Alternative iPhone 5 Charger?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by BadLTD, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. BadLTD macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2013
    Does anyone use or have any suggestions as to a better alternative for the iPhone 5 charger? I been through 3 already, they all seem to break near the lightening part. It sucks that I have to shell out $20.00 bucks for a new charger that seems to have been built poorly.

  2. jr866gooner macrumors 65816


    Aug 24, 2013
    What on earth do you do to them to go like that?! And with 3!?
  3. BadLTD thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2013
    Lol bro nothing. I take care of all my things it just that the cable is very poorly made compared to the older chargers.
  4. Intelligent macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2013

    Don't get any other chargers not from apple, they can be unsafe.
  5. BadLTD thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2013
    Yeah, but I'm not trying to pay money for a new charger all the time. Makes no sense Apple is supposedly know for good built quality...
  6. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040


    Aug 24, 2012
    New York, USA
  7. JOSE891 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2012
    Las Vegas
    I've had 2 cables replaced at the Apple Store for free under 1 year warranty.
  8. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    It may be more poorly made but something you're doing is contributing to their failure. I haven't had any of my Lightning cables fail. Try Griffin or one of the other certified alternative cable makers.
  9. carjakester macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
    you can take it to the apple store and get a free replacement.
  10. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I've still got the original lightning cables that came with my 5S and my IPad, and I have yet to break one, but there may be a trick. I try to avoid always coiling them the same way, and never too tightly. Seems to work for me as I haven't busted one yet. For sure, don't buy cheap knockoffs, they will not last either and can cause all kinds of issues. It might be worth taking it in to an Apple store and see if you can find a friendly genius....they might well flip you another one.
  11. BadLTD thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2013
    Really I always wondered that. For how long does that last? 30 Days?

    Yeah, I should of tried that. Instead I bought a brand new one. What I do now is tape the ends of the lightening cable so it doesn't mess up.
  12. lacek macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2014
    In my case the cables are typiclly fine for 1-2 years, but later they sort of "dissolve". That is the rubber part becomes sticky and very fragile. Actually it also becomes sort of longer - the rubber cover detaches from the cable as if it was enlarging allowing the metal core to move respectively to the rubber cover. The fraying is caused by the fact that the rubber cover becomes longer (by up to 4 inches) than the metal core of the cable, and "air bubbles" form, eventually bursting. After the cable frays, you may straighter the rubber cover of the cable but then you have to clip up to 4 inches to get the rubber covering to be the same length as the metal core it is supposed to hold.

    It seems there is some sort of manufacturing defect or they used a wrong type of material.
  13. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    I buy cheap charge-only cables. If it breaks, I get a new one. No obsessions here.
  14. lacek macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2014
    This is perhaps the correct approach. One thing I would not spare money on is the power supply/charger. Cheap chargers do not hold to specs, for example are unable to deliver promised 5V / 2A for the iPad. In the optimistic case this may lead just to longer loading times. I am not against buying cheap replacement stuff, but this should be informed choice, based on actual testing.
  15. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004
    I recommend ANker. I got them and the cable seems super sturdy. Or get a steal braided cable since, they should last for years.
  16. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

    Stefan johansson

    Apr 13, 2017
    Just replace the cable with a good and durable third party cable,and use the socket.

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