A new snap-on battery that can extend the talk time and power on an iPhone 3G, 3GS or iPod Touch 2G device by around three hours (up to 100 hours standby) has been released by Ethereal Home Theater. No bulky or clumsy cords, and designed to look like an extension to a 3G iPhone, this is one of the better-looking spare batteries going around.
A unique feature of this device is the iXpand 3Gâ€™s exclusive TuneLink technology that allows users to enjoy full use of iTunes while the iXpand battery is still attached. The unit recharges using an iPhone 3G AC adapter or USB cable and includes an LED indicator that shows charging status.
The unit is small enough to carry in a pocket or purse and rapidly recharges the internal battery of the Apple device it’s attached to. The Lithium Polymer 500mA battery took 14 months to develop in conjunction with Apple. It weighs a mere 1.4oz and measures 6.1 x 3.8 x 1.16cm. To fully charge the iXpand takes around eight hours first up but only about three hours every subsequent recharge.
The iXpand iPhone charger sells for $69.99 and is available online and through local distributors. (www.ixpand3g.com)