$3.50 Lighting Cable Knockoff Teardown: As Shoddy As You’d Expect

Unshielded, shoddily built and as close to dangerous junk as you can get without actually being dangerous. Today, this description happens to apply to these knock-off Lightning adapters from China, but it could equally describe any cheap no-name Chinese electronic accessories.

The cable you see above was called a “functional knockoff” by Apple Insider. And like a functioning alcoholic, it might get the job done, but at what cost?

From the outside, the cable looks great. On the inside, though, the poor quality shows. This cable was bought by Frank Donghi of reputable cable-maker Toxic Cables, and its problems include a lack of shielding, which will add some amusing pops and buzzes to any audio devices it is used with. Then again, it does manage to sync and charge the iPhone 5.

Still, who cares, right? If it works, and it costs $3.50 instead of $20, then they’ll sell by the hastily-imported container load. And faced with replacing my frankly ridiculous number of 30-pin dock connector cables, $3.50 looks mighty tempting.

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  • FriarNurgle

    I need about tree fiddy.

  • TheKnightWhoSaysNi

    I need about tree fiddy.

    God Dammit Loch Ness Monster, I ain’t gonna give you no tree fiddy.

  • Atienne

    Make sure you keep your original one. Pretty sure this will void your applecare, start a fire, fry your phone…..

  • robert_walter

    If the real cables are serialized and the phone stores such info, than a bogus serial stored in a phone which later craps out may be enough to void the warranty.

  • extra_medium

    If I spent hundreds of dollars on a device, id shell out a little more to make sure a $3.50 cable doesn’t kill it.

  • Scott Townsend
    I need about tree fiddy.

    God Dammit Loch Ness Monster, I ain’t gonna give you no tree fiddy.

    But we would all like some free tiddy.

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