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While we love the protection and style provided by iPod and iPhone cases, they can also be a huge pain in the rear. Like fitting a square peg into a round hole, some audio docks and other accessories don’t offer the kind of clearance around the dock connector that’s needed in order to leave our cases permanently in place. Of course, you can spend time prying your favorite case off every time you want to charge your iPod touch -- or you can use RadTech’s ProCable Shortz Extender to give your dock connector–equipped device just a bit more breathing room.
Never waste time prying off a bulky case again.
The Extender does exactly what its name implies. Slip the slim 30-pin adapter into your device, and it adds almost an extra inch of length, perfect for clearing bulky cases or negotiating most built-in dock connections. It works well with both iPad and iPod docks, as well as bulky cases like those in the Otterbox Defender series.
With the pass-through adapter in place, we detected no noticeable difference in sync times -- transfers were just as speedy with the Extender as without it. The only noticeable annoyance was that the Extender tends to wiggle around a bit if you bump your device while it’s resting on a dock. It’s hardly a huge problem, but it could accidentally interrupt your sync.
The bottom line. It’s another small accessory to potentially lose, but if your iOS device usually wears a bulky case, using the ProCable Shortz is worth the trouble.
ProCable Shortz Extender
iPod or iOS device with dock connector
Fits accessories with even the tightest tolerances. Doesn’t affect data-transfer rates.
Makes it a little easier to accidentally knock your device out of a dock. Kind of expensive.