XtremeMac on Tuesday introduced the InCharge Traveler and MicroPack, two new devices aimed at providing portable power for iPods. The InCharge Traveler is a $79.95 global charging kit, while the $99.95
is a portable battery and media dock.
The InCharge Traveler includes four wall adapters that switch between 120V and 240V outlets. It also includes a 12V car adapter and an “empower” adapter that works on some commercial airliners. The InCharge Traveler is compatible with all dock connector-equipped iPod models from the fourth-generation iPod and later, including the iPod mini and iPod nano, and comes in a travel pouch.
The MicroPack works with the same range of iPods, and it’s designed to power the iPod when its internal battery gets low. XtremeMac claims the MicroPack can provide up to 80 hours of additional battery power for audio or up to 8 hours of video playback time, depending on the iPod model and settings. It can also be used to recharge and sync the iPod. The MicroPack angles the iPod’s screen for optimal viewing, and features two headphone ports with independent volume controls — making the video iPod useful for long trips with up to two viewers. The MicroPack can be recharged using an iPod charging source and syncs with iTunes using USB or FireWire. It begins shipping on September 1, 2006.
XtremeMac’s Web site hadn’t been updated with information about the InCharge Traveler as
posted this article.