SiK, maker of iPod accessories, announced a few new goodies for users of the current crop of iPods. The upcoming imp and the FireJuice offer some interesting solutions to iPod powering needs.
The imp comprises a dock connector that runs to both a car cigarette lighter socket and to a stereo-miniplug with a line level output. The line-level audio-out functions even when the charger is not connected so that the iPod will continue to work even if it is not plugged in. A standard six-pin FireWire cable is also included for owners of the first two versions of the iPod.
FireJuice meanwhile allows the iPod and other FireWire devices to be used with computers that don’t support power across the FireWire bus. On Macs with built-in FireWire a small amount of power is sent across the cable in order to power peripherals, but on some add-on cards and on many PCs no power is provided.
The FireJuice includes an external box allowing for AC power to be provided over the FireWire cable, and includes an extra six-pin slot for powering additional devices. Not only does this work with iPods, but the FireJuice enables users of portable hard drives to power them down without having to unplug them from the computer.
Both the imp and the FireJuice are available for pre-order today from SiK’s
with the imp available for $25.95 (regularly $29.95) and the FireJuice for $33.95 (regularly $39.95). Both devices will also be available at retailers.