Thursday, October 5, 2023

Avoid Overspending for iPhone 15 USB-C Cables and Chargers

Glenn Fleishman:

Avoid Apple’s $29 USB-C to Lightning adapter. It’s more expensive than most 2-foot-long cables with USB-C plugs on both ends rated for Thunderbolt 4/USB4 speeds of 40 Gbps and 100W.

Instead, I recommend upgrading cables instead of adding adapters. Why keep using a USB Type-A to Lightning cable for charging when you could get a USB Type-A to USB-C replacement for under $10? Or, if adapters still appeal, I encourage you to pick up a well-reviewed six-pack of Lightning, Type-A, and USB-C nubbin adapters for under $10. Carefully read reviews for third-party USB cables and adapters for comments about quality and overheating because not all meet the kind of standards Apple requires of Lightning-based products using the MFi branding and certification program.

John Siracusa is skeptical about the safety of all those little adapters. I’ve found them useful, especially when traveling, because they reduce the number of actual cables that I need to squeeze into my bag. With iPhone switching to USB-C, I should be able to get away with a single Lightning cable for my keyboard, mouse, and AirPods.


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