Any way to charge iPhone 7 while using headset on phone calls?

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  1. DocV, Apr 23, 2017
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    DocV macrumors member

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    Is it possible to charge an iPhone 7, using a battery case, while talking on the phone using the lightning headset? Or... Charging an iPhone, using a battery case that has an old style headphone jack, while talking on the phone with the old style headset?
     
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  3. DocV thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks but not interested in bluetooth. My work requires me to be on the phone all throughout the day and I can't have the phone, or headset, die on me in the middle of a call.

    It works fine with my 5s; since I can either plug in the charger when I have access while using the headset, or slap on a battery case while using the headset on the go.

    I need some way to duplicate this with the iPhone 7; preferably without using a bunch of dongles and adapters.
     
  4. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    Apple's lightning charging dock for the iPhone has a 3.5mm jack I don't know for sure if it would work for calls with the older headphones of if there is some reason the Mike won't work through it, but it might be worth a try.
     
  5. Freakonomics101 macrumors 65816

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    There's an adapter that allows dual charging and headphone use but it's $50 I believe and the only MFI adapter. The maker is Belkin and requires the adapter that comes with the iPhone 7 and 7+. It isn't super convenient but it's the only possible solution to your problem.
     
  6. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    You must have some sort of dongle to fit this need, or sell your iPhone 7 and fall back to iPhone 6s and forget about this issue.
     
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    There's no other way besides getting interested in Bluetooth headphones.
    That will avoid the dongles or additional wires and plugs so you can be hands free to move around while doing your job.
    There are solutions, just some like to make things seem extra hard.
     
  9. DocV thread starter macrumors member

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    Bluetooth has the same issue; can't have battery dying in the middle of a call.

    I was really hoping there's a battery case that allows you to make phone calls with a wired headset; whether 3.5mm headphone jack or lightning. Does anyone know of such a beast?
     
  10. Applejuiced, Apr 25, 2017
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    BT headphones wont die if you charge them every night.
    Airpods have a 24 hour battery life and a quick 15 minute charge gives you 3 hours of life.
    Anything can run out of battery, even battery cases. Just gotta keep them charged.
    What are you going to do if your battery case dies and you're in the middle of a call?
     
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    You have three routes to go, cases, dongles or Bluetooth. Pick one
     
  13. woodynorman macrumors 6502

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    I have AirPods. I'm also on the phone all day. I use one AirPod at a time. When I hear the low battery chime, I swap the other, fully charged AirPod in the other ear. No worries of a dead battery.

    Easy peasy.
     
  14. DocV, Apr 26, 2017
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    DocV thread starter macrumors member

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    The Fuze looks promising. I'd seen it before, but thought I'd read it doesn't allow for phone calls, only listening to music. Just submitted a question on their site; fingers crossed! The design is ideal and at $49 the price is reasonable.

    As for the Apple case? $129 +tax for easily the most awful looking phone battery case in existence? Uh... no. [I paid $15 for the Logitec battery case I use on my 5s and it works perfectly.]
    And at $219 +tax for some fiddly thing I'll likely loose? Nah. My father taught me better than that.

    Really... I shouldn't be this difficult nor anywhere near this expensive.
     
  15. mrochester macrumors 65816

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    It sounds like you shouldn't have bought an iPhone 7. I'd strongly advise you research devices before you buy them.
     
  16. DocV, Apr 26, 2017
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    DocV thread starter macrumors member

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    Funny you should say that. Because nowhere did I ever mention I had purchased the iPhone 7. In fact, research is exactly why I started this thread. And unless the Fuze case [or something similar] works as needed, I won't be getting an iPhone 7.

    But thank you for your valuable insight.

    P.S. I'd strongly advice you [thoroughly] read threads before you comment on them... <---Ha. Walked right into that one, didn't ya? ;)
     
  17. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68020

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    You mentioned it in your OP, I posted it to make you aware of the option.
     
  18. DocV thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, actually right now the Fuze is looking like the best and most ideal option. I'm hoping they respond with a "yes" re: making headset phone calls through the battery case.
     
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    When the iPhone 7 was released, there was a huge thread regarding the removal of the 3.5 jack. By the looks of it, you won't be upgrading unless you purchase an expensive alternative.

    I, along with many others, held out upgrading to the 7 because of this. Unfortunately I don't see the jack coming back so I'll eventually have to upgrade.
     
  20. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    So you're complaining about something that has been well known for many months now and ragging about a product you don't even own.
     
  21. DocV, Apr 26, 2017
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    Upadate: Heard back from Fuze, according to them this version does not support phone calls, but they are "are working on it for the next version".
     
  22. DocV, Apr 27, 2017
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    This may come as a surprise, however, not everyone is like you. Most people, such as myself, do not waste their valuable time researching products until they actually need the product. And that's what this is; research. Responsible people find out before they waste a considerable money on something that could potentially have an adverse effect on their ability to perform their *job*. ...Not listen to music. Not tweet. Not play games. Do work... Secondly, while the problem is "well known", the answer clearly is not! Otherwise, it would have been well known by everyone here, that the FUZE battery case for iPhone 7 with a 3.5mm headphone jack currently does not support phone calls... Surprise surprise, *nobody* here knew that. [not even you.] Now since *I* did the research, the next person who comes along in need of an answer will hopefully find this, and save their valuable time. Not only that, but now, all the members following this thread know it too and can help others with this information next time they encounter the subject... Even you... [see how that works?] And lastly, as you so astutely pointed out, the problem has "been well known for many months". Which means companies have had time to hopefully develope a solution! And the fact that FUZE confirmed one is in the works only lends credence to my thinking that, in time, there will be a solution... Unfortunately just not yet.

    So next time, rather than denigrating someone with a real concerns trying to solve a real problem, just keep to yourself and let the adults do the talking. Besides I'm sure there's an "Android is better than iPhone" thread somewhere that you can troll.

    DocV

    P.S. Maybe it's time to lay off the juice.
     
  23. tomjleeds macrumors 6502

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    Personal recommendation would be to get a "proper" Bluetooth headset designed for a work environment, something like a Jabra Evolve 65. Big battery, charging during use, miles better in audio and ergonomic terms than a set of EarPods or similar.

    Yeah, I know, battery, bla bla. Get used to charging. It's the future.
     

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