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Scosche passPORT

Charging adapter for new iPod nano®, iPod touch®, and iPhone®

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by Dominic Devito
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If you own a 30-pin iPod touch, iPod nano, or iPhone, you probably know that you can't charge your device through a car stereo with an older charge-and-control interface. The Scosche passPORT IFWA USB charging adapter offers a simple plug-and-play solution that keeps your player charged and provides a pass-through for the audio, video and control signals to your head unit.

Simply connect the passPORT between the iPod or iPhone and the dock connector, and it'll provide safe, effective charging for the iPod touch 2nd/3rd/4th generation, iPod nano 4th/5th/6th generation, or iPhone 3G/4/4S in conjunction with most vehicle-specific and stereo-specific adapters. The passPORT does not enable audio, video or control functionality for adapters which initially did not support these features. Please see "Details" for a list of non-compatible stereos and vehicles, as well as a list of compatible iPod and iPhone models. Warranty: 1 year.

 

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Features

Overview: The Scosche passPORT (IFWA) USB charging adapter that allows accessories that do not support USB charging to work with the iPod and iPhone. With a female standard 30-pin iPod jack on the bottom and a male 30-pin iPod plug on the top, the passPORT simply plugs in between the iPod and dock connector. It enables charging as well as provides a pass-through for the audio, video, and control signals. The passPORT is compatible with most vehicles from 2004-up with iPod integration.

Compatibility: The passPORT is compatible with the following iPods (as of October 2010):

  • iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th gen.)
  • iPhone (3G/3GS/4)
  • iPod nano (4th/5th/6th gen.)

Note: The passPORT is not compatible with the following stereos:

  • Pioneer: Pioneer head units using the CD-iB100 or CD-i200 iPod to IP-Bus adapter
  • Mercedes: vehicles equipped with the Mercedes Media Interface Cable
  • BMW/Cooper: vehicles equipped with an iDrive iPod Interface
 
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5 out of 5

Scorched

Written By Robert B, Shaver town, PA on Sunday, November 24, 2013
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. With this adapter, I find that if I turn the radio OFF before I shut the car off and don't Turn the radio on for about 20 seconds after starting the car it works. If I forget to turn the radio off when I shut the car off, it goes into a search mode and more times than not I get the error - 1 code. Other than that, it does what it's supposed to do.
Pros:
Works as intended
Cons:
Temperamental
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4 out of 5

Works well

Written By Mike, Belmont, MA on Sunday, June 16, 2013
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Unit works great in my infiniti sedan. Now my iPhone 4 charges while it is in the console. I leave it in there as a dedicated car unit. Steering controls and everything work as they should. I wish the unit was not as thick. It is almost as thick as the phone itself making it nearly impossible to use with a cover.
Pros:
Works well. Black
Cons:
Too think to use with an iPhone cover.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Does the trick

Written By Anonymous, Vancouver, WA on Thursday, December 20, 2012
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I have had it for a little less than a month now and it works great!!!!! I no longer need a separate charger for my 3rd gen ipod nana.
Pros:
Charges and plays music at the same time
Cons:
Didn't work on initially when I plugged it in, but I just disconnected it and plugged it in again and it's been working great.
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3 out of 5

Does the job, but not consistently.

Written By ShagunR, Buffalo, NY on Thursday, July 19, 2012
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A simple adaptor that I'm using to connect my 2009 Infiniti G37x to my Iphone 4. The car's "ipod" connector is compatible with previous generations of the iphone but not with the 3G and the 4/4s so I got this adaptor. The problem is that I seem to have to try plugging my phone into the adaptor several times before it will recognize that its been plugged into the car and start charging. If I don't use the Scosche adaptor.. the phone will still connect to the car ipod connector.. but it won't charge. I bought the adaptor specifically so I could PLAY and CHARGE the phone at the same time.. so its dissapointing that it doesn't work every time. As a result.. I've taken to not using the ipod connector in my car as often because the Schosche adaptor doesn't work as consistently as I'd like.
Pros:
Small, light weight
Cons:
Not consistent, doesn't always recognize its been connected to the iPhone 4, and start charging. Adaptor doesn't "lock on" to the phone so it does slip out kind of easily as other reviewers have mentioned.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great Little Tool

Written By RandyW, Salisbury, MD on Sunday, May 20, 2012
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The PassPort is a great device for People with iPhones and iPod Touch, it lets users charge their devices while listening to music. I found there are glitches with using Pandora but it works and it's not even a designed feature. I'm very happy and would reccomend to anyone needing to charge and listen simultaneously!
Pros:
Allows charging while listening. Is a simple plug and play and very inexpensive!
Cons:
Slight glitching using Pandora app, but being able to use Pandora and even getting some on screen info is a major plus since that is not a design function of the unit.
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5 out of 5

Good Product

Written By Anonymous, Northern California on Wednesday, February 08, 2012
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Thanks to this product I didn't have to replace my iPod, installed in my car and worked perfectly.
Pros:
sturdy for a little low cost item.
Cons:
N/A
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5 out of 5

