12 Replies Latest reply: Oct 1, 2007 1:13 PM by donreith
cyberpatrolunit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Last night, I plugged my iphone into a JBL ufo-looking speaker dock.

The screen went bezerk, so immediately I unplugged the unit.

After manually reseting, the phone seemed to use the ipod function correctly with the speaker dock. 30 minutes to an hour later, my phone's battery was drained.

Naturally, I plugged the phone into it's charger - then it froze.

After this I reset the device again, no luck.
Then I tried to restore through itunes, no luck.

Any ideas on what happened here?

I think the JBL speaker dock fizzed the phone.

iphone v1.1.1, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • 1. Re: So a speaker dock fizzed my iphone...
    Ryujin Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    I read a thread on here the other day that said older iPods draw 8v, while the iPhone uses 5v. Depending on what iPods your speaker dock was made for, you might have plugged your 5v phone into an 8v charger. That's probably enough to fritz the charging circuit.
  • 2. Re: So a speaker dock fizzed my iphone...
    Robert Harrington Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    I posted a thread a week or so ago commenting how of Apple Product Specialist told me not to use any interface device, nor charger...unless it has the made for iphone logo on it. He told me that it could possibly cook your phone cause the iphone is only set up to accept 5Volts at 1amp...and other devices, such as your jbl might put out more. He also told me that it will not be coverered under warranty also. The same goes for any firewire used to charge your phone. I posted it and there were alot of people complaining I dont know what Im talking about, and why in the world apple do this...and so on.
    I can assure you that the techs and the apple genious will go on to say it "should" be okay...but you wont get that answer if your talk to an actual apple engineer.
  • 3. Re: So a speaker dock fizzed my iphone...
    Rhyd Level 3 Level 3 (795 points)
    the apple sales floor guy was trying to show me some possible speakers yesterday to use with the iPhone. He tried his own with the jbl and it did not work, gsm stuff interference, said it had worked prior to the 1.1.1. Apple improved the gsm modem and signal .... stick with the products that say made for iPhone!!!

    Hopefully we'll see some more products soon that can cope with the gsm ... don't blame Apple, it's the gsm signal. People wanted a better signal, and Apple has provided but you really need to look for the "made for iPhone" now.
  • 4. Re: So a speaker dock fizzed my iphone...
    iPhoNettie Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
    Are you talking about the JBL speakers? I have the speakers that can be hooked up through the headphone jack.
    I made sure I asked the manager from our local Apple store if these were ok to use with the iPhone. She said if it fits in the jack (albeit with an adapter) then I'd be fine.
    I have used them once so far with my iPhone (prior to the update), and would hate to use them again and have something happen to my phone.

    iPhoNettie
  • 5. Re: So a speaker dock fizzed my iphone...
    Rhyd Level 3 Level 3 (795 points)
    I am talking about the jbl disc one that uses the docking connector. We settled on one that works from the headphone jack for me. That puts more distance between speakers and the gsm interference.
  • 6. Re: So a speaker dock fizzed my iphone...
    cyberpatrolunit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So from what I read thus far in this thread, the JBL speaker dock may have blown out the charging pins on my phone.

    I have a date with apple support tomorrow - do you think they will be able to get my phone working ?

    This is a real bummer, seeing that the phone has become a regular part of my lifestyle.
  • 7. Re: So a speaker dock fizzed my iphone...
    iPhoNettie Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
    Oh, ok. Thank you for clarifying. Just wanted to be sure before plugging my phone to the speakers again.
  • 8. Re: So a speaker dock fizzed my iphone...
    ITpro4Mac Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    Why would anyone plug a device, as sophisticated and expensive as the iPhone, into any kind of dock, charger, or adaptor that was not specifically made for it?

    "Well, the plugs looked kind of the same?" Gee, a 12v DC charging plug can look just like a 6v. A plug with the tip hot, and sleeve negative, can look just like one with the opposite polarity.

    Exercise caution, and a little due diligence.

    I've got no sympathy.
  • 9. Re: So a speaker dock fizzed my iphone...
    cyberpatrolunit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I was asking for advice, not criticism from an apple junkie!
  • 10. Re: So a speaker dock fizzed my iphone...
    vbeachcomber Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I MUST BE REALLY LUCKY TO GET AWAY WITH THAT. I docked my iPhone into all the docs they have on display at Bestbuy(APPLE, BOSE, DLO).
    I've also used iTrip, DLO and other FM Transmitter with the iPhone continuously for hours. DLO FM transmitter even charged the iPhone. But I realized it was getting too hot so I discontinued using it. Thanks for saving my iPhone
  • 11. Re: So a speaker dock fizzed my iphone...
    sneirbo2k7 Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    I noticed the other day that Brookstone's iPod docks do NOT have the GSM Static - they must be shielded speakers. I asked the Sales Associate at the store if he knew what the charging output for their docks was . . . 8V or 5V? They couldn't answer the question, and the boxes did not say "Made for iPhone" so I passed on the sale. I would love to have an iPhone speaker dock setup for my night stand, but until I can find one that says "Made for iPhone" I'm not going to risk frying my iPhone.
  • 12. Re: So a speaker dock fizzed my iphone...
    donreith Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    I plugged my iPhone into my iHome iPod speaker/clockradio dock thingy just to see if it would work. Perhaps I should have read this thread first . Interestingly, a message popped up on the iphone telling me that the device wasn't made for iPhones and asking if I wanted to go into airplane mode. I thought it was cool that it suggested doing that in order to avoid the GSM buzz.