It's been over a year - how are your lightning cables holding up?

acosmichippo

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Just curious. Mine have been great, although I have three Apple cables, so they don't get used as much as one single cable would. I also have a black one from monoprice in my car that's still working fine. All of the plugs still fit nice and snugly into the receptacles on the devices.
 

Booyow1204

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Mine are all holding up just fine. Except for my one iPhone lightning cable that has done a crinkly thing right at the port, not sure what that's about. I've tried to no avail to uncrinkle.
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Mine are all holding up just fine. Except for my one iPhone lightning cable that has done a crinkly thing right at the port, not sure what that's about. I've tried to no avail to uncrinkle. View attachment 34603


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It could be from using the phone a lot while it's plugged in and charging. Mine do that way. My cousin never uses his while plugged in, and his doesn't crinkle.


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Mine are doing ok and that's probably due to the addition of a few cheap cables that I added to the mix. My problem is that I can't figure out which are the real cables and which are the fakes. A recent purchase of 3 black Lightning cables helps somewhat. I do get a few pesky notices about them not being iOS 7 compatible, but for the most part, they just work. If anything, they act a bit odd with my iPad mini. iPhones always seem to work. I need some sort of cable clips that will identify which is which -- more importantly detect which cables are mine and which belong to my wife. I remember a company at CES had the perfect product, but I cannot remember their name. Was shopping Amazon last night and couldn't find them. Most of the stuff there are velcro strips. Useful, but not ideal.

Overall, I'd say my lightning cables are in good shape. I wish the USB had a bit of a grip on it. I recently bought a Nook HD+ (ok, stop laughing) and it has a proprietary cable. That's annoying, but the connector is curved and allows for better gripping. I suppose that's harder for Apple given the smaller, standardized USB size of their connector.
 

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Mine is doing ok. Only had since August. Added some electrical tape for extra support near the end, where it tends to bend and cause problems. I hope it doesn't do like my iPhone 4 cable did. That one was poorly made.
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It could be from using the phone a lot while it's plugged in and charging. Mine do that way. My cousin never uses his while plugged in, and his doesn't crinkle.


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I do use my phone a whole lot while it was charging. I'm sure I was holding it funky ways and making it tug too while it was charging so I could use it. I rarely left it alone while charging now that I think about it....interesting.


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Mine is still doing well, but it's starting to stretch and bunch at the lightning connector side.
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I use several of them (different rooms at home, my car and work) and most of them look brand new. However, the cable that I was using for my external charger first started to bunch up like those in the pictures above and then it started to open up a bit exposing the wires underneath. This happened because of the extreme angles I sometimes bend it in when I'm using the phone while charging.

Apple replaced the cable for free a few weeks ago when I went to an Apple Store. Tonight I put a coil from an ink pen around a different cable I have been using with my external charger to reenforce it at that vulnerable spot so it won't bend as much. I guess white electrical tape would also work, but I saw this method online a year or so ago and wanted to try it.

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Must have taken some doing to get the pen-spring over the lightning end far less the USB end - but once on looks like a good solution. I have 1 lightning that is beginning to 'peel' at that same point ( been 13 months though) and a couple of after-market "extra long" multi-pin type ( I call them 'garden rakes' ) which died young ( for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 ) .... They were absolute crap !


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Must have taken some doing to get the pen-spring over the lightning end far less the USB end - but once on looks like a good solution. I have 1 lightning that is beginning to 'peel' at that same point ( been 13 months though) and a couple of after-market "extra long" multi-pin type ( I call them 'garden rakes' ) which died young ( for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 ) .... They were absolute crap !
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Just start wrapping it around the cable. Not too hard at all really.
 

Ledsteplin

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Just start wrapping it around the cable. Not too hard at all really.
It was for me. I got the spring all bent out of shape. LOL I'll just stick to having it wrapped with electrical tape. At this point, it's just a preventive measure. But the tape does help keep it straight.


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dmoskaluk

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I think it would be more do-able with a larger spring, but that would defeat the purpose of providing support ! I think some small needle nose pliers or even tweezers might help with the pen-spring. I will probably grab "one of each" ( lightning + 'garden rake' ) cables my next "reality check trip" to Canada ( a week of penance in early Jan ) but seeing as the 2 after-market extra length cables are the only ones which have actually become totally unserviceable , I'll stick to stock. We may use iPads while connected to charger, but not phones, as they charge in docks .....( the 'bedside alarm' thing .......) David


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