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BTI announces ‘The iPod Battery’ external pack

picAn external Li-Ion battery pack solution for iPod has been developed by Battery Technology, Inc (BTI). “Designed for all iPod users, The iPod Battery comes with interchangeable cradles for the original and new iPod and will provide up to 40 hours of music play-time or down-load time, regardless of the age or status of the original (internal) battery. The iPod battery from Battery Technology, Inc. (BTI) does NOT charge the internal iPod battery. The power will by-pass the internal battery and go straight to the unit. This is the perfect solution for travel, long commutes or if its going to be a long time between charging access.  The iPod Battery is also great when attaching your iPod to a speaker system…less wires needed (while battery is charged).” It’s compatible with all iPod models except the iPod mini and features; an On/Off switch, belt clip, USB port for charging other devices and comes with a one year warranty. BTI is accepting pre-orders for $99 and includes free shipping within US and Canada. A BTI representative told us “the battery is scheduled to be available some time in March.”

Editor’s note: BTI has sent us email to correct their earlier claim that the The iPod Battery would charge the internal iPod battery. The iPod battery from Battery Technology, Inc. (BTI) does NOT charge the internal iPod battery. The power will by-pass the internal battery and go straight to the unit.

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Comments

1

This looks a lot nicer than the belkin battery pack.  I would like to know the specs of the battery itself (li/on? ni metal hydride double a’s? etc)  Does the battery pack recharge while charging the ipod itself?  Any actual non-photoshop pics? 

For 99 dollars, I need a lot more info.

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Posted by dave on January 29, 2004 at 9:30 AM (PDT)

2

Nice product, but $100?  What’s up with manufacturers who charge exorbitant prices for anything iPod?

Posted by Obadiah on January 29, 2004 at 9:41 AM (PDT)

3

It looks 100x better than the belkin one and doesn’t have any false promises like “15 hours battery life” including the iPod’s own 8 hours… Not too bad a price in my opinion - considering there will be a good battery in there.

Posted by Angelfly on January 29, 2004 at 9:45 AM (PDT)

4

Well, I don’t think it looks better, but it is a more elegant solution, however enormous and costly it may be.

Posted by monkedsel on January 29, 2004 at 9:49 AM (PDT)

5

doesn’t seem to have dock port access, or i’m blind….bummer.

Posted by RegalBegal in New England on January 29, 2004 at 9:57 AM (PDT)

6

You know…i still like the funcionality (not design) of the Belkin Battery Pack. I like having the peace of mind that i can use standard AA batteries (which can be found around the world).

The main reason i would buy a battery pack was for travel, especially to places where an electical outlet (preferably 110V US) is not available. If i bought the BTI unit, i would STILL have to be around a power source after 15-“40” hours.

For most people that DON’T travel, and primarily have a power source available locally, then this would be a NICE solution. It would be great for all day excursions, backpacking, etc. There aren’t any wires to worry about and it looks more secure than the Belkin (no suction cups). But if you travel a lot like i do, and don’t have a standard powersource for at least a week, then when your “40” hours of playtime are up, you’ll need to recharge at your neerest powersource. WHICH ALSO means you’ll need to carry the charging adapter and other wires around too.

Although, i’d have to admit. If i’m traveling (and having a good time), i don’t think my iPod will ever see 40 hours of use within the week…or maybe even two weeks. But still, it’s still nice to know i can use regular AA batteries with my iPod using the Belkin battery pack.

Posted by ILoveMusic on January 29, 2004 at 10:07 AM (PDT)

7

I have updated the news item above. I asked the BTI rep and yes, The iPod Battery is a Li-Ion battery.

Posted by Dennis Lloyd in Irvine, CA on January 29, 2004 at 10:47 AM (PDT)

8

I thought ILove Music brought up some good points.

Posted by jbcoop on January 29, 2004 at 10:49 AM (PDT)

9

I also thought ILoveMusic had some good points. Oh yeah, and he was expressing his opinion. Go figure that Jaguares would be offended just because someone expressed his personal preference.

Posted by grubesteak on January 29, 2004 at 10:59 AM (PDT)

10

Jaguares, there’s no place for someone of your limited thinking in this forum. keep your thoughts to yourself, please.

Posted by mvague on January 29, 2004 at 11:28 AM (PDT)

11

Looks better than the Belkin? Are you insane?
This thing is butt ugly and huge.

I agree, go buy a Belkin and a 12 pack of AA for 4.99..problem solved.

$100?

Look,the ipod is very expensive….why would people want to plop down another 40,60,100 bucks for gear?

I thought $25 for a cellphone face plate was a joke but this is rediculous.

it does have some good points..and I want to see more/better pics before I decide for sure…but $100….come talk to me when the price drops to $50 or $60.

Posted by name on January 29, 2004 at 12:01 PM (PDT)

12

It looks somewhat bulky and “protruding” but I don’t think the price is that bad considering the estimated 40 hours of battery usage on a new iPod.

Posted by casey on January 29, 2004 at 12:31 PM (PDT)

13

The iPod’s a lifestyle product. I can’t think of anything more apt than someone explaining how it fits into their lifestyle.

Posted by keiron on January 29, 2004 at 12:32 PM (PDT)

14

100 seems expensive until you compare to Belkin’s $60 battery pack.  It’s much cheaper per hour of usage, especially if you include AA replacement cost.

Posted by Albert on January 29, 2004 at 1:46 PM (PDT)

15

In truth, the Belkin pack should cost $20-30 instead of $60.

Posted by Albert on January 29, 2004 at 2:06 PM (PDT)

16

actually it does now, with coupon.

Posted by bkush on January 29, 2004 at 2:53 PM (PDT)

17

ILoveMusic was talking about the product. He told us why he would prefer the Belkin Battery Pack by giving us some background information.
I also think that AA batteries have advantages over an battery like this. As ILoveMusic stated they can be found all over the world, well at least easier then a (compatible) power outlet. Another important advantage is that you don’t have to wait for the battery to be recharged. You just put in some new batteries. Also I think there will be AA’s available in stores after this battery dies. I don’t want to imply that this battery dies soon btw. This is still a nice product.

Posted by Josh on January 29, 2004 at 2:54 PM (PDT)

18

Those of us with Gen 1 and Gen 2 pods will find this handy, I’m sure, since Belkin has ignored our needs.

Posted by Jacako on January 29, 2004 at 3:28 PM (PDT)

19

PHAT!

Posted by jcs on January 29, 2004 at 3:45 PM (PDT)

20

Even with the coupon, the shipping cost at Belkin makes it prohibitively expensive.

Posted by Albert on January 29, 2004 at 3:51 PM (PDT)

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