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iPhone & iPod chargers interchangeable?

5179 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 9, 2009 11:41 AM by Joe Adroit RSS
cdupree Calculating status...
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Dec 4, 2008 2:48 PM
Can you use your iphone charger to charge your ipod? And can I use a car charger for my ipod to charge my iphone? We're going on vacation and I want to carry as few chargers as possible. (Charging a 3g iphone, ipod video, and 1st gen Nano.)

I know it sounds silly but I had 2 bad iphones in one week and I don't want to do anything bad to my working one.

G5 dual 2gig, G4 500, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Avid, FCP
  • Grant Greene Level 6 Level 6 (14,745 points)
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    Dec 4, 2008 2:51 PM (in response to cdupree)
    The usb charging cable included with all current iPods(except shuffle) and iPhones are the same. I use the same cable to charge my iPhone and 4th generation iPod. Older iPod firewire cables will not charge the iPhone 3g.
    1.5GHz PB, 733MHz Quicksilver as a remote backup server,, Mac OS X (10.4.11), iPhone 3G, 40gig 4G iPod, 15gig 3G iPod
  • kurtrock Calculating status...
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    Dec 30, 2008 9:14 AM (in response to Grant Greene)
    Just want to confirm... Are you saying that any usb charging cable from any generation ipod nano or iphone will work with any generation ipod nano or iphone? And this is true whether I use the cable plugged into the usb power adaapter or into a computer? Are they all compatible from a syncing perspective as well? I've got three different generations of nanos and two iPhones. If I knew that it doesn't matter what cable I use with what device, I'd be a lot happier. Thanks!
    1, 2, and 4 generation nano and iPhone 3G, Windows Vista
  • sapphir8 Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
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    Dec 30, 2008 10:53 AM (in response to kurtrock)
    Not all Apple chargers will work on the iPhone 3g. You can only use the newest one for the 3g. Also, this prevents most car integrated iPod chargers from working on the phone as well. It's up to the vendor to update it.
    17" MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz Santa Rosa, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • flobbyblob Calculating status...
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    Dec 31, 2008 5:12 AM (in response to cdupree)

    After a couple of trials, I have gone with a cigarette lighter plug with a couple of USB sockets on it.
    I found a black one best that 'hinges' to allow ueasy connection of the usb lead. (sorry don't know make)

    This means it is very easy to recharge using the normal Apple white USB lead.

    I also carry around a Mains Plug with a USB socket in it. That way I am never caught short if at a hotel and the iPhone is running low. Sometimes this happens after using the Maps a lot when travelling.

    Hope that helps as an idea!
    PC, Windows XP Pro
  • Joe Adroit Calculating status...
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    Jan 9, 2009 11:41 AM (in response to cdupree)
    You notice the USB doesnt charge as fast though.

    I know for a fact these work with ALL iPod & iPhones and they are pretty cheap

    Hope this helps. Either that or amazon has some good ones my friend tells me.
    Dell XPS 720, Windows XP Pro, Duall 8800's baby!


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