I'm looking for an alternative to Belkin's battery pack. Although Belkin's looks great and such, I always have my PodSleev on my iPod (and it seems I would need to remove it to use this battery pack). If I DO have to take it off for Belkin's battery pack, I don't want it scratching up the back of my iPod like the review above mentioned. That's just unacceptable.

So, if anyone sees an alternative that is NOT home-made (but is one which a company manufactures), please let me know.

Thanks a lot

Posted by Shiper1 on April 28, 2004 at 5:43 PM (PDT) Comment 41

Just search for battery powered ipod charger on ebay $35 for it for the 3g and $25 for works very good and looks nice..i have had mine for a little bit :-D

Posted by Boaguy on April 29, 2004 at 6:42 PM (PDT) Comment 42

i got mine today for $50. literally, it's just a plastic casing with some led lights. i'm sure there's more inside, but i can't see why it would cost so much. besides, you can only attach it with the suction cups when your ipod is naked. personally, i'm using it with a large rubber band. there's no way i'm letting my new ipod get all scratched up without a case on. one other thing is that it would've been nice if it charged the internal battery when attached.

Posted by j0hn00 on May 2, 2004 at 12:17 PM (PDT) Comment 43

as mentioned above, you CAN charge it. you can either use the dock, or you can switch it into disk mode.

read before you post. smile

Posted by killfire on May 3, 2004 at 2:29 PM (PDT) Comment 44

thanks... didn't see that... yes it does charge the ipod when in disk mode. however, i noticed that when the 4 aa batteries are low, it interferes with the ipod's functions. it keeps pausing songs during play and sometimes makes playback inaudible. also, i've noticed that i can only get 6 hours tops off 4 aa batteries when the internal battery is fully charged. i just took a 7 hour flight cross country and a 13 hour flight overseas. basically, a 24 hour trip with the waiting and a bus ride at the end. i used 12 standard aa batteries (had to keep replacing them when they got low) and ended up draining the internal battery the last few hours of my trip. however, the $50 i spent was so worth it. i have to make the same trip back in a few weeks. one last thing, the led lights are useless. they're never right. one minute, only 2 lights remain and the next all 4 lights are on.

Posted by j0hn00 on May 4, 2004 at 5:40 AM (PDT) Comment 45

I love this thing. I use it with rechargable 2200 mAh NiMH batteries and get 12+ hours playback on them as long as there is a charge on the iPod's internal battery. I can also get 3 to 4 full charges for the iPod's battery when I use the dock connector or disk mode. It's great for when I'm not around an outlet and need a charge. A bit bulky but well worth the $$$, IMO.

Posted by proanim8r on May 4, 2004 at 12:30 PM (PDT) Comment 46

I am hiking, want to charge my iPod from the Belkin (no time to buy a different battery charger) which is better, dock connector charging or disk mode?
I have never heard of disk mode -- will it do anything else to my iPod?
And to get Disk mode, (just to recap) I press menu and play together for 5 secs, then when it starts up again I hold down ff and rw?
thanks, I am off soon and this sounds great! I was just going to use the Belkin instead of the iPod battery, but if I can use it to charge, then i can carry my iPod in the case.
By the way guys, which case did you take your iPod hiking in??? was it a good one?

Posted by Clarey on May 5, 2004 at 3:56 AM (PDT) Comment 47

>which is better, dock connector charging or disk mode?

I would think since you are hiking, disk mode charging would be better since you don't need to carry the dock with you.

>I have never heard of disk mode -- will it do anything else to my iPod?

If you mean 'will it hurt it?' No. It takes the iPod out of 'iPod' mode and makes it act only like a hard drive so you can transfer files, pictures, contacts, etc.

>And to get Disk mode, (just to recap) I press menu and play together for 5 secs, then when it starts up again I hold down ff and rw?

Yep. Make sure you hold down rw and ff WHILE the iPod is starting up. Then when you're done charging, reset again and you have an iPod back.

Be aware, the playback and number of charges I get (3 to 4) are from high power NiMH batteries. I don't know how many you get from plain alkalines.

Posted by proanim8r on May 5, 2004 at 11:09 AM (PDT) Comment 48

Himalyan Trip

I am going on a three week hike in the himalyas with my ipod, which i will be primarily using for storing photos from my digital SLR. Obviously i can't attach the media reader and the battery pack at the same time, so am i right in assuming that i can use the battery pack to charge the ipod internal battery while in disc mode, then remove it to attach the media reader to load up the photos? Also, how many charges of the internal battery would i get from one set of external batteries?

Posted by caperky on May 10, 2004 at 3:41 PM (PDT) Comment 49

Ok so I'm leaving the US to go to South Africa for two months, and I was planning on buying an iPod because I won't have any room to bring CDs. Of course I can't charge it over there because the adapter wont work, and the iPod travel adapter works everywhere but Africa. So i figured the battery pack would be the best (and seemingly only) way to go??
Also, will this work while my iPod is in a case? Or will it not fit? I was planning on getting the iPod armor, just because i'll be safaring for part of my trip, and im clumsy. Any suggestions??

Posted by Lauren on May 14, 2004 at 7:49 AM (PDT) Comment 50

why does this cost $60? i really want one so i dont have to worry about wasting the battery, but its so expensive. any cheaper ones?

Posted by jaywalk on May 18, 2004 at 3:41 PM (PDT) Comment 51

Battery Pack Problems??

