Cables and Adapters

Apple Digital AV Adapter

Apple offers the Digital AV Adapter, which connects to an external TV or projector with an HDMI cable. Video mirroring is integrated into the iPad 2, sending whatever appears on the screen to the external device in 1080p HD video. A separate port on the same cable connects to a 30-pin Apple connector, allowing sync or charging while connected to HDMI. The Digital AV Adapter will be available for $39 from Apple.

Griffin PowerBlock

PowerBlock from Griffin Technology is an energy-star certified wall charger with non-polarized foldable prongs. PowerBlock charges the iPad quickly with a full 2.1 amps, and indicates charge status with a built-in light. The USB port can be used to charge any compatible device. A dock connector to USB cable is included.

You can pre-order the PowerBlock for $29.99. The PowerDuo is also available: Griffin offers the PowerBlock bundled with the PowerJolt for a discount at $49.99.

Griffin PowerJolt

PowerJolt from Griffin Technology plugs directly into the 12V power outlet (cigarette lighter) in your car and charges the iPad quickly with a full 2.1 amps. An illuminated ring indicates charge status and the PowerJolt's USB port can be used to charge any compatible device. A dock connector to USB cable is included.

You can pre-order the PowerJolt for $24.99. The PowerDuo is also available: Griffin offers the PowerJolt bundled with the PowerBlock for a discount at $49.99.

iPad Dock Connector to USB Cable

The iPad Dock Connector to USB Cable makes it possible to connect the iPad to your computer. When the iPad is connected content can be synced from the computer and the internal battery will charge via your computer's USB port. The Dock Connector to USB Cable comes included with the iPad, and additional cables are available for $19.

iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter

With the iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter the iPad can be connected to a video projector or external monitor at a resolution of 1024 x 768. One end of the cable is a female DE-15 VGA connector. The other end will link directly to an iPad or iPad dock via the 30-pin connector. Audio from the iPad must be connected separately using the audio out headphone jack, or played through the internal iPad speakers. Video output is limited to specific apps.

iPad Camera Connection Kit

Apple's Camera Connection Kit comes with two adapters that plug into the 30-pin connector at the base of the iPad. These two devices are designed to transfer digital photos and videos to the iPad for storage and display. One adapter accepts a USB cable to directly tether a digital camera to the iPad. The other is an SD card reader. The Camera Connection Kit goes for $29.

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