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ronniejoe

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I am going to order an iPhone 13 mini online. Either that or the iphone 13. I am currently using an old iphone SE for many years already. Even the cable charger that I use with my old SE is like broken down. The usb power adapter i use with it seem fine. I believe that one is 5W? That is the one that came with the old iphone SE years ago.



Since I will order the new iphone iPhone 13 mini online, I need to buy the 20W usb c power adapter right? I see they sell it on apple site for 19 dollars. I checked amazon and they sell it same price but you need to make sure its not counterfeit right? I see lot of apple iphone chargers that cost a bit less but its not worth it right?



The thing is when i order my new iphone, i should order this usb c power adapter together right? if so, do they come around the same time or they might ship the adapter sooner since i see on apple site it shows receive it few days quicker than the iphone? The other thing is i dont want an issue if i order online the phone. Then later i order this power adapter... only to find out i need to pay extra for shipping. Is it free shipping? Website seem to show if you buy only this power adapter, shipping is free. Also, could i use my old 5W power adapter with this new iphone? Im only assuming its 5W... not sure. But W is basically how fast it charges an iphone right? The higher the W, the faster it is? So this one on apple site is perfectly fine?
 

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Any power adapter will work with that phone. Your little 5 watt adapter that came with the SE will work fine too. It’ll just take longer to charge the battery compared to the bigger chargers.
The cable that comes with the 13 is USB C. That cable won’t plug into the old chargers. The 20 watt charger has a USB C plug in it so the new cable will be compatible.
Everything for sale at the online Apple Store is priced with free shipping. But there’s no guarantee that everything wil ship in the same box or show up on the same day. Probably won’t.
 

ericwn

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If you have an existing charger and Lightning cable you don’t need a new one. A stronger charger may charge the phone faster, that’s all.
 

ronniejoe

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Confused with the post there. The cable that comes along the 13 or 13 mini is the same right the usb c? But now you say this cable won't plug into the old chargers.


But the existing charger and lighting cable im using right now with my old iphone SE... would work with this new iphone but much slower?


The issue is my lightning cable with my old iphone SE is really bad like bit damaged... so you would suggest to just buy the 20 watt charger one right?
 

ronniejoe

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So you recommend buying the new 20 watt charger from apple anyway right?
 

CheesePuff

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If you keep your old lightning cable and 5watt block then yes you can use it. But as the new phone will come with USB C on the other end instead of USB A you would need a new USB C wall brick. I recommend the Anker nano 20 watt brick as it’s the same size as the old Apple 5watt and the same price as Apples current 20watt.
 

NoBoMac

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Anker nano 20 watt brick as it’s the same size as the old Apple 5watt and the same price as Apples current 20watt.
Yesterday, this was on sale on Amazon for $16 dollars. And a two-pack of these was something like $38: one for home, one for the road.

ADD: Still $16.99 with additional 15% off if you apply the coupon offer.

And my mistake, two-pack is $28.89, $5 off regular price.
 
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ronniejoe

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If you have an existing charger and Lightning cable you don’t need a new one. A stronger charger may charge the phone faster, that’s all.

Okay so I bought the 20w usb c adapter from apple separately. That way I will charge it fast since the new iphone came with that usb c lightning cable right?


The thing is I also have an old iphone SE that I will use as well as a second phone. The cable that I use to charge it to the original 5W adapter and also into a powerbank I have is in bad condition. So I need to buy a new charging cable. This was the cable that came with the old iphone SE when I bought it years ago


So will either both those cables work for this?





Again I want to be able to use my old power bank for my new iphone 13/13 mini and my old iphone SE. So I want to make sure i'm buying the right cable. This is the powerbank that I currently use with my old iphone SE and with the bad condition charging cable.


 

ronniejoe

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So say im outside and I know I won't have a charging port. I will have my new iphone 13/13 mini but want to bring my old powerbank and have the correct cable for this in case I need to charge it. And say I also might have my old iphone SE. Which of the two cables will i need? Or will both work? I"m talking about those dynex cables.


But if im inside the apartment I will just charge the iphone 13/13 mini with the usb c lightning cable that came with it and the usb c 20w adapter I just bought separately since its faster.


