 30 volts DC.  This margin of tolerance laid my concerns to rest.   

Knowing that these charging adaptors were being marketed to provide the ability to charge an iPod using portable solar chargers, I felt fairly confident that this was the case.  At the same time, knowing customers may attempt to use the cable to charge their iPod using their motorcycle’s battery/charging system, I felt compelled to explore the topic further.   

As always, the necessity for proper fusing surfaces, and it is again incumbent upon the user to protect their device with  adequate fuse protection.   Whether that means changing out the fuse in their battery tender pigtail to a fuse of a lower value, or installing an inline fuse holder and fuse.   

Considering the iPod charging adaptor cable is only 4″ long, I would recommend purchasing our 5-piece accessory cable kit, or at least one of the component 8′ extensions.  Another avenue would be to obtain the components necessary to wire your own accessory circuit.  That circuit tailing off with an SAE 2-pin (i.e., one with a protected/female positive, which we refer to as a “power” side connector) to match up to the iPod charging adaptor cable (this has the exposed male positive pin, which we refer to as the “load” side connector) .   

So, this will be yet another hand held / portable electronic device we have found a way to charge by alternate means, i.e., via a portable solar charger, or using a motorcycle’s (ATV, etc.) battery / charging system.   

5/12/11 – Sorry to say…  the above iPod adaptor only works with early generation iPods…  It will not work with more current models…  We will be watching for developments in this area…  

We welcome email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

Currently, our products are available through our new e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com    

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling the above products, as well as Portable Solar Chargers – Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy ! 

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