[Apple MFI Certified] Anker® Lightning to USB Cable 3ft / 0.9m for iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5, iPad Air 2, Mini 3, iPod 5th generation, and iPod nano 7th generation £6.99 Sold by AnkerDirect and Fulfilled by Amazon (free delivery £10 spend/prime) - HotUKDeals
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[Apple MFI Certified] Anker® Lightning to USB Cable 3ft / 0.9m for iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5, iPad Air 2, Mini 3, iPod 5th generation, and iPod nano 7th generation £6.99 Sold by AnkerDirect and Fulfilled by Amazon (free delivery £10 spend/prime)

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These cables are superb, and reviewers say that they are superior to Apple's own cable. I use these because the connectors are slightly longer and the cable doesn't kink where it meets the connector. … Read More
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2y, 6m agoFound 2 years, 6 months ago
These cables are superb, and reviewers say that they are superior to Apple's own cable. I use these because the connectors are slightly longer and the cable doesn't kink where it meets the connector. If you received a new iphone/ipad/ipod for Xmas then you WILL need a new cable at some time.
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#1
Good deal. Hot.
#2
Willing to give this cable a try, ta!
1 Like #3
Reviews putting me off , a lot having problems with iPhone 6
#4
Way too many bad reviews. Seems it works for 2-3 weeks (hence the early good reviews) but after that it stops working.
1 Like #5
Zstar
Way too many bad reviews. Seems it works for 2-3 weeks (hence the early good reviews) but after that it stops working.

Try newest reviews first:

Newest First
#6
applefanboy25
Reviews putting me off , a lot having problems with iPhone 6

My daughter has a new iphone 6 and has no problem with these leads.
3 Likes #7
Don't need any. Ordered 2. Damn this site!
#8
A lot of problems after a week or two which seems to be the same most fake ones out there.

Will pass on this
#10
A few verified purchase reviews seem to be negative. The positive ones don't seem to be from verified purchasers
Will give this a pass
#11
usb 2, nothing is lightning about it, except for the price. just bought a micro usb 3 cable recently, twice as long, works 10 times faster, but doesnt cost me as much
#12
Anker is good quality. Thanks OP.
1 Like #13
hikers
usb 2, nothing is lightning about it, except for the price. just bought a micro usb 3 cable recently, twice as long, works 10 times faster, but doesnt cost me as much

Lucky old you - You are one of the 1% who have USB 3.0 connections.
#14

Nice, but they cost £12.99 each! Also, mixed reviews.

Latest reviews

Edited By: mgb20 on Dec 28, 2014 14:00
#15
The latest lightning leads in Wilkos seem to work well and are cheap too.

The first lot I got from them only lasted a few days but the new designs must have a better supplier.

I got the flat one and have used it every day for the last couple of months. Cost
About £3. They don't list them online.
#16
Hate how Apple keeps releasing these new sockets. Just use what everyone else is using FFS. You can connect a micro USB cable to these mini lightning ports with a simple £1 adapter and it'll work fine. It may not be as performant but it's way more convenient.
#17
hikers
usb 2, nothing is lightning about it, except for the price. just bought a micro usb 3 cable recently, twice as long, works 10 times faster, but doesnt cost me as much

You cannot compare a lightening to USB cable with a micro USB cable they are completely different!
#18
tom9991
hikers
usb 2, nothing is lightning about it, except for the price. just bought a micro usb 3 cable recently, twice as long, works 10 times faster, but doesnt cost me as much

You cannot compare a lightening to USB cable with a micro USB cable they are completely different!

And when the new USB 3.0 connector becomes standard throughout the EU Apple STILL wont adopt it.
3 Likes #19
Hedja
Hate how Apple keeps releasing these new sockets.

They've used two different connectors in the last 14 years. I found the old 30 pin connector horrible. The lightning connector is superb.

Edited By: cjp68 on Dec 28, 2014 14:26
#20
Need a quality 30pin to lightning adaptor if anybody has any suggestions.
1 Like #21
Hedja
Hate how Apple keeps releasing these new sockets. Just use what everyone else is using FFS. You can connect a micro USB cable to these mini lightning ports with a simple £1 adapter and it'll work fine. It may not be as performant but it's way more convenient.

