iPhone accessories sold at 7-Eleven convenience stores

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  1. Knockworstface macrumors regular

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    The local 7-Eleven stores near me have started to sell iPhone 5/5s lighting charging cords for $4.99. Wondering if anyone on here has used these charging cords. I'm tempted but I don't want to fry my iPhone. Thoughts on these?
     
  2. briannaharbor macrumors member

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    I don't really think that it would fry your iphone, but check the brand on the box. like look it up on amazon/ebay. If the brand is reputable, I'd say go for it.
     
  3. dejo Moderator

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    If the container displays the Made for iPhone logo, you should be okay. If not, I'd steer clear.
     
  4. briannaharbor macrumors member

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    Also good criteria. But be sure to check online first. I mean, it is only $5, and I doubt it would hurt your phone.
     
  5. sophiamendezzz1 macrumors regular

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    I've bought car chargers at convenience stores before because they make them in pretty colors and some have rhinestones and them and such but mine went bad after using it for a couple months. Most my friends who have used them had bad experiences with them too but for how much they are (usually around 5 bucks) it wasn't too terrible while I was using it! Hope that helps!
     
  6. TheIntruder macrumors 6502a

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    Speaking of accessories in odd places, while looking into a case, I came across some comments about cheap phone cases at stores like Marshalls and TJ Maxx and went to check it out.

    It's YMMV, depending on how picked over a store is, but I found Speck, Case-Mate and Incase cases for $10 or less.

    I picked up a Candyshell Grip as a second beater case for $10.

    There are also Lightning cables in the ~$15 range, which isn't an exceptional price, but better than paying closer to full retail at another B&M store if you need a longer one in a pinch and can't wait for an Amazon order to be shipped. But for these, the extra four bucks for a genuine Apple cable is probably worth it, at least for the 1m version.

    I was considering a coiled Griffin cable until I checked out the reviews. It was $15, versus $25 typical retail.

    Same for chargers and external battery packs. One could do better online with a little shopping in terms of the specs and value, but if a need arises...

    Some of the brands aren't widely recognizable, some were, but it beats the generics, and I think everything had the MFi logo.
     
  7. bigjim83 macrumors 6502

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    It will probably just stop working after a few weeks.
     
  8. briannaharbor macrumors member

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    I don't think necessarily because a thing is cheap means that it wont work. Most of the reputable ones on amazon are pretty cheap too.
     
  9. Jalopybox macrumors 6502a

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    Junk. Same crap they sell on ebay for $3/each. The break very quickly. Not worth it.

    Get a Tech Armor. Lifetime warranty for $14 or so.
     
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    Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    iPhone accessories sold at 7-Eleven convenience stores


    I agree. Get the tech armor lightning cable. I have 4 of them. Still work as new. Plus a lifetime warranty. No brainer IMO.
     
  11. briannaharbor macrumors member

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    Just check the brand name on ebay. See where it is manufactured, and how much they sell the pieces for. If it's from hong kong for 12 cents a piece, you are probably buying a piece of junk
     
  12. mofunk macrumors 68000

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    Last December I found Mophie juice pack at Marshalls for under $10. My friends thought I paid a lot for their Christmas gift. ;) I just picked up a couple Incase cables. Also, Five Below is where you can find some good stuff. Every now and then Target too. I saw an Otterbox 5/5s case for $12 and a Rokform case for under $10.


    @Op I've seen the same stuff in Pep Boys that you see in 7 Eleven or a name brand dollar store. Like everyone else said, go with a name brand. Some of these generic accessories imo aren't worth it because they won't last as long.
     
  13. briannaharbor macrumors member

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    You shouldnt be surprised to see brand names in gas stations. They are all made in china, and sold in bulk for pennies a piece. Some stores just mark their prices up a lot more than others. 711 pays about 14-18 cents per thing, and then charged <$5 for them. Best buy and the Verizon stores just sell the same thing for $30.
     
  14. imabella65 macrumors newbie

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    I bought my iphone 5c in December. Never dropped it, got it wet or anything. I bought 711 and other cheap iphone chargers. They get REALLY hot, and out of nowhere my iphone just crapped out on me. I think it's the motherboard. In any case, I really believe the cheap chargers destroyed my phone.
     

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