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I agree - I bought this charger to go along with my Marware Convertible case, and had to file down the plastic of the dock connector so it would fit through the hole in the case. Other than the size though, this cable is great.

Posted by Ollie on May 1, 2004 at 8:09 AM (PDT) Comment 1

anyone used this with a vaja case?

Posted by Xenious on May 7, 2004 at 11:51 AM (PDT) Comment 2

Xenious - I have a Vaja case, and I just got the monster charger. There is no way it would fit with the case on, unfortunately.

I picked this charger because of the location of my car outlet. A charger that sticks out too far gets in the way of my coffee cup in the cup holder. Alas I have to take the iPod out of the case to use it, so I'll probably save it for longer car trips and just run off the battery for my daily commute.

Posted by SaraS on May 18, 2004 at 5:37 AM (PDT) Comment 3

The ULPC's spiral cord allows you to hide your line-out stereo cable by running it thru the spirals to your stereo. My new Nissan has an aux female jack in the factory Rockford Fosgate co-branded stereo. It looks clean and works great, though I still have to adjust the voume up a bit for the iPod, even thru the line out. (BTW, my Nissan is white and chrome -- a giant gas-guzzling iPod.)

Posted by Paddy on August 9, 2004 at 5:49 AM (PDT) Comment 4

YOUR WAY OFF ON THE BELKIN

It is a real POS. I owned it. They take the line-level output, and do what with it? They build in their own cheap amplifier! That negates the very reason that you want to use the line out jack!

In addition, because of the proximity of the Belkin amp and line in plug to the charger portion of the device, in many cars, there is audible car noise that is emitted thru the stereo (much like interference on AM radio).

I just bought the Monster a few weeks ago, and this mitigated all my problems. IT SOUNDS GREAT - WAY BETTER THAN THE BELKIN.

You obviously didn't test the Belkin much, or stop to think what adding a cheap built in amp to a line out does...

Posted by Slick on August 30, 2004 at 9:17 PM (PDT) Comment 5

I'm currently using a Sony cassette adapter and the headphone jack from my 4G iPod in a Toyota Echo hatch (from Canada). I got the HU with CD and cassette form the dealer.

I'm planning on either finding out if my current HU has audio inputs, or buying a new HU with them.

In this regard, the only car kit that seems to NOT have sound issues being the Monster, I'll probably go ahead and buy the Monster kit.
But it does suffer from a very large dock connector...

No one seems to have it down yet.

Posted by @lx on December 6, 2004 at 12:09 PM (PDT) Comment 6

Not sure if Monster changed its charger lineup, but I just bought the iCarCharger, and it comes with the line out.

Honestly, I'd prefer to have the line out jack on the socket plug, but as Paddy said, you can coil the iCarCharger's cord around your audio cable.

I decided on this one over the Belkin charger for the simple reason that the iCarCharger provides a true line out. Not sure what Belkin was thinking adding their own amplifier when your car's amp should be more than sufficient.

Posted by steeef on March 27, 2005 at 10:10 AM (PDT) Comment 7

I just got my iCarCharger ULPC the other night.

First, the downside, it doesn't fit my Contour Showcase or my Marware Sportsuit Convertible. I'm still trying to figure out if its safe to file the dock connector down as if I do, I'll file off a LOT and am afraid I may hit some vital component in the process. OLLIE, if you read this, please let me know how you filed yours down, and if this is the exact product you have, and not another monster product. I can't get myself to believe that this can be filed down by that much.

With the only CON out of the way, the PROS. Before I used this, I used a Griffin RoadTrip + female-female 3.5mm as a lineout (I don't like FM transmitters - sounds crappy). This was alright except for the annoying engine noise that it would pick up. Then I switched to the monster, the engine noise was GONE (probably because the lineout is far from the car charger), and my music sounds so DIFFERENT.

I have a budget sound car setup, and this monster, paired with monster THX standard 3.5mm to RCA cables, really brings out something I've never heard before in my RoadTrip setup. Mids are clearer, highs are finer, and bass is, what most people call, "TIGHT". This was the only time I realized the difference between muddy and tight bass. At first I thought my subs were off coz they weren't BOOMING, but I realized that it just got more refined, producing much better bass when and where it is needed in the music.

So what I have to say? iPods are music devices, so let them shine the way they should. I bought this even though I knew I'd have problems with my cases, but I am 100% happy with how it reproduces my music.

And oh yeah, it charges iPods smile (Almost forgot about that...)

Performance - 5/5
Design - 3/5 (Monster != Monster Dock Connector)

Posted by alecdy on August 10, 2005 at 7:33 PM (PDT) Comment 8

Can anyone say whether or not the ULPC will pause the iPod when the car ignitiion is switched off? Or do you have to manually pause it? I seem to recall reading that the Belkin paused the iPod but can't find any reference to whether the Monster ULPC does so.

Posted by sjdigital on August 28, 2005 at 4:02 PM (PDT) Comment 9

I too would like to know if the ULPC will pause the iPod when the ignition is turned off. Also, can someone let me know if the line-out will work even if the charger isn't plugged in?

Posted by Requiem123 on August 30, 2005 at 10:58 PM (PDT) Comment 10

yup it pauses the ipod when you turn off ignition. and yes you can use the lineout even if it isn't plugged in... neat! :D

Posted by alecdy on September 5, 2005 at 3:31 AM (PDT) Comment 11

I just purchased the Monster iCarCharger and yes the dock connector is montrously large! I expanded the opening in my Contour Design Showcase to try to accommodate the iCarCharger, but the bottom portion of the case near the dock connector still pops open slightly when I plug in the iCarCharger. Expanding the opening of the Showcase seemed to be a better solution than whittling down the iCarCharger's dock connector. It's disappointing to learn that the iCarCharger doesn't work with Vaja cases. Perhaps someone should make a dock extender! The music quality is great but the dock connector is just too big for use with cases. One final issue, all these different names. I searched iLounge for a review of the iCarCharger, but the packaging listed iCar Charger. Nothing came up on a search on iLounge for "Monster iCar Charger." If I'd found this review while at the store, I would have passed on the product because of the overly sized dock connector.

Posted by Michael Kelly on August 6, 2006 at 6:01 AM (PDT) Comment 12
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