• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Purchased 2 cables, no problems after a year of use

    • Written by from Orlando

    I have a total of six 1m Lightning cables in my house, 2 are 2 years old and 4 are 1 year old and have never had to replace one. I travel and use a Lightning cable to charge my iPhone 5S while on the road. I roll it up, put it in my bag and remove it probably twice a day and it has not failed in a year of use. So I'm a little confused as to why there are so many negative reviews. I've thought about this and think I have some ideas as to why some people are having trouble, based on my own experience and that of my colleagues.

    Some people plug the cable in the iPhone and then wrap the cable around the iPhone when they travel, stuffing the whole lot in their bag, especially when disembarking a plane. DON'T DO THAT!! The bend radius at the plug exceeds what is reasonable and if done often enough, will cause the cable to break at the Lightning connector. If you plug your iPhone into a car charger and then rest it in the cupholder on the end where the cable is attached, it will press on the connector right at the point where the cable and connector meet, causing the cable cover to fray at that point. Turn your iPhone around and rest it on the top or place it flat.

    As mentioned on other posts, you should never pull the cable out of the USB port or remove it from the iPhone by pulling on the cable; grasp the plug itself to remove it.

    I believe how the cable is wrapped and stored is the biggest culprit in failures. When storing the cable, do not twist it about itself to hold it together, as if you're securing a length of rope. An easy way to wind it is to hold the USB connector in your hand, lay the lose end across your palm, holding it with your thumb, then close your fingers to form a fist and extend your index finger and pinky (think AC/DC) and proceed to wind it about your extended fingers. When you've reached the Lightning connector, simply pull the coiled cable off your fingers and store it in a pocket of your bag or an accessory pouch. If you lay it in a large compartment in a bag, it will uncoil. If you want to tie it together, use a twist tie and loosely tie the coiled bundle.

    And if you really don't want a Lightning cable, purchase the Apple micro USB to Lighting adaptor and use micro-USB cables.

    11 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's a much better design than the 30 pin!

    • Written by from Euharlee

    The whole idea of the lightning cable is to save precious real estate on the devices that use them. Meaning the connector is smaller, so it frees up more room for other hardware. The connector can be inserted unidirectionally, so no more fumbling around trying to find the right direction in the dark. Most people that write reviews for such an overlooked item are writing it, because they don't like it, but thats such a vast minority in comparison to the number that do like and don't write the review. I haven't had a problem with any of the lightning cables I've used. Are there going to be faulty units? Of course, but the design and functionality is far better than the 30 pin cable. Again you have to consider the percentage of people that write reviews for cables will be largely those who received faulty ones, because everyone expects them to work. Obviously if you looking at reviews for lighting cables, then you have a device that uses one, so you already know that it works.

    8 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Cords quality is not the problem

    • Written by from Florence

    I have 4 of the Apple Lightning cords that have been in use for two years now. They have been plugged, unplugged, stowed, transported, and are used regularly. I have had NO failures. The key to longevity is how you handle them. There are 7 tiny cables inside that small cord. Flexible electrical circuitry that small cannot be made "Terminator proof." Connect and disconnect by handling the plugs only. NEVER pull or yank it by the cord. Don't twist and wind them up like kite string. When you roll up the Lightning cable, take an extra 10 seconds to "loop" it up gently, without any bends or twists.

    15 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    What are people moaning about?

    • Written by from Copperas Cove

    Seriously, how can people go through ~5-15 cables in ONE month? I still have the original cable that came with my iPod touch 5G and it's good as new. It's a big step up from the old 30-pin connector, considering the Lightning cable is reversible! I really like its aesthetic, simple design. LOL, What are people doing to their cables?

    11 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked for me

    • Written by from Cincinnati

    Not sure how everybody else managed to destroy theirs...

    10 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No Problems At All

    • Written by from Kensington

    I logged on to buy a second cable, not because my first one broke -- I just want a second cable to use in my car so I won't get stuck with a phone that isn't charged when I need it and it's been a bother trying to remember to bring it with me when I go out. My car has a USB port in the console so the length of this is great for the space I need it in as well. I've had my phone a year and the original cable is still in great shape. I always handle the cable by the hard plastic housing at the end rather than by the flexible plastic coated wires, this should be done with all electric cables or cords or they will eventually separate and expose the wires. I'm sorry to see so many negative reviews because I like the design of this cable very much, not needing to worry about which way it is inserted is a great convenience.

