I know. I’m running a beauty blog so why the heck am I reviewing charging cables?! Well for one, I have many devices all requiring charging cables and for another how could I resist trying these cables when Aleksey (founder of Latitude 28 design) contacted me about them? These cables were (obviously) sent to me for consideration but it will not affect any opinions expressed on this blog!
I was sent three different types of charging cables (microUSB cable, Apple 30 pin connector USB cable and an Apple lightning USB cable) but since the lightning cable is the newest product available I’ll focus my review around them.
Basically… They are USB to Apple lightning connector charging cables and because they use the Apple lightning connector, you shouldn’t get any weird “your charging device is not compatible… blah blah blah” errors. The cables are 5 feet long (for those of us not using the imperial system, it’s approximately 1.5 metres long) so you can move around freely with your device when it’s charging. The cables are USD$20 each and shipping is USD$3 for domestic US orders or USD$6.75 for international orders.
The Good Stuff… Many people were complaining about problems with the Apple lightning cables, saying that the point of weakness where the pin and the cable met wasn’t reinforced enough and every so often they would need to repurchase the cable (and at USD$25 a pop they don’t come cheap!). Well I am happy to say that the pins are encased in a larger body (as you can see in the picture above when the cable is photographed next to an official Apple lightning cable) so the point of stress between the pin head and the cable is reduced in this cable. The cable is encased in a flexible fabric wound sheath and it actually more flexible than the original cable. To prove it, I did some knot art in the first picture (sliver lightning cable on the bottom right) and what do you know, the darn thing knots and unknots easily! I tested it on my iPad mini and no errors were encountered, it fit even with the case on (although the fit was a little tighter than I was expecting) and charged as per-normal. Length of the cable allowed me to use it freely even while it was charging (no weird holding angles) and darn it, these cables are colourful! The different colours are useful to determine which USB cable charges what device as well.
Issues: Despite the long length of the cable being a favorable point, I have found that when you’re charging your device in a stationary position, the cable actually runs a little too long and creates a mess of cables under your desk/side table/chair.
In a Nutshell:
Love: Point of weakness in the cable is addressed, length of cable is good, cable is really flexible, the colour options and the fact that it’s only $20USD per cable (plus shipping it goes up to $26.75USD for international orders or $23USD for domestic orders) makes it cheaper if not on par, with the price of an ‘official’ Apple lightning cable.
Do not love: The length of the cable could be a minus for this product but it is only an issue for me when I leave it in one spot to charge.
I rate it: 4.5/5
Interested? Find them here: Lightning Rabbit|Designer cables for iPhone, iPad and Android