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I wonder if I can use this with an iSkin case. (Evo)

Posted by Earl on June 20, 2004 at 4:05 AM (PDT) Comment 26

now that some people got that gadget, tell us how long does it take to charge?

Posted by berland on June 20, 2004 at 7:59 AM (PDT) Comment 27

What I would really like to see in an external battery pack is the ability to either run the iPod while attached (which is what they all currently do), AND charge the iPod's own battery - the DIY battery packs do the latter. It should be easy enough to provide a switch and run the current through a different circuit - I wouldn't mind "lugging" the external pack around in my back pack, but I still want my iPod to be small and not have it transform into some misshapen abortion.

Posted by Bill Clinton on June 20, 2004 at 8:08 AM (PDT) Comment 28

Read Daq's comment above,
I think that this might be helpful for the long-run?
Any other thoughts?

Posted by THINKER on June 20, 2004 at 1:04 PM (PDT) Comment 29

Another reason for belkin pack:
possibility to use $15-$20 solar battery charger, such as quadcharger AA, to charge some cheap standard rechargeable batteries over and over again without needing any outlet.
***Note: keep an extra set of 4 batteries charging while you use one set and you'll get uninterupted playtime

Posted by Daq on June 20, 2004 at 3:09 PM (PDT) Comment 30

Well... since I don't seem to be coonvincing anyone to fo for the belin product, I will offer a useful tip for both of these products:

You CAN charge the internal battery of an ipod with these by putting this through the ipod dock connector or activating disc mode on the ipod. This way you can get the longer power, without an outlet, and not have to carry the extra weight.

Posted by Daq on June 20, 2004 at 3:16 PM (PDT) Comment 31

hmm so if I do bring the dock connector it can charge the internal battery while I'm not listening to it? sweet.

I don't want to deal with double A batteries anymore, I mean either way even if its small I'm sure the weight of that thing is annoying and I'm not a big fan of suction cups. Rechargables? I have bad luck with em.

If Belkin ever reduces the price of their battery pack to about 25-30 dollars then maybe I might consider it. I've already ordered the BTI battery, so chances are if I'm satisfied with that, no need for another ackward suction cup device, I'd rather the thing cover the entire back anyway so it doesn't move around too much in my pack.

Posted by Earl on June 20, 2004 at 10:56 PM (PDT) Comment 32

..To get ipod into disc mode press menu and play together for 5 secs, then while it starts up again, hold down ff and rw buttons and look for disc mode message.

Attach this product to the ipod and it charge the internal battery w/o extra equipment.

Posted by Daq on June 21, 2004 at 5:43 PM (PDT) Comment 33

What I don't like about the BTI Battery is the short length of the connector. I don't mind carrying the battery in my backpack but I'd like to just take out the iPod to change albums while I'm traveling. Does anyone make a extension cord for the 3G say 18 in or 2 ft?

Supr

Posted by Suprlite_7 on June 21, 2004 at 10:52 PM (PDT) Comment 34

http://www.powerwarehouse.com/MP3-Player-Batteries.asp?idCategory=15

Re question asked earlier.
Got it delivered to the Uk from here.
I actually got free postage but they have since changed that to US only.
Still rate this v highly.

Posted by Jonathan on June 25, 2004 at 10:47 AM (PDT) Comment 35

Do you guys think that [url=http://www.provantage.com]http://www.provantage.com[/url] is a trustworthy site? They have them for like $77 new.

http://www.provantage.com/buy-7BATB031-lithium-ion-battery-ipod-technology-batteries-b01-shopping.htm

Looks, like a great deal. Just wondering if anyone has ever ordered from them before.

Posted by Adrian on June 28, 2004 at 7:52 AM (PDT) Comment 36

So, the only way to use all these external batteries out there is to first run down the internal battery? Or can you use the external first and save the internal charge?

Posted by Jay on June 28, 2004 at 2:04 PM (PDT) Comment 37

I ordered the BTI battery from Provantage.com and received it in less than 48 hours. The battery works great and I'm very happy with the purchase.

Posted by Jason on June 28, 2004 at 3:05 PM (PDT) Comment 38

i also got it from provantage rather quickly.

