Long-lasting Lightning-to-USB?

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  1. 4004 macrumors member

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    Hi everyone
    My 3rd replacement Lightning is starting to behave pensioner-style, so I have to hold it properly for it to work. The usual thing
    I was wondering if I can get a replacement at Apple? Also, even if I can:
    What are the sturdy cables out there? I don't want to replace the bloody thing 4 times a year. I don't necessarily need a cheap or a long one, just so it is strong, reversible and fully working. Any ideas?
     
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  3. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    AmazonBasics USB A to Lightning Compatible Cable (3 Feet/0.9 Meter)
    http://amzn.com/B009SYZ8OC

    RND Apple Certified Lightning to USB cable (6 feet/white) made for iPhone, iPad, iPod
    http://amzn.com/B00AGJMMVA

    The AmazonBasic one is great and feels high quality when in your hand at $14. The RND one is a bit expensive at $22. I mainly recommend the AmazonBasic one.


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  4. 4004 thread starter macrumors member

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    Amazon basic looks kind of similar to Griffin. Which one is sturdier? Are these the sturdiest out there?
     
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    rgarjr macrumors 603

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    I bought like 3 Griffin ones from BestBuy and one was really sturdy and stiff compared to the other 2.
     

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  6. 4004 thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, I may not get even that lucky. It looks like all cables are made from the same materials, with some exceptions. I thought I was not the only one replacing cables every 3 month(well, I also have to replace my battery)
     
  7. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    I think the amazon one is the strongest.


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  8. 4004 thread starter macrumors member

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    I guess I will take amazon then, don't have much of a choice
     
  9. dmx macrumors 6502a

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    Absolutely Amazon Basics. I've abused mine for months and it's still going strong.
     
  10. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    What went wrong with your cables?


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    Good you will like it:)


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  13. orleanfyrfightr macrumors member

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    Check out paracable. They are custom wrapped in para cord which is pretty durable stuff. I plan on ording one after my next pay day.

    I also own a griffin that replaced my apple one, which wore out where it meets the connector. It seems to be holding up pretty well, it's much shorter but I use it with a USB extension cable.
     
  14. peapody macrumors 68040

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    I love the amazon basics one.. Love that the cable does not get stiff, and it does not become crinkled either.
     
  15. maliu macrumors 6502a

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    Griffin, well built and tough. I have the 6 footer.
     
  16. 4004 thread starter macrumors member

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    Amazon Basics arrived today. I though it to be a bit thicker than Apple's, but it appears to be the same size. Apple Store employee told me to get a Genius Bar appointment so maybe they can swap my lightning. I also have Griffin as an alternative variant

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    That's where they all wear out :) Two 30-pins of mine previously wore out to the wires, the casing just came off
    Paracord seems to be quite pricey, and I heard about the material not helping. Will see
     
  17. 4004 thread starter macrumors member

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    First impression about the Amazon lightning: less flexible than Apple, probably thicker cord wrap. Reversible, so no problem here.
    Also, Apple exchanged my lightning free of charge on basis of iPhone warranty
     
  18. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    I got these. They work good:) i hope they last!
    iXCC (tm) 2pcs White 10ft (TEN FEET !) EXTRA LONG Lightning USB SYNC Cable Cord Charger For Apple iPhone 5, iPod Nano 7, iPod Touch 5, iPad 4, iPad with Retina Display and the iPad Mini
    http://amzn.com/B00CCTSR0M


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  19. mscann macrumors member

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    Where did you get a griffin 6 ft?
     
  20. jcpb macrumors 6502a

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    Lightning to micro-USB adapter, then whatever micro-USB cable I have on hand. I don't use the standard Apple-supplied cables outside the home, and most of my device charging uses micro-USB anyhow.
     
  21. 4004 thread starter macrumors member

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    Status update for Amazon Basics: first a crack appeared on the plastic casing(near the phone, of course). Today it broke the hell off. That was a bit less than for an Apple one, but I scotch-taped it and it still worked anyway. The cable itself is already out of the casing and bending, so not a good forecast.
     
  22. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Wow,
    It has a 1 year warranty, so use it:) do you rest the lightning cable like this:
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    This is why I think you are breaking al your cables.
     
  23. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Just ordered these on amazon. I will have to wait and see if these are any good:
    LIFETIME WARRANTY! T & S Electronics Lightning to USB cable - 3rd gen cable. COMPATIBLE WITH iOS7! Best lightning cable available with the warranty to back it.
    http://amzn.com/B00ATL4YNO
     
  24. 4004 thread starter macrumors member

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    Nope, I usually am pretty gentle with cables. Amazon is still working anyway.

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    Look like Griffin. Much better?
     

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