does the connector on the battery pack have the 5 additional contacts that the USB plug on the shuffle has? or does it only have the normal 4 USB contacts?

Posted by zip22 on April 6, 2005 at 9:13 AM (PDT) Comment 1

I'm wondering this as well.

Posted by Kloan on April 6, 2005 at 9:45 AM (PDT) Comment 2

It looks to have the additional contacts, as well.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on April 6, 2005 at 1:16 PM (PDT) Comment 3

Because the design of the iPod shuffle is so spartan (hence its beauty and appeal), this product seems counterproductive to its nature. Why wreck the design by making it the Hunchback of Cupertino?

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on April 6, 2005 at 2:08 PM (PDT) Comment 4

Jeremy, thanks! I've been wondering if it had the extra contacts. I was pretty sure it would, because of the extra stuff on the USB board, it makes sense that with those extra contacts, the Shuffle probably does something with the battery input to control how much juice the Shuffle uses, since regular USB is 5V but this is only 3V to begin with. Looks like I won't be making my own battery pack afterall..

Posted by Kloan on April 6, 2005 at 5:05 PM (PDT) Comment 5

could someone post a pic of the AA to AAA adapter that comes w/ the battery pack? i think it is great of apple to include it, i just would like to see it.

Posted by Smorzander on April 6, 2005 at 10:47 PM (PDT) Comment 6

The best use of this I can think of is a travel situation. When you're trekking in the jungle for three weeks, there are no power outlets to recharge the shuffle - but you can easily take some AAAs along with you.

Posted by Magic Rabbits on April 6, 2005 at 11:27 PM (PDT) Comment 7

Example use:

You have a 12 hour flight from London to Tokyo, followed by a five hour wait in an airport, followed by an eight hour flight to Brisbane

As anyone who has sat around for five hours in an airport knows, ITS NOT MUCH FUN

At least they had free wifi. But my laptop only lasted about 90 minutes :(. I can't wait till I can afford to buy me a new iBook to replace my old IBM thinkpad.

But I digress.

As for the extra 5 connectors on the USB port, I was wondering about them too. If they are used for providing power (which they most likely are) then so much for making a custom battery pack - good luck finding a usb connector that has those on it.

But it is possible that apple just put them there to scare us out of building our own. If anyone that has this doesn't mind taking it apart, it would be great tos ee photos of the circuit board inside and to see how it supplies power to the shuffle.

Some people (see hackaday) have built usb battery packs, and two people there claim to have made theres work with the shuffle. Id on't know if this is actual playback or just the ability to charge its battery.

Posted by richard2 on April 7, 2005 at 5:08 AM (PDT) Comment 8

I have not yet seen the answer to this question in the forums. If you use the battery pack does the shuttle draw from this first. Many times I am paranoid about recharging in my PC. My Apple -no problem but PC yes. Also, wouldn't it mean the internal battery would remain useful longer or perhaps forever?

Posted by mikehs on April 8, 2005 at 8:16 AM (PDT) Comment 9

anyone know of a skin that'll accommodate the apple external battery?

Posted by rockhusky on April 8, 2005 at 12:37 PM (PDT) Comment 10

I understand that the iPs Battery Pack does not charge the iPs, but if the iPs is fully charged, and you plug in the Battery Pack, does the iPs run off of it until there is no charge left before it uses its own charge?

Thanks -

Posted by dewarner on April 9, 2005 at 6:38 PM (PDT) Comment 11

-iPS first takes current from the external battery pack if their voltage is above some level (1,26V per battery)- you can see that when iPS is plugged into battery pack> front green led is going on for a few moments and battery indicator at the back is FLASHING green when pressed

Posted by gozd on August 30, 2005 at 12:42 AM (PDT) Comment 12

So just to make sure I understand this, when the batteries run out, you just keep replacing them with new ones until you can get to a computer? Just want to check. Just bought a Shuffle and want to take it to Europe for several weeks in the fall.

Posted by robbylob on February 22, 2006 at 5:27 PM (PDT) Comment 13
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