Friday, May 29, 2009

Belkin TuneCast Auto for iPod : "Charging is not supported with this accessory"

Q: For my 2nd Gen iPod touch, I just bought a Belkin TuneCast Auto for iPod (FM transmitter/car charger) for only $12.99 at Fry's, but am getting "Charging is not supported with this accessory". Why?

A: First, I searched and found..."the manufacturers used to have the choice of 12v or 5v input but then apple suddenly decided to do away with the 12v line with the new touch and the iphone 3g. Supposedly apple told these companies about the change over a year ago, though some manufacturers claim to have never heard of such a thing."
Secondly, I searched and found the manufacturer's web page for this product, and looked under "Compatible with the following iPod models" to find that several iPod models are supported, but not the iPod Touch. Bummer. Oh, and now I see the tiny list of compatible ipods (see photo) on the package. Same list/chart as is used on their web page, but much smaller on the packaging. I'd suggest that Belkin should increase the size of the text font used, at the very least for us aging Baby Boomer's. :-)

Now maybe I see why it only costs $12.99 at Fry's, when Belkin's list price is $59.99. It certainly couldn't be because Fry's model is black and Belkin's is white!

BTW, the good news is that this issue lead me to find "Belkin : my best FM stations" (, which should be tremendously helpful.


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