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  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Price: 4
  • Quality: 4
  • Ease Of Use: 5
  • Usefulness: 5
Works for iPhone 3G – 5-Pin Mini USB Converter Adapter for iPhone 2G/3G - Black Reviews

posted by MJdub on 08/17/2011 Certified Owner

Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

Pros:
These are very useful in my opinion, and cheap enough to buy several. These work for charging and for data for my iPhone 3G. Has a little lanyard loop next to the USB connector, if that's your thing. This is the classic "DIY-style iConnector", with a mini-USB connector that is in a soft-ish rubber boot on the other end. Pretty solid build quality and the USB connector has some flex.
Cons:
None really, but could be much cheaper if the manufacturing was automated.
Other:
If you buy a bunch of these, you can eventually just stop buying the iDevice cables and go with mini USB instead. Where I am, a mini USB cable is always cheaper, and I could see it paying off eventually if you bought 3-5 of these. Especially if you have an iDevice but aren't sure if you want to get another one as your next device! I opened one of these because it is easily opened (if you are careful -- the clips can easily break if you bend them too much). There were four wires soldered to either connector. I don't know the pinout of the 'iConnector' but these worked fine for me. I bought two of these and two of sku.66174. I like the build quality of these a bit better, and like having the 'locking clips' on them, but the soldering could be a gamble. All of those that I bought tested fine.
Bottomline:
If you have an iPhone/Pod/Pad/whatever and you also happen to have a few mini-USB cables, buy 2 or 3 of these! Great to carry adapters like these in your bag so you only have to bring a few universal cables with you!

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