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iPhone 5 Lighning cable copy

by nibiru-x / November 4, 2012 11:47 AM PST

Beware! I just bought a cheap, knock-off Lighning-USB cable on eBay for my iPhone 5. It behaves like a dimwitted cousin of the original Apple. The Lighning connection is not as readily reversible. It's erratic at best and easily confused. A bit "hit and miss". Although, once connection is established, it seems OK.

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by birdmantd Forum moderator / November 5, 2012 3:20 AM PST

....you get what you pay for. I would get rid of the cheap cable and buy a genuine one to avoid damaging your iPhone.

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by lihaliha / November 30, 2012 11:40 AM PST
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I have got an original one. it works very well

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Rick Broida writes...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 24, 2014 2:58 AM PDT

"For as long as I can remember, I've championed cheap cables. Fifty bucks for six feet of HDMI cord?! Don't be silly; the $5 jobs are just as good. Same goes for optical, Ethernet, Micro-USB -- you name it.

But Lightning cables? That's another story. Apple charges $19 and $29 for 3- and 6-foot versions, which is just plain ridiculous. Hit up Amazon or Ebay and you'll find five-packs selling for $6.99 out the door. That kind of discrepancy means this is just another case of the "Apple tax," right?

Maybe not. Or maybe it's a "tax" of a different kind. See, over the past year or so, I've ordered a variety of cheap Lightning cables. Some from Ebay, some from daily-deal sites, some from parts unknown (or at least, unremembered).

These are so I can charge wherever needed: the car, the kitchen, the nightstand. It's not like I'm constantly twisting and folding and stretching them, nor even shoving them into travel bags (though that does happen on occasion). Even so, the end result has been the same. Every time. Without exception.

Cable failure."
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