I'm not an Apple apologist but...

1) The original dock connector was around for years and became arguably more common place than the classic fat pin Nokia charger, being found in cars, audio docks, hi-fis, gym equipment etc.
2) The Lightning connector (the first and only change since the introduction of the dock connector) carries audio which Micro USB doesn't, or at least not in a way that's universally defined amongst all devices that use the connector. It's also reversible, which has paved the way for the new reversible incarnation of micro USB, which won't be backwards compatible without adapters.

I'm curious as to what 'performant' means?

----

Back on topic but I've got the black version of this cable in the car and it's caused me no problems. The connector housing is small enough to fit an iPhone 5 case opening too, which isn't always the situation with some aftermarket cables.


Edited By: Bossworld on Dec 28, 2014 14:30
8 Likes #22
Hedja
Hate how Apple keeps releasing these new sockets.
All two of them?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightning_(connector) (introduced 2012)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dock_connector#Apple_30-pin_dock_connector (introduced 2003)

Hedja
Just use what everyone else is using FFS.
oO

http://i.imgur.com/TlCUPfx.gif

http://i.imgur.com/CgsFHcN.png

Hedja
You can connect a micro USB cable to these mini lightning ports with a simple £1 adapter and it'll work fine.
The Lightning connector does have other advantages (it's reversible, waterproof and will support USB 3.0 in the future for example).

Micro-USB is due to be replaced with the much improved Type-C USB connector soon.

https://cdn.mediacru.sh/o/oru0qwzbG5bT.png
#23
Bossworld
I'm curious as to what 'performant' means?

Better performance, in this context Lightning provides more power for faster charging than Micro USB. It's a common word and the meaning is pretty obvious, dictionary or not.

aceuk
All two of them?

Point being they released a new connector when there was clear standard among smartphones at the time. Before Micro USB was adopted, there wasn't really a standard across companies.

aceuk

oO

http://i.imgur.com/TlCUPfx.gif

This cable and the one packaged with iPhones come with a USB Type-A end so the problem still exists.

aceuk
The Lightning connector does have other advantages (it's reversible, waterproof and will support USB 3.0 in the future for example).

Micro-USB is due to be replaced with the much improved Type-C USB connector soon.

I don't think Type-C will widely adopted next year due to cost, it's new after all. Though, I do hope Apple adopt it if Micro USB isn't up to their higher standards.

The original point I was making is that there are way more devices using Micro USB ports than Lightning ports, so there's a major inconvenience in having one device that uses its own type of port because you need to either carry it with you, pay 4x as much for a spare (or way more because the non-Apple ones like this tend to break in a few weeks) and/or hope someone has one. I'm under that inconvenience right now having switched to a 5S last year.


Edited By: Hedja on Dec 28, 2014 15:06
#24
Voted hot but I thought this was the going rate?

I've previously bought the Tecknet cables for 5.99 and they've been excellent - didn't realise that was a deal price so posted it regardless.

Edit: added a deal for the TeckNet cables for £1 less at http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/apple-mfi-certified-tecknet-lightning-usb-cable-1m-for-iphone-6-plus-5s-5c-5-ipad-2101537 but currently voted cold - gotta love this site :)

Edited By: SomebodE on Dec 28, 2014 15:44: edit
1 Like #25
Hedja
Bossworld
I'm curious as to what 'performant' means?

Better performance, in this context Lightning provides more power for faster charging than Micro USB. It's a common word and the meaning is pretty obvious, dictionary or not.

aceuk
All two of them?

Point being they released a new connector when there was clear standard among smartphones at the time. Before Micro USB was adopted, there wasn't really a standard across companies.

aceuk

oO

http://i.imgur.com/TlCUPfx.gif

This cable and the one packaged with iPhones come with a USB Type-A end so the problem still exists.

aceuk
The Lightning connector does have other advantages (it's reversible, waterproof and will support USB 3.0 in the future for example).

Micro-USB is due to be replaced with the much improved Type-C USB connector soon.

