iPod Clock Cube and Key Ring iPod charger 

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The first a cube to sit by your bed – no excuse for not charging the iPod/iPhone – and it has alarm and sleep timer. The second when you do forget to charge your iPod a tiny device that can sit on your key ring will do so.

Logic3 i Station TimeCube Clock Radio iPhone iPod
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Logic3 iStation Time Cube

As far as bed side units go this 9cm cube is tiny but still allows you to use and charge your iPod or iPhone as well as have FM radio and even an auxiliary input all of these are choices to wake you from your slumbers or lull you to sleep.

The front has a 6.5x6cm orange alpha numeric screen this is divided into three horizon strips the top one is a line of graphics to say which mode you are, the middle one is day, date and month and finally the bottom line is time.

The top line only shows when the unit is switched on; the middle line is in 1cm tall characters while the bottom line has 2cm tall characters. There are three light intensities but in bed I found all but the dimmest far too bright.

The top of the cube has a total of ten touch buttons each with a graphic. The rear has Line-In and DC-In sockets as well as outlet for the wire FM aerial.

The first five pages of the Instruction Manual are in English and while there is a detailed diagram of the face, there is only a tiny illustration of the whole cube so the individual buttons are not shown in detail, nor is their a rear view at all. The text covers the various settings in quite adequate detail to allow setting everything up without problem.

The sides of the cube are the speakers and while the volume level is not huge it should be more than enough for the average bedroom. I see from the second link at the end that the cube is also available in white while mine was black as in the first link.

The alarm can be set for Monday-Friday or for all seven days of the week. You can choose what to use for the wake up. Sleep mode can be 15-30-45-60 minutes.

The FM radio is quite reasonable and has six presets available. The auto search does work quite well and is reasonably quick. My one proviso as it has no battery back up what happens in the event of a power cut I found removing the power for a few seconds did not effect the time/date etc as when the power was returned so did the display.

The WIS191 iStation Time Cube is available from the first link below for £32.99 including delivery.

flipSYNC from Scosche

This little unit 3.5x3x.5cm and weights only 8grams. It is black and rectangular with rounded corners. You will need to open your key ring to 3cm to get it onto it.

Pull the end marked ‘1’ to reveal the standard iPod 30 pin connector, next pull the other end marked ‘2’ to reveal a USB connection. So now anywhere that has a USB connection can charge your iPod or iPhone you do not need to remember to take the lead that came with your device with you

This of course will not work with the iPod Shuffle as it does not have the standard iPod/iPhone 30 pin connector.

Doing my Internet searches found the Scosche flipSYNC at a best price of £15.99 from the first link below.

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Comment by Bumpyfunk, Jan 27, 2011 14:47

I love the sound quality. Got mine off Play...for a bit cheaper still...but cant seem to get a) my iphone to act as an alarm. (just silence)...and b)any control over the radio. If I set my alarm via the radio, only radio 2 a constant volume...(set the night before)...if I just want the radio on normally, I cant. The 'source' button only lets me use my iphone...nothing else.
I am assuming Play sell slightly damaged gear (?) and thats why its cheaper (by about half)
....Any thoughts???
Had it for about 6 weeks now and only just needed to use the bit I bought it return is impossible now...

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