I have no illusions about this retractable Lightning cable for charging your current-gen iOS devices – it looks so much like the crappy USB and 30-pin dock connector cables that come in those vending machine accessory kits that I wouldn’t be surprised if you could break the thing inside a few weeks, just by using it as it is meant to be used.
But it is just $10, and it is actually available to buy, which are two major points in its favor.
I have a stack of miniature iDevice chargers and cables already, and as I still operate a mixed-charger setup (the iPhone 5 is the only Lightning-equipped gear in the house) it makes sense to use what I have and carry a tiny adapter.
But for the more impatient, who just have to have a dedicated cable, and who can’t wait for the overpriced Apple-approved ones to get into stores, this will probably do. The vendor says that it works for syncing as well as charging. It also offers this handy hint/disclaimer on the site:
This is not the original cable from APPLE Store