Non-OEM iPhone 5 Lightning Cables

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  1. MoneyMaker79

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    Thankfully I was able to buy 5 of the chargers on eBay for only $6.50. This just recently happened today to one of the new chargers I got. It was working fine until just 15 minutes ago. Tell me if this has happened to you.

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    As you can tell, the charge part is now out. When I put it back in, it doesn't stay in, thereforee it won't go on charge and when I take the charger off the iPhone, disconnect it in better terms, the piece that you see in the picture stays in the iPhone.

    If this happens in a few weeks to the charger I am using now, I may question the seller.


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  2. chris

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    That's the risk/reward of opting for the cheaper cables. I've bought a few myself off Amazon. If I recall, I'm 2 for 3 right now, which is pretty good considering the cost/savings over the $20 cables that Apple sells. I could use a few more as my wife and I always misplace them.
     
  3. MoneyMaker79

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    Honestly I was not aware that these were not OEM.

    The listing said "Brand: Unbranded/Generic
    Compatible Brand: For Apple
    Country of Manufacture:China

    Is the part that says unbranded/generic what I need to make sure I don't see next time I get chargers?
     
  4. chris

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    If it doesn't have the 'Made for iPhone' sticker, I wouldn't trust it. Even those can be fake. There are only a few companies authorized to create cables for Apple. Griffin, Incipio and Amazon are just a few.
     
  5. MoneyMaker79

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    I do not recall any of my chargers, even the one that came with the iPhones, having a made for iPhone sticker. But, I do have a bad memory anyways. :)

    I guess the saying "live and learn" sticks in this situation. The good thing is I did not pay a lot; the bad thing is each one may not last. However, an iPhone 5 OEM charger I had at home did not last either. It stopped charging and would only stay on charge in certain positions.

    Anywho, now I am sad and feel dumb to make a mistake like this. :cry:
     
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  6. Europa

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    I've never bought a non-OEM Lightning cable for this very reason. The cheap ones are a waste of money in the long run. They also don't typically pass audio. I do, however, have an Apple Lightning to micro USB adapter. I got it so I could get a good-quality, short, black micro USB cable from monoprice and use it in my car along with the Lightning adapter. It passes audio since it's made by Apple. I'm good with the long, white Apple cables for everything else. I just wanted a short black cable for the car because I think it looks nicer there.
     
  7. up10ad

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    No reason to feel dumb, but the price of $1.30 each might have been a clue that they were pretty cheaply made. :rolleyes:
     
  8. MoneyMaker79

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    But hey, they work for a few weeks. At least this one did.


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  9. acosmichippo

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    I got a lightning cable from monoprice a couple months ago that has been great. Works just like an Apple cable, and has held up fine; the only downside is the lightning connector is slightly thicker than an Apple cable, so it doesn't fit in as many cases.
     
  10. MoneyMaker79

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    Honestly, I may stick with the cheaper lightning cables, unless they don't last. The first one that I tossed today worked for 3 weeks. That's good for me. I only paid a total of $6.50 for all 5 on eBay. I have three more of those in my backpack, and a working Apple made cable in my car that I rarely use as I don't drive on long trips right now.
     
  11. Europa

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    Well, I think we can rule out that the really cheap ones will last. It's all in the mindset, though. You have to just think of them as disposable cables.
     
  12. MoneyMaker79

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    Most definitely. Hopefully this one will last longer. I made a mistake on eBay, but it may not have hurt me that much, especially as I did not pay much and they last for a month or so. :p
     
  13. Europa

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    If it doesn't last at least 15 weeks, it's not worth it and you pay more in the log run. An Apple cable will last you more than a year and it has a warranty on the off chance that it doesn't. Plus the Apple cables pass audio.
     
  14. MoneyMaker79

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    I see. Well thank you for the information. :) Maybe this charger I am using now will last longer. I'll let y'all know. :)
     
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    Don't step out of any bathtubs to unplug it or anything. :p
     
  16. Europa

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    But even if you could get them to average at least 16+ months, they still don't pass audio and they have a higher incidence of causing restore errors.
     
  17. MoneyMaker79

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    UHHHHH nah man, when I am in the tub or shower, the phone is the last thing I am thinking of. However, I have gotten out of the shower sometimes when I heard my phone constantly vibrating. LOL!

    Uh oh. Well that's good to know if I do still have one when iOS 7 comes out with a working jailbreak. What do you mean that they don't pass audio?
     
  18. Europa

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    That means you can't play music through the cable such as when you connect it to a car stereo or portable speakers via USB. Apparently, a few of the more expensive monoprice Lightning cables do pass audio, but there's no chance a cheaply-made $1.30 cable would. If you want to be certain it does, go with Apple as most knockoffs can't do this. Some of the nicer ones that don't even say "charge and sync only" on the packaging.
     
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    I see. Well the good thing is I have an Apple made iPhone charger in my car, but actually I don't plug it into the car to play music as much as I thought I would have. O_o
     
  20. Europa

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    Yeah, a lot of people just want to use them to charge, and they work fine for that...until they break. :p
     

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