Accessory vendor SiK has announced the Pimp automobile charger and audio accessory. The unfortunately-named Pimp--which apparently gets that name by adding a P to the name of the company's older, similar Imp accessory--charges your iPod or iPhone from your car's accessory (cigarette-lighter) jack while providing a 3.5mm audio output for playing your iPod or iPhone's audio through your car stereo.
The aluminum-and-stainless-steel Pimp connects to your iPod or iPhone's dock-connector port both to provide power to the player and to grab the dock-connector port's higher-quality, line-level audio signal. The accessory includes a three-foot cable and works with both iPhone models as well as all dockable iPods since the iPod mini. (It provides power via USB circuitry, so it cannot charge third-generation and earlier iPods that require power via FireWire circuitry.) According to SiK, the Pimp includes a replaceable fuse and power filtering.
The US$55 Pimp is currently available for pre-order directly from the company's Web site, and should be available for purchase from other vendors "soon."
This story, "SiK Introduces IPod, IPhone Auto Charger With Audio Output" was originally published by Macworld.