I don't think Type-C will widely adopted next year due to cost, it's new after all. Though, I do hope Apple adopt it if Micro USB isn't up to their higher standards.

The original point I was making is that there are way more devices using Micro USB ports than Lightning ports, so there's a major inconvenience in having one device that uses its own type of port because you need to either carry it with you, pay 4x as much for a spare (or way more because the non-Apple ones like this tend to break in a few weeks) and/or hope someone has one. I'm under that inconvenience right now having switched to a 5S last year.


Apple's justification has always been that the standard USB offerings were not functional enough and were a compromise to implement, especially with regards to audio needing to be standard binary data or separate with the USB offerings

This still was the case when it came to the Lightning connector being released, which moved to a digital rather than analog audio signal that was there with the 30pin dock connector.

My last two cars have had a Type A USB socket so the move to lightning was pretty straight forward for me in the car. My speakers were bluetooth enabled so again, no hardship there. Only change has been the Arcam rDock that I have, which uses a 30pin dock but it too also has a USB port on the front.
1 Like #26
MFI certified ?
Is that Made For Idiots...?
#27
aclondon
MFI certified ?
Is that Made For Idiots...?

Made For Iphone
#28
kramvic
Need a quality 30pin to lightning adaptor if anybody has any suggestions.

I'm using an Amazon Basic's cable and it's pretty good. If it breaks within a year, they'll replace it for free.

Edit: my post wasn't as helpful as it could have been so here's the link for the cable I'm using: http://www.amazon.co.uk/AmazonBasics-Charging-Synchronising-iPhone-Previous/dp/B004SBBD8U

Edited By: SomebodE on Dec 28, 2014 15:45
1 Like #29
SomebodE
aclondon
MFI certified ?
Is that Made For Idiots...?

Made For Iphone

I was correct then :p
#30
£7 for a cable is nuts and dont even get me started on apples own price !
#31
Only 7 quid so worth a punt seeing as Anker do make good stuff. Otherwise will have to get an original instead, ugh.
#32
I have got one of these as my main source for charging my device. Have to admit, solid built and feel premium product even more robust then apple original cable lols. Worth every penny. Heat Added
#33
Hedja
Bossworld
I'm curious as to what 'performant' means?

Better performance, in this context Lightning provides more power for faster charging than Micro USB. It's a common word and the meaning is pretty obvious, dictionary or not.

aceuk
All two of them?

Point being they released a new connector when there was clear standard among smartphones at the time. Before Micro USB was adopted, there wasn't really a standard across companies.

aceuk

oO

http://i.imgur.com/TlCUPfx.gif

This cable and the one packaged with iPhones come with a USB Type-A end so the problem still exists.

aceuk
The Lightning connector does have other advantages (it's reversible, waterproof and will support USB 3.0 in the future for example).

Micro-USB is due to be replaced with the much improved Type-C USB connector soon.

I don't think Type-C will widely adopted next year due to cost, it's new after all. Though, I do hope Apple adopt it if Micro USB isn't up to their higher standards.

The original point I was making is that there are way more devices using Micro USB ports than Lightning ports, so there's a major inconvenience in having one device that uses its own type of port because you need to either carry it with you, pay 4x as much for a spare (or way more because the non-Apple ones like this tend to break in a few weeks) and/or hope someone has one. I'm under that inconvenience right now having switched to a 5S last year.


So if it's not in the dictionary, is it a new form of superlative, like 'betterest'?

They released a new type of cable because the dock connector was deemed too big for the iPhone 5 onwards. Micro USB existed at the time but isn't a suitable standardised alternative for the A/V reasons given above.


Edited By: Bossworld on Dec 28, 2014 17:54: Expanded on second point.
#34
aceuk

The Lightning connector does have other advantages (it's reversible, waterproof and will support USB 3.0 in the future for example).
Micro-USB is due to be replaced with the much improved Type-C USB connector soon.
https://cdn.mediacru.sh/o/oru0qwzbG5bT.png

yeah it will support usb 3.0, but it will surely cost a whole lot more than a usb 3.

