Griffin TuneJuice iPod/iPhone Portable Charging System

Six weeks ago I would have got it in the neck for posting this review.  I very wrongly castigated a (sadly ex-) girlfriend for having one of these.  I thought it was one of the most ridiculous ideas ever.  And so, here is Mr Double Standards with a review of his very own TuneJuice.

The packaging is constructed of a thin plastic box, such as you’d get cheap Christmas cards in.  Inside is another plastic tray which holds the TuneJuice unit and four very handy AAA batteries.  There’s also a user guide, which strikes me as a bit thick – I can’t believe there’s anyone out there who can’t insert four batteries into a unit and attach a 30-pin connector to their device.  But mine is not to reason why.  The rear of the packaging does say that the device is suitable for the iPhone and iPhone 3G, which makes me wonder just how long this item has been sitting on the shelf, as there’s no mention of the iPhone 4 whatsoever, but it does charge the 4th gen phone.  It won’t charge an iPad, of course, because even a Mac can’t charge an iPad.

As far as charge goes, you can get up to 36 hours of music playback, 9 hours of video, 2.5 hours of web access and 3.5 hours of talk time.  These times are based on NiCD batteries.  You’ll get 24 hours of audio from the standard Alkaline batteries supplied.  The manual doesn’t say how much charge you can put into your device with a fresh set of batteries, but I’m guessing you won’t get the full whack – ¾ or maybe a little less I’d say.

The device is constructed of sturdy plastic and is light enough to carry around with you in case of emergencies.

I can only find one problem with the unit, though.  If you have an Apple bumper fitted to the perimeter of your iPhone 4, you’ll have to remove it before charging.  The 30-pin connector of the Griffin unit is a bit chunkier than the one that comes with the phone.  This is quite annoying, but like I said, I can’t find any other fault with the unit.  Some kind of cheap LED battery indicator might have been nice, but what do you expect for twelve quid?

If you’re not picky about having to take your bumper off before charging your phone, I’d highly recommend you get one.  There’ll be a fancier, more expensive model out now, of course, but have a root around and see what you can get.

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