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Users who constantly use their iPhone to make calls, send text messages, listen to music, or surf the Internet should consider the new snap-on battery from Ethereal. The iXpand 3G charges your battery and will provide users with up to three hours of additional talk time.

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The iXpand 3G simply snaps onto the bottom of the iPhone. This battery pack complements the iPhone and is designed to look like an Apple accessory. This device weighs 39.7 grams and measures 61 x 38 x 11.6mm, which can easily fit inside a pocket or a bag.

Before using the iXpand 3G, users must first charge it for eight hours using the supplied USB to mini-USB connection cable. The LED located next to the mini-USB port will change its colour from red to green once the battery is fully charged. Subsequent charges will only take three hours.

The iXpand 3G immediately charged our iPhone as soon as it was connected. The 500mA Lithium Polymer battery gave the phone an additional 3 hours of talk time in about 15 minutes, which is really handy especially if you are expecting an important call while you are out and about. Users can then remove the pack once the battery is depleted.

 
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The highlight of this battery pack is that it incorporates Ethereal’s exclusive TuneLink technology. This technology allows you to connect your iPhone 3G directly to any computer and use iTunes without having to remove the battery pack.

We found several instances when the computer was unable to detect our iPhone while it was connected to the battery pack. After referring to the manual, we found that the solution was to turn off our iPhone and turn it back on again.

“If iTunes does not detect the iPhone 3G, reboot the iPhone 3G by turning it off and then turning it back on while it is connected to the computer. iTunes should now detect the iPhone 3G. Alternatively, you can also try closing and reopening the iTunes program,” said the manual.

After detecting the iPhone, it automatically launched iTunes and we were able to transfer songs to the device without removing the battery. The iXpand 3G also works with the iPhone 3G (8 and 16GB) as well as iPod Touch (2nd generation).

If you need a tiny device that will provide emergency power to your iPhone and iPod touch, then look no further – the iXpand can do just that. It is available now for $89. 

To buy this product, go to the Sound and Image website at www.soundimage.com.au.

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