Hedja

Better performance, in this context Lightning provides more power for faster charging than Micro USB. It's a common word and the meaning is pretty obvious, dictionary or not.
nope, I dont think so. Usb 3 can deliver more power than lightning cable. lightning cable can safely handle a maximum of 12w, tho most lightning charger out there only provide 10w I believe (which is really common nowadays, 5V 2A). plus most usb3 device these days, are rated to support 20w charging.
#35
SomebodE
aclondon
MFI certified ?
Is that Made For Idiots...?

Made For Iphone
I dont see a difference
#36
I bought one of these before xmas and it worked for a day and then stopped on my iPad air. Now every time I try to charge the device with this cable it says "Non standard cable - apple did not add enough of my money to its 1/2 trillion pile of cash", or something like that.
2 Likes #37
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Hedja
Hate how Apple keeps releasing these new sockets. Just use what everyone else is using FFS. You can connect a micro USB cable to these mini lightning ports with a simple £1 adapter and it'll work fine. It may not be as performant but it's way more convenient.


One revision in a decade.
By all counts lightning is superior to micro usb, despite being very inconvenient.
There are official and 3rd party adapters for micro usb. No idea what you said towards the end of your statement.
#38
hikers
aceuk

The Lightning connector does have other advantages (it's reversible, waterproof and will support USB 3.0 in the future for example).
Micro-USB is due to be replaced with the much improved Type-C USB connector soon.
https://cdn.mediacru.sh/o/oru0qwzbG5bT.png

yeah it will support usb 3.0, but it will surely cost a whole lot more than a usb 3.

Hedja

Better performance, in this context Lightning provides more power for faster charging than Micro USB. It's a common word and the meaning is pretty obvious, dictionary or not.
nope, I dont think so. Usb 3 can deliver more power than lightning cable. lightning cable can safely handle a maximum of 12w, tho most lightning charger out there only provide 10w I believe (which is really common nowadays, 5V 2A). plus most usb3 device these days, are rated to support 20w charging.

2012 - http://www.pocketables.com/2012/12/hardware-comparison-lightning-connector-vs-microusb-connector.html
2014 - 5 reasons Lightning is better than MicroUSB: http://xsreviews.co.uk/editorial/hardware/5-reasons-lightning-is-better-than-microusb/ - note that power mentioned earlier but denied by you is one of them.
#39
SomebodE
hikers
aceuk

The Lightning connector does have other advantages (it's reversible, waterproof and will support USB 3.0 in the future for example).
Micro-USB is due to be replaced with the much improved Type-C USB connector soon.
https://cdn.mediacru.sh/o/oru0qwzbG5bT.png

yeah it will support usb 3.0, but it will surely cost a whole lot more than a usb 3.

Hedja

Better performance, in this context Lightning provides more power for faster charging than Micro USB. It's a common word and the meaning is pretty obvious, dictionary or not.
nope, I dont think so. Usb 3 can deliver more power than lightning cable. lightning cable can safely handle a maximum of 12w, tho most lightning charger out there only provide 10w I believe (which is really common nowadays, 5V 2A). plus most usb3 device these days, are rated to support 20w charging.

2012 - http://www.pocketables.com/2012/12/hardware-comparison-lightning-connector-vs-microusb-connector.html
2014 - 5 reasons Lightning is better than MicroUSB: http://xsreviews.co.uk/editorial/hardware/5-reasons-lightning-is-better-than-microusb/ - note that power mentioned earlier but denied by you is one of them.
usb 3.0 can support 100 watt charging. but most device (including iphone 6) these days is rated to handle 20w charging (tho confusingly Apple said it's safe to charge with a max of 12watt only using the lightning cable). but common chargers are still 10watt (5v 2a), and as far as im concern even standard lightning charger only supplied 10w charging
#40
sledwich
I bought one of these before xmas and it worked for a day and then stopped on my iPad air. Now every time I try to charge the device with this cable it says "Non standard cable - apple did not add enough of my money to its 1/2 trillion pile of cash", or something like that.

A certified cable should be fine, I believe you, but don't understand why certified products would do this.

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