• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth it

    • Written by from weston super mare

    This is a big waste of money. Would not work on my car stereo. When put into a docking station it will play music through but will not charge. So its cheaper to buy a 3.5mm cable to play your music

    45 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No audio out, doesn't fit through case

    • Written by from Sandy

    No audio out on my Griffin iTrip in my car. No audio out on my RCA speaker dock. I have a slim Otterbox case and the adaptor won't fit unless I take the hard shell off. For a company that became famous for sleek, user-friendly design, this is a real clunker.

    27 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapter is useless

    • Written by from Oakland

    Just received this device and applied for return to Apple. Device is essentially useless. Fits so loosely in the iPhone that it does not make contact to sync or charge the phone and almost falls out if you hold the phone vertically. Not characteristic of Apple quality at all... surprised and disappointed.

    26 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money

    • Written by from Kew Gardens

    I bought one of these to enable me to connect my new iPhone 5 to the 30-pin connector on my Sony clock radio dock. I have a very ordinary snap on case to protect my iPhone. Whoever designed this adapter forgot that most people protect their phones with cases. The lightening pin is much too short to accommodate the case, so it's a $29 piece of useless plastic for me. The cord version works fine, but is a less than elegant solution as I now have to find a way to rest my iPhone on the nightstand instead of it being properly propped up on the dock itself. Very poor design, Apple!

    41 of 48 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't bother

    • Written by from CHESTNUT HILL

    I purchased the adapter to use with my Sony Dream Machine (not sure of the model, but it looks like the ICF-CS10iP so that might be it). It charged the device, which was good, but the audio was terrible, and also mono (I could hear the backup singers, but not the lead singer). If I tilted the phone a bit to the left on the adapter, it played in stereo, but it still sounded like garbage (and looked stupid too). Also, as others have mentioned, the phone sits perched on the tiny adapter, which angles slightly backward, with no support, so I worried about damaging the adapter, or much worse, the phone itself. If the adapter actually worked I would have solved that by making a shim out of foam or something, for the phone to lean on. (My next step is to try the corded adapter, which I'll review separately.) On a positive note, however, my iPhone case worked fine with this adapter. I have a Vineyard Vines case that is made by CaseMate and is very slim. The bottom of the case is almost entirely cut away, so all the ports are accessible.

    27 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Connection not long enough

    • Written by from Greenwood

    I would have no problem giving this a 5 star rating if the adapter would work with a case on the phone. So far I have used an inexpensive CaseCrown Lux Glider and the Tech-21 Impact Mesh and neither supports the 30 pin to lightning adapter for the dock or older version cable. If Apple would fix this issue and be willing to replace the two adapters I already own, I would gladly give it 5 stars!!

    21 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not compatible with all 30-pin cables

    • Written by from Elmville

    I bought one of these to connect to an iPad dock-to-VGA cable. Since that cable works with iPad 1, 2, 3, my assumption is that it would work with iPad 4. Of course, Apple doesn't tell you which cables it does not work with. This is one of those cables. $35 down the drain on an adaptor that is compatible with the iPad4 but not other iPad accessories.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Check your case first!

    • Written by from Mount Tremper

    We have four iPhones in our family, each with a different case from a different manufacturer. This adapter did not work with any of them.
    Buyer Beware!

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money

    • Written by from Huntersville

    The material just before the pin is so wide that it won't make the connection with the hard shell case I have for my iPhone. I would have to remove/replace the case every time -- what a pain.

    They should have made the Pin longer so if your phone is in a case, it still can make the connection.

    I have no problem with the one that came with the i5 but now I have to carry that one everywhere to get a charge. I wanted to use the adapter on my iMac connection as an alternate.

    Save your $$ and just use the one that came with the original packaging.

