3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 11, 2013 8:37 PM by BflatBlues
BflatBlues Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)

I'd like to get a longer USB-Lightning cable than the one that came with my iPhone 5, which I think is the one that Apple sells. They also sell a "Lightning to Micro USB Adapter," but I'm not sure exactly what Micro USB is.


I have quite a few cables that have a standard USB at one end and a smaller USB connecter at the other end. These cables have generally come with external disk drives.


Would someone know if that is the same as the Apple Lightning to Micro USB Adapter?


Thank you.

  • wegras Level 6 Level 6 (13,705 points)

    USB cables come in normal USB plugs( into hub PC etc )

    at the other end you get a mini plug

    OR the latest which is micro plug

    You probably have the mini plug cable whereas the Apple product

    is a lightning plug and at other end a Micro socket

    This is to allow Apple to meet the world wide adoption of the micro cable

    as the charging medium for ALL mobile phones along with USB power source

    To reduce the multiplicity of chargers shipped worldwide every day


    "ultimately "



    Look on amazon for the cables and the pictures will immediately make sense

    of the difference

    so yes an Apple adapter and USB micro cable would give you a longer cable

  • gwforeman Level 2 Level 2 (410 points)

    All you need is a USB Extension Cable.  Plug your current Lightning cable in to this and you will have a longer cable.  It comes in different lengths.


    http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-A-Male-A-Female-Extension-Meters/dp/B001TH7GU U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360591455&sr=8-1&keywords=usb+extension+cable

  • BflatBlues Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)

    Thank you for the responses. After thinking about what I really needed -- and not just what I presumed would be appropriate -- I just purchased another Apple USB-Lightning cable. I learned from you that (a) there's a difference between a USB mini and a USB micro connector and (b) that the make USB extension cables. I appreciate the education you've both supplied. Thanks.