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Just curious... were the units sent to you from Gadget Accessories or did ipodlounge get them from another source? What's GA's explanation for the failures?

Posted by Aceon6 on July 15, 2004 at 7:28 AM (PDT) Comment 1

WELL, IT LOOKS NICE AND IS MADE OF WHITE PLASTIC - THIS HOMOGENOUS PRODUCT SHOULD SELL BY THE MILLIONS TO THOSE EAGER KIDS. 'WHAT, IT KEEPS FAILING AND IS PLAGUED WITH PERFORMANCE PROBLEMS?!' bUT IT GOES REALLY WELL SITTING NEXT TO THE IBOOK! wink

Posted by 50 MINS IN PHONE QUEUE on July 15, 2004 at 9:41 AM (PDT) Comment 2

Gadget Accessories is AWESOME! The IPOD External Battery Pack is the only
pack out there that will charge the IPOD! - Its slim, beautiful and works
impeccably! - I Love it! - Everyone should get one of these!

Posted by Jason Gregory on July 15, 2004 at 11:31 AM (PDT) Comment 3

Hello, I am President of Gadget Accessories. I want everyone to know first off that I think Ipod Lounge is a wonderful site and I appreciate them taking the time to review our products. I have used the external battery pack myself and have not found any issues. I will need to perform more rigorous tests on the product because I can let everyone know that the consumers satisfaction is our main concern.
If there is anyone out there that is experiencing any problems with the product please contact us and we will issue an RMA. Being on the consumers end myself I know it can be difficult not knowing who you are dealing with on the internet and I myself have had some bad experiences. I am not going to try to convince everyone that our products are the best. I respect Jeremy's opinion on the products but we have sold hundreds of battery packs without one complaint or return. Also I am quite concerned that he mentions in the review that the item can damage an Ipod. I hope everyone realizes that it would not be worth any company to sell a $29.99 product that could damage $250.00 to $500.00 products or explode. I am quite sure that our product will never damage the ipod or cause any damage to individuals by exploding It will never explode. I do have a battery pack right next to me with a fresh set of Duracell batteries and if I put it on my ear, it does make a sound but I do not hear a louder sound and the ipod's charging meter seems to be steady. Again I am not trying to convince anyone of anything. I thank everyone here for letting me speak. Please contact us or me directly if you have any questions or comments about our products. Thank you.

Posted by Yvonne on July 15, 2004 at 12:20 PM (PDT) Comment 4

Thanks to all above, including Yvonne, for your comments, and we offer these comment sections for this exact reason. Unless otherwise indicated in our reviews, all items reviewed (including those above) come direct from the manufacturers or original vendors and are not (to our knowledge) used in any way prior to our testing.

To clarify the review's points on the battery pack's noise and potential damage, we note again the following issues:

* We tested the External Battery Pack on a discharged iPod in order to see the full scope and limitations of its charging power.

* After 20 minutes using multiple sets of fresh batteries (Alkaline Energizer Max AAs), the Pack repeatedly began to make a loud internal sizzling noise, similar to what we have heard when other batteries were about to "pop". At this point, the Pack's battery compartment felt slightly warm to the touch. The noise and warmth led us to believe that there was a strong likelihood of AA battery leakage.

* At roughly the same time as the loud hissing began, the iPod's internal battery charging meter began to move far faster than we have ever seen it move before, scrolling rapidly from left to right. This charging meter irregularity was verified as repeatable in our second test, and has never appeared with any iPod accessory we have tested before.

* We are still uncertain as to how or whether these issues impact the iPod's internal battery, and therefore have not reached any definitive conclusion on permanent damage to the iPod. As noted in the review, the odd behavior of the charging meter coupled with the unusually loud noise gave us reason to believe that iPod damage "may" be possible, but we're certainly not going to push the issue to find out. We also didn't want to leave the Pack on long enough for the batteries to leak or explode, though it certainly seemed likely one of the two was about to happen.

Again, we appreciate all of your comments and feedback.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on July 15, 2004 at 1:40 PM (PDT) Comment 5

I wanted to add an additional comment about Battery Technology, Inc.'s (BTI) iPod Battery (thank you iPodlounge for giving such a favorable review). Although it is not (yet) an authorized Apple product, BTI worked with Apple's engineers during the R&D phase of this battery. BTI's iPod Battery does NOT charge the internal battery AS PER APPLE's REQUEST. The iPod Battery uses the same connector as Apple's iPod products and BTI was instructed on how to 'turn off' the property which passes a current to the internal battery.

Working with Apple definitely has its advantages.

Dave Sarazen
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Battery Technology, Inc.

Posted by Dave Sarazen on July 15, 2004 at 4:39 PM (PDT) Comment 6

I disagree with this review. If one uses the product as it is specified for, it works properly. Since the Ipod takes so much battery power, it is reasonable to assume that is better used with a partially charged battery rather than a dead battery.

Posted by EddieSpencer on July 16, 2004 at 8:49 PM (PDT) Comment 7

Ok, I've made my own ipod batterypack also off 4 AA's (in series), and it will boot the ipod, or charge it. It just runs it. I've found that using rechargeable batterys wont work, presumably because they are 1.2v not 1.5v (meaning 4.8v reaches the ipod, not 6v).
I want to know how "Gadget Accessories" managed to make an ipod charge off 4 AA's.

As for the rapidly move charging indicator, that happens to me too, if i use another homemade ipod batterypack that gives out 12v. This tends to happen after about 20min of charging. I think this is when the batterys in the charger get weak to a point where the ipod cant decide weather to charge or not. This process seems to use up the ipods cpu, as its now impossible to play games or even change songs. Eventually (after a few min) the ipod settles on just running off the batterys. Then I can use it to play games again wink

Posted by booksacool1 on July 17, 2004 at 10:26 PM (PDT) Comment 8

oops, mistake on the first line. The batterypack WONT boot the ipod or charge it

Posted by booksacool1 on July 17, 2004 at 10:30 PM (PDT) Comment 9

gadget accessories says you can use the charger when the ipod's dead. so there goes that theory eddie

Posted by realist on July 18, 2004 at 11:51 PM (PDT) Comment 10

hi yall!how long those a fully charged ipod 20gb last for?i charge ma ipod all day and only to listen for some couple of hours and giving me this no battery sign!its really annoying...may someone help me out?

Posted by lanzo on July 19, 2004 at 10:56 PM (PDT) Comment 11

I tried this product and didn't work at all with my iPod. I tried it on a mini and SHuffle, neither worked.

Posted by Super Brick Dude on February 22, 2005 at 6:04 AM (PDT) Comment 12

I believe the sizzling noise isn't from the batteries, but from the circuit of the BatteryPack.

I've bought a usb-cable with a circuit and a switch. You switch between charge and synch.(can't do both)
Then I've tried to attach it to a 4xaa batteries, and it charged my ipod, but a sizzling sound + heat came from the circuit.

The reason it can charge the ipod with 4xAA, is because the circuit makes the 4xAA into 9volt, and thats also why it gets hot. And sizzling noise, is (I think) beacuse of poor component quality.

I think the batterypack and my cable works the same way.

Posted by Kim T. on March 23, 2005 at 6:26 AM (PDT) Comment 13
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