Can someone clarify all this for me?
 

azhava

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If you're using a USB-C to lightning cable, you need a USB-C adapter. If you're using a USB-A to lighting cable, you need a USB-A adapter. If you're using a power bank, you need whichever cable fits it.

Either/both/any of them will charge your phone (either one of them, your 13 Mini or your SE) as long as they have a lightning connector on the other end.
 

KayEm6419

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Okay so I bought the 20w usb c adapter from apple separately. That way I will charge it fast since the new iphone came with that usb c lightning cable right?


The thing is I also have an old iphone SE that I will use as well as a second phone. The cable that I use to charge it to the original 5W adapter and also into a powerbank I have is in bad condition. So I need to buy a new charging cable. This was the cable that came with the old iphone SE when I bought it years ago


So will either both those cables work for this?





Again I want to be able to use my old power bank for my new iphone 13/13 mini and my old iphone SE. So I want to make sure i'm buying the right cable. This is the powerbank that I currently use with my old iphone SE and with the bad condition charging cable.



Hi ronniejoe,

To your first Q: Yes. Your iPhone 13 will fast charge with that cable/ adapter combination. Enjoy!

Moving on. I'm not familiar with the BestBuy Dynex brand, but I see from the linked product pages that the first cable you list (Model DX-MLA321W SKU:6410800 @ $6.99) is Apple MFi Certified and carries a 1 year warranty.
The other (@$4.99) doesn't specify Certification, and has only a 3 month warranty.

Either would be compatible with your Power Bank.

Hope this is of some help to you. Happy Thanksgiving! -KM
 
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ronniejoe

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If you're using a USB-C to lightning cable, you need a USB-C adapter. If you're using a USB-A to lighting cable, you need a USB-A adapter. If you're using a power bank, you need whichever cable fits it.

Either/both/any of them will charge your phone (either one of them, your 13 Mini or your SE) as long as they have a lightning connector on the other end.
I will be using the usb c to lightning cable with the usb c adapter on my iphone 13 mini in my apartment. But when im outside, I want to have my iphone 13 mini but also bring my old powerbank with me to connect to it and use it. So I want to know which cable do I need for this. Again... my current charging cable that i use for my old iphone SE is bad condition so i need to buy a new one. This old iphone se charging cable, im able to charge it to the original 5W adapter but also, connect it to the old powerbank I have. So this exact cable... I can use it with the new iphone 13 mini to charge to my powerbank right? I believe this cable is the usb type a to lightning charge and cable?


What is the difference between the first link and second link of the dynex cables? Again I want a replacement charging cable for my old iphone SE. Thus this cable im able to charge my iphone SE to the 5W adapter.. .and also able to charge it to my powerbank.


Thus I want to also be able to use the cable to charge my iphone 13 mini to the same powerbank as well. Someone mentioned whatever cable im using right now to charge my old iphone SE.. will work with my the iphone 13 mini to charge it... but I want it to be able to charge with the same powerbank.


So does the first link of the lightning to usb charge and sync cable work? What about the second link of the
usb type a to lightning charge and cable?


So that means I need the second cable? That is the cable I currently have? But what about the first cable?
 

KayEm6419

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I will be using the usb c to lightning cable with the usb c adapter on my iphone 13 mini in my apartment. But when im outside, I want to have my iphone 13 mini but also bring my old powerbank with me to connect to it and use it. So I want to know which cable do I need for this. Again... my current charging cable that i use for my old iphone SE is bad condition so i need to buy a new one. This old iphone se charging cable, im able to charge it to the original 5W adapter but also, connect it to the old powerbank I have. So this exact cable... I can use it with the new iphone 13 mini to charge to my powerbank right? I believe this cable is the usb type a to lightning charge and cable?


What is the difference between the first link and second link of the dynex cables? Again I want a replacement charging cable for my old iphone SE. Thus this cable im able to charge my iphone SE to the 5W adapter.. .and also able to charge it to my powerbank.


Thus I want to also be able to use the cable to charge my iphone 13 mini to the same powerbank as well. Someone mentioned whatever cable im using right now to charge my old iphone SE.. will work with my the iphone 13 mini to charge it... but I want it to be able to charge with the same powerbank.


