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Are lightning cables from eBay any good?

1313 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Jul 27, 2013 6:23 PM by serenitynow1 RSS
tml81 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 27, 2013 8:03 AM

Hey folks, I am currently using an iPhone 5 and I am looking to purchase two more lightning cables for it - one for my car and the other for my office at work.

 

Are lightining cables from eBay good enough? They're running for $3-4 a pop so it would save me some money. Anyone have any experience with these cables from eBay?

 

I am well aware of the fact that iOS 7 will display an annoying popup everytime I connect this "non-apple certified" lightining cable but I think I can live with that.

 

Thanks in advance!

iPhone 5, iOS 6
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,370 points)
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    Jul 27, 2013 8:06 AM (in response to tml81)

    I wouldn't advise using any cable that is not certified by Apple...read the news lately, especially about the two folks electrocuted in China that were using knock-off chargers?

  • Brandon2184 Level 4 Level 4 (1,605 points)
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    Jul 27, 2013 8:07 AM (in response to tml81)

    I suppose that depends on whether you are willing to risk damaging your device and not being able to get it replaced under warranty because you were using an unauthorized cable.

     

    That being said, I don't have experience with the lightning cables, but I've used a few knockoff 30-pin cables and never had an issue.

  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,370 points)
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    Jul 27, 2013 8:17 AM (in response to tml81)

    tml81 wrote:

    Do these knockoff cables charge the iPhone in the same amount of time or does it take longer?

     

    ? You take your chances, it's that simple. They could work, not work or not work very well. At the worst, they'll damage your phone or you.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,975 points)
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    Jul 27, 2013 8:24 AM (in response to tml81)

    tml81 wrote:

     

    Well I won't be using a knockoff charger.

    No. You'll be using a knockoff cable. IMO, it's not worth the risk for the few dollars it would cost to just get a legitimate cable.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,975 points)
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    Jul 27, 2013 8:32 AM (in response to tml81)

    So? What's your point? They're counterfeit. At best, they are illegally using technology that does not belong to them. At worst, they will damage your phone or you as has already been pointed out. If $21 for a cable is too much for you, then maybe you should not be using an iPhone... That's like complaining that it's too expensive to buy gas for your muscle car with the big gas guzzling V8 engine in it...

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,465 points)
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    Jul 27, 2013 8:59 AM (in response to tml81)

    tml81 wrote:

     

    If you're going to say if you don't like thier policies maybe you shouldn't by an Apple product, save it.

    Logic hurts, huh?

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,395 points)
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    Jul 27, 2013 9:33 AM (in response to tml81)

    A better question is anything from eBay any good?

     

    Allan

  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,500 points)
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    Jul 27, 2013 5:11 PM (in response to Brandon2184)

    There's a huge difference between 30 pin cables and Lightning cables. The 30 pin cable is just a bunch of wires with two connectors and a signal splitter. The lightning cable has active circuitry in it that manages charging and digital to analog conversion.

  • serenitynow1 Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
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    Jul 27, 2013 6:23 PM (in response to tml81)

    buy the "amazon basics" cable - its officially licenced and cheaper.

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