Remember when Belkin introduced its “Lightning Audio + Charge Rockstar” adaptor, a double adaptor, delivering two Lightning ports?
This device allowed you to charge your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, or any iDevice with a lightning port, while either plugging in Apple’s EarPods with Lightning adapter, or Apple’s Lightning adapter to 3.5mm audio port, both of which are included in the box of every iPhone 7 and 7 Plus model, and is pictured below.
It also allowed you to plug in other Lightning-based devices while charging, such as a Lightning or VGA adapter, or USB port, or anything else that with a Lightning plug that can be used with iDevices.
This was despite Apple delivering the aforementioned EarPods with Lightning port in the box, because many people had their own headphones of various types with 3.5mm ports, and were naturally keen to continue using them.
Having an adapter plugged into an adapter may well have been one adapter too many for some, but the solution worked perfectly well then, and still does today, and for those that want to preserve a free Lightning port while charging, it is a fantastic solution.
Now comes the Belkin adaptor that some thought should have been introduced form the beginning, a new rockstar – the Belkin 3.5mm Audio + Charge Rockstar, naturally compatible with the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X, but also any existing iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with a lighting port. Here's what it looks like:
Obviously, it lets you simultaneously charge your iPhone and listen to music using 3.5 mm headphone jack devices, with the Lightning port fully compatible with data syncing through the Lightning connector, as well as full microphone and remote control on the headphone jack, as you’d expect.
Marco Peters, vice-president of product management at Belkin, said: “We’re excited to offer yet another way for iPhone owners to simultaneously charge and listen to audio using the headphones that they know and love.
“We listened to consumers who wanted a reliable way to use their existing headphones, and we took learnings from last year’s Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar to deliver what people asked for and more.”
As you would expect, Belkin says its new 3.5 mm Audio + Charge RockStar is “compatible with headphones, speakers and other audio devices that connect via a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and is MFi certified".
Thus, along with the existing Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar, “consumers now have multiple ways to charge and listen at the same time while at work, at home or on the go".
3.5 mm Audio + Charge RockStar Features:
- Dual functionality so users can listen to 3.5 mm audio and charge iPhone simultaneously.
- Compatible with headphones, speakers, AUX cables and other devices with a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
- Supports optimal pass-through charging for iPhone.
- Supports remote and mic control on MFi certified 3.5 mm headphones.
- Supports syncing to transfer music and photos to and from MacBook.
- MFi certified to meet Apple specifications for use with iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus running iOS 9 or later.
So, when can you buy this marvel of dual audio and data connectivity?
It is available today, for A$49.95 at Belkin, Apple’s online store and its famed retail Apple Stores, not just in Australia, but worldwide.
The only way I can conclude this article is to say that Belkin’s new adaptor… sounds good!