    15 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lack of "truth in advertising" case

    • Written by from San Jose

    Because I cannot submit this review with no star, so I have to give it 1 star. This adapter is totally useless. In the Apple Store ad it says " intelligent and ultracompact adapter to connect your 30-pin accessories to devices featuring the Lightning connector", but it does not say it does not work with any video accessories. Is this what Apple means by "intelligent"? I just wasted $29 for this useless adapter because I can only it for charging with an old 30-pin charger cable. What a joke! I love Apple products in general, but this one I should call it a shame!

    18 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    30 pin lightning adaptor

    • Written by from Melbourne

    I purchased 3 of these for vehicles and home,
    Won't charge IPhone 5 when placed in car cradle, or same thing in docking station, and when plugged into iPhone 4 cable in vehicle or on computer with iPad mini.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Rotherham

    Bought this adaptor expecting to be able to use my VGA connector to give an important presentation, only to find it wasn't compatible. This was not stated anywhere on the box! (Or what it is compatible with for that matter). I therefore assumed it would work. A complete waste of money for me.

    29 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Will not work for video

    • Written by from Mahomet

    I have a 30 pin to RCA A/V cable to can hook up the iPad/iPhone to the video system in our car and on older TV's. This cable worked great with our older iPad and iPhone that used the 30 pin connector. Now that we have upgraded to new devices, this lightning to 30 pin adaptor will not work for video. All we get is audio and no picture.

    45 of 57 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not charge and play music at the same time with iHome Stuff

    • Written by from Fort Lauderdale

    I own a few iHome clock radios that have the 30pin connectors. Love these radios but now with my new Mini iPad it will not charge while docked. It will play music but will not charge at the same time. Whats the point!!! Apple why don't you get your stuff together and stop making our lifes difficult. Add standard ports and stop ripping us off on all these nasty add on adapters. I carry enough stuff around without worring about more adapters, cords and chargers.

    143 of 160 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely bad

    • Written by from Bromma

    The sound quality using this is terrible.

    47 of 67 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    makes all kinds of funny noises come out of stereo

    • Written by from Boulder

    I have a 3rd party cable with the old style of connector on one end, and USB/audio on the other, which I use to connect my phone to my car sterio.

    It works fine with an iphone 4, but once I attach the adapter I get all kinds of ringing noises coming out of the stereo. I can connect the iPhone 5 and play music, but there is always the funny noises. My kids, who can hear better than me, cant even stand the noises during loud music, but I can only hear the noises during quiet bits or between songs.

    It is a terrible product.

    24 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lightening adaptor

    • Written by from Gold Coast

    Why in the world did Apple have to change the charging pin. We have 6 different brand docking stations in the house. One adaptor is,not going to cut it with 4 resident users. At $35 each it is going to work out very expensive to be able to use our new Apple products. From what I have read in the reviews the majority are very unhappy with the adaptor. It works in some docking stations and not in others. Bose units are not cheap and the adaptor doesn't work in it!. I have not seen any products on the market with lightening docking stations yet.
    The original 30 pin products fit nicely in the docks. With the adaptor they now sit up really high or off centre and look ridiculous.
    Why should we have to buy an adaptor when purchasing new products Apple? This should be supplied free with the accessories.
    I hope you guys are reading your negative reviews and come up with something better.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Must remove case to use

    • Written by from Mount Vernon

    you have to remove the iPhone from the case to use this adapter. very inconvenient. and in my opinion, the adapter is too costly.

    36 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    unworthy product

    • Written by from grand junction

    very, very, very disappointed with the lightning adapter!! bought it so I could use all my old iPhone accessories with the new iPhone 5! works only with my old chargers... I have a Bose iHome and it doesn't even work! (specifically the reason I bought the adaptor!) not happy with product!

    315 of 342 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality

    • Written by from Vantaa

    Very poor quality. Wasted money as my adapter lasted only for 3 months. I used it with my Belkin car charger. Don't by the adapter. Buy a new charger. Only reason for me to use the adapter was because I have the FM transmitter in the charger

    67 of 79 people found this useful