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Not All Cables Are Made The Same

Friday, July 5th, 2013 | Author:

Here in the OWC Test Labs we sample products from all over. Some items we test as components for our own products, others we put through the paces to carry them as individual products. Simply put, if we carry the product on our website, we’re endorsing the product as well. Some products test as reliable and some… well…not so much.

While working yesterday afternoon I noticed my iPhone screaming that the battery was low, so I plugged it in to one of the many sample Lightning cables we had received for a quick charge.

Upon unplugging my iPhone, the connector simply broke into pieces. There was no drop, no rough pull, no abuse whatsoever—yet the cable completely fell apart. As I am sure you can imagine, this would be a huge inconvenience for those of us that rely so heavily on our iDevices (that always seem to need a charge due to our busy lifestyles).

Rest assured, this one isn’t getting the OWC “stamp of approval” to add to our product lineup.

Luckily, I keep a supply of the Apple Genuine Lightning to USB Cables that OWC sells, handy, so I don’t really need to worry about finding a good cable when I need one. The USB 2.0 cables we stock will connect any of your iDevices (iPhone, iPad, or iPod) with Lightning connector to your computer’s USB port for syncing and charging or to the Apple USB Power Adapter for convenient charging from a wall outlet, and naturally these Apple genuine units have been OWC tested and approved…so this little inconvenience won’t happen to you.

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    1. Mike Beacom says:


      I’m looking for a specialty Lightning breakout cable. Lightning to USB female, and analog audio out. It allows playback to a stereo or bedside radio, and charges the battery at the same time.

      You sold me a similar cable with a 30 pin dock connector several years ago. I found it very useful. Even with a lightning adapter, it won’t last forever.

      Thans for your help,
      Mike Beacom

      • OWC Michael says:

        We do not carry one like that currently.

        • Mike Beacom says:

          Was there enough sales of the 30 pin version to recommend the commission a lightning version?


        • Andrew says:

          I’m also looking for a lightning “breakout cable” only, I want USB male, not female. Basically I want a single lightning cable to connect to iphone5/ipad mini that has 3.5mm audio out and USB power for charging on the other end so I can connect it to the aux and usb ports in my car. There are plenty of these on the market for the 30pin connector. Is my only choice to buy Apple’s $30 lightning to 30pin-female adaptor and use a 30pin device? Seems odd that I would need to buy 2 cables when there should be a single one on the market…

    2. Andrew K says:

      same thing happened to a cord that i thought was genuine! the whole lightning tip separated from the cord, leaving the 3 or 4 little colored wires exposed. definitely spend the extra few bucks on a genuine apple cord from OWC

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