Generic car charger safe?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by aarong50, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2009
    Getting a 3gs and I have an old Ipod car charger. Its probably 4-5 years old and is made by belkin. It is all white with a small fuse in the plug in port. I was wondering if it would be safe to use as a car charger for a 3gs? It doesnt list any specific voltages on the actual charger so that's why I was curious..

    BTW here is the charger
  2. macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    I have that same model, it won't work with a 3G or 3GS. It charges via the FireWire charging pins/circuitry.

    With the introduction of the iPhone 3G model (4G nano and iPod Touch models have this limitation as well now, probably the newest iPod Classics too), Apple removed the ability to charge over FireWire...rendering all the accessories from past generations useless for charging.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2009
    A little bit of extra info:

    I have heard that if you are using a product to charge your apple device that was not made by apple that it would not be warranted if it would short in the device while charging. I am not 100% on this but I have always charged my Apple products with an Apple charging device just in case.
  4. macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    Belkin is not a "generic" brand for iPod accessories despite the thread's title.

    I've never had an issue with their stuff (car/wall chargers)
  5. macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2009
    denver, co
    How will they know?

    I'm sure apple chargers are also capable of surging or shorting out the iphone. I don't think they can tell what device was being used to charge it prior to the short.
  6. macrumors member


    Jan 30, 2009

    Another option is to buy a cigar lighter charger that just does 2 USB slots.

    This means that although you can't connect to the car stereo until charged, it can not only do your iPod/iPhone but other stuff as well.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2009
    Firewire cables

    Any idea how to obtain a firewire cable so I can charge my old apple 8g
    it ceased charging on the usb around the date of the launch of the 3g

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