Has anyone had problems with 3rd party lightning cables?

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  1. iPhone7ate9 macrumors 6502a

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    I need a long cable for charging at night but don't want an expensive cable.
     
  2. Tim7 macrumors 6502

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    Pay the money and get a proper one from an Apple store. Dodgy ones off eBay will ruin the battery.
     
  3. Deguello macrumors 6502

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    We have Amazon Basics lightning cables all over the house and cars and they work flawlessly.
     
  4. Cool Pup macrumors 6502a

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    Both yes and no. The Amazon Basics lightning cable is very good and cheaper than Apple's, plus it comes in black. I would recommend those as an alternative or even as the primary connector.
     
  5. carrerascott macrumors regular

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    There are some Apple Authorized ones on Amazon that work fine. Check the reviews.
     
  6. Menel macrumors 603

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    Get one with MFi certified.
    Or get a cheap extension cable, Amazon or monoprice have some white USBA to USB A white extension cables that look very Apple like.
     
  7. iPhone7ate9 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well I wouldn't get an ebay knockoff, but something a 3rd party made at a reputable retailer.

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    Would an extension cable hurt charging times?
     
  8. leesweet macrumors demi-god

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    Monoprice Lightning with standard USB extension cables work fine. I've got both. Note that the 'head' isn't exactly the Apple size so it won't work in say a Proclip mount (BTDT).

    USB extensions cords are essentially four wires. No electronics. Not like the lightning part. So, no effect on 'the other end'.
     
  9. phx macrumors member

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    %lightning extension cable, just get an normal outlet extension cable (you'll still get full power at the extension, and they are like $5).
     
  10. eelw macrumors 6502a

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    I picked up a Griffin 3m Lightning cable from Target for $30. Amazing to have the cable freedom. But cable is thick after using the Apple Lightning cable for so long. But at least it's much more durable.
     
  11. AllergyDoc macrumors 65816

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  12. mark34 macrumors 6502a

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    "el cheapos" don't work. Good third party ones do.

    I guess that's obvious, but it is true.
     
  13. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    These are what I have. They're MFi Certified and they work pretty great for me. I've got a whole bunch of the black 3 and 6 ft cables to go with my black Anker 40W chargers. That reminds me, need to get a short cable for my portable charger.
     

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