14/08/2017 – 1:39pm
What’s The Best Non-Apple Lightning Cable
Authentic Lightning cables for Apple are WELL EXPENSIVE, but fear not… there are cheaper alternatives to be had
Apple likes to do things its own way. It got rid of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, and that ain’t coming back, and it also flat-out refuses to adopt the standard charging port (Type C USB) used by most, modern smartphones.
Instead, Apple wants you to use its Lightning Charger. This reversible charging technology is proprietary to Apple and does not feature on any non-Apple products. Apple’s approach is tidy, small, and – if you go the official route – annoyingly expensive.
Apple ships one Lightning cable per Apple product, so if you buy an iPhone you get a supplementary Lightning cable for charging it up. Ditto iPad and the company’s MacBook range.
Apple’s Lightning cable land before Type C USB and was one of the first instances of a fully reversible charging port on a smartphone. Why no one else thought of this before, however, is kind of beyond me – it makes a lot of sense.
With a Lightning cable, you can charge and send data. The Lightning Cable is designed to handle high power too, as it is also used for iPad, which requires more power to charge as it is bigger than the iPhone.
But you probably already knew this.
What happens if you’re Lightning Cable breaks, though? Do you just go to an Apple Store (brick and mortar or online) and get a new one for £19? You could, sure, but a smarter move would be to get one via Amazon for around half the price.
AmazonBasic’s Apple Certified Lightning Cable retails for just £9.49, so more than 50% cheaper than Apple’s, and it works in exactly the same fashion. But because it is Amazon selling it, and not Apple, you pay less.
Available in either black and white, the AmazonBasic’s Apple Certified Lightning Cable is fully kitted out for use with iPhone and iPad, as you can see below:
- Apple MFi certified charging and syncing cable for your Apple devices
- Apple MFi certification ensures complete charge and sync compatibility with iPhone 7 Plus / 7 / 6 Plus / 6 / 5s / 5c / 5 / iPad Air / iPad mini / mini 2 / iPad 4th generation and iPod nano 7th generation
- Connects to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod with Lightning connector and charges/syncs by connecting the USB connector into your wall charger or computer
- Compact Lightning connector head works with nearly all cases
- An additional layer of protection has been added to the Lightning and USB ends to improve durability and reduce fraying; cables have been tested to bend 95-degrees 4,000 times
- Backed by an AmazonBasics 1-year limited warranty
So, yeah, the moral of the story here is pretty simple: if you go to Amazon and buy its Lightning Cable, you can basically buy two for the price of Apple’s official Lightning Cable. Or just one. Either way, the smart move is to avoid Apple’s like the plague.
You can also buy AmazonBasic’s Apple Certified Lightning Cable in a variety of lengths, so if you need something longer – say, 10 feet – Amazon’s got you covered.
You already gave Apple a large sum of money for your iPhone/iPad, so don’t let them fleece any more out of you by selling you an overpriced cable, which you can pick up via Amazon for over 50% less.