Amazon Lightening Cable not working

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  1. monkeybear0145, Nov 16, 2015
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    monkeybear0145 macrumors member

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    The lightning connector I use to charge my 6+ literally quit working during the day. My iPhone was fully charged by it last night, then I go to plug it in just now and nothing. Just keeps popping up saying this accessory is not supported. I remember a bunch of cables doing this when ios7 came out. But has anything changed today or is it just me?
     
  2. chscag macrumors 68000

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    Sounds more like a defective cable. Do you have another to try?
     
  3. monkeybear0145 thread starter macrumors member

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    Only an Apple cable, and an Insignia. However the Insignia hasn't worked since iOS 7 was downloaded.
     
  4. 13thApostle macrumors newbie

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    I had this problem recently and figured it was a broken cable, or because it was a "non-apple" cable (and I got those same messages) or because the port on my iPhone 5 was bad, maybe because of those cables...so I took it to a specialist. He used a pair of tweezers, dug deep into the port and pulled out an imbedded ball of fuzz. "Here", he said. "Fixed. No Charge". Moral of the story - make sure you don't put the port downward into your pocket or where it can pick up lint/fuzz. Also, clean the small pin-hole ports for the microphone and speaker - they can become clogged too. Hope this is all that is wrong with your cable (nothing, it was a dirty port). Also, be very careful with the cables - often the apple one is weaker around the head of the cable, ergo why some people prefer the cheaper ones. And yes, some of the non-apple cables are "authorized". I have some ANKER cables which were recommended by an Apple friend who is an IT guy:)
     
  5. whodatrr macrumors 6502a

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    I've bought a lot of Amazon cheap lighting and 30pin cables, over the years. Seems to beak down like this: 20% DOA, 30% Dead within a month, and 50% work until you physically break them. Or something like that? Too much of a hassle to deal with returns for $5, so I wound up with attack that I eventually threw out.

    Oh, and steer away form the longer cables. Almost all of those stopped working in a month or two.,

    YMMV.
     
  6. chscag macrumors 68000

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    Agree. I usually wind up buying from www.monoprice.com instead. Their cables seem to be more durable and they stock a larger variety than Amazon.
     
  7. monkeybear0145 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm guessing it is a broken cable. I didn't notice until closer inspection, but when plugged in, it is at an awkward angle instead of being flush with the port. It is a longer cable by Amazon, so maybe I'll try a different one this time around. Thanks for the help, everyone!
     
  8. Mr Kram macrumors 68000

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    i have a 6 foot amazon cable that is certified that has become finicky lately. works with some devices, but not others. it's probably a couple years old by now. also, the monoprice lightning cables are horrible. i buy a lot of stuff from them, but not lightning cables.
     

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