I'm only afraid of it slipping out. I have a 40 gig 3rd gen. I figure if it can wear a skin underneath all the better.

Posted by earl on June 29, 2004 at 3:02 PM (PDT) Comment 39

hmmmm

Posted by john on June 30, 2004 at 9:57 AM (PDT) Comment 40

it slips out if I try connecting it with the ipod on. No scratches or anything but it should be secure with the connection I guess

Posted by Earl on June 30, 2004 at 2:11 PM (PDT) Comment 41

BTI's Ipod battery will not affect the Ipod's internal battery, it will byspass it!

-AG

Posted by AG on July 1, 2004 at 12:53 PM (PDT) Comment 42

Jay- Yes

Posted by daq on July 1, 2004 at 5:31 PM (PDT) Comment 43

Why cant someone make a battery replacement for the iPod, a better quality battery that gives about 12 hours of runtime, there must be batteries out there that would work, many players now are boasting huge battery times, the zentouch will have a 24hr battery and its the same size as the ipod.

Posted by Rich on July 4, 2004 at 2:11 PM (PDT) Comment 44

i'm in the hospitl a lot and my best music is an entire cd mp3 file cant be split into smaller sections so the entire 80 megs is being uncompressed. my ipod bastteries are very low after 4 hrr. i know the batts would last longer if i could split the files.
i want 2 buy this now but its very hard for me 2 see it visually. how bulky is it and maybe i should wauit 4 one that recharges the ipod batteries too but i sure like the sound of this one. hell i'm ordering it. and buy another if a new one emerges.

Posted by RTShaw on July 14, 2004 at 10:39 AM (PDT) Comment 45

I just emailed BTI with the following questions:
1. How long does this need on the initial charge?

2. Subsequent charges take how long?

Let's see what they say...and how long it takes to get back to me.

Posted by CasRad on July 15, 2004 at 12:25 PM (PDT) Comment 46

I just checked email and within 6 hours BTI has already replied... their response in >><<

1. How long does this need on the initial charge?
>>10 hrs<<

2. Subsequent charges take how long?
>>3 hours<<


Posted by CasRad on July 15, 2004 at 5:02 PM (PDT) Comment 47

Thanks for all the positive feedback (and constructive critisism) on BTI's iPod Battery. Sorry for the delay with answers - I will be posting more answers tomorrow.

BTI will not be offering a battery solution for the 1st gen. or 2nd gen. iPods with FireWire power connections (sorry).

I have a Speck Skin and my iPod will not fit into the cradle if the Skin is used - the fit is too tight. The plastic cradles were designed to match up with each iPod (10, 20, 40, etc. and the Mini).

Check out [url=http://www.batterytech.com]http://www.batterytech.com[/url] to see a list of the US locations who carry the iPod. You can also call BTI at (626) 336-6878 or email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to locate an international dealer/retailer. One of the national US retail computer/CE chains will be rolling out the iPod Battery in August. Details to follow soon. Feel free to ask your local iPod dealer to carry BTI's iPod Battery - we are always looking for good reseller/retail partners!

BTI worked with Apple during the R&D phase of this battery and they requested that the battery NOT charge the iPod's internal battery. The iPod Battery sends power directly to the iPod...if the internal battery is dead - the Battery will still power your iPod.

I will post the charging information tomorrow but my iPod Battery carried a charge out of the package and it took less than 6 hours to completely charge it the first time. (I haven't had to charge it a 2nd time as it still holds a charge).

Trying to be 'unbiased' but this battery is pretty solid!

Stay tuned...

Dave Sarazen
Battery Technology, Inc.






Posted by Dave Sarazen on July 15, 2004 at 5:09 PM (PDT) Comment 48

Charging information for the BTI iPod Battery.

The initial charge (out of the box) should be between 2.5 to 5 hours. Subsequent charges will take less than 3 hours for a complete charge.

Posted by Dave Sarazen on July 16, 2004 at 7:33 AM (PDT) Comment 49

What's the DC IN voltage requirement?

Posted by Joe Hendrickson on July 28, 2004 at 7:08 AM (PDT) Comment 50
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