updated 05:30 pm EDT, Fri October 31, 2008
FastMac iV ships
FastMac has launched the FastMac iV, a charger and extended battery for the iPhone that also adds a built-in flash and can charge USB devices concurrently. The iV triples the iPhone's talk time to 24 hours, as well as 31 days of standby, over 20 hours of video or 70 hours of audio playback. The battery inside the iV is rated at 3100mAh and can power and charge the phone at the same time.
The new charger features a USB port for charging a second device, and can charge both an iPhone and a USB-based device. The built in flash can be used as an emergency flashlight in addition to working as a flash for the iPhone camera. It also houses a pair of speakers to amplify the iPhone's output.
The charger is housed in a soft touch non-slip case that can fit into a Universal dock or iPhone dock. It is compatible with all models of the iPhone and iPod touch and it can charge an iPod nano as well. FastMac's iV is shipping now for $80 and is made in the USA.