USA Spec CBP-85 iPod® Cable

Charge your iPhone™ 3G or newer iPod with the PA-10, PA-11, and PA-12 adapters

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  • 4' iPod to factory car stereo cable with an Apple iPod connector on one end and a proprietary 8-pin connector on other end

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Overview: The USA SPEC CB-PA85 is an iPod charging cable which allows the USA SPEC PA10 series, PA11 series, and PA12 series factory car stereo iPod interfaces to charge the following iPod models which require 5-volt USB charging -  iPod nano (4th generation), iPod touch (2nd generation), and iPhone 3G.

Note: This cable will also support iPod models that feature 12-volt Firewire charging.

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PA 12 USA Spec

Written By GURU, Alabama on Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Purchased this to replace a bad cable after years of abuse, works as described charges and syncs as it should, also works with iphone 5 with Apple lightning cable adapter using this in 2005 Honda Accord EX. with factory Radio and USA Spec PA12 DAC.

Pros: Long enough you don't have to pull on it.

Cons: No Worries!!

cbp-85 lPod cable

Written By mkaz, Monmouth County, New Jersey on Saturday, September 20, 2014

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I haven't used it yet.

Charging not functional w/ PA11-HON2y

Written By Zac, Fort Collins, CO on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Bought it to replace damaged cable on an older PA11-HON2y unit. Playback works ok, charging not functional w/ iphone3g/ipod video/ipod nano. Crutchfield sent me an exchange in case the the first cable was bad, 2nd cable was same result. Great support from Crutchfield.

USA Spec CBP-85 iPod® Cable

Written By Anonymous, Davenport, FL on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Product is not the same as shown, but it's the right item. Works great and charges my 4gs fast. "CD" Quality music,!

As Expected

Written By Mick, Denver CO on Tuesday, April 08, 2014

This product was delivered as expected. It was (as I expected by another review) a black single piece cable verese what is shown in the pictured.

Pros: Works as expected at a good price.

Crutchfield response on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 We have updated the image on our site. What you see now, really is, what you get. Thanks everyone who let us know the image didn't match the product.

Charges though different from photo

Written By MZA, Minneapolis, MN on Sunday, October 06, 2013

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A great upgrade to our USA Spec device. Charges and plays music, all I need. The picture is incorrect in that it is in reality a one piece unit and not white but black. Awesome product and at a better price than anywhere I could find.

Pros: Charges, plays music, and at a great price.

Cons: None

Great cable

Written By Brian, Cumming,GA on Saturday, October 05, 2013

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I ordered the USA Spec CBP-85 PA10, PA11, PA12 iPod Adapter Cable to replace my defective USA Spec PA11-Hon2y IPod IPhone Interface Cable. I'm very happy with quality of this product. The audio channels are crystal clear and sound great! The item arrived at my door only 2 days after placing the order at no cost to me!

Pros: Sounds great Fast shipping Reasonable price

Cons: No longer in stock

Great!

Written By Sclark, Tx on Friday, May 03, 2013

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It's works great! Great customer support!

Great Upgrade

Written By AM, HB on Friday, December 16, 2011

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Had to wait due to the backorder but it was worth the wait. Works great with the PA-11 for my Toyota Truck. Bought it to charge and use the new iPhone 4s. Works like a charm.

USA Spec CBP-85 iPod® Cable

Written By DaveM, So Cal on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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Had an older USA Spec IPod interface, but it would not charge my new nano. A quick look
and found Crutchfield had a new cable, the CBP85, for my USA Spec interface...and for
only $20. After ordering, I got it quick and it was a simple cable swap.

Sure enough, the nano charges and plays just as designed.

Oh yeah, I accidentally ordered the wrong cable at first (USA Spec makes two different
ones for their many interfaces). It was my goof, but Crutchfield actually sent me the correct
cable prior to me sending back the original...without charge!

The gal I spoke with who set up the return was very helpful and prompt. Great service,
thanks, Crutchfield!

Great product!

Written By Dennis F, San Diego, CA on Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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I have a 2006 Honda Accord Coupe and have been using the PA-11 iPod adapter with my
nano. When I got the new iPod Touch 4G I could only control the music from the car stereo
and my iPod wouldn't charge. With this new cable it does both! With a minor tweak to the
dip switches (1-ON, 2-OFF) my iPod now charges, the factory radio controls the music from
the dash and the steering controls, and I have full use of the iPod too. Thanks to Joe from
USA Spec for the help!

Works great with PA11-NIS

Written By James, Georgia on Sunday, August 08, 2010

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I have had the PA11-NIS for my '99 Nissan Maxima for a few years now. It does not charge my iPhone 3GS so I was thrilled to discover that an updated cable was available. After reading one review that said this cable didn't work on their PA11-NIS, I decided to try it anyway. I'm pleased to report that this cable works great and now my iPhone charges while I'm playing audio direct through my car audio system. I do get the "This accessory may not work with your iPhone" message which requires pressing "Dismiss" each time, however.

doesn't fit iPhone 4 with bumper

Written By bobgatpdx, Portland, OR on Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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Very disappointed with this cable. It works, but I have to remove the bumper to mate the connector with the iPhone 4. This is very inconvenient and will wear out the bumper quickly.

Works well with PA11-HON2

Written By Andy, Stafford Springs, CT on Sunday, June 28, 2009

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Charges and changes tracks on iPod/iPhone through both stereo and steering wheel audio controls. I got this as a replacement cable since the original cable that came with my unit does not charge my iPhone 3GS.

A few caveats:
- Always pops up the same "This accessory is not designed for use with iPhone, do you want to use Airplane Mode?" warning when plugged in. It works fine once the warning is cleared, just an annoyance.

-Doesn't seem to send audio to the stereo if headphones are plugged in, so you can't use a wired headset with it. Won't be a problem for most users, just something I've noticed.

Works but...

Written By Jon, Los Angeles on Thursday, June 25, 2009

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I just bought this cable to be able to charge my Ipod Touch AND play music. Unfortunately I also upgraded my Touch to the new Firmware version 3.0. Now I get a charged Touch, but it will not play music. My older Ipod Video still plays and charges at least.

USA Spec CBP-85 iPod® Cable

Written By Robert, Illinois on Wednesday, March 04, 2009

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This did not work with the PA11-GM45. Not able to charge and interface
does not link to device at all.

Doesn't work with USA Spec PA11 NIS

Written By Syed, Winnipeg, Canada on Sunday, February 15, 2009

First of all, I bought this from the Canada site. I couldn't find a way to post this on Canada site.
I have IPhone 3G version 2.1. I also tried it with version 2.0.
I can't even play the songs, not need to mention charging.
The original cable I got with USA Spec PA11 NIS, can play the songs but doesn't charge.

replacement cable works!

Written By Matt, Southeastern PA on Monday, February 09, 2009

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For christmas, ordered the USA-SPEC iPod Kit for a 2001 BMW 525i and a 2001 Honda CRV. I was disappointed to learn that the cables it came with didn't charge newer iPods (nano, touch, iphone), especially since I was planning to drive cross country. Although it's expensive to retrofit each car with this cable, it works great.

USA Spec CBP-85 iPod® Cable

Written By Ahman, San Diego, CA on Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The cord works perfect for the iphone 3G. It CHARGES and PLAY's music via the iphone 3G. Very easy to install took 20 mins for both my cars 2005 Honda CRV and Accord (sedan).

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