9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 29, 2010 7:10 AM by sohogirl
estreb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I want to get an iHome for the iPad, because I'd like a nice set of speakers. But the problem is the iHome is only wide enough to support either an iPhone or iPod. The base of the iPad is way too wide. Is there an iHome that can handle the iPad's wide base? Or maybe a power connector wire from the iHome to the iPad?

Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
    You didn't say which model, but many of the ihome modekls have a line-in connection, so you could run a line from the headphone jack on the ipad to the ihome.

    Or try this:
    <http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Cable-Connector-Extension-iPhone/dp/B003KK9W GU/ref=sr11?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1276005921&sr=1-1>

    But with either approach, the ipad will not fit in the ihome's ipod slot.

    Hope this helps.
  • estreb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    if i use the Professional Cable Connector Extension Cord, will my iPad charge if tge iHome is plugged into tge wall?
  • David Aiken Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    Probably not, or at least only very slowly. Charging requirements are different for the iPad and iPods. The iHome is probably made to charge iPods but not iPads.

    I'm not aware of any speaker systems specifically designed to charge the iPad.
  • crh24 Level 3 Level 3 (920 points)
    red555 wrote:
    You didn't say which model, but many of the ihome modekls have a line-in connection, so you could run a line from the headphone jack on the ipad to the ihome.

    Or try this:
    <http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Cable-Connector-Extension-iPhone/dp/B003KK9WG U/ref=sr11?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1276005921&sr=1-1>

    This cable has power and sync only lines and it isn't very good at either of those-probably because the wires are too small or the connectors are too cheap.

    I have an old USB<->30 pin dock cable from a Griffin FM adapter that I purchased for use with my iPod (which was stolen, but that's another story). The Griffin cable has large wires and will work fine for sync/power with this dock extender while a standard Apple cable that came with my iPad won't work for either sync or power when plugged into this dock extender.

    In an attempt to get power, sync, and audio in a dock extender I just ordered this one:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0032I7PUK/ref=oss_product

    Hopefully it will work with the audio pins.
  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
    chr24:

    That also got very high reviews on amazon. It should be good.

    Thanks.
  • crh24 Level 3 Level 3 (920 points)
    red555 wrote:
    chr24:

    That also got very high reviews on amazon. It should be good.

    Thanks.

    RE:

    http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Cable-Connector-Extension-iPhone/dp/B003KK9WG U/ref=sr11?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1276005921&sr=1-1

    and

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0032I7PUK/ref=oss_product

    extender cables...

    I received the Juice cable yesterday I've done a little more experimenting.

    Neither cable works reliably for syncing the iPad through any of my three USB hubs. There just isn't enough voltage after the cable resistance v drop to keep the iPad charging so the iPad 'acts funny', i.e. it continuously gives the beep and acts as if the cable is being connected/disconnected. iTunes does not see a device or gets an error when reading the iPad. This is when connected to a 500ma USB hub port through either extender cable. Both cables work as advertised when connected to my 3GS iPhone via any of the hubs, but then the iPhone has a much lower current draw so the voltage drop won't be nearly as much.

    Both cables work as advertised when connected directly to a USB port on my iMac. These ports offer a bit higher current and the iPad doesn't give the 'Not Charging' indication.

    From this I gather that the iPad current draw is on the ragged edge when connected to a 500ma USB port. A reduction in voltage through a longer cable run may produce the connect/disconnect cycle I have observed.

    The 3Gjuice cable works fine for audio--I tested it with my iPhone FM adapter--no problems at all. The FM adapter has more charging capability so the iPad doesn't act funny. That would be the caveat--does the iHome or whichever system is used provide enough current to keep the iPad from thinking the cable is constantly being plugged/unplugged?
  • Terry Ladwig Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I have an iPad and iHome iP1. Like you say, the iPad does not fit into the iHome dock so I bought an extension cable to connect the two devices. Immediately after connecting, the iPad displays a message saying "This device not supported." That's it - no sound, no YouTube, no charging, nothing.
  • crh24 Level 3 Level 3 (920 points)
    I thought I'd give an update on the 3GJuice cable. I have now used it with the iKicker 501 without any problems at all. Normally I have my old 32GB 3GS plugged into the iKicker but I have extensively tested the cable by connecting my iPhone 4--in a Defender case--and my iPad--also in a Otterbox Defender case. It charges both and plays audio from both without any problems.

    There are many cables out there that may be cheaper but I like the build quality of the 3GJuice extender and it works.
  • sohogirl Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    Here is the iHome dock for the iPad

    http://www.tuaw.com/2010/07/24/ihome-announces-ipad-clock-radio-dock/

    I use to like them but they make you purchase a new dock each time a new device comes out.