The chip that Apple put in the new lightning cables proved to be more of an issue than I thought they would be. We’re only now seeing some cheap knockoffs. I finally got my hands on some from Amazon. This particular vendor had enough positive reviews and the price was cheap enough to warrant taking a risk. I ordered 2 of them.
I had an issue right off the bat. When I tried to insert it into my iPhone 5, I met a lot of resistance. The authentic lightning cable goes in and out with little force. I thought maybe the size of the connector was a little off, but when holding it next the real one, it seemed to be the same size. Next thing I did was run my finger over the connector and it felt sticky. It wasn’t anything gooey or slimy. It felt more like residue from some sort of glue.
In any case, I figured that’s what was causing the resistance so I didn’t see the harm in forcing the issue. With a little bit of effort the connector went in and the phone was charging. I tried pulling the connector out and that’s when the plastic part came off exposing the wiring. I did manage to pry the connector out eventually. After a few more attempts, a couple of the wires inside got severed so that connector won’t be working anymore.
I got most of the sticky substance off the connector with some hand sanitizer (I didn’t have any rubbing alcohol so I used the next best thing), but it still doesn’t go in anywhere as smooth as it should. It leads me to believe that the size of the connector is a little bit off.
Anyway, I opened up the second lightning cable that I got and this one wasn’t quite as “sticky.” I cleaned it up and tried it out. The size of this one is off a little too because it doesn’t go in very easily either, but still much easier than the first one I mangled. On the bright side, the connector works both ways, which was one of the complaints that some buyers had.
At this point, you’re rolling the dice when it comes to these things, so if you’re looking for some cheap reliable cables then you’re going to have to wait a little bit longer.