If you use your iPad for audio recording or music making with any of the power consuming iRig devices, IK Multimedia has a solution for you: the iRig PowerBridge, a continuous charging system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch while connected to digital iRig accessories. Unfortunately, some people do not fully understand how the iRig PowerBridge works, resulting in disappointment. iRig PowerBridge is not a pure iOS device charger, it’s something else.
First of all, IK Multimedia ensured the iRig PowerBridge has an ultra-low noise audiophile grade power conditioner. That by itself should be a warning flag for those who think this is an iPhone or iPad charger that will work on its own. The iRig PowerBridge is the easiest way to plug-in and keep your iOS device charged while practicing or performing with 30-pin or Lightning compatible digital IK gear.
What the iRig PowerBridge allows you to do is:
- Continuous use and charge an iOS device while connected to a digital iRig accessory
- Work with iRig accessories with Lightning or 30-pin connectivity from a Micro-USB or Mini-DIN port
- Check from the status LED if and when your device is charging.
What’s the confusion about? Well, if you plug in the iRig PowerBridge into the iPhone or iPad’s Lightning socket (I’m using an iPad Air 2, which has a Lightning interface), you’ll see the iPad briefly charging, then displaying the “Not charging” message next to the battery icon.
Now, if you plug in an iRig device such as the iRig Mic HD or an iRig keyboard — which draws power as soon as it’s connected without you needing to turn it on or play — you will see the charging status change to the green charging icon. With some iRig devices, such as the iRig Pro Duo, you will first need to make sure the device has power to its disposal — i.e. the battery compartment is properly loaded with two working AA batteries. Only then will the iRig PowerBridge charge your iPad or iPhone.
But even if you’re not recording anything only have the Pro Duo plugged in and ready to go — will the iRig PowerBridge be in charging mode.