1. Uplink's Avatar
    So I have been wanting to get one, especially if I use the Navigon app in my car, it will drain the battery... I am not sure which charger to get though.

    For $30 I can get the Verizon iPhone charger that is probably the best bet on reliability
    - Set Your Location

    For $12 I could get the Elago Micro USB Auto Charger, which is made to fit USB cords into it
    - Amazon.com: elago Micro USB Auto Charger for iPhone 4/3G/3GS, Verizon iPhone 4G and Other Device with USB Port: Cell Phones & Accessories

    I am thinking the 9 foot coil cord on the Verizon charger would make it worth the price. But what do yall think? And what kind of car charger would you guys choose? Even if it isn't one of these 2.
    02-06-2011 10:25 AM
  2. coltsbr's Avatar
    I would get one from Apple or Verizon. In the past with my 3GS I found that if you get cheap chargers they can affect battery life. I got mine from Verizon.
    02-06-2011 10:28 AM
  3. shipwrestler125's Avatar
    I have got some 3rd party ones before and they dont seem to charge the battery nearly as well as the ones from verizon. I would fork the extra money over to be more reliable and know that you are getting a true charge
    02-06-2011 10:30 AM
  4. Uplink's Avatar
    Thanks both of you
    02-06-2011 10:36 AM
  5. kch50428's Avatar
    I'm looking at these: http://store.tipb.com/verizon-iphone...and-cables.htm

    From the ones above, Griffin is a brand that Apple sells in their own stores.

    $30 for a car charger is ridiculous. They wholesale for less than $2. Why do you think Verizon & other providers pressure people into buying accessories? High profit margin. Which isn't a bad thing, mind you - but when you can get the same quality item for half price somewhere else...
    02-06-2011 10:37 AM
  6. shipwrestler125's Avatar
    I'm looking at these: http://store.tipb.com/verizon-iphone...and-cables.htm

    From the ones above, Griffin is a brand that Apple sells in their own stores.

    $30 for a car charger is ridiculous. They wholesale for less than $2. Why do you think Verizon & other providers pressure people into buying accessories? High profit margin. Which isn't a bad thing, mind you - but when you can get the same quality item for half price somewhere else...
    Its all about making money. All the accessories they sell are highly overpriced. You can probably get a brand name off of ebay for about half of what verizon charges.
    02-06-2011 10:42 AM
  7. coltsbr's Avatar
    Im sure there are a few good chargers out there. What I'm saying from past experience is that if you use a cheap imitation charger it will do more harm than good to the phone and battery. My son has all but trashed his iPhone using one of those cheap $10.00 chargers from china on eBay. There are a lot of us that are paying full retail for these devices and paying an extra $10 or $15 bucks for a good charger is well worth it to me. A least if I get one from Apple or Verizon and something does happen because of the charger we have some recourse. I would rather have that than have to take my phone back to Apple with a problem and them tell me its because I was using a charger with the wrong input voltage. Just my thoughts.
    02-06-2011 10:48 AM
  8. shipwrestler125's Avatar
    Im sure there are a few good chargers out there. What I'm saying from past experience is that if you use a cheap imitation charger it will do more harm than good to the phone and battery. My son has all but trashed his iPhone using one of those cheap $10.00 chargers from china on eBay. There are a lot of us that are paying full retail for these devices and paying an extra $10 or $15 bucks for a good charger is well worth it to me. A least if I get one from Apple or Verizon and something does happen because of the charger we have some recourse. I would rather have that than have to take my phone back to Apple with a problem and them tell me its because I was using a charger with the wrong input voltage. Just my thoughts.
    I agree 100% I used a cheap non brand car charger on my one droid and it made the battery worse so im going to spend the little extra for a brand name for my iphone. Luckily I have a gift card for verizon anyway so I can use that to get one.
    02-06-2011 10:50 AM
  9. kch50428's Avatar
    You can find the very same ones Verizon sells for $30 for half that or less with different packaging if one looks around.
    02-06-2011 10:50 AM
  10. iPhone uPhone's Avatar
    So I have been wanting to get one, especially if I use the Navigon app in my car, it will drain the battery... I am not sure which charger to get though.

