Got my Ridax firewire charge adapter

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by zhenya, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    Just reporting that I have received mine, and it works fine. While the price is ridiculously steep, afaik, it's the only option out there right now, and having two cars with Ipod integration that would not charge my iPhone was unacceptable.

    To extend this conversation a little bit further; while I understand that Apple notified accessory makers of this change in design a long time ago, I think that Apple did a lousy job of handling what is, imo, a major design change. They did virtually nothing to notify consumers, and, frankly, even more unbelievably, they didn't manufacture an adapter like this themselves. Millions of people have all sorts of chargers and docks (many of them integrated into devices that won't work with this adapter) and Apple decided to render all of them useless with their newest devices in one fell swoop, with no significant warning, and without providing a solution. I own 4 iPods and an iPhone (all still in use, two of which will only charge via Firewire) but Apple gets a big thumbs down for this one.
  2. Gizmotoy macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2003
    I even have some USB charging devices that don't work. One is a cigarette lighter adapter that simply terminates in a powered USB plug. Plug in the USB cable that came with the iPhone and what do you get? Nothing.

    It charges my Motorola phones just fine (these use USB to charge also), but the iPhone refuses. What a pain.
  3. zhenya thread starter macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    I too have a couple of those cigarette to usb chargers that don't work with the iphone. One of them also refuses to work with my 5th gen ipod. It was only about $5 though, so no big deal. What was a big deal was when the $500 or so I have invested in car integration wouldn't work with my iphone. :mad:
  4. TheseGoTo11 macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2007
    where did you order the converter? Can't find the link anywhere online. Thanks
  5. jamesarm97 macrumors 65816

    Sep 29, 2006
    A friend here at work had an adapter that would not charge via usb so we took a good one apart and measured things. It seems that the ipod / iphone also want to see the usb data pins pulled hi / low via a resistor along with power on the usb power pins. As soon as we hacked one up and added the resistors it started charging.

    - James
  6. slicecom macrumors 68020

    Aug 29, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Does the adapter get hot? Are you happy with it?
  7. PoitNarf macrumors 65816


    May 28, 2007
    Northern NJ
  8. zhenya thread starter macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    I have noticed that it gets warm, but not particularly hot, although I also have not yet used it for an extended period of time. I'm happy with it in that it allows me to charge and use my iphone through my car stereo as I can with all my other Ipods. It's a bit large, and probably a bit fragile as it adds another set of connections, but it's also the only game in town right now.
  9. mjkrooker macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2008

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