At a Glance
USB-based car charger for iPods, iPhone, and mini-USB devices.
Another in a slew of USB-based iPod auto chargers, Gecko’s In-Car Duo-Charge has one unique feature. Like most similar chargers we’ve seen, you plug the Duo-Charge into your car’s accessory (“cigarette lighter”) jack; it provides a standard USB port, into which you plug the included USB-to-dock-connector cable, which then connects to your dock-connector iPod. An LED lets you know your iPod is getting power, although, unlike the light on Griffin’s PowerJolt, doesn’t change color when your iPod is fully charged. A replaceable fuse protects your iPod from power surges.
(The Duo-Charge can also be used with the first-generation iPod shuffle, by plugging the shuffle directly into the charger’s USB port, and the second-generation shuffle via its dock or one of the many USB-to-shuffle adapters we’ve reviewed.)
What’s unique about the Duo-Charge is that its included cable actually has two heads: one featuring the standard iPod dock-connector plug, the other a mini-USB plug. In other words, you can charge two devices — for example, an iPod along with a mobile phone with a mini-USB charging port — at the same time. (Griffin’s current PowerJolt includes cables for iPod and mini-USB charging, but you can use only one at a time.)