By Chris Scott Barr
Last year I reviewed Scosche’s passPORT iPhone adapter, which helped me to charge my iPhone when I was in my car. Well earlier this year they released their home version of the passPORT, which did the same thing, only for the iPhone docks that you have sitting around your house. I got my hands one of these, and put it through our grueling review process.
Much like it’s mobile cousin, there really isn’t much to this device. It fits any dock that uses the standard iPod dock, so as long as you’re not using the iBoo or iPanda (which have really funky docks) you should be good. Just remove the dock insert from your device, insert the passPORT Home Dock and put the dock insert into the passPORT. That’s really all there is to it.
When you plug it in, you’re still greeted with that same message warning you that the device isn’t compatible and asking you if you want to turn on airplane mode. If you don’t turn airplane mode on, you’ll be greeted with that wonderful interference noise from the phone. Either way you choose, it will charge your iPhone, which is what the device was created for.
The passPORT Home Dock does everything it advertises, although to be honest, that’s not a lot. I can’t use it with a regular iPod dock to charge overnight because I’ll just get woken up by the interference blaring through the speakers. Of course there’s always the option to put it on Airplane Mode, but that means I risk missing emergency calls. You can pick one of these up for around $40, but if you actually want to receive calls while listening to your music, you might be better off investing in a new dock.
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