Scosche PassPORT Adapter
WHY? To correct a problem that Nissan should have corrected--plain and simple. My truck was shipped with the optional iPod Interface; it's not something I would have ordered, but it has turned out to be a nice addition. After reading the owner's manual I set about hooking my 2nd generation iPod Touch to the interface cable I located in the glove box. As soon as it was connected, the iPod screen registered the dreaded yellow warning triangle and the words " Charging is not supported with this accessory." The interface worked fine other than the lack of charging, and I liked the ability to control my iPod through the truck's audio system. I checked the Nissan owner's manual to find the cause of the problem and it only suggested that I update the iPod's firmware; since that was already done I turned to a Google search for help.
It seems that the problem is quite common, and it's been going on for several years. I won't bother with a technical explanation of the problem, but it seems that Apple changed the charging voltage on a number of its devices and Nissan hasn't bothered to keep up. Another search revealed that several different vendors had produced adapters that would correct the problem; the best-known unit is the PassPort by Scosche. An iPod in the glove box does me little good if the system can't charge it, so I decided to spend the money for an adapter. They aren't expensive, and I did manage to locate one at a great price at Tech for Less, an online seller. I wasn't familiar with them, but I took a chance and ordered. the price was just $11.49 plus shipping--I paid via credit card.
SERVICE. EXCELLENT. I received a confirmation email immediately after purchase. They didn't send a tracking number, but must have filled and mailed the order immediately because I received it via USPS in just five days. The adapter arrived undamaged, in the factory packaging.
INSTALLATION. About as simple as it gets; simply remove the adapter from the package and plug it between the iPod and the interface cable. Turn on the ignition and you're ready to go.
RESULTS. BINGO! When I first connected the iPod to the interface cable I received this warning:
After connecting the PassPORT the screen indicated that the iPod was charging:
The iPod and its interface functioned perfectly, and the unit charges the iPod correctly.
WORTH THE MONEY? Absolutely. Too bad Nissan doesn't provide one...