Am I Destroying my iPod Battery? Car Charger?

Discussion in 'iPod touch Accessories' started by TheSpaz, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    I plug my iPod into my Car on the way to work and the way home from work and basically any time I'm in my car. The unit I have it plugged into is an iPod charger that happens to have a line-out built in that is connected to the back of my car stereo's AUX in. By constantly charging my iPod while it's in my car, am I shortening the life of my iPod battery for when it's not being charged?

    Things l like about my car charger:
    1. iPod is always charged
    2. iPod does not go into standby mode (display off)
    3. When I turn off the car, the iPod pauses.

    My other options?
    1. Just use the headphone port on my iPod to the AUX port on my CD player.
    - iPod will still go into standby mode so I will have to hit the button on top to see what song is playing.
    - But, then the iPod doesn't pause if I stop my car and go in a store
    - By using the headphone port on my iPod, I have 2 volumes to control (stereo and iPod volumes separately)
    2. Buy a direct Dock Connector to RCA cable
    - Then the iPod will go into standby mode so I can't see what song is playing unless I hit the button on top.
    - Less cables to attach (good thing)
    - Finally I could put cups in the cup holder without the iPod charger plugged into the cigarette lighter.
    - Better sound quality?

    Some products I found for solution #2:
  2. macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2007
    i use the Belkin charger with the line out in my car , and the sound quality is much better than if i plug the aux into the headphone jack ,

    also send station makes a aux line out adapter for the bottom port with a usb in for charging when you need it

    and you can always press the home button to see what song is playing when it goes into standby mode

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