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Thread: Aftermarket car charger that works with the 4 + bumper? / iPhone 4 bumper RANT!

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    Default Aftermarket car charger that works with the 4 + bumper? / iPhone 4 bumper RANT!
    I have found that almost no aftermarket chargers (car or otherwise) will fit the iPhone 4 with its bumper on. They made the opening at the bottom of the bumper so small that only Apple-brand charging cables/connectors will fit. In fact, I just purchased and received 3 of THESE, which look identical to the Apple-branded white versions, and although the connector looks exactly the same size, even when held with a white one side-by-side, the black connector is just a hair larger and won't fit through the opening on the bottom of the iPhone 4 bumper. So, they are useless to me.

    Before I go wasting any more money, can someone please confirm an aftermarket car charger that fits the iPhone 4 + bumper?

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    I have a similar problem, i am planning to use dremel.

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    Dummies .. They have car chargers that have an open USB port .. And u just use ur apple cable

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    I don't know why everyone is getting that crappy expensive Bumper case. More and more cases are coming out every day that are 10x better. I even found a better on at best buy the day after I picked up my iPhone 4 on launch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmyinpajamas View Post
    Dummies .. They have car chargers that have an open USB port .. And u just use ur apple cable
    I want black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick G. View Post
    I want black.
    Understandable.. Accept my apologies my lord

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmyinpajamas View Post
    Understandable.. Accept my apologies my lord
    hahaha
    Have they released the jailbreak in the app store yet?

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    While I was trying to cheap out, I found the Belkin dual USP adapter last year. I have no less than 15 Dock Cables in my room, so it worked out well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick G. View Post
    I have found that almost no aftermarket chargers (car or otherwise) will fit the iPhone 4 with its bumper on. They made the opening at the bottom of the bumper so small that only Apple-brand charging cables/connectors will fit. In fact, I just purchased and received 3 of THESE, which look identical to the Apple-branded white versions, and although the connector looks exactly the same size, even when held with a white one side-by-side, the black connector is just a hair larger and won't fit through the opening on the bottom of the iPhone 4 bumper. So, they are useless to me.

    Before I go wasting any more money, can someone please confirm an aftermarket car charger that fits the iPhone 4 + bumper?
    I basically just took a knife and cracked the plastic off the dock connector so that I Just had the metal connector attached to a tiny circuit board with 4 wires soldered to it. Then I wrapped everything but the metal in electrical tape (black electrical tape, so it matched the cord). Viola. Now it fits great. It looks a little fugly (but not too bad), but it beats taking off the case to use the dumb thing.

    Of course mine was an FM transmitter/dock too. If I only needed to charge the phone I'd just suck it up and use an Apple cable (surely you have extras). So what if its not black?
    Last edited by Faxmonkey; 2010-07-17 at 10:08 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iop9000 View Post
    I have a similar problem, i am planning to use dremel.
    I did exactly this. Used a Dremel to enlarge the opening in the iPhone 4 bumper. Works now.

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    Smile Found GadgetBoost.com with iPhone 4 Extender
    It looks like that company went out of business but I found this site with the same thing: DockExtender Boost iPhone iPad iPod Dock Extender - GadgetBoost.com I bought one and it works just fine

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