• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It's Bad

    • Written by from North Bay

    I just broke my 3rd lightning cable. I noticed that the end that goes into the iPhone was heating up when it was charging. I unplugged it to take a closer look and the cord fell right out of the iPhone end

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NEVER WOULD BUY!

    • Written by from WHITEHAVEN

    I would never pay for one of this cables! They constantly break and when I take it to a Genius Bar it is 'accidental damage'?
    Terrible. Apple needs to learn!
    Lasts no more than 2 weeks without something appearing in the cable to stop it working.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Quality, But What Choice Do We Have?

    • Written by from New York

    I've used Apple chargers since I purchased my first iPod Classic more than ten years ago, soon followed by purchases of iPads and iPhones, and the old 30 pin to USB charger packaged with these devices lasted for years with daily use. When the new Lightning to USB models were introduced, I liked the plug's small size and simple input. But I also noticed that the wire doesn't seem to last as long as the larger, older charger models. Recently I threw my first Lightning charger away because the charger's cable developed a tear in the rubberized coating, and wouldn't charge my iPhone or iPad. While it's nice to have a brand new and clean white cable wire, I didn't appreciate having to purchase a replacement charging wire for $29. But what choice do we have?

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    An extremely bad cable.

    • Written by from Cartagena

    The quality was so awful that just one month after I got it it started breaking and after several months it completely stopped working. Then I got another and the same thing happened. I find annoying to pay $20 for such bad quality cable.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Always breaks

    • Written by from Hartland

    I've gone through 4 cables and it's getting annoying and it's a waste of money! I saw an adapter for the old cables that can be used for my iphone 5.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good design, poor engineering

    • Written by from Foster City

    The non-directional nature of the lightning design is wonderful.

    The engineering.. however, leaves much to be desired. For some reason, these USB cable stand out as uniquely fragile among all other chords. After a month or two's use, the cable accumulates internal coiling strain. After about 3-4 months' use, half of these chords begin to break. These lightning cables do not live up to the quality that Apple stands for.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible build quality

    • Written by from Port Coquitlam

    This cable gets damaged very easily. It will last you no more than 4-5 months at the very most. It is extremely flimsy and the area near the connector end is the part that stops working first. On my third cable (in about a year), after having been used for about 3 months, it began randomly stopping charging with the message "accessory not supported". Sometimes it would then begin to charge again, sometimes not. This became more and more frequent until today when it swapped between charging and not charging every 2 seconds for 5 minutes straight, before dying. Overall, horrible quality for the price you pay. I would not mind the quality if these were less than $10 each, but for more than $20, I expect it to last at least a year.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lucky #5?

    • Written by from Pasadena

    I'm on my 5th Lightening Charger and that just broke. I've had my iPhone 5 for about 21 months now and the first three months I went through 3. It's a bit ridiculous.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 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.

    7 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    TOO easy to broken!!

    • Written by from 南京

    The first iPad I had was in 2007, and the cable is still working for now. BUT this cable come with iPhone 5, I have bought two cables within 1 year already! It is so disappoint as a product of APPLE. Jobs would never let the product like this come to the market!!!! SO BAD...
    Even worse, if I try to buy the other cable from other company, it may not work for iPhone. You guys cannot design a good one, why you still want to block the market?

    I am disappointed for apple.

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Zero stars if I could

    • Written by from Whittier

    This is probably the worst designed product from Apple in their entire inventory. It is extremely fragile and way too short. I recently bought a Macbook Pro and during the purchase showed a frayed (from normal use) wire to an Apple rep and asked what they thought and if Apple were providing replacements, and she said we were probably using it wrong. We were using a wire with one use wrong . . . There's no way to use it wrong, unless you are swinging your phone around while connected like a flail. You seriously can't plug or unplug the wire without holding the plastic head near the connection even if you tried. The problem is the plastic wrap along the actual wiring is so cheap that any sort of slight twist over time creates tension and it eventually tears. There is no other explanation, it is plain and simple a poorly made product, and sadly way over priced as well.

    15 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Quite poor quality

    • Written by from Watford

    I've had my two Lightning cables for 2 years and they have both fallen apart at about the same time. From the other reviews on here it seems like I've done well getting a couple of years' use from them. All I know is that I'm still using the 30 pin connector I got with my iPod touch in 2008 with no problems. I've been exceptionally careful about how I treat the lightning cables, almost religious in my reverence. And yet, in the last month or so they have both suffered splits in the plastic casing where it joins the connector. One of the cables has stopped charging and the other one is just about clinging on to life. I'm going to have to buy replacements but I see no reason to choose Apple cables over cheaper alternatives.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy this cable

    • Written by from Urbandale

    I've owned several of these and none has lasted more than a month or two. Same with the charging cables for the MacBook Pro, they shred and break with alarming speed. Why doesn't Apple acknowledge the problem and have a recall?

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Covering not strong at all

    • Written by from Lancaster

    All the lightning cables I've had have functioned properly, but they are very susceptible to damage. Tiny kitten teeth have destroyed three of them and one had the covering shredded just from laying against a metal bracket (edges not particularly sharp) behind my desk.

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible

    • Written by from Toronto

    Previous chargers (the 30 pins) were great and long lasting (for several years). Ever since I have had the iPhone 5, I've gone through over 6 chargers in 2 years. That is ridiculous. And for $21, I'd expect each and every cable to last at least the lifetime of the phone, not literally less than a year.

    Get your quality up Apple, increasing your margins by using poor quality materials is not acceptable for the world's largest company.

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk

    • Written by from Hanmer

    This cable is junk. The connector is just too small. When you pull on the connector to unplug the iPad, you also pull on cable casing. It is poor design.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This Cable is just the worst.

    • Written by from Feehold

    We have 2 iphones at home, we are currently on or number 6 or 7th cable (lost count) how can they still not get this right? with all the money the phones and these product cost, you would think they can simply have a cable that works for more than 3 months. It will start braking by being "positional" to charge and then it will get almost impossible with the position and then it just won't work at all. I really need to find a cable like this from a different company. Very tired of having to keep buying this cable.

    13 of 17 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.

    6 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality

    • Written by from columbus

    We have 2 ipod touch 5g and have replaced the lightning cables 5 times (total) in two years. Very poor quality with outer layer peeling off or cable not charging the ipod. I still have my 30 pin connector from my ipod mini that works great and its over 8 years old. I purchased a galaxy s5 instead of the iPhone due to this lightning cable issue.

    16 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Low quality cables for an otherwise good phone

    • Written by from Tornio

    As expected, my third Lightning cable decided to stop working and I've had my phone for less that two years.

    Because I already had two break on me, I took special care of the last one, but even with handling the cable like a princess, it started to act up and lost its ability to charge the phone. Stupid me didn't even save the receipts.

    I do like my Apple products, but the build quality is really bad on this cable.

    I recommend saving and photocopying the receipt so that you may get a new cable from Apple when it will surely break.
    The other suggestion I have is to make sure when you get the cable, to make sure it never twist or turns by adding some extra tape to both ends of the cable. Maybe that will prevent the shoddy solders from breaking loose.

    15 of 24 people found this useful