Why not to buy cheap, CRAP lightning cables

aluminimac

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I recently bought a cheapo lightning cable, based upon a certain risk factor (6M only being £6) and based upon Amazon "reviews" (not wise, but it was cheap, so...).

Anyhow, I thought I'd show you why saving money IS NOT always a good idea, and why to avoid "CloudSeller" cables - because they're JUNK.

Attached, my investigatory photo; the poor quality is likely why my iPod Touch keeps making the charging sound, then stops charging, then repeats again and again as you wiggle the lead.

Pay the extra folks, it's worth it.
 

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mojolicious

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Mar 18, 2014
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Yep, I've finally through with cheap Lightning/dock cables. Yours does look spectacularly awful, but my collection might well be the same at that magnification.

Just this morning I spent an hour looking for a list of accredited MFi manufacturers, but couldn't find one. Does anyone know if a definitive list exists? Seems strange that the Apple website wouldn't have such a list.
 

rui no onna

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Oct 25, 2013
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Just this morning I spent an hour looking for a list of accredited MFi manufacturers, but couldn't find one. Does anyone know if a definitive list exists? Seems strange that the Apple website wouldn't have such a list.
My AmazonBasics lightning and 30-pin cables work great. I do believe they're Apple certified.
 

D.T.

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Sep 15, 2011
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I recently bought a cheapo lightning cable, based upon a certain risk factor (6M only being £6) and based upon Amazon "reviews" (not wise, but it was cheap, so...).

Anyhow, I thought I'd show you why saving money IS NOT always a good idea, and why to avoid "CloudSeller" cables - because they're JUNK.

Attached, my investigatory photo; the poor quality is likely why my iPod Touch keeps making the charging sound, then stops charging, then repeats again and again as you wiggle the lead.

Pay the extra folks, it's worth it.
Yikes, that’s pretty poor execution. Nice closeup photos!

There are some 3rd party options, that are cheaper than OEM that look outstanding:

http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-USB-Lightning-Compatible-Cable/dp/B009SYZ8OC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1397513405&sr=8-2&keywords=amazon+lightning+cable

$13.99 for a 3m cable, not bad.

The Amazon Basics product line seems very solid - in fact, I picked up Amazon Basics banana plugs (for custom audio cables) and I’d highly recommend them :)

I have a credit voucher for Moshi and I’ll probably use that to score an extra Lightening cable, and I’d suspect it’ll be high grade too (it should be, it’s the same price as an Apple cable :D Plus they’re a well regarded 3rd party Apple product manufacturer)
 

huck500

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The Amazon cables are pretty good, but one that I used for a few months started fraying at the lightning connector end. It got heavy use with lots of movement, so it's probably not indicative of poor quality.

The main issue I have with the Amazon cables is that the size of the plug is too large to fit through the hole in my case, just FYI.
 
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boomhower

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Every single lightning cable I own from genuine Apple to a variety of off brand have blackened connectors. Just about all still work perfectly fine.
 

SomeGuyDude

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Every single lightning cable I own from genuine Apple to a variety of off brand have blackened connectors. Just about all still work perfectly fine.
Yeah, they all work fine. Doesn't bother me. I just find it funny that my off-brand ones are clean as a whistle still.
 

meistervu

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Why not by cheap crap anything

By definition, anything that is crap doesn't work, so there is no reason to buy it.
 

CausticSoda

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As for most products, if you buy the cheapest you are likely to get total rubbish. If you buy the most expensive, you are likely to get among the best at a considerable premium (the law of diminishing returns). The "smartest money" tends to be spent in the middle. Of course, we are mostly Apple addicts, and lean toward the right of the spectrum. C'est la vie.
 

ZhenyaF

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2 of my OEM lightning cables (out of3 that I have) have cracked and are showing inside wiring, yet the Amazon ones are perfectly fine. I guess not all aftermarket ones are crap