Jackery Introduces Lightning Cable With Integrated Battery [Updated]

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    Jackery has introduced the Jewel, claimed to be the first-ever Apple-certified Lightning-to-USB cable with a built-in battery for iPhone, iPad, and iPod models.

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    The 3.2-foot cable features an integrated 450mAh battery that can, for example, fast charge an iPhone 6s up to 26% or an iPhone 6s Plus up to 16%. Like any other Lightning cable, the Jewel can provide a 1 amp charge from any USB power outlet or transfer data from the iPhone, iPad, or iPod to a connected Mac or PC.

    The cable also has a built-in LED charging indicator:
    The cable is available now for $19.99 from Jackery or Amazon in the United States. The cable is coming soon to Canada and the United Kingdom.

    Update: As several readers have pointed out, Native Union also offers an MFi-certified JUMP Cable with integrated 800 mAh battery for $50.

    Article Link: Jackery Introduces Lightning Cable With Integrated Battery [Updated]
     
  2. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020

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    At first I thought it was dumb but now that I think about it it's actually pretty clever.

    It's a lot more compact and simple than having a battery pack + a charger for your iPhone + a charger for your battery pack. Fits nicely in a jacket or small backpack compartment.

    When it comes to charging through USB, you just plug a single cable and it charges both the integrated battery and your iPhone's battery. Pretty elegant.

    The main downside is that 450mAh is small, but given that this is very compact and just $20, it's still cool as an "emergency" battery when you really have that important phone call to make / info to look up but your phone is dead. It's a neat bonus for roughly the same price as Apple's regular Lightning cable.
     
  3. oneMadRssn macrumors 601

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    I can't help but think that all these integrated batteries in everything is just exponentially increasing our e-waste.
     
  4. Return Zero macrumors 6502a

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    Looks like a decent product & price, but I would probably not buy unless it was 800 or 1200 mAh (like a typical 14500 lithium cell). That would give you closer to half a charge.
     
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    iPhone 7 users will of course need a second one for their headphones.

    Viva the wireless revolution!
     
  7. cableguy84 macrumors 65816

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    I like this product, not something i would probably buy/need personally though.
     
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    True. Apple should include in their environmental report the impact of battery waste from the accessory market due to their refusal to put higher capacity batteries in the iPhone. This should especially be the case if, after that new battery tech enters the market that doubles capacity, they end up making the iPhone really thin instead.
     
  9. Keane16 macrumors 6502a

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    I've got one very similar to this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00WOPNE0W. Even more compact as it fits in middle of my Bellroy wallet.

    Great for them days when I'm out late into the night, or out in the sticks with no power sockets. It has a micro-usb cable built in (handy for friends vapes or Android phones) and a little Lightning adaptor for iOS devices. It's a brilliant little product the size of about 7 or 8 credit cards stacked. 2500 mAh.

    Plus as it's flat you can hold the charger against the back of the phone whilst it is charging and continue to use it without dangling wires.
     
  10. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus

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    Looks like a neat and cheap little device to get you through a temporary low battery situation until you can find a proper charger/charging location.
     
  11. MS_Hedrick macrumors member

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    I would not expect a 450mAh top up from this device. It's been my experience with external battery banks that none of them will do a 100% energy transfer.

    I own the Native Union cable, and it provides about a 15% charge to my 6 Plus, enough for some emergency calls.
     
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    I like it. A lot. Ordered one as soon as I saw the article.
     

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