Best Lightning cable out there

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  1. sahni130 macrumors 6502

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    Hello,
    So, my Apple branded Usb/lightning cables keep tearing because I'm pretty rough on them, but I feel like they're not the sturdiest ones out there anyway. They do, however, have always provided a good, consistent connection between the phone and the charger/computer and look good, not that it's my primary concern. I decided to give the Belkin cables a try since they seemed to be thicker and longer, not to mention I found them for $11 on a sale. The Belkin cable worked amazing for two months but now every few seconds or few minutes, it loses connection and then connects back again. This is extremely annoying and I'm wondering what kind/brand of lightning cable you prefer? Should I just suck it up and buy the Apple branded ones every few months, or is there something out there that offers both value and quality? I hear good things about the Incase and Amazon brands....any comments?

    Forgive my grammar, I wrote this quite quickly--gotta get back to work haha.

    -Jay
     
  2. GadgetGeek407, Nov 6, 2013
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    2 Unactivated Unlocked 5s, not working with other sims, help

    Sorry for the wrong post

    I have ventec flat lightening cables which are nice as well as best buy rocket fish cables are nice.
     
  3. dave420 macrumors 65816

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    I think a good consistent connection is the most important thing. I've found the Apple cables to be the most reliable. I get lots of cheap immitations and they never work well (most of my cheap ones have been the 30 pin types, I'm still new to the lightning cable). If they are breaking a lot you could look at why they are breaking, and possibly be a little more careful. Maybe be a little easier when removing them?
     
  4. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Just curious: what are you doing to these cables that they rip up so easily? One of my cables is still the original lightning cable I got last year with my iPhone 5.

    Maybe a longer cable will help? Amazon sells an MFi certified lightning cable that's twice the length of the Apple cables, for less cost:

    http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Lightning-Cable-Feet-Meter/dp/B00B3OA7R8/

    The connectors on them are pretty sturdy too, though they don't work too well with some cases.
     
  5. wasimyaqoob macrumors 6502a

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    Official Apple cables are the best - When removing the cable from your device, do not pull the cable - Pull from the plastic rather than the cable.
     
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  7. GadgetGeek407 macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry for the wrong post

    I have ventec flat lightening cables which are nice as well as best buy rocket fish cables are nice.
     
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  9. sahni130 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I take my cable EVERYWHERE I go. I use it at home, put it in my pocket, use it in the car, use it at the office, in the car again, then at home again, and on the weekends, wherever I end up going. I'm trying to be more careful though..... I mean they don't break every month or anything... my stock apple cable lasted 6 months, I believe. It feels like back in the dock connector days there were a lot of good 3-rd party choices, I guess the lightning connector is still relatively young.

    I might try mono price. I've used their dvi/displayport adapters and they're pretty good, though their dvi cables have been hit or miss.
     
  10. sjperformance macrumors 6502

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    Apple lighting cable is the most reliable one. Have tried generics to be disappointed within weeks. In my car I still carry the one that came with my 5 a year ago. I have a 5s now.
     
  11. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    I have some Griffin cables that seem pretty sturdy and so far have maintained a solid connection, including a 3m cable that's very thick and durable.
     
  12. weckart macrumors 68040

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    Another vote for the Griffin cables. Very thick cable on the 3m versions and black to match my 5s. Currently going for about £15 on eBay.
     
  13. ZhenyaF macrumors 6502

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    Amazon cables look sturdy, I dont put them through much abuse, but they seem to be thicker than OEM apple
     
  14. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Get this cable:
    Tech Armor Apple Certified Lighting Cable - 6 Feet- White - Lightning Cable - Sync and Charge iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPad 4, iPad Mini, iPod Touch 5th Gen
    http://amzn.com/B00DZ0J74W

    Look at the review. It is mine. It has a video. The cable is very thick! Thicker than any other one I have seen. Plus a lifetime warranty.
     
  15. stu.h macrumors 65816

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    12 months warranty on all Apple products.

    Take it back and get another.
     
  16. Ledgem macrumors 65816

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    I agree. I have the 6' Amazon Basics cable and it feels thicker than the Apple cables.
     
  17. Celedral macrumors 6502

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    I bought the 3x cheap cables for $5 total and they all went in the trashcan in a matter of 3 weeks. Bought a mono price cable and it's pretty sturdy and no issues so far.
     
  18. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Look at my post above. The Tech Armor Lightning cable is much thicker.
     
  19. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    I got a couple from monoprice.com that seem pretty sturdy. They were about $11 and are a bit longer than the Apple ones. They also feel a slight bit thicker, so you might try one of those out.
     
  20. schizbomb macrumors 6502

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    I got a Griffin one that is solid as hell, much more than the Apple OEM one was.
     
  21. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    I'm also sporting black Griffin ones. Have like 4 of them.
     
  22. Monssef macrumors member

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    I have a couple of questions before I decide which one I will buy.
    Does ventev make cables longer than 3ft? I cant seem to find it anywhere.
    Anybody else tried tech Armor? Looks promising but there isn't enough reviews about it.
    Does griffin 3m fit all the cases? Does it work with 5s with the latest Ios 7.0.3?
    Thank you guys.
     
  23. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Actually that 1 review is my review:) I got a sample and it is a great cable. The 6ft one has a very thick cable(thickest one I have). The 2ft one as a normal thickness like most others. I actually bought one myself because I liked it so much. I have 2 of them now:)
     
  24. GadgetGeek407 macrumors 6502a

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    My dad pulls on the cord to take the cable off vs the proper way to pull it off using the edge. Thus I hate to report the rocket fish is now showing stripped on his cables after just 3 weeks.
     

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