flipSYNC II Transforming iPod Cable/Key Fob Is Now Available

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Back at CES last month, when Scosche unveiled its new line of gear, I was particularly taken by the flipSYNC II, the successor to their first gen key fob that transformed, in a pinch, to an iPod cable. I’ve been eager to have one ever since, and today, I get my wish, as they are now available for sale.

The flipSYNC II is a transforming key chain accessory that makes sure you’re never without an iPod cable when you need to charge or sync your device, even in a truly rare pinch. When not in use, the flipSYNC folds up into a black dongle similar to the one you might have on your car keys to turn off the alarm when the neighborhood brats start jumping on the hood. Yank the ends, though, and out comes an iPod Dock Connector and a USB appendage.

The flipSYNC II isn’t a radical departure from the first gen model, except in one regard: while the previous version had a half-sized USB end, which — when combined with the cable’s short length — made it rather easy to yank out of your computer by accident, the new flipSYNC II secures things with a full size USB connector without radically increasing the fob’s size.

It’s cheap, too: $19.99 will buy you one directly from Apple. My only problem is that you have to choose between an iPod flipSYNC II and a microUSB one. As a guy who commonly walks around with a camera, it would be nice if Scosche could figure out a way to fit in both connections into one fob… maybe by making the microUSB end plug into an iPod Connector converter?