Winnergear Kool Lightning Cable provides a high quality cable for charging and syncing.
I have evaluated and tested numerous cables and chargers and have found that you often get what you pay for. I find that the braided nylon cables tend to be more secure than non-braided cables, especially at the USB/cable connection and Lightning/cable connection. I have been given the Winnergear Kool Lightning Cable, Super Strong Charge & Data Cable for review. The cable measures at a total length of 40 9/16 inches in length. The USB connector measures 1 3/16 inches and the lightning connector measures at 1 inch in length. The cable is professional looking, with sturdy welded metal connector ends. The connector ends are smooth metal and may be a little hard to grip at times. Possibly a textured metal may provide additional grip.
This is not your typical shrink wrapped plastic cable that will fray and split near the connector ends. I have read reviews that the cable began to fray at the ends after a few months. To test this, I bent the connector points 25 times each, back and forth and side to side counting as 1 rep, and there was no evidence of fraying or splitting. The cable resumed its normal shape. The cable was still able to charge and data sync my iPhone 6S plus and iPad Air 2 without issue. More importantly, this cable worked with my Catalyst waterproof case, my Otterbox Defender Case for my iPhone 6S plus and my Otterbox case for iPad Air 2. I do not have a Lifeproof case to test this (it may be a bit tight for the case). The Lightning connector is rounded instead of boxy, allowing it to fit into most cases like the Apple Lightning connector. This connector is very mildly larger than the Apple one, almost imperceptibly.
Whenever I use a cable for my Apple products, I look to make sure that the cable is MFi certified. I find it odd that the back of the product packaging clearly states it is made for the typical Apple products, defines what it means to be MFi (Made For iPod/iPhone/iPad) certified, but then clearly states that use of this accessory with iPod, iPhone, or iPad may affect wireless performance. It is uncertain what this truly means and makes me worry about the integrity of the product. If the cable is not MFi certified it may fail at any point, and tends to fail quicker with any IOS updates/changes.
In fact, a quick search on the product shows some incompatibility complaints with iOS 8 and later. I have used this with my iPhone 6s Plus, iPad 2, iPad Air 2, for the past week and found no issues with this accessory. I am pleased with this cable, it is now the cable that is in my truck to charge my iPhone 6S plus. I do feel that the MSRP price of $29.99 is too high. However, at the time of this review it was available for for $8.99 prime. I would jump on that price, as this is better quality than many of the others that I have seen at higher price points.
At just over 40 inches, total length, this cable is similar in length to the normally included Apple cable. I would rate this at 4.5/5 stars. I will continue to use this product and update the review if there are problems over the next several months. The cable has an included 2 year limited warranty, according to their website and will work with IOS updates. This is a bonus as well. Do you have more questions? You can learn more about the products through www.winnergear.com. Overall, I would rate this at 4.5/5 stars.
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