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Old 07-21-2015, 01:14 PM
 
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Sure, and that's why I mentioned the wattage, but the cables are notorious for failing. I mean, it could be the charger, or the cable, or the battery, or the software, or even the outlet, but chargers aren't known for failing and there isn't anything special about the Apple charger.
Apple devices are pretty picky when it comes to their bricks and if it's not putting out 5.1v (+/- whatever variance) then it's not going to charge. The only way for the OP to test their adapter is to try it on another device that requires 2.1 to charge. We have iPads and iPods (back to ver 1), and we have only replaced adapters and not a single cable. We even have a iPad 1 still in use. It's battery is finally starting to go after all these years (does charge up, but doesn't last more than four hours). With our Android/Microsoft devices we have replaced adapters, cables, software lockups and thus resets and battery death. So with nearly 15 years of owning these devices I'd still go with the adapter being bad.


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Monoprice and Anker start at $8-$12 with an 18 month and lifetime warranty, respectively.
Saving the few dollars isn't really worth it. Plus the OP can walk into any retailer that sells Apple devices and buy it today if need be.

Why waste the gas at nearly $3 a gallon to look for a generic to save money on the parts just to lose it on the gas? There is no gain.
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Old 07-21-2015, 02:14 PM
 
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Apple devices are pretty picky when it comes to their bricks and if it's not putting out 5.1v (+/- whatever variance) then it's not going to charge. The only way for the OP to test their adapter is to try it on another device that requires 2.1 to charge. We have iPads and iPods (back to ver 1), and we have only replaced adapters and not a single cable. We even have a iPad 1 still in use. It's battery is finally starting to go after all these years (does charge up, but doesn't last more than four hours). With our Android/Microsoft devices we have replaced adapters, cables, software lockups and thus resets and battery death. So with nearly 15 years of owning these devices I'd still go with the adapter being bad.
That's nice and all, but lightning cables are notorious for having problems.

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Saving the few dollars isn't really worth it. Plus the OP can walk into any retailer that sells Apple devices and buy it today if need be.

Why waste the gas at nearly $3 a gallon to look for a generic to save money on the parts just to lose it on the gas? There is no gain.
It's not really just saving a few bucks when the warranty and quality exceeds OEM. 5 years? 10 years? Just call them up and have it replaced. With Apple you won't have that option.

Monoprice and Anker are licensed 3rd party manufacturers with MiFi certification, so they aren't really generic in the traditional sense.

Or, if the OP wants something nearly indestructible there's this, but there's no reason to spend that much just testing a cable.

https://deals.iphonehacks.com/sales/...ee-us-shipping
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Old 07-22-2015, 07:27 AM
 
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It's not really just saving a few bucks when the warranty and quality exceeds OEM. 5 years? 10 years? Just call them up and have it replaced. With Apple you won't have that option.

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Who cares about warranty when you include the lose of paying for shipping it in for warranty coverage? In the end your adapter will cost more over it's life than paying a little more upfront and not caring. You may not look at the hidden costs, but I do.
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Old 07-22-2015, 08:08 AM
 
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Who cares about warranty when you include the lose of paying for shipping it in for warranty coverage?
Why would you have to pay for shipping? Belkin surge protectors come with a lifetime warranty and they just sent me a new product when I had to file a claim.

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In the end your adapter will cost more over it's life than paying a little more upfront and not caring. You may not look at the hidden costs, but I do.
Let's be real, shipping, even if you had to pay for it, is less than buying a new lightening cable from Apple. Let's say shipping costs $1.50 and you do have to pay for it. You would have to have to 5-6 warranty claims before you even break even with buying just 1 cable from the Apple store, but by the time you had 5-6 warranty claims you likely would have already replaced the Apple cable at least once. In all likelihood, you will lose the cables I mentioned or Apple will change the port before you ever have a warranty claim. With Apple cables, well, you can expect to replace those at least once.

Amazon.com: Monoprice Apple Certified Zinc-Alloy Lightning to USB Charge & Sync Cable for iPhone, 3ft White: Cell Phones & Accessories

If I was dead set on paying $22 for a cable I would get this one (just saw it somewhere for $24) before I would buy another original.

http://www.amazon.com/Fuse-Chicken-T...ightning+cable
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Old 07-22-2015, 08:23 AM
 
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Why would you have to pay for shipping? Belkin surge protectors come with a lifetime warranty and they just sent me a new product when I had to file a claim.



Let's be real, shipping, even if you had to pay for it, is less than buying a new lightening cable from Apple. Let's say shipping costs $1.50 and you do have to pay for it. You would have to have to 5-6 warranty claims before you even break even with buying just 1 cable from the Apple store, but by the time you had 5-6 warranty claims you likely would have already replaced the Apple cable at least once. In all likelihood, you will lose the cables I mentioned or Apple will change the port before you ever have a warranty claim. With Apple cables, well, you can expect to replace those at least once.

Amazon.com: Monoprice Apple Certified Zinc-Alloy Lightning to USB Charge & Sync Cable for iPhone, 3ft White: Cell Phones & Accessories

If I was dead set on paying $22 for a cable I would get this one (just saw it somewhere for $24) before I would buy another original.

http://www.amazon.com/Fuse-Chicken-T...ightning+cable
Fine. You have time to kill in order to go through that entire process to save a few dollars, then that's your choice. Mine is to resolve the situation preferably in the same day and deal with other things that are more important. We're talking about consumables here and not the technology they're used in.
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:09 AM
 
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Fine. You have time to kill in order to go through that entire process to save a few dollars, then that's your choice. Mine is to resolve the situation preferably in the same day and deal with other things that are more important. We're talking about consumables here and not the technology they're used in.
I'm far from frugal, but I do care about quality and I'm willing to spend 5 minutes ordering a higher quality cable. Saving money is an ancillary benefit.
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Old 07-22-2015, 04:08 PM
 
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What is a lightening cable? Does it make my iPad lighter? That would be a plus. I noticed a post or two mentioning them and I'm just curious about them.
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Old 07-22-2015, 04:47 PM
 
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What is a lightning cable? Does it make my iPad lighter? That would be a plus. I noticed a post or two mentioning them and I'm just curious about them.
Different connector to device.

http://www.amazon.com/iPhone-Certifi...ng+Cable+apple
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Old 07-22-2015, 08:29 PM
 
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That says "Lightning" cable, not "Lightening".
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Old 07-22-2015, 09:31 PM
 
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That says "Lightning" cable, not "Lightening".
Bwahaha. Typo. My bad.
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