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.
One day, it's working just fine. Plug it in, iPhone charges, unplug it. The next day, or even later that day, I come back, and nothing. Dead. And no amount of wiggling or re-plugging makes any difference. It's like the cable reached its expiration date. There's no sign of fraying or any other physical issue; it just flat-out quits working.
I've seen this happen within a week, within a couple months, and at times in between. And in one three-pack of cables I received, two of them didn't work right out of the package. (When you've paid all of six bucks, is it really worth the hassle -- or postage -- to send them back?)
Well, heres the deal....
These cables boast the following:
Nylon Braided: Using durable high quality nylon braided cloth for protection, which is more durable than the normal lightning cables but also flexible and tangle-free, ensuring long-lasting performance. Holds over 8000 bends in lab tests which is 10 times longer than original device cables. Fast Charging & Data Sync Transfer: High-quality copper wire core and 8-pin charging connector with heat resistant aluminum alloy terminals maximizes signal quality and increases durability. Ensure a maximum charging speed up to 2.1A, charge faster than most standard cables and work better for speed. Strength charging & data transfer speed. 4 Pack of Extra Long 6FT Cables: Replace your 3ft / 0.9m cable, these cables are 6ft, longer than standard cables. Long enough for any common using in our daily life. It suits every occasions, home, office, car and travel.
All of which seems to be holding true for my use.
So apply be damned. Im going to keep trying these cheap cables. Because if one out of every 5 lasts more than a month, Im solid. And honestly, most I get last even long than that. Im hoping these stay true to it.