Has your OEM lightning cable melted?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by wesk702, Oct 12, 2014.

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Has your OEM lightning cable melted now or previously?

Poll closed Jan 20, 2015.
  1. Yes, melted or burned using all original Apple accessories.

    8.2%
  2. No, no problems

    91.8%
  1. wesk702, Oct 12, 2014
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    wesk702 macrumors 68000

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    Just wanted to poll yes or no. Has your OEM lightning cable melted, while using only all original Apple chargers and cables?

    In addition, if you answered yes have you noticed any kernel panics around that time or unintended phone reboots?
     
  2. TruckdriverSean macrumors 6502a

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    7 or 8 of them in my household over the last few years.

    No melts. Haven't heard of one happening within my extended family or friends either.

    Only from the internets.
     
  3. wesk702 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks, appreciate the input.
     
  4. Piyo, Oct 12, 2014
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    Not like yours OP, but the cable that came with my 5 would get quite warm (not hot) right where the wire connects to the...head...bit. It went a bit brownish-yellow over time - not sure if that was heat or just stress related as that's where it bends the most. This was while using the 10W iPad 2 AC unit, not the one that came with the 5.
     
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  6. mateo124 macrumors regular

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    Just curious, but did you see my reply on your other thread?
     
  7. wesk702 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, that's what got me curious into asking the macrumors population.
     
  8. Piyo macrumors newbie

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    That's the spot I tried to describe in my post, my cable never ended up like yours though - just warm and discoloured. It eventually started to crack around there (I am fairly certain it was stress from bending, not the heat) so I threw it out when I got my 6+, though the original cable was still 100% working. Were you using the 5W iPhone AC brick or something else?
     
  9. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Several lightning cables in my house without any problems.
     
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    that isn't melted
     
  11. pullfocus, Oct 12, 2014
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  12. sillywabbit macrumors 6502a

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    They just suck, that is all.
     
  13. mateo124 macrumors regular

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    I rarely use the 5W adapter, as the iPad 12W seems to charge the 5 a lot faster, at least to me it does. I may have worded my initial post in a odd way, but the cable never got warm nor should it have while charging. If anything, the phone will get warm but if the cable were to get warm I'd worry. I also never had signs that the cable would melt like it did besides from the connector feeling like it broke internally, as the exterior of the cable showed no signs of wear. It was definitely from stress, and ever since getting it replaced I've been more cautious not to bend the cable sharply, and would recommend that to anyone who wants their cables to last.
     
  14. doboy macrumors 68000

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    Several OEM cables including a Belkin cable with no issues.
     
  15. Salukipilot4590 macrumors 6502

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    Melted or burned? No.

    They all have fallen apart after maybe 6 months of use though...OEM cables are garbage IMHO
     
  16. Ramio macrumors 6502a

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    I second that. They are garbage and flimsy. Had to replace a few of them.
     
  17. pdxmatts macrumors 65816

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    That's what mine looks like that was used with the i5. :eek: Had to go buy a new one.
     
  18. woodekm macrumors 65816

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    I've had two look like the pics above. Usually after about 3 years. They were older wide style plugs though. Not lightning.

    I just chuck em. Cables are cheap, and not worth the chances.
     
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  20. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Never had a cable break. Never heard of a cable melting. OP, post pic of your melted cable if you have a melted cable.
     
  21. Jman13 macrumors 68000

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    I've got tons of lightning cables. (Two by the bedside table (iphone and iPad), one in the kitchen nook, one in my car and one at work. No failures, and I've been using Lightning cables since the 5. The one in my car is pretty beat up (gets stepped on, thrown around, pulled, etc.) but I got it when the 5 came out and it hasn't broken. Still works great, though I'm thinking about replacing it before it potentially does have a problem, but that would be from physical damage...it's in rough shape, with grime and rub marks all over the place, but still no splits or anything to the insulation or head.
     
  22. burntice macrumors member

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    I am not sure if anyone asked but those of you that have melts did you have it on a surge protector?

    I never experienced a melt but had an associate melt one during a power surge.
     

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