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Lightning Rabbit USB cables review

on April 10, 2014 11:00 am

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If you’ve ever looked at your USB cables and thought “Ugh, these cables are not worthy of my gadgeteer greatness”, I have some cables that are several steps above all those generic cables you have stashed in your drawers and gear bags. Lightning Rabbit cables are the Cadillac of USB cables, but are they worth their matching Cadillac price? Let’s see.

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Lightning Rabbit USB cables are available in three styles: micro USB, Apple Lightning connector and AppleĀ 30 pin connector.

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You also have your choice of three colors: Classy Silver, Blazing Orange and Royal Purple. Unless you happen to be color blind, you can tell from these images that I was sent a selection of cables in Classy Silver. Otherwise known as grey.

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One look at the Lightning Rabbit cables will tell you that they are much nicer than the generic cables that are included with new phones and other USB devices. One obvious difference is the woven fabric covering the entire length of five foot long cable. What’s the big deal with fabric covered cables? It’s really just a style thing. These cables will not work any better than standard plastic USB cables. They don’t get tangled any less either. But they sure do look and feel nice :)

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The same goes for the connectors at each end of the cable. They have a rubber strain relief collar and an aluminum shell around the hard plastic core of the connector. Do you need aluminum around the connector? Does it make the cable work any better than a connector without an aluminum shell? Nope. It does nothing more than make the cable look better.

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I did a quick test with each of the three cables that were sent to me just to confirm that each one was able to smoothly plug into its matching socket on my laptop and devices. I didn’t run into any issues with these cables from Lightning Rabbit. They are very well made and perform exactly as I would expect a USB cable to perform. My only complaint is an obvious one… they are expensive. Too expensive when you compare them to other five foot long plastic USB cables and even other five foot long woven fabric covered USB cables. It’s hard for me to swallow paying $15 or $20 (for the Lightning cable version) for just one USB cable when we get them for free with device purchases and replacements are less than $5.00 each. If they were sold in packs of three, I’d be more inclined to recommend them, but as it is, I would say that if you have money burning holes in your pockets and love fabric woven USB cables, you should definitely check out Lightning Rabbit cables. But if you’re like the rest of us common folk, you can be happy continuing to use generic plastic USB cables.

For more info visit Lightning Rabbit.

 

Product Information

Price:$15 - $20
Manufacturer:Lightning Rabbit
Pros:
  • Well made
  • Compatible with iOS devices
Cons:
  • Very expensive compared to other USB cables

Comments

  1. 1
    Schneider says:

    My big beef with these aftermarket cables, is most of them that I have tested just error out on my iphone 5c, Saying “This accessory is not compatible”. Granted this is a known iphone issue, I would never again buy a aftermarket one rendering these all useless and frustrated on a trip.

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    Sandee Cohen says:

    Agree on the price.

    And the other two colors don’t make up for the expense.

  3. 3

    @Schneider I have not had any errors using the Lightning cable with my iPad mini.

  4. 4
    bobeast says:

    Good luck finding a $5 lightning cable that actually works.

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    Eric says:

    I’ll be happy to stress test those cables. All I have to do is let my daughter use it for a week. If it survives that, then it should be declared ruggedized. She goes through sync cables and headphones that fast.

    I let her use the cable that I had been using daily for two years. Less than a week later, she hands it back with tape wrapped around the end to hold the connector on, the wires were showing and f course it no longer worked.

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    The Slapster says:

    The price isn’t that horrible, if they stay together better then the $5 lightning cables I’ve bought from Amazon. After a few months of even light use they tend to come apart. It does bother me that the orange/purple ends are still silver instead of the same color as the cables however.

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