Ever since I bought my new iPad, which is more power hungry than the iPad 2, I have been looking for ways to keep it charged. I have several iPhone docks around the house, but they don't have room to support an iPad.
Enter the dockXtender from CableJive
. This is a 2 or 6 foot cable with male and female 30pin connectors on the ends. You can place your iPad on a nightstand and still use it with that small iPhone clock radio! It's a simple idea but done well and worth keeping in your gadget bag.
Another related gadget that CableJive offers is the dockStubz
. I've used this for several rugged cases that cover up the iPad or iPhone just enough that I can't use a traditional cable or dock. The dockStubz just adds an inch or so of depth, but it's just what is needed for certain cases. Also, while there is a 30pin pass through, they also include a microUSB port so you can sync ormcharge your iOS device with just such a cable.
I haven't tried this, but it could be a solution to using the VGA cable while connected to a source of power. Otherwise, Apple's VGA cable uses the 30 pin connector and does not provide a way to charge the iOS device. This can be a problem when presenting on a low battery!
Some of the cases that the dockStubz really helps with are the SuperShell from M-Edge
, the Widge from x-doria
, and the iPadFLEX from UZBL