LMcable Aims to Be World's First USB Charging Cable With 2-in-1 Lightning and Micro USB Connector

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    LMcable is a new Kickstarter project aiming to be the world's first cable containing a 2-in-1 connector that can charge both Lightning and Micro USB devices.

    One side of the 2.4A charging cable has a Lightning connector for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and other Apple products, while the reverse side has a Micro USB connector for devices like select Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone smartphones.


    The stitched leather cable is about 1 meter long and designed with tin-plated copper wires for increased durability. A basic brass buckle is included that allows you to coil the cable neatly so that it remains untangled.

    Perhaps the biggest caveat of the LMcable is that it lacks MFi certification. Apple's MFi Program has strict guidelines, so it remains questionable if a custom Lightning-Micro USB connector would ever be approved as an official accessory.

    Another design tradeoff is that the cable lacks the reversibility of an official Lightning cable, meaning it can only be plugged into an iPhone in one direction like Apple's old 30-pin docking cable or a traditional USB Type-A connector.

    Nevertheless, LMcable is an interesting novelty that has exceeded its $5,000 AUD funding goal by nearly tenfold as of Tuesday morning. Like many other Kickstarter projects, however, there is no guarantee the cable will ever ship to customers.


    Those interested can pledge $21 AUD on Kickstarter to receive one cable, or $43 AUD to receive three cables, in Sunlight White, Vintage Brown, Moonlight Black, or Cowboy Blue. LMcable aims to begin shipping in mid-April barring any unforeseen delays.

    Article Link: LMcable Aims to Be World's First USB Charging Cable With 2-in-1 Lightning and Micro USB Connector
  2. street.cory macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2009
    This is great! I hate having to take two chargers for my iDevice and my third party accessories that require a micro usb like a keyboard case or battery pack.
  3. reden macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    I will wait and make sure this cable doesn't explode phones.
  4. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    So, I lose the reversibility of my current lightning cable and it's not MFi certified? Hmm... Not sure this is going to work for me.

    Having said that the leather stitched cable looks really nice.
  5. dannys1 macrumors 68020


    Sep 19, 2007
  6. AngerDanger, Mar 1, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2016

    AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    Finally, a cable for anybody who thought these were a good idea:
  7. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
    I'll continue to bring two cables....
  8. srminton macrumors regular


    Sep 5, 2008
    Good point. My first thought was "why do I need this? I only have one phone." But I forgot about those keyboards, portable battery chargers and bluetooth headphones which need a micro usb cable.
  9. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    I bought a few of "regular" 2-in-1 cables, which are essentially a microUSB cable with a microUSB-Lightning adapter attached at the end. They are neat, but not nearly as useful as I imagined.

    They are most useful at my desk, where I sometimes charge/sync my iPhone with Lightning and also charge my Logitech keyboard/mouse with microUSB, but almost never at the same time.

    On the nightstand, they aren't very useful because I need more than one cable as I tend to charge things at the same time overnight (iPhone, Kindle, bluetooth accessories). Thus a dual-purpose cable isn't good there.

    I haven't used one in a car, but I expect the situation is similar to the nightstand usecase where charging is done simultaneously to two or more devices, thus there is a need for multiple cables rather than one cable with multiple connectors.
  10. ross.alex.k macrumors newbie


    Aug 25, 2009
    Great, now I can carry one cable and charge my Samsung and my Apple with one cable. NOT! hahaha...

    The solution this cable is trying to offer is silly. Would be better to just put Lightning ports in more stuff instead of USB...
  11. Adithya007 macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2015
  12. Jamieserg macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2010
    This seems a bit late to the party. Most new android phones are coming out with USB Type C. It's a great idea though even if flawed.
  13. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
  14. Joe Rossignol Editor

    Joe Rossignol

    Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    I would like to see USB-C adopted more widely. Lightning is fine but also proprietary.

    I'm glad at least the Retina MacBook has USB-C, and other Macs will follow with Thunderbolt 3.
  15. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    The idea is good - I have my Bluetooth controller and keyboard I could use it with. But I'm not going to trust a company whose campaign reads the way theirs does - They spell IOS and Iphone like this among other things. Why are we trusting a company who says they're located in Australia, but their website is on a server in China and they don't have their business location publicly listed?
  16. Bboble macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2006
    How many cows does it take to make a cable???
  17. AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    Did you even read the article you linked to?
  18. ReneR macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2008
    Berlin, Germany
    Awesome idea, Apple's Lighting invention instead of USB-C was really a superfluous money making move :-/ With more than one device we now sit here in a cable mess.

    I have the feeling this project may not ship a stable product successfully. And without official MFi Apple may brick it later on anyways :-/
  19. erinsarah macrumors 6502

    Mar 17, 2011

    Forget taking two cables. I recently bought one of those 3rd party phone charging battery packs and it came with a USB-to-MicroUSB cable. I bought this: http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MD820AM/A/lightning-to-micro-usb-adapter, a little 19" adapter, which allows me to use the brick's charging cable to also charge my iPhone 5s and/or iPad.

    Oh, word of warning, I bought the little doohickey in a physical Apple Store. I wasn't sure if it would work the way I intended, so after buying it I opened it up in the store to try it out. Turns out I'd bought an EMPTY BOX. There was no doohickey in the box. So, watch for that...

    Oh and why does EVERYTHING have to be a Kickstarter campaign?
  20. rdlink macrumors 68040


    Nov 10, 2007
    Out of the Reach of the FBI
  21. duervo macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2011
    Yeah, and I'll also wait to make sure the cables don't fail a month after backers receive them, like the cables from 2 other Kickstarter projects that I've backed.

    My advice to everyone - Save your money. Wait for them to be released, and see how the quality is first, or back it but don't expect a quality product. Keep your expectations very low.
  22. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    I would be all over this if it was certified. Don't really care about reversibility. We are an Apple family, but my wife uses a Mophie, my daughter has Bluetooth headphones and my point and shoot charges via micro USB, so this would be handy.
  23. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    Hmmm... good looking cable. That's for sure. I almost went on to back the project, and then I realized that I have the same thing in my backpack, except it works via built-in adaptor. The benefit is that it is reversible and MFi certified. I think I'll stick with that.
  24. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    So it can't be used with the iPad Pro... I wonder if the new connector will be on the the idevices also?
  25. Gasu E. macrumors 601

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.

    You think the claim that the new connector will work with existing Lightning cables applies to non-standard non-certifiable half-compatible cables?

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