IPOD ADAPTER

Written By Gman, Chesapeake, VA on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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I recently upgraded my classic ipod to a ipod touch. It played with no problem but, would not recharge. I called Crutchfield and they had a solution that was fast and inexpensive. Works like a charm! Chrutchfield hooked me right up!
Pros:
Allows me to not only listen to my Ipod Touch but, also maintain a charged ready to go Ipod.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Scosche passPORT

Written By MIke R, Colorado on Saturday, June 11, 2011
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This unit works perfectly (I deducted 1 star for the priciness -- $30 seems a little high for what is essentially a plastic box containing a couple of jumper wires). But having said that, thanks to Mr. Jobs and his apparently random decision to change the power-pin scheme on newer-generation iPods, we have little other recourse. This unit does exactly what it's supposed to do. And Crutchfield, as always, was great to work with.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Scosche passPORT

Written By Bryan, Rancho Cucamonga, CA on Wednesday, May 18, 2011
 
Works great as it should. Used with my 5th gen ipod nano and alpine headunit so
it would charge. Although it does not have a locking mechanism on it, during the
past 1.5 years it has never come disconnected from my ipod. Even during really
rough offroading, it sits in my glovebox and has never become disconnected.
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1 out of 5

Scosche passPORT

Written By Anthony, oakland, ca on Wednesday, May 11, 2011
 
Doesnt lock to iphone / ipod, one little bump and it comes loose! even worse if you have a case, very frustrating. feels like a cheap plastic part but costs this much! would not recommend.
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4 out of 5

Scosche passPORT

Written By Tqqlmn, chicago on Sunday, April 10, 2011
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works great. Wish it locked into the iPod but it doesn't come out, just wish it locked.
Would buy again
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4 out of 5

Life Saver!!!

Written By Edrod, Zachary, La on Monday, March 28, 2011
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This product works great if you have a new model i-phone or i-pod and I love the fact that it charges both. It works perfect in my truck with my Kenwood ipod attachment for my Kenwood radio. It's a bit pricey, but not as much as getting another ipod and well worth it. Minus 1 star for the high price.
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By ToddB, Powder Springs, GA on Friday, March 25, 2011
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I use this product with my Alpine head unit in my truck and it works great. It
charges my nano and still allows full access from the alpine to all functions of the
iPod. It is small and as easy to install as plugging in the iPod. Great product!
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5 out of 5

Scosche passPORT Works Great!

Written By Bruce G., San Antonio, TX on Friday, February 11, 2011
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This Scosche passPORT works great. Now I can hear all my music and my phone
gets charged. Any other option would have cost me a whole lot of money! Thanks
Crutchfield!
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5 out of 5

Scosche passPORT

Written By Steve, Waldorf, MD on Wednesday, January 05, 2011
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My '09 Nissan is equipped with a factory installed AUX input cable and jack for
Apple products. When I plugged in a 4th generation ipod touch, the Nissan
display alert indicated that the Apple product would not be charging. Okay that
alert, and the ipod functioned perfectly except the ipod would not be charged by the
vehicle. So I searched the net for an adapter, read only about Scosche
passPORT. Not too many favorable reviews. However, I've dealt with Crutchfield
a lot over the years and decided to call the reputable on line dealer on
12/30/2010. The passPORT was at my house the next day. I installed the
passPORT and it did not allow the ipod to work at all. I removed the passPORT
and the ipod worked as intended (except it would not be charged), then
reinstalled the passPORT, and the ipod did not work. So I called
Crutchfield 01/01/2011and talked to one of their clairvoyants. He gave me
options in order to satisfy my purchase, and sent another Scosche passPORT that
arrived 01/04/2011. I installed the new passPORT and it worked as designed.
Turn the car on, plug in ipod to the adapter and the audio system recognized the
ipod immediately and I had full control of the ipod from the car touch screen
and hand controls. The ipod indicated it was charging.

Crutchfield sent a UPS RA as well.

Great product....and super service from Crurtchfield!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Just what I needed...

Written By Mark G., Southeast, WI on Saturday, December 04, 2010
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I have had none of the shake loose issues, even though I am running an aggressive M/T
tire on my truck. As my title says, this product does exactly what I wanted.
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3 out of 5

Fulfills a niche need but could be better

Written By Kimberly, Sunnyvale, CA on Friday, October 29, 2010
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I have a custom Kenwood set up in my car which lets me control my iPod through
the nav touchscreen. This was fantastic until the iPhone came along. I love
playing Pandora in my car, but it drains the phone battery. This adapter solves
that problem entirely. However, I would have paid a little more money for a
locking mechanism. It does fall out of the phone at the slightest jarring.
Which, in a car with a sport suspension, happens more than I'd hoped. That said,
it's still better than draining my phone's battery.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Not worth the money!