    For $30 I can get the Verizon iPhone charger that is probably the best bet on reliability
    - Set Your Location

    For $12 I could get the Elago Micro USB Auto Charger, which is made to fit USB cords into it
    - Amazon.com: elago Micro USB Auto Charger for iPhone 4/3G/3GS, Verizon iPhone 4G and Other Device with USB Port: Cell Phones & Accessories

    I am thinking the 9 foot coil cord on the Verizon charger would make it worth the price. But what do yall think? And what kind of car charger would you guys choose? Even if it isn't one of these 2.
    The charger from Verizon is made by Xentris, do a search and you can find that same charger at least $10 cheaper. Best Buy has it for 19.99. Happy Shopping! :o
    Uplink likes this.
    02-06-2011 11:03 AM
  11. skeletongloves's Avatar
    what are the actual physical differences between a "good" and "bad" charger? i went with the el cheapo deluxe model from amazon but i dont want to use it if its going to destroy my phone.
    02-06-2011 11:10 AM
  12. Uplink's Avatar
    I'm looking at these: http://store.tipb.com/verizon-iphone...and-cables.htm

    From the ones above, Griffin is a brand that Apple sells in their own stores.

    $30 for a car charger is ridiculous. They wholesale for less than $2. Why do you think Verizon & other providers pressure people into buying accessories? High profit margin. Which isn't a bad thing, mind you - but when you can get the same quality item for half price somewhere else...
    Thanks, yeah I trust Griffin. May get this one http://store.tipb.com/griffin-powerj.../5A47A3929.htm the only thing, does anyone know if it supports charging with the 64GB iTouch 3G? I have had a wall charger and another car charger/transmitter that worked on all other ipods except my iTouch 64GB. Other people have had that same problem.
    02-06-2011 11:19 AM
  13. jmill79's Avatar
    Quick question, I plan on getting the Ipad 2 when it comes out. Ive heard that those (Ipads in general) require the 2 amp version of the car chargers, would these also work with the ViP? I'd be nice to just have one car charger for both.
    02-06-2011 11:30 AM
  14. eternal76's Avatar
    I found a car charger at Burlington Coat Factory for $7.99, didn't want to get the overpriced one from Verizon. Hopefully I won't have any issues with it.
    02-06-2011 11:32 AM
  15. RC28's Avatar
    I have used Gomadic for years and it works across devices as long as you have the tip for the specific device:

    iPhone 4
    02-06-2011 12:35 PM
  16. LooNTooNs's Avatar
    I am looking for one with a "line out" option. This way I can just plug in the dock and always have the line in to the aux. Also with the line out, you don't have to adjust the iPhone volume.
    02-06-2011 12:46 PM
  17. areyes163's Avatar
    I purchased a offical Att iPhone car charger from ebay new in retail packaging for 10.95 from ebay. Search OEM Att iphone 4 car charger. It is official and is brand new for a third of the price.

    Here is one example from ebay item#150510184680. Sorry I dont know how to post links.
    Last edited by areyes163; 02-06-2011 at 01:08 PM.
    02-06-2011 01:01 PM
  18. Chadwackg's Avatar
    I thought about a car charger but then I realized I have a built in car charger since I have a laptop in my car on a docking station at all times its good to work from your car. But if I was going to get one I would buy one from the TiPb store!
    02-06-2011 01:20 PM
  19. Darth-gamer's Avatar
    You know, sometimes I realize I am being ripped off, or I shouldn't even say being ripped off, but perhaps overcharged. I did realize that with the iPhone car charge and did not expect any different. I just figured "Hey, to have the car charger with overnight shipping from a trusted company be here on the same day, even in he same package as the iPhone, I'll go ahead an splurge the extra $10/15."

    Sometimes I just do that for convenience, and I know we all do. Look at bottled water.
    02-06-2011 01:35 PM
  20. Chadwackg's Avatar
    You know, sometimes I realize I am being ripped off, or I shouldn't even say being ripped off, but perhaps overcharged. I did realize that with the iPhone car charge and did not expect any different. I just figured "Hey, to have the car charger with overnight shipping from a trusted company be here on the same day, even in he same package as the iPhone, I'll go ahead an splurge the extra $10/15."

    Sometimes I just do that for convenience, and I know we all do. Look at bottled water.
    So true Darth. Sometimes the convenience is well worth the extra money.
    02-06-2011 01:39 PM
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