So does the first link of the lightning to usb charge and sync cable work? What about the second link of the
usb type a to lightning charge and cable?


So that means I need the second cable? That is the cable I currently have? But what about the first cable?

Of the two choices you present, I would suggest the USB-A Lightning cable in your first link ($6.99).

It will work with both iPhones 13 and iPhone SE, and is compatible with the PowerBank, and with the 5W cube.

From its MFi Certification, higher price and longer Warranty it looks to be a higher quality cable than the one in the second link. (I would not use nor recommend a Lightning cable that is not MFi Certified.) Again, I am not familiar with Dynex.

Support Doc from Apple

Best, KM
 
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ronniejoe

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Of the two choices you present, I would suggest the USB-A Lightning cable in your first link ($6.99).

It will work with both iPhones 13 and iPhone SE, and is compatible with the PowerBank, and with the 5W cube.

From its MFi Certification, higher price and longer Warranty it looks to be a higher quality cable than the one in the second link. (I would not use nor recommend a Lightning cable that is not MFi Certified.) Again, I am not familiar with Dynex.

Support Doc from Apple

Best, KM


Hi. Isn't the USB-A to lightning cable the second link?
 

KayEm6419

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Hi. Isn't the USB-A to lightning cable the second link?

The cable in the first link is USB-A Lightning (see Key Specs). It is just not in the Product Name. This cable is Model DX-MLA321W. Sale price is $6.99. -KM

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ronniejoe

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The cable in the first link is USB-A Lightning (see Key Specs). It is just not in the Product Name. This cable is Model DX-MLA321W. Sale price is $6.99. -KM

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Okay thanks. But whats the difference between the first link and the second link that is cheaper? The thing is at first I thought you need the first link charging cable.. then I notice there are ton more reviews for the second link which made me thought it was the second link charging cable.


The second link seems to be USB Type A to Lightning... which is the reverse of the first link. But aren't these the same?
 

KayEm6419

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Okay thanks. But whats the difference between the first link and the second link that is cheaper? The thing is at first I thought you need the first link charging cable.. then I notice there are ton more reviews for the second link which made me thought it was the second link charging cable.


The second link seems to be USB Type A to Lightning... which is the reverse of the first link. But aren't these the same?


They are both USB-A Lightning. Or Lightning USB-A.

Apple calls theirs Lightning to USB:

 Store

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(Perhaps you could end your deliberation and ease your mind by buying this for your needs.)

Best, KM
 
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ronniejoe

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Okay so both of those dynex cables from best buy will work then right?


But why does the first link cost more than the second link ... is what I want to know.
 

KayEm6419

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Okay so both of those dynex cables from best buy will work then right?


But why does the first link cost more than the second link ... is what I want to know.

MFi Certification and longer warranty presupposes and implies higher quality construction and materials.

To add any specifics beyond this would be idle speculation on my part. I won't waste your time with that!

Happy Thanksgiving!

-KM
 

ronniejoe

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Okay thanks. Can anyone else here confirm this? That these cables are literally the same but the first one has MFI Certification and higher quality?
 

ericwn

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Okay thanks. Can anyone else here confirm this? That these cables are literally the same but the first one has MFI Certification and higher quality?

I don’t have the experience but at the same time it’s only a $2 difference at the moment when I checked these links. You might as well get the more expensive one if you want to play it safe.
 

KayEm6419

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Hi ronniejoe,

I looked again at your two cables. To correct myself: both are MFi certified. Info is listed differently, so I missed this.

The second cable does not specify its data transfer speed, whereas the 1st linked does. It is the max for USB-A (480mps).

Keep in mind the longer warranty of the 1st linked.

Enjoy your weekend.

Regards, KM
(For my USB-A to Lightning cables, I've been very pleased with the highly regarded Anker PowerLine II.)
 

ronniejoe

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On another forum, someone mentioned only the second link... the cheaper one would work with my powerbank. They said the first one won't work.


Thoughts on this?
 

KayEm6419

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Hi. Took a look at the Amazon link again (it's on Black Friday sale, BTW $10.39)

Can't fathom why cable 1 wouldn't be compatible. You need a standard USB to Lightning to connect PowerBank to the iPhone, which it is. -KM
 
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