Mini USB adapter for iPad review

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Most people need more than one type of cable to get by these days, and that can be both confusing and take a lot of space in a travel bag. One solution is to carry one master cable and several adapters. One such adapter comes courtesy of our Chinese friends at DealExtreme, costs $2.50 shipped worldwide and lets you charge and sync your iPad (or other 30 pin Apple device) with a miniUSB cable.

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This is a physical adapter that turns the Apple 30 pin connector into a miniUSB connector. Pair it with a miniUSB cable and perhaps a couple more adapters and you have suddenly saved a bit of space in your bag. The price is excellent, build quality is OK, and it’s sufficiently small to make it worthwhile. Not much to “review” in other words, with one exception.

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Whenever I order any sort of cable from cheap sites in China, I have concerns about the quality of the soldering, wiring etc. The last thing I want to do is to have a $2.50 adapter damage a $1000 iPad. That’s why I took this thing apart before I even attempted to use it. Luckily the internals look very good; they  use a proper circuit board to connect the two connectors, meaning that there’s no chance of loose wires or anything like that. The solder points also looked good, with no runaway drops of solder anywhere. All in all it looks just like something a brand name company would spit out, which is great!

So, there you have it. A cheap adapter that is unlikely to kill your iPad- not bad, right? Perhaps not the most exciting accessory in the world, but I’m sure that someone out there will have a use for it. It won’t exactly break your bank either.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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13 thoughts on “Mini USB adapter for iPad review

  • And this begs the question: Why doesn’t Apple still use mini/micro-USB and mini-HDMI which fast seems to becoming the standards for connectivity on mobile devices?

      • Well, what do you know. Interesting article. Maybe it is other manufacturers that need to adopt Apples connector! (Or come up with an industry standard that have the features Apples connector has.)

        • They do make their own, e.g
          The problem is that they more or less make them on a per-device basis. Apple has used the same connector with minor changes for iPods, iPhones and iPads for the last X years. That means there’s more of a market to make accessories, not to mention less of a “proprietariness”. I mean, if a huge number of devices use the same connector, regardless of the fact they’re from the same brand, then it doesn’t really matter if it’s technically proprietary.

  • Man, I have to say that deal extreme has a bunch of stuff for sale…..I got from them an adapter to use microsd cards with the psp for cheap and with free shipping and know this.

  • Since I live in the Apple ecosystem ( I pod touch, IPad 2, various older I pods ) I love these kinds of accessories. I don’t mind Apples proprietary connector because it performs both charge and sync functions, but I love the idea of a connector that reduces the # of cables I need!!!

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