iPhone 5 third party USB cable. Any good?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by celo48, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2010
    I have been looking to buy one but some say they are too tight, somewhat tight or not reversible although it is supposed to, some say reversible. Yes, I can spend the $20 and get the original one but I can get 4 of them if bought 3rd party cables. Yes, I spent a lot of money on the iPhone but am willing to take the risk. Could someone share their opinions on the cable they bought and which store/Ebay seller/online site? Thanks!
  2. macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2012
    Be very careful with iPhone5 third party cables. Apple have chipped the 5 cable and most (from Amazon or eBay) simply work intermittently or don't work at all.:rolleyes:
  3. VeridisQuo, Dec 9, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2012
    I ordered 1 off amazon, and 2 off ebay, all around $5 shipped a piece and all seem to work perfectly fine in both positions. One of the ebay ones was a little tight. Personally, I wouldn't use any third party cables for charging overnight or anytime you won't be able to keep an eye on it, but thats just me. I use my original cable for charging while I'm asleep, and the other 3 for syncing, car and work where I'll be there with the phone while connected. I say go for it, if anything, buy 1 and test it out, if it works well, buy a few more from the same vendor.

    Amazon one I ordered, ships out of china though, so kind of a long wait

    eBay one I ordered, seem to be sold out though
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2010
    Thanks! Which vendor/store did you buy it from on Amazon?
  5. macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2012
    Ive gotten 5 aftermarket...two from boxwave, three from generic all works both ways for power and data..The only gripe is they dont have the same exact fit as OEM but work fine...dont listen to the hype....
  6. macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2012
    Do they charge as quick?
  7. macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2010
    i bought 4 of them from ebay for $7 each.
    work perfectly....dont listen to the bozo that never bought one...
    Those iphone boy like anything that is APPLE and pay the apple tax
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2010
    Thanks guys! Hopefully, more people put where they bought it so, people who are interested to buy one like me also knows. I bought four USB cables for my iPhone 4 and they all worked fine except one that went bad but I paid a dollar so who cares :) The new 8-pin cables are little more complicated, that's why I wanted to ask.
  9. macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2011
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2010
  11. macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2012
    The seller was Goingpower on amazon
  12. macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2012
  13. macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2013
    Bought a set of a car charger, charging cube, and three cables for $20 shipped off eBay from a US seller named "drgaddis". I would NOT recommend purchasing from him. Two of the three cables I have work sometimes and sometimes they don't. They are also not reversible like the real Apple chargers and don't charge as quickly as the real chargers. I'm in the process of getting replacement cables from him, that probably won't even work. :rolleyes: They worked fine the first few times, but now sometimes when I plug them in they stop charging after a while. Once, I plugged in the USB cable to my computer and my computer just shut off immediately. Other times, nothing happens at all when I attempt to charge (literally, nothing--no charge, no alert errors). Other times, it will say "Charging is not supported by this accessory." Once, I got the messages on my computer that said a USB adapter was drawing too much power from my computer and to disconnect the cable. As I write this, I am at work. I was able to charge my phone from 56% to 70%, but suddenly it just stopped charging. -_-

    SKETCHY. I now no longer connect the generic cables to my Macbook Pro. Honestly, with all the hassle, I wish I had just spent that $20 on another real Apple cable. I float around between 3 residences (dorm, parent's house, boyfriend's house) and also like to have additional cables for my car, work, etc. It was nice to find such an amazing deal on eBay, but remember: YOU PAY FOR WHAT YOU GET.
  14. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2010
    I bought http://www.ebay.com/itm/261118395956;jsessionid=FB2DA7F86199E039B9AD5B29CB57857D?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_sacat%3D0%26_nkw%3D261118395956%26_rdc%3D1 and very happy with it.

    It fits like the original. I can insert either way. Charges with no problems. Few cosmetic differences vs. the original, that's all. I paid $4.94 but it went up to $11.39 and I don't know if the seller still has them in stock or not. I wish I purchased more from him but did not want to risk by buying more than one.
  15. macrumors 68040


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Careful, there have been reports of third party lightning plugs breaking off inside the socket. This is obviously very bad, and it is unlikely that you will be able to remove it.

    The repair probably won't be covered under warranty either.

    Just stick with Apple or licensed cables. The risk is not worth the tiny amount of money you save.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2007
  17. macrumors 68020

    Apr 12, 2011
  18. Sparky9292, Feb 10, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2013

    macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2004
    The 6' is sold out till March 21... you'll have to wait 5 weeks! The 3' one's are still for sale.

    That said, I've just ordered 2 of the 3" ones.... thanks! saved me 50% instead of buying the "official" apple ones!.

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