• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Zero stars if I could

    This is probably the worst designed product from Apple in their entire inventory. It is extremely fragile and way too short. I recently bought a Macbook Pro and during the purchase showed a frayed (from normal use) wire to an Apple rep and asked what they thought and if Apple were providing replacements, and she said we were probably using it wrong. We were using a wire with one use wrong . . . There's no way to use it wrong, unless you are swinging your phone around while connected like a flail. You seriously can't plug or unplug the wire without holding the plastic head near the connection even if you tried. The problem is the plastic wrap along the actual wiring is so cheap that any sort of slight twist over time creates tension and it eventually tears. There is no other explanation, it is plain and simple a poorly made product, and sadly way over priced as well.

    15 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Quite poor quality

    I've had my two Lightning cables for 2 years and they have both fallen apart at about the same time. From the other reviews on here it seems like I've done well getting a couple of years' use from them. All I know is that I'm still using the 30 pin connector I got with my iPod touch in 2008 with no problems. I've been exceptionally careful about how I treat the lightning cables, almost religious in my reverence. And yet, in the last month or so they have both suffered splits in the plastic casing where it joins the connector. One of the cables has stopped charging and the other one is just about clinging on to life. I'm going to have to buy replacements but I see no reason to choose Apple cables over cheaper alternatives.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy this cable

    I've owned several of these and none has lasted more than a month or two. Same with the charging cables for the MacBook Pro, they shred and break with alarming speed. Why doesn't Apple acknowledge the problem and have a recall?

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Covering not strong at all

    All the lightning cables I've had have functioned properly, but they are very susceptible to damage. Tiny kitten teeth have destroyed three of them and one had the covering shredded just from laying against a metal bracket (edges not particularly sharp) behind my desk.

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    They keep breaking

    I'm on my third cable already. They break near the lightning plug end due to twisting -- one of the drawbacks of a universal connector since you can plug any side up, the cable starts to kink. Hopefully Apple can strengthen the cable and make it less prone to twisting in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible

    Previous chargers (the 30 pins) were great and long lasting (for several years). Ever since I have had the iPhone 5, I've gone through over 6 chargers in 2 years. That is ridiculous. And for $21, I'd expect each and every cable to last at least the lifetime of the phone, not literally less than a year.

    Get your quality up Apple, increasing your margins by using poor quality materials is not acceptable for the world's largest company.

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolute Garbage

    So you advise us not to buy counterfeit cables? MAKE ONE THAT WORKS. My battery is shot now due to the constant chopping and changing of cables. Disgraceful and Apple don't care one bit

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lightning cable

    Appalling! These just break! Apple need to do something about it. Overpriced rubbish!

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk

    This cable is junk. The connector is just too small. When you pull on the connector to unplug the iPad, you also pull on cable casing. It is poor design.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This Cable is just the worst.

    We have 2 iphones at home, we are currently on or number 6 or 7th cable (lost count) how can they still not get this right? with all the money the phones and these product cost, you would think they can simply have a cable that works for more than 3 months. It will start braking by being "positional" to charge and then it will get almost impossible with the position and then it just won't work at all. I really need to find a cable like this from a different company. Very tired of having to keep buying this cable.

    13 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's a much better design than the 30 pin!

    The whole idea of the lightning cable is to save precious real estate on the devices that use them. Meaning the connector is smaller, so it frees up more room for other hardware. The connector can be inserted unidirectionally, so no more fumbling around trying to find the right direction in the dark. Most people that write reviews for such an overlooked item are writing it, because they don't like it, but thats such a vast minority in comparison to the number that do like and don't write the review. I haven't had a problem with any of the lightning cables I've used. Are there going to be faulty units? Of course, but the design and functionality is far better than the 30 pin cable. Again you have to consider the percentage of people that write reviews for cables will be largely those who received faulty ones, because everyone expects them to work. Obviously if you looking at reviews for lighting cables, then you have a device that uses one, so you already know that it works.

    9 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple should be ashamed!

    I have 3 of these cables of which NONE of them are working. I have invested thousands of pounds in Apple products that are currently cannot charge. Completely unacceptable!!

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I think these are made to break.

    Bought a new cable a few weeks back as the old one died.. Have been very careful to look after this one, and it still failed.
    It's pretty dodgy having to spend $25 to replace a cable which isn't very old, isn't broken down or frayed but still wont work.
    I can buy something for $7 from a service station which will do the same thing - and I can get a spring roll while I'm there.

    I say, either make better cables, or throw in spring rolls with these replacement ones.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality

    We have 2 ipod touch 5g and have replaced the lightning cables 5 times (total) in two years. Very poor quality with outer layer peeling off or cable not charging the ipod. I still have my 30 pin connector from my ipod mini that works great and its over 8 years old. I purchased a galaxy s5 instead of the iPhone due to this lightning cable issue.

    16 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Low quality cables for an otherwise good phone

    As expected, my third Lightning cable decided to stop working and I've had my phone for less that two years.

    Because I already had two break on me, I took special care of the last one, but even with handling the cable like a princess, it started to act up and lost its ability to charge the phone. Stupid me didn't even save the receipts.

    I do like my Apple products, but the build quality is really bad on this cable.

    I recommend saving and photocopying the receipt so that you may get a new cable from Apple when it will surely break.
    The other suggestion I have is to make sure when you get the cable, to make sure it never twist or turns by adding some extra tape to both ends of the cable. Maybe that will prevent the shoddy solders from breaking loose.

    15 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    pound shop quality at Apple prices

    Shocking quality, they dont even last as long as ebay charging cables, why not use micro usb like the rest of the world

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY THIS

    I cannot believe that Apple has NOT done anything about all the chargers breaking and getting knotted! I love the iPhones but the chargers are just horrible! After 2 years, I have been through FIVE of these cables. Apple is loosing iPhone customers because of this serious issue. Apple just doesn't realize what a big deal this is to everybody else and they need to take action right away

    19 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    one of the worst apple products

    i bought a ipad air and the lightning cable cracked and got stuck up my iPad's lightning cable socket

    I DO NOT ADVISE ANY ONE TO GET A IDEVICE THAT USES A LIGHTNING CABLE TO CHARGE

    THIS PRODUCT IS **** ****

    WHERE THE **** DO I GET IT FIXED FROM

    13 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The worst!

    give me a break! I am willing to spend $30 on a cable...the least you can do is make it work. Will fail after 6 months...

    17 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible quality

    Just bought my second cable after my previous broke after 14 months, which seems to be quite good in comparison to other reviews I have read on here. Same issue, the wire begins to split at the lightning end of the cable, which soon becomes unusable. I taped mine together in hope of keeping it longer, but the inevitable result was soon having to spend £15 to replace it. Have kept the year warranty that comes with it, but I fear it will break after this has expired again. Sort it out Apple, I don't want to have to keep replacing these, especially for the ridiculous price that is charged!

    6 of 7 people found this useful