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In response to Beekeeper's question - I went through similar process trying to decide which battery to buy. I ended up getting the original. It is quite chunky, but I'm very happy with it. One factor that tipped the balance was the way in which the battery extends below the Docking connector. My view is that this gives a degree of protection against damage to the docking socket, whereas battery ii leaves this more exposed to being knocked.
One further point having now charged the battery several times. The battery life quoted from tests e.g. 70 hours, relates to continuous usage. I have no understanding of electronics so may be shot down on this, but I assume that there is some loss of capacity during time spent inactive, because using my ipod for an hour or two per day, the battery expires after about 40 - 50 hours of use. (3G 20gb) and would assume that this sort of reduction would apply to any LiON battery.

Posted by Vanwallman on January 6, 2005 at 5:52 AM (PDT) Comment 51

going to italy in the summer il be buying one most likley

Posted by SaL . D on January 7, 2005 at 3:20 PM (PDT) Comment 52

I just got a Battery ii. I am not happy. The plug on the charger (OK, so it's probably not called a plug -- the thing that goes from the charger to the device) fits so badly that it rarely connects enough to make the "charging" light go on. I was able, for a few brief seconds, to get the connector in position well enough to get the "charging" light to go on; however, as soon as I put the battery down, the connector fell out of the battery entirely. This fairly expensive device won't give me a whole lot of extended battery life if the blasted thing won't charge.

Is the charger for the Battery ii supposed to come with a black adapter in the first place? The cylindrical end on the charger cord itself is too fat to fit into the hole in the Battery ii. There's a black adapter that is apparently designed to solve the "too big for the hole" problem; however, this part doesn't fit, either. I wouldn't get all excited about an adapter being necessary if the thing worked, but it doesn't. When I pay $100 (OK, $74.88 from Amazon - free shipping - such a deal) for something that doesn't work from minute one, I get peeved.

Yes, I'm going to e-mail BTI about this, but I wanted to find out whether this was a common problem with these devices.

Posted by MLEM on February 11, 2005 at 8:35 PM (PDT) Comment 53

Too much for an oversized iPod battery charger in my opinion.

Posted by evilsquirrel on February 26, 2005 at 12:27 PM (PDT) Comment 54

I was trying to decide between BTI iPod Battery and the Tekkeon myPower Battery.

Is it me, or does the myPower seem better designed? The dock connector is integrated into the battery and you do not have the cord hanging down like it is on the iPod Battery? My main beef with my 4G (20GB) iPod is that I have to charge it just about every day. 32 hours from the myBattery seems like enough charge time to keep me going for a few days of commuting (about 45minutes each way).

Posted by MFW_iPod on March 15, 2005 at 11:39 AM (PDT) Comment 55

I was trying to decide between BTI iPod Battery and the Tekkeon myPower Battery.

Is it me, or does the myPower seem better designed. The dock connector is integrated into the battery and you do not have the cord hanging down like it is on the iPod Battery? My main beef with my 4G iPod is that I have to charge it just about every day. 32 hours seems like enough charge time to keep me going for a few days of commuting.

Posted by MFW_iPod on March 16, 2005 at 12:03 PM (PDT) Comment 56

This review states that the Battery ii will re-charge 4Gs. Does that include iPod Photos? The BTI website states prominently that it will NOT re-charge iPods.

This is a concern, because I want to use my Camera Connector and need access to the port on the iPod, so I can't just run the iPod off the Battery ii.

Any happy Photo/Battery ii users?

Posted by rudy2tone on April 22, 2005 at 6:43 AM (PDT) Comment 57

Here is the response I received from BTI to my question above:

IPOD-B02 will NOT fit the iPod Photo 60GB.
IPOD-B02 will charge the battery of iPod mini, 4th generation and iPod Photo 30/40GB, but not the 3rd generation iPod.

Hope this helps others. I ended up purchasing the Solio solar charger.

Posted by rudy2tone on April 22, 2005 at 2:08 PM (PDT) Comment 58

Okay, so I have this product and love it. I lost the belt clip and frantically ordered a new set (you can get the cradles/belt clip separately) because I'm traveling abroad and need it. Then I contacted BTI and they are replacing the belt clip for free, and the online store I ordered the belt clip/neck strap from will not take it back even though I haven't received it yet. SO: if anyone in the US would like to buy the belt clip/cradles from me for $15, I'd be happy to send it your way. You can buy the same thing for $25 and up on all other sites, so it's a good deal. Please contact me if you'd like to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Thanks!

Posted by bluek on May 31, 2005 at 4:43 PM (PDT) Comment 59

Anyone know if this works with the new 5G???

Posted by rji2goleez on November 30, 2005 at 2:31 PM (PDT) Comment 60

BTI finally responded to me stating that the Battery II would work but there is not holder for the 5g in that setup. A new BTI Battery to work with the 5G is about three weeks away. I follow up with a questions regarding music versus video hours of play and I'm waiting to see if they reply.

Posted by rji2goleez on December 1, 2005 at 1:04 PM (PDT) Comment 61

I just heard back from BTI re battery life for 5G:

Upcoming IP-B02 battery runs about 20 hours on Video.

Posted by rji2goleez on December 1, 2005 at 2:08 PM (PDT) Comment 62

I read however, that it will not charge the internal battery of the 5G

Posted by webHead on December 6, 2005 at 3:41 PM (PDT) Comment 63

The BTI Battery II will hold the 5G 60 gig iPod (well, kind of) if you use the 30/40 case on the battery.

It's not the firmest of fits so may not be suitable for jogging etc, but it does the job elsewhere smile

Posted by Nos on January 18, 2006 at 3:15 PM (PDT) Comment 64

I have this battery and have used it for about 18 months with my 3rd generation 20 gig. I just decided to upgrade to a video ipod and no longer need the battery pack since it has a better battery life. It has been great and very useful for international traveling. I get at least 40 hours out of it, usually more.

Posted by bluek on April 29, 2006 at 11:03 AM (PDT) Comment 65

The main reason to buy the battery at this point is its exit price, which seems to be around $20-30. The cradles are a joke for anyone who uses skins and cares about their iPod getting scratched; none of them fit, not even a 30/40G cradle holding a 10GB 3G in the thinnest #### skin available.

At the office, I keep the iP-B02 in a 4G iSkin sleeve with my iPod resting on top of it and my amp/dac underneath. The sharp edges of the battery without the cradle require special protection for the iPod, hence the sleeve.

Posted by Periphrast on August 5, 2006 at 8:52 AM (PDT) Comment 66
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