Which one is the best for connecting I-phoneSE to a headphone AMP/DAC ; Lightning to USB, or Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter?

Lightning to USB Camera Adapter

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  • The USB 3 adapter is more versatile. Some/many DACs pull more current than the Lightning port will allow, resulting in a warning screen and no operation. The USB 3 adapter has an extra port to allow external power, similar to a powered USB hub. External power is required for 2 of my 3 DACs (HiFiMeDIY 9018 and Schiit Modi require external power, Schiit Modi Multibit does not.) I hope this helps.

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