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Signalex Retractable Multi Apple Android Lightning & Micro usb charger cable Poundland £1
Signalex Retractable Multi Apple Android Lightning & Micro usb charger cable Poundland £1

Signalex Retractable Multi Apple Android Lightning & Micro usb charger cable Poundland £1

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Very handy if you have both iPhone and Android phone/tablet with Micro USB.

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Original Poster

Same is £ 5.99 in Amazon and other websites.

Lightning is a joke, only invented to make money

No band 20.

Banned

OrribleHarry

Lightning is a joke, only invented to make money


Great though that Poundland does a much cheaper 'lightening' version!!
Why do people constantly describe these cables as lightening?!?!
Edited by: "Zontes" 8th Apr

Zontes

Great though that Poundland does a much cheaper 'lightening' version!!Why … Great though that Poundland does a much cheaper 'lightening' version!!Why do people constantly describe these cables as lightening?!?!



Cos Apple can't Spell?

Original Poster

OrribleHarry

Lightning is a joke, only invented to make money



​No Apple lightening was first connector in small size which could be inserted either way. USB C was specified later on bring same insertion either way lightening to usb connectors. All other USB connectors before USB C can only be inserted one way

I swear these have been there forever

sam_of_london

​No Apple lightening was first connector in small size which could be i … ​No Apple lightening was first connector in small size which could be inserted either way. USB C was specified later on bring same insertion either way lightening to usb connectors. All other USB connectors before USB C can only be inserted one way




Why is USB C open format i.e. no royalties and Lightening expects royalties?? #appleripoff

Bilbo1968

No band 20.



OrribleHarry

Why is USB C open format i.e. no royalties and Lightening expects … Why is USB C open format i.e. no royalties and Lightening expects royalties?? #appleripoff



Because it has a regulator chip in it that you have to licence, as well as certain performance criteria that it has to perform to to be sold as 'made for iPhone' - it means you can ensure that a cable is going to be made to decent standards and won't damage your phone. Unfortunately cheap cables like this don't conform to these standards and use cheap, rip-off chips and are often built to a poor standard, so they will charge slower than a Made For iPhone cable as well as risking damaging the device.

USB C being 'free' means it didn't come with any such regulations and even now you have to be careful what cable you buy. I have an iPhone and a G5 but I still had to spend more than £1 on the G5 cables because I didn't want to risk overcharging my G5 with cheapo ones that don't have a 56K Ohm resistor (and risk blowing it up). Google 'USB C overcharging' or read Benson Leung's article on the subject.

USB C is part of an alliance, co-ordinated and developed by loads of manufacturers - including Apple. Given that Apple developed and sold the Lightning connector off their own back, solely for their own products, I think it's reasonable for them to charge manufacturers to licence the chip and to ensure that quality standards are met.

Even the official cable only costs £15. Made for iPhone compatible ones are as little as £5. If you think this is a rip off then you've obviously never been into hifi, home cinema or photography.
Edited by: "misterleoni" 9th Apr

Zontes

Great though that Poundland does a much cheaper 'lightening' version!!Why … Great though that Poundland does a much cheaper 'lightening' version!!Why do people constantly describe these cables as lightening?!?!


Better to wait until amazon has these on a lightening deal

Original Poster

dwl99

Better to wait until amazon has these on a lightening deal



​Amazon price for this not been less than £5.99 in their lightening deals.

sam_of_london

​Amazon price for this not been less than £5.99 in their lightening deals.


It was a joke. The spelling should be "lightning" for these cables and the Amazon deals, not "lightening".

dwl99

It was a joke. The spelling should be "lightning" for these cables and … It was a joke. The spelling should be "lightning" for these cables and the Amazon deals, not "lightening".



Unless they somehow make the phone weigh less.

misterleoni

Because it has a regulator chip in it that you have to licence, as well … Because it has a regulator chip in it that you have to licence, as well as certain performance criteria that it has to perform to to be sold as 'made for iPhone' - it means you can ensure that a cable is going to be made to decent standards and won't damage your phone. Unfortunately cheap cables like this don't conform to these standards and use cheap, rip-off chips and are often built to a poor standard, so they will charge slower than a Made For iPhone cable as well as risking damaging the device.



There is no indication a well made cable that was mifi certed or not would charge slower. the mifi cert idea became a money grabbing scheme by apple with very little advantage to the consumer except you feeling lovely and warm inside that you paid apple to tell you its potentially "safe".

ummm "rip-off chips" i think you mean the auth chip has been cloned. its not actually needed of the power usage and requirements of that connector .. meanwhile..

misterleoni

USB C being 'free' means it didn't come with any such regulations and … USB C being 'free' means it didn't come with any such regulations and even now you have to be careful what cable you buy. I have an iPhone and a G5 but I still had to spend more than £1 on the G5 cables because I didn't want to risk overcharging my G5 with cheapo ones that don't have a 56K Ohm resistor (and risk blowing it up). Google 'USB C overcharging'



usb c does have ic chip to regulate cable and wattage use and its configurable . en.wikipedia.org/wik…B-C considering it its can deliver up to 100w, it certainly does need cable auth on it and to provide over current protection.



misterleoni

Because it has a regulator chip in it that you have to licence, as well … Because it has a regulator chip in it that you have to licence, as well as certain performance criteria that it has to perform to to be sold as 'made for iPhone' - it means you can ensure that a cable is going to be made to decent standards and won't damage your phone. Unfortunately cheap cables like this don't conform to these standards and use cheap, rip-off chips and are often built to a poor standard, so they will charge slower than a Made For iPhone cable as well as risking damaging the device.

misterleoni

USB C being 'free' means it didn't come with any such regulations and … USB C being 'free' means it didn't come with any such regulations and even now you have to be careful what cable you buy. I have an iPhone and a G5 but I still had to spend more than £1 on the G5 cables because I didn't want to risk overcharging my G5 with cheapo ones that don't have a 56K Ohm resistor (and risk blowing it up). Google 'USB C overcharging'



I think you've made your mind up that you hate Apple and think you know what you're talking about, so not much point arguing with you!

plap

Those retractable cables are very thin, charges … Those retractable cables are very thin, charges slowlyhttp://lifehacker.com/cables-can-significantly-impact-the-charging-speed-of-y-1532784722



All the cheap ones charge slowly as they're simply using a hack to bypass Apple's official chip, so they run at the slowest speed the phone's charging circuitry will allow. I tried every cheapo cable going before my iPad battery swelled up and put me off buying them - used to leave my official ones wrapped up in the box in case I ever sold the device. I buy MFi ones now because I at least know they're made with official critical components. I've found some third party ones to be better than Apple's actually, and not expensive at all - such as Amazon Basics.

plap

Those retractable cables are very thin, charges … Those retractable cables are very thin, charges slowlyhttp://lifehacker.com/cables-can-significantly-impact-the-charging-speed-of-y-1532784722



overtly thin cables with higher ampage will melt the cabling. The quality of the wiring inside from the solder to the actual metal used can also affect charging. Don't assume a "fat cable" is better than a thin one.
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