Written By John, San Diego, CA on Tuesday, September 28, 2010
 
This adapter is more annoying than useful. First, the adapter slides out of my iPhone consistently. Any tight turns or big bumps on the road & the music stops. I have to reach into my glove box & reconnect the adapter. I can't believe that for the mobile environment they did not opt for a latching type connection. In my system, this adapter also introduced noise. It was audible during track playback, or when the music was paused. The noise would be gone every time I disconnected the adapter. I plan on getting the Alpine adapter now as I want a connection that I don't need to worry about coming undone. This adapter is a total waste of money. Spend a little more & get the Alpine adapter. It will work correctly without all the hassle.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Helps make a fast charge

Written By Anonymous, Norwich, CT on Monday, March 29, 2010
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I bought this item to use with thePAC iPod Ai-Net cable for Alpine and my iPod Touch. It is slightly loose connection to the iPod but never falls out. I actually turn my iPod holder to landscape view when this plug is in so they don't interfere with the stick shift in my 1997 Cabrio. I've gone from 20% battery to full charge on a half hour drive.
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3 out of 5

Ok Adapter

Written By Eddie, Glendale AZ on Saturday, January 23, 2010
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Could be better if it snapped into your ipod. Just slides in and while in the glove box it
vibrates out. Otherwise it works fine. I didn't experience some of the other issues like
buzzing or Interference. Tested both in my truck and boat. Also. Hope this helps.
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2 out of 5

Scosche passPORT

Written By Steve, Arizona on Saturday, January 23, 2010
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Although this thing works, the cost factor is crazy for what it does.

It does not "lock" into the Ipod, so any cord you attach to it constantly falls out. If you put the Ipod in a Cradle like we do, this is highly annoying! We have to wrap a rubber band around it to keep it from falling out.

You would think for the price they could have included the locking clips to keep it in place.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Charges but audio is lost

Written By James, Denver, CO on Saturday, December 12, 2009
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Enables charging of my iPhone 3G through the stereo dock cable, but disables
Audio. I have a PAC to JVC ipod cable connected to a JVC KDSH99 - audio works
when the PAC cable is connected directly to the phone but when this adapter is
used, it doesn't
pass-through the audio and only enables charging. Kind of useless if you ask me,
although it sounds like it works properly for some others.

Other than the audio issue its a fine adapter, well built, etc.
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2 out of 5

Introduces a hum on my iPhone 3Gs

Written By Eric, Fresno, CA on Tuesday, December 01, 2009
 
This adapter works fine on my home docks, but on my car cable it introduces a loud hum. Loud enough that I won't use it it, which is too bad, because that's why I bought it. Otherwise, it works fine..
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4 out of 5

Scosche passPORT

Written By Sure, Newport News, VA on Thursday, November 26, 2009
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The product works great as a charging device for my 2nd gen Ipod touch. The kit that I had installed for QX56 did not charge the ipod.
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4 out of 5

Scosche passPORT

Written By Anonymous, Fuquay Varina, NC on Saturday, November 07, 2009
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The adapter works great. The only suggestion that I might make is that the
adapter does not have any locking device that helps keep the two items
connected securely.
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5 out of 5

Works great on Alpine 9886

Written By Adam, Raleigh NC on Thursday, September 17, 2009
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This works great with my 5th gen ipod nano and Apline 9886 head unit. Crutchfield got it to me in 2 days!
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

serves no purpose. does not charger 3gs iphone

Written By Andrew, any where pa on Friday, August 28, 2009
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waste of money. This will not Charge a 3gs Iphone. I wish it did. I wasted my money.
4 out of 11 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

iTouch 2G owners, beware.

Written By Onyx, Fort Dix, NJ on Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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This item is STRICTLY meant for iPhone/iTouch (2G) users, who lack a
BATTERY CHARGER, ONLY (i.e. Your CURRENT iPhone/iTouch 2G interface
works fine - you simply need battery charging capability).

Since my Kenwood stereo (KDC-4019) w/PAC adapter (ic-KENW) could
neither charge my 2G iTouch, nor allow its music to be played via my stereo,
I purchased this item.

Although, advertised by Scosche as an audio/video pass-through,
please understand the following note, listed in the Crutchfield description:

"The passPORT does not enable audio, video or control functionality for
adapters which initially did not support these features."

This means, if your present iPod connection doesn't allow your iTouch
audio/video to pass through, you don't GAIN those functions w/this
adapter. You've simply gained a battery charger.
4 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Scosche passPORT

Written By Craig, Knoxville, TN on Sunday, July 05, 2009
 
I bought this to allow connecting my iPhone to my boat stereo. It works just fine, good music and it charges.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

NOT with Pioneer

Written By Brian, Chicago on Thursday, July 02, 2009
 
This does NOT work if you are trying to get your iPhone 3G to charge with the
Pioneer head units.
1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Scosche passPORT

Written By tglide1, Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, May 26, 2009
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Got a new iPod Nano 16G, plugged into car adapter, got "Charging not supported by this accessory". Can you believe Apple would obsolete all of us like that? Even my Apple home wall charger doesn't work with the new iPods. Found Scosche adapter at Crutchfield, ordered and received it fast, as always. Plugged it in and all is good so far. iPod now charges in car and plays back just fine. I gave it a "4" because the fit of the plug into the bottom of the iPod is not as tight or positive as Apple's own adapter. It took a couple tries to push it in securely enough to make all the connections, but once I got a feel for how hard to insert it, it works fine. I'd buy it again.
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