iPhone USB cable same as iPod?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Moria, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. Moria macrumors regular

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    Got my iPhone a few days ago and noticed the USB cable it came with has a smaller 'head' that then iPod one. Does it make a difference if I use my iPod one in the iPhone? Don't want them to have a different power consumption or something.

    Reason I'm asking is that I have an old iPod car adaptor which I'd like to use on the iPhone if possible and don't want to blow it up.... I'm pretty sure it will be the same, but better safe than sorry. :)

    Thanks
     
  2. zmttoxics macrumors 65816

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    Yes.
     
  3. Moria thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes it does make a difference or yes it will work fine?
     
  4. Pixellated macrumors 65816

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    It is OK to use the bigger one :)
     
  5. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

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  6. johnsibly macrumors newbie

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    Is it an official apple car adaptor or a third party one?

    I tried using a third party charger and my iPhone didn't like it (displayed an error message saying the charging device was not supported) - so it seems the iPhone is pretty good at detecting what is and what is not compatible, and disabling charging if it thinks there is a risk.

    I'd say give it a go and see if your iPhone complains!
     
  7. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    The cables are literally different, but they both work the same. The iPhone one is just easier to pull out of the phone. You don't have to push on the sides like you do with most other dock adapter cables.

    I think they're just fancied-up USB cables, so shouldn't cause you any issues.
     
  8. leodavinci0 macrumors 6502

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    See this thread about how to get chargers that aren't supported to work. It involves soldering some resistors, and I electrocuted myself in the process of doing it, but it made all 3 of my third-party chargers (including a solar panel) compatible with my iPhone.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=464862

    Edit: To clarify, I am talking about USB and not Firewire.
     
  9. 645ci macrumors member

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    Thats what she said ;)
     
  10. Julien macrumors G3

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    OP is asking about USB cables and you are talking about FireWire car cables.
     
  11. KoolStar macrumors demi-god

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    They all should work. If its usb they all supply the same voltage.
     
  12. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    All iPods and iPhones have the same ol' 30 pin dock connector!
    => Yes you can use anything!
     

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