There are plenty of car-charger devices for the iPod and iPhone, and some of them cost as little as £15. The Motormonkey is a little more expensive, coming in at £20, but it’s neatly designed and includes a useful set of accessories.
The Motormonkey itself is a small bullet-shaped device that plugs straight into the cigarette lighter socket in your car. There’s a USB connector on the end of the Motormonkey, and a small USB cable is included in the box, along with a wide selection of adaptors that you can use to connect a variety of mobile devices. The adaptors work with a range of mobile phones from Samsung, Nokia, Motorola and Sony, Blackberry and the PSP.
Oddly, though, there’s no adaptor for an iPod or iPhone, so you’ll need to use the original USB cable supplied with your iPod or iPhone and use that to plug into the Motormonkey when you need to charge it up. The Motormonkey is designed to sit permanently inside the cigarette lighter slot and only draws power from your car battery when you connect a device to it.
It’s also smart enough to detect when your iPod or other device is fully charged, and will turn itself off so that you don’t accidentally leave yourself with a flat battery. There’s an LED on the front of the Powermonkey that glows while your iPod is charging and turns itself off when the iPod is fully charged.
Purely for power, the Motormonkey is a neat gadget that’ll keep your iPod permanently juiced if you spend a lot of time in the car. The included phone adaptors will come in handy, too.