I am lost without music while driving. Sure, I can turn on the radio and listen to the same 5-10 songs which I actually enjoy, but that only lasts so long. Fortunately, I have had an iPod in one form or another for the past 5 years and, thanks to various options, have been able to listen to my iPod in my car whenever I want. My current car setup, however, isn’t ideal for my new iPhone, which means it’s time to shell out some cash and upgrade my setup to iPhone standards.
This upgrade will take place in two parts:
- iPhone car charger/audio adapter
- iPhone car mount
I will be discussing the first part today – the iPhone car charger/audio adapter.
My current car adapter is a Monster iCarCharger. Unfortunately, while I can still use the Monster for audio, it will not charge the iPhone 3G. My wife has the same Monster with the original iPhone and can charge hers without issue, so I blame Apple and their nefarious microchip allowing only “authorized” third party hardware to work with the 3G.
I looked at quite a few options, but was limited by the fact that I needed a car charger with an aux out jack or cable. Any car charger with an FM transmitter wasn’t an option. I also did not want a car charger with a built-in iPod/iPhone mount as I had my own mounting option planned. This eliminated items like the Griffin TuneFlex AUX or the Kensington LiquidAUX Deluxe. Monster had a newer version of the iCarCharger, but the iLounge website gave it a very bad rating (D+).
Fortunately, Kensington offered a standard version of it’s LiquidAUX. The LiquidAUX plugs into my cigarette lighter, just like any iPod charger, and has a Dock Connector cable as well as a separate audio out cable for the aux jack on my radio. The audio cable was just a tiny bit short to reach the aux jack, but Kensington also provided an extension cable to cover that potential issue.
I ordered my Kensington from AntONLINE and, when it arrived, was pleasently surprised to discover TWO LiquidAUXes in the package. I’m not sure if this was a packing mistake if this was the actual deal I purchased, but I’m not complaining. My wife got a LiquidAUX, too! She plugged hers in first and immediately reported improved sound quality in her car. I had nowhere to go, being Sunday, and was suffering from allergies, so I waited until Monday morning to test the LiquidAUX on my drive to work.
I am very pleased to say that the LiquidAUX does everything I want and more. Like my wife’s experience, the LiquidAUX’s sound quality is superb. No interferance from the phone portion of the iPhone at all. Also, the LiquidAUX comes with a remote control and a mount which velcros to the steering wheel, allowing me quick access to the Play, Back, Forward, and Shuffle options of the iPhone with my thumb without removing my hand from the wheel. The remote is removable from the mount so a passenger can also use it if they wish.
I am halfway to my goal. My next step, which I will report on in the future, is to put up my iPhone car mount and complete my iPhone car setup.
Kensington LiquidAUX – Link
LiquidAUX iLounge review – Link