    7 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Just Fine

    • Written by from San Leandro

    Don't know how everyone else is treating their cables to make it last just a week. It's not a cable to play tug-o-war with nor something to tie your children up with. If you're not doing either of those things, your cable should last you years as they have for me.

    I love it. Wouldn't buy any other brand. People need to stop being so unreasonable.

    8 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the fact that I don't have to plug in my iPhone a particular way.

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I have had mine for about 2 years now and it is starting to go. Outer rubber casing is wearing. Still works fine though.

    6 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Hamilton

    I have purchased 4 of these cables in the past 2 years because of my increasing need to have this cable. I have gone from 1 to 3 IOS devices in this amount of time, and I don't see anything wrong with the OEM cables. I can't say the same thing for the third party cable sold outside of apples website, but I have never broken any of my cables. They last so long, I lose them before they break! I have kept these cables for 18 months at a time, charging iPads, and even under a high load of 12W iPad charging, these things DONT BREAK. :)

    7 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very durable if you treat it GENTLY!!!

    • Written by from Chandler

    This new cable is much much better than the old 30-pin cable. It is very nice that it is reversible. A lot of people are saying that the cord near the lightning plug eventually shrivels up and stops working. Well, mine has been working perfectly ever since I got it with my iPhone 5S in May. As long as you treat your cord gently, it won't break!

    5 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    no problems for 2 years

    • Written by from San Diego

    I have had 2 of these cables since the iPhone 5 first came out. I keep one at home and one in my car adapter. I have had no problems. I love how fast they charge my phone and transfer data. I just bought a two meter one for work. I have no idea what the fuss is. Trollers?

    6 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Cedar Park

    I dont know why people are saying that it breaks. if you take proper care of the charger then it will work fine have had mine for about 6 months and still using the one that came in the box.

    6 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Cable

    • Written by from Boca Raton

    I have 5 lightning cables for almost 2 years now. They are used in various conditions (home, office, and car). There has never been an issue with quality.

    5 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Huge improvement

    • Written by from Teulon

    These are way better than the old 30-pin cables. Only one of mine have broken between the 3 I had for my iPod, iPhone, and iPad, and that was because I lent it to someone who didn't realize that bending the cable breaks it. To all the people who say the cables break to easily, all I have to say is that you need to take better care of it. When you're using it and when you're not, you should be taking care of it. If you do, it'll last long and you won't have to keep buying replacements.

    5 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from NA

    works always

    4 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No problems for me

    • Written by from Oregon City

    Don't know what people are doing when they say they're on their 3rd / 4th / 5th cable in a year! I've had mine for 21 months so far - plug my phone in every night, plus it travels with me on business and vacation, when I roll it up loosely (about 2.5" diameter loop). Maybe people are winding it around a pencil... I believe this was $29 when it first came out, now it has at least come down to $19 - still a little steep, but a more reasonable price. Some issue with the price, but have had no issue with the quality.

    7 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Cable!

    • Written by from Maple Valley

    Not sure what people are doing with their cables. My wife and I have been using our cables since iphone 5 came out. Still going strong. Never had a single issue. Great cable.

    3 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    10 Months - Still GREAT!

    • Written by from Ridgewood

    I have had two lightning cables (one that came with the iPhone, one that i purchased) back in October 2013. They both still work great and they haven't frayed at all or twisted (like the older iPhone cables have for the 4S and older models). I practically keep my phone charged at home and work all day and all night. However, it should be noted that I have an iPhone 5S, and maybe the syncing is better with this newer model.

    4 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Never had a problem

    • Written by from Escondido

    I've had the original cable that I got with my iPhone 5, and I've never had any issues with it. I like that I can plug it in without there being a 'right' way.

    4 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    They work like they should

    • Written by from Madison

    I bought my iPod touch 5th gen and a charger just in case on March 19th, 2013, so a little over a year ago. The charger still works fine. Im not sure how this product is receiving 1 and a half stars. My charger was stationary in my room so nothing broke off and no wires were exposed. The wire itself is thick and slightly hard to bend, much harder to bend than the earpods. I assume these chargers would break after months of wrapping around so i think its best that you leave your charger in a stationary spot. In other words, leave you charger in one spot and it should work perfectly fine.

    3 of 11 people found this useful