Agree with all of the review.
Had the BTI almost a month now and the battery life is staggering. I would estimate 80 hours +.

Posted by Jonathan Highton on June 16, 2004 at 9:30 PM (PDT) Comment 1

We have updated the review to reflect the conclusion of our battery test at 73 hours running time.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on June 16, 2004 at 9:40 PM (PDT) Comment 2

The other 'Bad:' feature is that it doesn't work for Gen 1/2 users......

Posted by Jacko on June 17, 2004 at 12:06 AM (PDT) Comment 3

Will BTI be coming out with a similar device for Gen 1/2 ipod users? It seems like the early adopters are the ones that end up getting the short end of the stick...

Posted by S.Fuller on June 17, 2004 at 2:40 AM (PDT) Comment 4

Wow, 73 hours of additional running time...but if you look at the size of the battery, are they not reverting back to the chunky walkman days? It kind of defeats the purpose of the craftsmanship of the Apple iPod, primarily with the new, smaller generations. However, I do think its a great idea for those 8+ hour-travellers who wouldn't mind carrying a little more bulk along with their luggage.

Posted by John Davis on June 17, 2004 at 4:15 AM (PDT) Comment 5

how long does it take to recharge the battery pack?
the long playback times seem fine, i need that, but i also might not have too much time near a power outlet.

Posted by berland on June 17, 2004 at 5:09 AM (PDT) Comment 6

I like to charge all my accessories while I sleep, but it only has 350+ charges, is that full charges? Or will this only last less than 1 year for me? And does this charge the same rate as the iPod?

Posted by Dynamite on June 17, 2004 at 5:46 AM (PDT) Comment 7

Also i would like to know if you could fit a g3 ipod with an evo skin into one of the face plates - obviously the 40gb plate. Has anyone tried this. i keep my evo on pretty much all the time now and i love it.

Posted by gainsbourg on June 17, 2004 at 6:31 AM (PDT) Comment 8

That thing is HUGE. Why would anyone want something that big, I don't care if the battery never ran out I would never carry that thing around. How about a battery pack that was very slim, fit on the back without adding too much additional size and gave about 10-20 extra hours, that's what I need.

Posted by Ray on June 17, 2004 at 7:05 AM (PDT) Comment 9

Gotta agree with Ray here.

A snug-fitting metal enclosure with an incorporated connector (that is, no trailing connector cable) at the bottom, with a much slimmer battery pack at the back that provided an extra 10 hours would be truly practical for the iPodder on the go.

Now if only I owned an iPod...


Posted by won on June 17, 2004 at 7:21 AM (PDT) Comment 10

I'm a New Yorker who commutes a lot. And by the time I get home and do another half hour of walking my ipod dies. This device will probably be a godsend. I was waiting for a review before I bought anything. Now I'm convinced that this is a tool I need. Size or not, I have a pocket. No big deal.

Posted by Earl on June 17, 2004 at 7:22 AM (PDT) Comment 11

Where can you get this for 81 bucks shipped?

Posted by Earl on June 17, 2004 at 7:25 AM (PDT) Comment 12

Here's the thing with the size (at least for me)...I usually don't run my battery out when using my Pod while working out or taking walks...on road trips there are other ways to charge in a car...the use for this (for me) would be in AZ and traveling back to the east (where I'm from) my Pod would die before I landed most of the time and that would leave my bus ride from Boston to Cape Cod a boring, using my remote and hopefully this new battery pack, I'd like to make my own iPod roaming around town on foot or going camping/hiking will enable me to have my Pod running at all times...

Posted by Fred on June 17, 2004 at 10:08 AM (PDT) Comment 13

I was checking this battery out and found one at Provantage for $77.50. The website addss is: I was just waiting for the price to come down. This battery would be good for me when I'm reading the ebook I have in the notes section on my iPod. Doing that uses up a lot of battery juice.

Posted by honeybee1236 on June 17, 2004 at 10:37 AM (PDT) Comment 14

is this battery pack avalible in the UK or do i have to buy it from a US website?

Posted by jack on June 17, 2004 at 10:47 AM (PDT) Comment 15

jack: scroll down the page and you will see the European distributors listed. The companies Email addss is listed for more info if needed (Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

Posted by honeybee1236 on June 17, 2004 at 11:37 AM (PDT) Comment 16

Very good in performance and the size is OK for the traveller.

Posted by DH on June 17, 2004 at 3:29 PM (PDT) Comment 17

Is this battery available in Australia?

Posted by Nick183 on June 17, 2004 at 4:07 PM (PDT) Comment 18

i am going to go ahead and clear up some misconceptions and answer some questions....

This is a Li-ion battery....... 350+ charges is standard for Li-ion and LiPo batterys........

Li-ion batteries work best when warmer (not hot).... this gives the best charge length.... BUT when charging they should never get hot.... this suggests a battery or charger malfunction and can lead to battery swelling, release of gases and eventually fire........

as far as portability i would love to see this with a cable extension where you can leave the battery pack in a backpack and have the cable running to youripod in your pocket (i use a pre-amp so this isnt an issue since i already have the pod in my pocket running to a preamp in my bag and then from the back to my headphones...... this way it i could just use twist ties to join the power and preamp cables together......)

i might even take apart the amp and one of these battery packs and put it all in one house and run the dock line out to the amp components and the power to where it should be so i only have one wire coming out of the dock and i get a cleaner sound from the dock connection)

before i found out about this i was looking at an electronic bike battery which are offered up to 10000mAh..... according to my calculations it could be up to twice the life of this battery...... but i would have to build an appropriate charger which is a pain in the butt and if you dont get it right you can cause a fire..... so i'll probably just get one of these bad boys and combine it with a pre-amp

i would like to know how long it takes to charge this battery...

and will the ipod first drain it's internal batttery then this one or vice versa?

if anyone is serious about enjoying the ipod a pre-amp and ditching ear buds is the way to go..... gonna get me some Grado Labs RS-1s shortly

Posted by intlplby on June 17, 2004 at 5:02 PM (PDT) Comment 19

nick 183,

i have seen it advertised in melbourne. the place is streetwise software (in hawthorn [url=][/url] i would warn you, it is $185. I don't have one but i purchased my ipod and a couple of other bits and pieces there and they are good.


Posted by timmy on June 18, 2004 at 4:07 AM (PDT) Comment 20

looks awesome

Posted by ewok on June 18, 2004 at 7:30 PM (PDT) Comment 21

I live in UK and got mine direct from USA.
Also note u probably only need to charge 1 a week or less.
Great product

Posted by Jonathan on June 19, 2004 at 3:23 AM (PDT) Comment 22

I think Belkin's pack with the awesome 15-minue rechargeable rayovac batteries, that last longer than regular alkalines, will be close in price to this, can be recharged like 1000 times, and after eventual death you only need to buy new four pack of batteries for $15. Plus you can keep extra sets of batteries for $15 each to get long life away from charger

Posted by Daq on June 19, 2004 at 7:14 PM (PDT) Comment 23

I'd like to add that there is no way this looks nicer than Belkin's!!??!!

.......and to answer intlplby's question, the ipod takes power from external stuff and not its battery when something is connected

Posted by Daq on June 19, 2004 at 7:28 PM (PDT) Comment 24

Jonathan, where abouts did you get yours shipped to the UK from ? ... and how much was it, if you don't mind me asking ? thanks....

Posted by binky on June 20, 2004 at 1:52 AM (PDT) Comment 25
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