Scosche Announces Lineup of Lightning Charging Accessories

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    Close on the heels of Belkin's launch of the first official accessories supporting Apple's new Lightning connector standard, Scosche is now announcing its own lineup of Lightning charging accessories for use both at home and in the car.
    Scosche's lineup includes the following products:

    - strikeDRIVE 5w ($24.99) and strikeDRIVE 12w ($29.99): Car charger with a single hardwired Lightning cable. The 5w model is designed for iPhone, iPod, and iPad mini models, while the 12w model can charge any Lightning-equipped device.

    - strikeDRIVE 12w +12w ($39.99): Car charger with one hardwired Lightning/micro-USB cable supporting up to 12w with a second USB port also supporting up to 12w.

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    - strikeDRIVE pro 12w + 12w ($49.99): Car charger with two USB ports each supporting up to 12w. Comes with one detachable USB cable with convertible micro-USB and Lightning tips.

    - strikeBASE 5w ($29.99) and strikeBASE 12w ($34.99): Low-profile wall adapter for home use includes a single hardwired Lightning cable attached and offers folding prongs. The 5w model is designed for iPhone, iPod, and iPad mini models, while the 12w model can charge any Lightning-equipped device.

    - strikeBASE pro 5w + 5w ($39.99): Low-profile wall adapter for home use with two USB ports each supporting up to 5w. Comes with one detachable USB cable with convertible micro-USB and Lightning tips.

    - strikeBASE pro 12w + 12w ($49.99): Low-profile wall adapter for home use with two USB ports each supporting up to 12w. Comes with one detachable USB cable with convertible micro-USB and Lightning tips.


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    strikeBASE pro 12w + 12w
    - strikeLINE pro ($29.99): Retractable USB cable with convertible micro-USB and Lightning tips.

    Scosche has yet to announce specific launch dates for the new accessories, but says that "some of them should ship prior to CES" in early January.

    Images of several of Scosche's Lightning accessories had leaked in late August, but the company quickly requested that those images be removed.

    Article Link: Scosche Announces Lineup of Lightning Charging Accessories
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    Finally seeing some new Lightning stuff. The new charger is really nice (except for the lack of video out)
     
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    I guess lightning really is faster than thunderbolt. Still waiting on more of those accessories...
     
  4. macrumors member

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    Oh, "strike"... I get it. Like striking a match. Because it matches your lightning connector.

    Wait.
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    Why are they more expensive than apple's genuine products?
     
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    Because apple wants your money.
     
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    Apple liscences their connectors, and the accessory-makers want to make a profit as well.
     
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    They're not. E.g. the 12w adaptor is $19 from Apple, + $19 for the lightning cable = $38. The Scosche one is $35
     
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    I'm not a fan of car chargers with hardwired cables... especially coiled cables.

    Chances are... you already have a USB car charger... I'd rather just buy the $19 Lightning cable from Apple.
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    EXACTLY! I saw a $15 USB car charger at the apple store. It was just the USB part. THAT is what manufacturers should be doing IMO.
     
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    Is This a good brand?
     
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    Yup, that's what I just did. Just bought a couple of additional lightning cables for our cars to use with our existing in-car USB chargers.
     
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    $50 for a car charger ?

    Wtf
     
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    Yeah, I'd rate them a little under Griffin or Belkin but they are pretty reputable.

    Lightning Strike. Aha, I get it.
     
  15. macrumors newbie

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    The correct abbreviation for a watt is "W" and not "w". Makes me wonder if their products are designed by real electrical engineers.
     
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    This stuff seems to be pretty versatile, something for everyone. I would have preferred some brighter colors: easier to find.

    Can anyone comment on SCOSCHE's QC/reliability?
     
  17. macrumors member

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    Don't be pedantic. Besides, naming the product is marketing's job, not the engineers'.
     
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    I'm a bit confused as to the purpose of getting one of these car chargers for $40. I just purchased a lightning to USB cable from Apple, and a USB to cigarette lighter adapter from amazon for $10. I saved $10 and I can even use the USB to Lightning without the cigarette lighter unlike this cable.

    If this was $20, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. Until then, I'll just combine the two cables and keep my $10.

    What i really want is a dock!
     
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    I own a 30-pin firewire to usb charging adapter to charge my iPhone & iPad, and a dock adapter that allows my iPhone to work with my iPod Hi-Fi. Both Scosche - both 3 years old. I would definitely say their products are in line with Belkin or Griffin quality.
     
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    I purchased a cigarette lighter to usb on eBay months ago for like 1$ each or whatever the cheapest ones from Hong Kong were. I purchased like 3-4 expecting them to fail. I'm still using the first one I plugged in with no problems, with my Apple USB to Lighting cable.

    I recommend eBay for those adapters.
     
  21. macrumors 6502a

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    You get lightening .. then thunder... funny!

    I do wonder how that 12W + 12W adapter will work. I don't think my car's fusebox can actually PUSH that many Watts out one power point. I think most fuses for auto accessories are 5 Amps and 10 Amps (this is close to 5 Amp off one power point) but they are also pushing other stuff, not just power points. This may be too much.

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    I would STAY THE HELL away from eBay if you know what's good for you. Cheap adapters have no current or voltage management. Converting 12V DC to 5V DC is really easy... except that automotive electronics are some of the most electronics-hostile environments with constant under-over situations because your alternator is tied to your wildly varying engine speeds.

    Just realize that your Device's power management circuits are taking most of the beating from crappy power. That's why the cheap adapters last so long! Sure, save $10 putting a $5 adapter in front of a $500 phone!
     
  22. Smallworld69, Nov 13, 2012
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    It has more to do with Amperes than it does Watts. And most all USB devices pull anywhere from 1-2.2 Amps.... Your cars cigarette lighter is usually tied in with something like interior lights or something along those lines, and usually on a 10amp fuse. Should be more than enough to handle charging 2 iDevices...
     
  23. macrumors G4

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    Of course the engineers know that and the marking guy might know it to. But the marketing guy can correctly assume that very few of their customers even know what a Watt is
     
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    I know what a Watt is, what I want to know is what the hell is a jiggawatt?! [sic]

    Back on topic... why so many hard wired accessories? At least Scosche has some sensible ones, and the convertible cable could come in handy. I'd like to see a Lightning version of their FlipSync product, to keep on my keyring just in case.
     
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    It is the word used to describe the experience of watching an exotic dancer and finding out it is a man.
     

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