Faulty Lightning Cable

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  1. markt88 macrumors newbie

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    Has anyone experienced this with their lightning cable??
     

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  2. Ken Kaniff macrumors regular

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  3. markt88 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Left my iPhone 5 on charge, I could smell burning and quickly unplugged it. I wanted to know if anyone had the same??
     
  4. Alimar macrumors 6502a

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    Common problem. I fixed mine with J-B Weld - Plastic Weld putty.
     

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  5. Jazper macrumors 6502a

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    The melting is a common problem?

    Fraying is but not melting (not sure if you failed to look at the picture properly :p).
     
  6. Alimar macrumors 6502a

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    Gotcha. Didn't notice that.
     
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  9. mantan macrumors 68000

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    Wow! It's bad enough they inevitably fray after regular use - but to actually have it start burning....
     
  10. Bahroo macrumors 68000

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    lmao its not a common problem ,this doesnt happen often at all...
     
  11. nox5 macrumors 6502

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    If the cable came with iPhone that is still under warranty Apple store will replace the cable for free. If iPhone is not under warranty they will replace the cable for $17 plus tax.
     
  12. Ken Kaniff macrumors regular

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    I have read before about someone's cable melting like this and it was determined that the phone itself was faulty, maybe drawing too much current. The Apple store said it was not covered under warranty. That was the one case though.

    I'd still talk to them and see what happens. This should not happen. It's definitely a safety concern.
     
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  14. Bubbler328 macrumors newbie

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    Where'd you get the cable from? Don't say it came in the box. It didn't. I'm not blaming you but it's not genuine based on your image. You suffer from owning an unsafe cheaply made Chinese knockoff.

    Here's why:

    1. You can CLEARLY see an outer metal band around that lightning connector indicating it's a two piece design. Apple's connectors don't look like that. At all. They are a single piece of metal.

    2. The white portion with the pins is absolutely the wrong shape.

    3. I bought some cables online that were marketed as "genuine" right when the iPhone 5 came out. They looked just like the one you have.

    OP's connector
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    Genuine Apple connector
    [​IMG]
     
  15. xreei macrumors member

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    Like what Bubbler328 mentioned, that's a fake cable for sure. The original cable's white plastic portion where the pins are aren't shaped that angularly. My guess is that your fake cable + possible fake charger did that.
     
  16. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    That's certainly not an official Apple cable. Personally I've never had any issues with official Apple cables whether it be the older 30 pin ones or the newer lightning cables and I've had every iPhone and iPad since the originals except for the iPad 4.
     
  17. tron786 macrumors newbie

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    It may not be original Apple but so called apple certified third party cables.
    If they are certified then they should be fine? No?
     
  18. PsyOpWarlord macrumors 6502

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    If it was certified and they were not used while frayed, then yes they should be fine.

    Here is how to help tell if a cable is an Apple Certified MFi Cable according to Apples site (Which the Ops's does not look to be)
    http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT5609
     
  19. Bubbler328 macrumors newbie

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    Manufacturers int he MFi program don't use garbage connectors like that. They use the same ones Apple does typically.
     
  20. J.C macrumors 6502

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    And they don't get away with copying Apple's design.
     
  21. xreei macrumors member

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    Yup, my Verbatim MFi uses the same clean looking metal portion that the original apple cable does. No counterfeit cable I have ever bought comes close to matching it.
     

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