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  • New FastMac iv Promises to Triple iPhone 3G Battery Life


    FastMac has just released their second-generation iv battery pack. The new battery pack delivers 24 hours of talk time, 750 hours or 31 day of standby, over 20 hours of video and almost 72 hours of audio playback time. The battery powering the iv is rated at 3100mAh and can power and charge you iPhone at the same time. The extended battery for the iPhone also adds a built-in flash and can charge USB devices concurrently.

    Depending on your iPhone 3G settings, you could get triple or even up to quadruple the battery life.

    Some already are complaining about the bulkiness and size of the iv, however it's also the size that allows the iv to have the convenient extra add-ons. For instance, the new charger showcases a USB port for charging a second device that can charge both an iPhone and a USB-based device. Also, the built-in LED flash doubles as an emergency flashlight while serving as the flash for the iPhone camera. The somewhat bulky iv also houses an additional pair of speakers to amplify the iPhoneís sound.

    The charger is contained within a soft to the touch, non-slip case that fits into a universal dock or an iPhone dock. Also, it's compatible with all iPhone models, although the triple battery life guarantee only applies to the 3G. Itís also compliant with the iPod touch and another nice extra feature is that it can even charge an iPod nano.

    The FastMac iv is now shipping and costs $80, and this price is pretty reasonable relative to its competitors who cannot even offer the same battery life boost.

    Source: iPodNN | FastMac iV for iPhone 3G charges multiple devices,
    FastMac | Product - iPhone External Battery Pack
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New FastMac iv Promises to Triple iPhone 3G Battery Life started by AppleChic View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. cricketlang's Avatar
      cricketlang -
      That looks pretty sick. It seems to attach itself without being to intruding which is nice. i dont own an iphone but that is definately something i would think in investing if i did.
    1. reznor9's Avatar
      reznor9 -
      not ideal for daily use but awesome for traveling when your not sure when your going to be able to charge your phone next
    1. stan_the_man_123's Avatar
      stan_the_man_123 -
      How thick is the battery pack? Are there any pictures of it on the side?

      Edit:
    1. rdwalsh's Avatar
      rdwalsh -
      It is interesting, but I agree, pretty bulky for any daily use. I tend to just slide my iPhone in my pocket when Im in the office, and into its case when out and about on business calls.
    1. 0.o's Avatar
      0.o -
      holy crap thats massive!!! lol
    1. blazingangel1986's Avatar
      blazingangel1986 -
      massive but not bad i think i may get that if only for the flash capability nice
    1. crashspeeder's Avatar
      crashspeeder -
      as was already said, only good if you're out and don't know when you'll get a chance to charge the phone. I'd attach it once my phone is about to die or when not in use though, so as not to be seen with that massive thing attached.
    1. b3nny's Avatar
      b3nny -
      okay this is great, but clearly too big. can we get a junior size? and one that is also a case to protect all around? i mean lets get serious about what features are important here:

      battery life
      flash
      and IMO: a case that protects all 4 corners (in case of dropping) AND a SMALL footprint!! it can't more-than-double the width of my device!

      now, lets talk about the "other" features:

      USB port for other devices?
      i don't need my iphone to charge other devices. i bought an iphone so that i wouldn't HAVE to charge any other devices.

      speakers?
      last time i checked, my iphone already had speakers. (on the other hand though, i would be very curious if these speakers were a GREAT solution to fist gen iTouch users, and also, i'm wondering if this thing doesn't cover up your existing iphone speakers, making them rather worthless).

      extended dock bottom thing?
      last time i checked, i could already dock my iphone, and i already have to take off the case i have now to dock it. its not that big of a deal. are we TRYING to add bulk to this thing?

      battery indicators?
      last time i checked, my iphone was very good at telling me how much battery life i have left.

      i mean these are all nice features, but are they near as important as battery life and a flash? i would like to see a junior model that is pretty much just a little extra battery life and a flash, in a nice case that protects the device from being dropped, and isn't TOO big. obviously, the batteries and circuitry will add bulk, and thats okay within reason. but lets cut the fluff!!!

      or to put it simply:

      Quote Originally Posted by 0.o View Post
      holy crap thats massive!!! lol
      lol
    1. thaforgottenone's Avatar
      thaforgottenone -
      from all the pics posted in this topic, it seems to only be for the iphone edge, true?
    1. symondavis's Avatar
      symondavis -
      Quote Originally Posted by b3nny View Post
      okay this is great, but clearly too big. can we get a junior size? and one that is also a case to protect all around? i mean lets get serious about what features are important here:

      battery life
      flash
      and IMO: a case that protects all 4 corners (in case of dropping) AND a SMALL footprint!! it can't more-than-double the width of my device!

      now, lets talk about the "other" features:

      USB port for other devices?
      i don't need my iphone to charge other devices. i bought an iphone so that i wouldn't HAVE to charge any other devices.

      speakers?
      last time i checked, my iphone already had speakers. (on the other hand though, i would be very curious if these speakers were a GREAT solution to fist gen iTouch users, and also, i'm wondering if this thing doesn't cover up your existing iphone speakers, making them rather worthless).

      extended dock bottom thing?
      last time i checked, i could already dock my iphone, and i already have to take off the case i have now to dock it. its not that big of a deal. are we TRYING to add bulk to this thing?

      battery indicators?
      last time i checked, my iphone was very good at telling me how much battery life i have left.

      i mean these are all nice features, but are they near as important as battery life and a flash? i would like to see a junior model that is pretty much just a little extra battery life and a flash, in a nice case that protects the device from being dropped, and isn't TOO big. obviously, the batteries and circuitry will add bulk, and thats okay within reason. but lets cut the fluff!!!

      or to put it simply:



      lol
      OMG, where to start with your ignorance.

