For my Apple Devices, I expect to use MFI certified cables.  Zeyaa provides a non-MFI certified cable that exceeded my expectations.

As our tech becomes more advanced, the cost of the devices rise.  It is not uncommon to spend nearly $1000 for a cell phone, or double to triple that for a laptop/MacBook etc.  Why then do we nickel and dime ourselves, trying to find cheap cables?  Personally, this would be similar to owning a performance sports car and putting cheap gasoline into it.  Historically with AV cables, HDMI cables, Coaxial cables, Ethernet Cables, etc, I would turn to Newegg, Amazon or other retailers to find the BEST deal.  Notice, I said the best deal, not Bestbuy.  Big box retailers tend to mark up their cables with a considerable margin.  Personally, I have over one hundred USB A to USB micro cables lying around.  There are quality cables and there are cheap cables, but they all do the same role, they charge and they synchronize data.  With my Apple devices, I am much pickier and brand locked.  Is it not crazy that there have been multiple cases of exploding tech?  The hover board blazed its way into the spotlight and then similarly blazed its way out.  Now the Galaxy Note has sprung into the media, as the latest unsafe device.  When it comes to my iPhone 7 Plus, and iPad Air 2, I want a certified product.  It does not have to be specifically APPLE Branded, but I will typically not use anything that is not MFI certified.  If you have never heard of this certification, it is “Made for iPod, iPad, iPhone.”

Zeyaa Reversible Lightning Cable REVIEW Non MFI certified but should be.

I have received a Zeyaa Premium Design USB A to Lightning cable.  The cable comes shipped in a white 6 1/2” by 3 3/8” ziplock retail packaging.  The front of the packaging is translucent and the backing is white.  You can clearly see the silver braided cable and the included yellow cable strap through the clear front of the packaging.  As mentioned above, this bag contains a ziplock style closure. I am not certain why this feature is present when there is a hole punched through the front and the back of the bag.  It would appear that this style of container would be more expensive than to utilize a vacuum bag or nonziplock style closure.  This bag provides no real benefit/protection to the device.  It is not waterproof, nor airtight.  Again, it has a hole punched through both sides of the bag.  To open the bag, you will need scissors.  Simply cut the plastic above the ziplock section.

Zeyaa Reversible Lightning Cable REVIEW Non MFI certified but should be.

On initial impression, the cable appears to be well made.  The cable is a silver braided material with a clear outer wrapping.  The outer wrapping has a tacky/sticky feel to it, which seems to attract lint/animal hair.  The junction coloring is very eye catching, with the contrast between the silver cable and black plastic material.  Both ends of the cable, USB A and Lightning plugs.  Zeyaa is clearly labelled on the metallic shielding of the lightning adaptor end.  From tip to , are silver.  From tip to tip, the cable measures 42”.  Anytime I get a cable, I like to do some personal quality testing.  I will grab the cable at the junction end and pull to see if there is any movement.  I also bend the cable back and forth about 15 times, each way, to see if there is any movement/fraying.  I also grip the shielding pieces and try to pull them off.  I have tested many cables and find that these simple tests help to separate the quality from the rubbish.  The Zeyaa cable passed the mechanical tests.

Zeyaa Reversible Lightning Cable REVIEW Non MFI certified but should be.

The next round of testing involved charging.  I was able to get between 1.5A and 1.83A at 5V from both my iPhone 6s plus and iPad air 2 and then with my iPhone 7 plus, using a Brok USB tester.  I was able to transfer data to my desktop, and the phone made the typical ding noise when plugging the cable into the phone.  The lightning icon appeared in the battery icon on the phone.  The cable met all of my expectations for a cable.  It did not get hot and the connectors fit snuggly.  Charging through the night, my devices were full by morning and there was no evidence of any issues.  My only negative for the cable is that it is not MFI certified.  I have tested this device over the past week and it has held up nicely.  I am not certain where I will be in 1 month or 6 months, however.  For now, I would rate the device at 4/5 losing a point for lack of MFI.  The included cable management strap is a feature that I wish the MFI cables, Apple-specific cables would include.  It is really convenient to wrap the cable and only use a small section of it.  Give this cable a shot.  I was pleasantly surprised and I am now adding this to my camping gear, as my travel charger.
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