This new adapter allows you to charge your iOS device without removing the case


Granted, you can probably charge your device while it’s in the case in many circumstances, but often not when you are using Apple’s Lightning adapter with an old 30-pin cable.  I don’t know why, but Apple’s Lightning adapter is as wide as the old 30-pin adapter, and that big chunk of plastic doesn’t often fit into the small openings many cases have for the tiny Lightning plug.  The Apple’s 8-Pin Lightning Male to Female Adapter from USBFever is a female-to-male adapter that’s less than 0.5″ wide (10.8mm, to be exact), so it fits where Apple’s Lightning adapter often doesn’t.  It’s $6.99.

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7 comments… add one
  • Larry Geisz January 21, 2014, 11:28 am

    Great catch Janet, I have been frustrated on several occasions trying to use third party charging cables on my iPhone when it is in a protective case. I am ordering 3 of these…

  • Chris January 21, 2014, 11:34 am

    Or you could buy a decent phone with a standard USB port for charging. Standards make things compatible. Apple does not obey to standards and their products are not compatible.

    I find it tedious to listen to people who proudly announce that they found a workaround for problems that should just not exist in the first place.

  • Larry Geisz January 21, 2014, 12:13 pm

    @Chris I think you miss the point here. The Lightning cable works fine, it is when you add a case to your phone and want to use the Lightning cable or in my situation a third party cable that has a bigger end than the Lightning cable. I have never personally had an issue using the original Lightning cable with any case I have, but I do have issues when I try to use my third party chargers. This is not an issue with the Apples product design it is an issue with the third party manufacturers designs. This would be an issue no matter what kind of connector you have.

  • Benjamin January 21, 2014, 12:21 pm

    @Larry: don’t feed the troll

  • Clay January 21, 2014, 12:32 pm

    I bought a few of these through Amazon (but not sold by Amazon) a while back for my phone. I have had 2 of them fail within the first month, but still have 2 that are working fine. I’m not sure why they fail over time, but it seemed a common occurrence according to the reviews. I also wouldn’t recommend them for cradles, as they tend to flop around (connect and disconnect) from the computer.

    So, for the price I still use them, but have had issues.

  • Larry Geisz January 21, 2014, 12:37 pm

    @Benjamin Ahhh man and I have all this left over troll chow….

  • Chris February 2, 2014, 9:58 am

    @Larry @Benjamin: I did not mean to troll, apologies if it felt that way. It is just that I never saw anything like this problem with a standard USB cable and my strong dislike towards proprietary technology led me to the comment I made.

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