      1. Depth not width.
      2. What if you have a digi camera that needed a charge for that higher quality picture, or a GPS unit to charge or a little fan(that would be funny to see)
      3. Doubt the designers would be stupid enough to cover the iphones internal speakers, anyhow one is a mic.
      4. Well if you want to charge both the internal battery of the iphone and the backup battery in one go and sync, then this is a great solution than having lots of wires.
      5. The iphone's battery indicator is for the iphone's own battery, how the hell would the iphone know about external power. After all when plugged in I'm sure the iphone would show as charging because of this.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by b3nny View Post
      okay this is great, but clearly too big. can we get a junior size? and one that is also a case to protect all around? i mean lets get serious about what features are important here:

      #1 Feature: Extend battery life and does an amazing job. Big battery = big bulk.

      battery life
      flash
      and IMO: a case that protects all 4 corners (in case of dropping) AND a SMALL footprint!! it can't more-than-double the width of my device!

      This is not a "case" and not marketed as one either. If you do some research on extended batteries for other phones and past devices you will see that doubling the size is standard.

      now, lets talk about the "other" features:

      USB port for other devices?
      i don't need my iphone to charge other devices. i bought an iphone so that i wouldn't HAVE to charge any other devices.

      This added feature doesn't add the "bulk" you are taking about.. its just something they could integrate into it.

      speakers?
      last time i checked, my iphone already had speakers. (on the other hand though, i would be very curious if these speakers were a GREAT solution to fist gen iTouch users, and also, i'm wondering if this thing doesn't cover up your existing iphone speakers, making them rather worthless).

      The iPhone stock speakers are WORTHLESS! It wouldn't cover up the bottom b/c the mic for the phone would be useless and no one would be able to hear you. I'm sure they're not that dumb... come on.

      extended dock bottom thing?
      last time i checked, i could already dock my iphone, and i already have to take off the case i have now to dock it. its not that big of a deal. are we TRYING to add bulk to this thing?

      This doesn't add any additional bulk... seriously... its the battery.

      battery indicators?
      last time i checked, my iphone was very good at telling me how much battery life i have left.

      Last time I checked my battery sucked big time and having an extended battery would be great for traveling or if I forgot my charger.

      i mean these are all nice features, but are they near as important as battery life and a flash? i would like to see a junior model that is pretty much just a little extra battery life and a flash, in a nice case that protects the device from being dropped, and isn't TOO big. obviously, the batteries and circuitry will add bulk, and thats okay within reason. but lets cut the fluff!!!
      *sad times*
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      I think that it is way to think. its "almost as skinny as an iphone". Ok no, i defiantly do not want that.
    1. johnny5's Avatar
      johnny5 -
      Looks Rad! The USB port could be handy for those with a bluetooth headset.
    1. lillewis51's Avatar
      lillewis51 -
      this is sweet! im deff getting one
    1. ziger's Avatar
      ziger -
      Now that is cool... Especially for traveling... I use my phone before the flight, the ipod on the flight, then hook it up to my computer before landing to recharge, and hopefully that isn't dead too. Otherwise, I land with no iPhone. In the old days I kept a spare battery for my Treo in my computer case, and that came in very handy. This looks like a decent solution.

      HAVING A REMOVABLE BATTERY WOULD BE MUCH BETTER. But I've noticed that Apple needs a hearing aid these days.

      Zig.
    1. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      It def sounds cool. It makes it look like the Borg assimilated my iPhone tho
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      Quote Originally Posted by cranie View Post
      It def sounds cool. It makes it look like the Borg assimilated my iPhone tho


      Lmmfao!!!!!! Hahaha it's funny cuz it's true...dat was a perfect description!!!
    1. Stanmans9's Avatar
      Stanmans9 -
      If you have the invisible shield on your iphone will it have to come off?
    1. ksiphone's Avatar
      ksiphone -
      i carried a treo for years. everyday people said how bulky it was. they laughed at me consistently for ym phone being giant. i didn't care. i loved my treo. i thought the functionality far outweighed the size of the device. it was just as wide as this and my battery only lasted for a day, tops! i bought it new, never used the internet and this was the case.

      my iphone lasts for 2 days with pretty extensive use. depending on how "borg-like" this actually would make the phone feel, its worth it. especially for traveling!!
    1. sdmojaydo619's Avatar
      sdmojaydo619 -
      Will this work with the first gen?