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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 iPhone’s 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. It’s 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. 40_ounce's Avatar
      40_ounce -
      Quote Originally Posted by sdmojaydo619 View Post
      Will this work with the first gen?
      Yes. Just read the whole front page.

      I know I'm going to get one. My comp at work doesn't allow any usb hookups. This also would be nice to have in an emergency.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      That adds alot of beef... definitely not for me.
    1. b3nny's Avatar
      b3nny -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      #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.

      *sad times*

      okay so basically what you're saying is that the USB port, the speakers, and the dock port on the bottom don't add any extra bulk or depth than that which would already be required for a battery the same size as is already in my iphone and a flash component, and the associated circuitry.

      hmmmm, so maybe its just me, but i'm pretty sure that by cutting out some of that stuff, they could make this product smaller.

      oh and also, it doesn't make any since at all to compare it to devices that were similar in the past. its obvious that all of our devices grow smaller and that the technologies that drive this type of product (such as battery technology) are constantly improving. thats why the iphone is so small, and i expect the same standard of cutting edge technology from something that my iphone will be wearing all the time.

      oh and also, i never said it was marketed like a case, i'm simply stating that its something i would like to see from this product.

      oh and also, i never said it covered up the speakers/mic. i simply stated that i was curious if it did or not, and wether or not this was the only purpose (and therefor added bulk) of the speakers. eliminate the dock port, and eliminate the need for speakers, sounds like we're talking a lot of bulk...

      i think i was being pretty clear about what i meant, but maybe i'm wrong.

      *rolls eyes*

      i mean really all i'm really saying is that i'm pretty sure slapping another iphone battery onto the back of my iphone and plugging it into the bottom (which is all this product REALLY has to offer in the big scheme of things, the rest is all fluff) does NOT have to look like this!:

      Quote Originally Posted by stan_the_man_123 View Post
      let me break out my ipaq 3630 with its compact flash sled case and its wired 56k modem that plugs into the wall and dials up to AOL!! ooooOOO let the nerd fest begin... i bought a man purse just to carry it since it won't fit in my pocket!! *facepalm*
    1. WillyDavidK's Avatar
      WillyDavidK -
      First of all, the dock connector is not adding at all to the thickness of the phone, it is a tiny extension at the BOTTOM of the phone that actually allows to be able to dock your phone and charge it and the battery without having to take the pack off, and without having to charge the pack separately.

      The battery itself takes up about 95% of this product's size. The usb port was able to be added to the bottom because it was ALREADY thick enough to add it on, and it is probably just wired up directly in series with the internal dock connection. The flash probably adds a small increase in height as I'm assuming there is a bit of space above the battery for the led circuitry and for the switch. But again, this still has nothing to do with the thickness of the product, which is what you are primarily complaining about.

      Attached is what this product would probably look like with the 'bulk' removed as you request...
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      The only downfall I see in this product is that you have to remove your case that your phone is already in to plug it up.

      The idea of having a battery that molds to the phone is nice though as the one I use now from Kennsington attaches with a dock connector wire.
    1. ///Maybach's Avatar
      ///Maybach -
      I have the iPower, it is pretty good on adding additional juice, and is fairly cheap.
    1. b3nny's Avatar
      b3nny -
      Quote Originally Posted by WillyDavidK View Post
      First of all, the dock connector is not adding at all to the thickness of the phone, it is a tiny extension at the BOTTOM of the phone that actually allows to be able to dock your phone and charge it and the battery without having to take the pack off, and without having to charge the pack separately.

      The battery itself takes up about 95% of this product's size. The usb port was able to be added to the bottom because it was ALREADY thick enough to add it on, and it is probably just wired up directly in series with the internal dock connection. The flash probably adds a small increase in height as I'm assuming there is a bit of space above the battery for the led circuitry and for the switch. But again, this still has nothing to do with the thickness of the product, which is what you are primarily complaining about.

      Attached is what this product would probably look like with the 'bulk' removed as you request...

      yes i'm afraid you're probably right, and although even your mock up looks more appealing than the original, i'm afraid its not up to par with what i would like to see. and maybe its impossible. thats fine. i'll just wait for technology to catch up to my demands. it should only take a couple months

      and yes obviously the dock connector doesn't add to the thickness of the device, but i still think its a waste of space regardless of if its on the back or on the bottom. i mean the thing is too thick, sure, but its also too long!! i want this to fit in my pocket! and a USB port still doesn't make any since, even if the device was already that thick. two wrongs don't make a right, lets make it SMALLER. i would like to see your mock up SQUISHED down to cover the whole back side of the phone and not stick out so much. i'm sure others can see what i'm talking about. but in any case, i was just making suggestions on what i would LIKE to see in a perfect world.

      thank you for replying constructively and informatively, and not bending my meanings all around.
    1. WillyDavidK's Avatar
      WillyDavidK -
      Hm, well it may be possible to 'squish' the battery as you say, if it is the same Li-ion polymer battery the phone uses internally, but it would require engineering a new battery all together. I'm still not sure how much they could 'squish' the battery before it began to cripple its life as well.