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Old Feb 5, 2013, 12:19 AM   #1
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Lightning Cable is Terrible

I've gone through two lightning cables for my iphone 5 since launch day, and tonight my second one actually short circuited and started smoking while charging my phone. In my opinion, this is the worst accessory/product I've ever owned. I hate the lightning connector with a burning passion.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 12:51 AM   #2
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So… try to use an adapter and microUSB cables instead.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 01:00 AM   #3
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So you're answer to an inferior product is to use adapters which I shouldn't need in the first place?
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 01:17 AM   #4
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That sucks. I have no issues with the 3 I have.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 02:03 AM   #5
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I've gone through two lightning cables for my iphone 5 since launch day, and tonight my second one actually short circuited and started smoking while charging my phone. In my opinion, this is the worst accessory/product I've ever owned. I hate the lightning connector with a burning passion.
Are you buying fake ones online?

I bought one online. When I received it, I suspected it was a fake Apple lightning cable. Looks like the real thing, but the picture on the box looks kinda blurry and not as sharp as I expect from Apple. Thing fell apart in less than 1 hour of use.

Bought another directly from Amazon, and it works great. Picture on the box looks sharper.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 02:08 AM   #6
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No problems here.

Not sure what you're doing with your cables.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 02:12 AM   #7
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Are you buying fake ones online?

I bought one online. When I received it, I suspected it was a fake Apple lightning cable. Looks like the real thing, but the picture on the box looks kinda blurry and not as sharp as I expect from Apple. Thing fell apart in less than 1 hour of use.

Bought another directly from Amazon, and it works great. Picture on the box looks sharper.
Nope, official apple cables, one from original iphone 5 packaging and one from best buy.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 02:22 AM   #8
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So you're answer to an inferior product is to use adapters which I shouldn't need in the first place?
Not really. I don't have any problems with my Lightning cables, so my answer to your opinion that it's an inferior product is an alternative product.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 02:34 AM   #9
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I don't like the other end (the USB) part, when I plug it in the plug, it creeks and doesn't feel as sturdy but it is. It's because they thinned it out to make the cable even sleeker. I've had one replacement so far since the first one broke because the chip wasn't authenticating properly or something, which led to my iPhone refusing to charge on random occasions.

Other then that, I have no problems.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 02:58 AM   #10
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I don't have any problems with my lighting cable at all
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 03:09 AM   #11
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I know this doesn't help the OP, but of the four iPhone5s in my house and the dozen or so cables in use (I like to have cables at each computer and one in each car, etc) that we've had since they first came out, all have been flawless.

Dunno if the OP is operating in an environment hostile to cables, but for him to go through so many bad ones seems highly unusual.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 05:29 AM   #12
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I went through two also.. I didn't know they had micro USB to lightening adapters. I'm getting those lol. But these new cable ARE a bit more flimsy
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 06:41 AM   #13
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The one that came with my iPhone is working fine. I bought one from one of the cell phone kiosks at my local mall and it fell apart after an hour or so. Stick with the Apple branded ones.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 06:52 AM   #14
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It seems all of the included USB cables that Apple includes have gotten cheap.

The first one started out just like the one below with the rubber bunching up. It eventually tore and exposed the wiring inside. Now this one is just a few months old and it too is doing the same thing.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 07:31 AM   #15
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have you thought about taking it in to apple and getting it replaced?
i'm pretty sure they'll replace that stuff for free.

i haven't had any issues with the 2 cables and 30 pin to lighting connector.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 07:40 AM   #16
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Nope, official apple cables, one from original iphone 5 packaging and one from best buy.
You need to go make Apple aware of it. I know it sounds trite for me to say, but think about it. As a manufacturer, they won't know how widespread a defect is unless owners that have experienced it, also report it.

Plus, Apple has been known to treat its customers very well, especially if you go in with a good attitude (no anger or sense of entitlement), and tell them about the potential damage it could have caused your iPhone.

Try.

It won't hurt, and could possibly help alot.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 07:49 AM   #17
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probably not the cable, probably the power adapter or the outlet you are plugging into.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 08:11 AM   #18
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It seems all of the included USB cables that Apple includes have gotten cheap.

The first one started out just like the one below with the rubber bunching up. It eventually tore and exposed the wiring inside. Now this one is just a few months old and it too is doing the same thing.
This is more likely caused by people pulling the wire and not the plug to remove it from the charger.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 08:13 AM   #19
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Post up a picture of your cable ends, a high resolution, well lit picture.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 08:51 AM   #20
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No problem with the 3 I have.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 09:06 AM   #21
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I've gone through two lightning cables for my iphone 5 since launch day, and tonight my second one actually short circuited and started smoking while charging my phone. In my opinion, this is the worst accessory/product I've ever owned. I hate the lightning connector with a burning passion.
Sorry for your bad luck (if that's what it is 'cause some of your post sounds far-fetched), but the switchover to Lightening is one of the best moves by Apple in years. The 30-pin connector was clumsy and much more susceptible to breaking than Lightening.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 09:11 AM   #22
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are you grabbing the cable and the device to unplug or are you just pulling the device? Otherwise I cannot understand why your cable would be falling apart.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 10:31 AM   #23
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Yeah failing lightning cables is not a common problem, especially one that would start smoking. Post some pictures so that we can take a look. What kind of USB adapter are you connecting it to on the other end? Is it the Apple official one or some kind of other USB power device? It's possible you may be sending too much voltage through the cable.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 12:00 PM   #24
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Crazy there seem to be problems with these! The ones that came with my iPad Mini and iPhone 5 are still in great shape!
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 01:34 PM   #25
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My real and fake ones work perfect!
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