Belkin’s new power bank charges via Lightning

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Belkin Boost charger
Why did it take so long for Lightning battery banks to become a thing?
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The first ever Lightning-charged power bank has finally arrived thanks to the folks at Belkin.

Say goodbye to that Micro-USB cable you’ve been carrying around.

iPhone owners can now use the same Lightning cable that charges their iPhone to power-up Belkin’s new battery, dubbed the BOOST↑­CHARGE Power Bank Lightning 10K. It’s also the first Lightning-equipped battery that meets Apple’s MiFi certification standards.

The new portable charger packs 10,000mah of battery power and two USB ports. One port charges faster at 2.1A, while the other port charges slower at 1A. You can recharge the bank with a regular Lightning cable or via a dock that’s sold separately.

Weighing in at just 8 ounces, the Lightning power bank is slightly smaller than a Plus-sized iPhone but it’s a good deal thicker. It comes in black and white color options and is priced at $59.99. Belkin is taking pre-orders for the 10k power bank starting today. Units are expected to ship to customers in August.