Save $20 On The iPhone 5 Lightning Adapter By Purchasing This Knockoff

Save $20 On The iPhone 5 Lightning Adapter By Purchasing This Knockoff

Still kind of pissed off that you’re going to have to buy a $29 Lightning adapter so all your accessories can play nice with your iPhone 5? Apple’s not even going to include a free adapter with your iPhone 5, just so you’ll have to pay them more money for more adapters, or so you’ll just switch to AirPlay enabled accessories.

Whatever the reason, the price on Apple’s Lightning adapters is terrible, but thankfully the knock-offs have  arrived before the launch of the iPhone 5 and some of them will even save you $20 per adapter, so you can buy as many as you want for all your toys.

iTronz and Nanotch are selling their Lightning adapters through Amazon right now. The adapter from iTronz only runs $9.99 while Nanotch’s offering is a bit pricier at $17.95. Both will save you a nice chunk of change compared to Apple’s adapter, however these products haven’t been reviewed by anyone so we’d advise you to proceed with caution before you go all willy-nilly and buy 23 adapters.

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  • Tallest_Skil

    Why anyone would waste their money on this scam is beyond me.

  • TheKnightWhoSaysNi

    I expect a thriving market of reasonably priced knockoffs on eBay.
    I’ve gotten excellent iPhone cables there for $5.

  • William F Julien

    The current Apple adaptor has built in digital to analog converters circuits (this justifies the $30 cost). It almost certain these cables doesn’t have the converters built in so they will be worthless for any device that uses audio. .

    It is very doubtful you will ever be able to buy $5 adaptors with the circuits built in.

  • Buster

    you can get legit Apple earbuds for like $5 on ebay. made from the same place, they’re just not “official” apple earbuds but they sound the same and have the same build quality – which isn’t saying much because they’re both terrible

  • Mystakill

    It is very doubtful you will ever be able to buy $5 adaptors with the circuits built in.

    And thus spake one of the devout Apple sheeple. On the other hand, those of us with at least a modicum of common sense are well aware that it was just a matter of time (and not long at all as evidenced by the announcement of these adapters) before reasonably-priced third-party adapters became available.

  • William F Julien

    And thus spake one of the devout Apple sheeple. On the other hand, those of us with at least a modicum of common sense are well aware that it was just a matter of time (and not long at all as evidenced by the announcement of these adapters) before reasonably-priced third-party adapters became available.

    I agree there will be cheeper 3ed party adaptors in the future (not these). Understand that Including Digital to analog chips in the adaptor precludes supper cheep adaptors that will also do audio (video are yet to come and will be more expensive). It’s just a fact that the added electronic circuits will add to the costs of any adaptor (3ed party or Apple).

    If your device needs audio then these adaptors are useless since they have no chips built in for digital to analog conversion. If all you need is a digital data connection (like a heart rate monitor) they should work.

    You do understand that the adaptor is not just a dumb/cheep cable but an electronic device with chips built into it powered buy the iPhone?

  • Jack_Knife_Team

    There are literally loads of third party Lightning adapters available now, all are of a good quality and priced much lower than Apples, there is online store that specalises in lightning adapters its at http://www.lightningadapter.com

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