Recently took my brand new iPod with battery pack to Europe (20hour flight). Initally found the battery pack was great. But eventually came across similar problems like have been described elsewhere.
The LED indicatores give false impressions and I found that when the batteries are only showing 1 or 2 LED's and the backlight is on, the battery indicator on the iPod begins to flash like it's trying to charge!

The most terrifying problem was on the home flight. The battery pack showed 3 LED's (the internal battery was half charged) and all seemed OK. After about 10 minutes of play the current song stopped and the display showed a different track playing. I disconnected the battery pack and found nothing was responding. The iPod's buttons did not work and I could feel the internal HDD spinning. The HDD continued to spin for around half an hour until the internal battery ran flat. The iPod itself became VERY hot during this period and my biggest worry was a complete meltdown or explosion (great on an aircraft).

After arriving home I recharged the iPod and all seems OK (for now).

Has anyone else had a similar problem??

Posted by GF on June 7, 2004 at 8:42 PM (PDT) Comment 52

Lauren: What about a car charger? (Like the Belkin Auto Charger) If your going to have a car with you that is - if not, oh well.

Posted by zena on June 25, 2004 at 12:19 AM (PDT) Comment 53

What accounts for the discrepancy between the iPod wall adapter's 12V power and this battery pack's 6V? Or does this pack output 12V? Can someone measure that?

On a related note, I assume the iPod contains all of its necessary charging circuitry so just supplying the appropriate voltage through the dock connector is all it takes? But what is it about the wall adapter and computer connection which make the iPod think it can charge from (rather than just use) that external power supply?

Posted by Joe Hendrickson on July 21, 2004 at 7:58 PM (PDT) Comment 54

hi! i have been using my ipod and the battery pack, and i also have the Vaja hard case. I usually just plug in the battery pack and leave my ipod in the vaja case. of course the battery pack wont "click" on the ipod but i simply put it all my pocket and dont have any issues. Sure its bulkier but i dont (1) want to take my ipod out of the case and (2) sometimes need the extra battery on those long flights (10+ hours).

would love the next gen of the battery pack not have the side conture, just the suction pads. smile

Posted by robert on August 19, 2004 at 11:34 AM (PDT) Comment 55

well, i was just in london and low and behold i had forgot my ipod charger at home. so i went to a computer store in notting hill where i was staying and i got this for only 14 pounds, so thats less than 24 dollars in US, so the price has definatly gone down over time since this review was written. and yeah the battery back isnt that great for walking around and stuff but its fine on plane and train rides, which i was mostly doing there as my means of transportation. (i was with my family so i didnt really use it in the tube at all) but its just fine when your sitting or lying around but thinking about it its not as good on the go.

Posted by reallygoodcake on August 22, 2004 at 1:43 PM (PDT) Comment 56

can i use the Belkin Backup Battery Pack for my Ipod remixed (20G)??

Posted by saza on September 22, 2004 at 11:19 PM (PDT) Comment 57

I am kinda of new but does the battery work on my mini ipod? if not is someway i can buy something to renew my battery....

Posted by newuser on September 29, 2004 at 2:40 PM (PDT) Comment 58

It works. My prepurchase concern that I'd dislike the suction cups and iPod clip were well founded. Incompatible with rubber skins.

Within 15 minutes I had a small screwdriver out, and carefully pried off the iPod clip. It attaches through four tiny cylindrical bumps, and four glue spots, comes apart rather cleanly. The bottom is not a clean surface; one sees the bendable flanges associated with the suction cups, but it works. It's now the size I expect it should be. This is for "emergencies", e.g. long flights, and I have no problem with the two units working side by side rather than a sandwich.

Posted by Syzygies on October 5, 2004 at 5:59 AM (PDT) Comment 59

My Belkin battery pack just died on me (using a 3G 40GB iPod). It had been working fine (though not spectacularly) until recently. This time I plugged it to the iPod. It started working but got very hot (smell of burning plastic) and has stopped working.

Has this happened to anyone? Any suggestions on whether it can be fixed?

Posted by Kishore on October 22, 2004 at 4:43 AM (PDT) Comment 60


Posted by clint on October 24, 2004 at 9:49 AM (PDT) Comment 61

This product works pretty works well. In my experience it effectively recharges the iPod battery - but like it says in the article you need to connect it before the iPod battery gets too low. The only downsides are that it takes up a lot of space and it is heavy with the batteries.

Posted by bcmiami on November 15, 2004 at 6:28 PM (PDT) Comment 62

Are there AA battery packs like this for OTHER systems? any ones that work across a different range of models?!!

Posted by FORTUNE on January 14, 2005 at 12:14 AM (PDT) Comment 63

Does anyone know anything about the emergency 9 volt battery charger for the Ipod? Here is a web site showing one.
Is this a viable option to other non-electrical chargers?

Posted by blato on March 18, 2005 at 2:47 PM (PDT) Comment 64

I just bought a Belkin Backup Battery Pack for my 40GB 4G, but see there's a sticker on the back that says "Not compatible with Disk mode."

Can someone explain why? I don't mind switching my iPod to auto-update mode when I travel, but it's kind of irritating to have to do that.

I haven't opened my package yet and may just return the thing and try the new BTI AA battery pack instead....

Posted by gillers on April 5, 2005 at 1:48 PM (PDT) Comment 65
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