Test: Braided USB Lightning charging cable with aluminum plugs from inLine

Charging and data cables in the pack - mfi certification included (photos: Sir Apfelot).
Charging and data cables in the pack - mfi certification included (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Charging and data cables in the pack - mfi certification included (photos: Sir Apfelot).

First of all: I got that 2 meter Lightning USB charging cable from "inLine" made available for a test. The article is not a paid ad or anything like that. In fact, when I test something, the manufacturers run the risk that I will point out defects, as I always write my honest opinion about the product. But now for the test ...

You actually think there isn't much to say about iPhone charging cables, because obviously they don't have to do a lot: you connect the iPad or iPhone and the devices should only transfer data or charge their batteries.

Nevertheless, there are a few points that a manufacturer can go wrong. Unfortunately, Apple has shown this only too clearly for years, even in the case of the included charging cables, because the original charging cables from Apple regularly break shortly after the USB plug after one or two years. The sheathing becomes brittle and then the cables and the shield are gradually exposed and the cable gives up its ghost. Diagnosis: cable break.

Aluminum connectors, mfi certification and braided sheathing - everything done right

The manufacturer inLine, which has other accessories for smartphones and tablets in its portfolio, offers a successful product with its charging and data cable. The Lightning cable has everything a good charging cable should have.

The inLine data cable can be conveniently packaged using the Velcro straps.

The inLine data cable can be conveniently packaged using the Velcro straps.

Apple's mfi certification (made for iPhone / iPad) assures the user that the cable will work with the iPad and iPhone without any problems. With non-certified cables, the error message "This accessory is not compatible with the iPhone!" and then the iPhone or iPad stops charging and may no longer have the cable in the future. Has happened to me several times. For this reason, only mfi charging cables come into my house. Another important aspect of the certification is the maximum charging current, which is also sufficient for the large iPad Pro at 2,4 amps. With cheap charging cables it can happen that they deliver less than an ampere to charge, so that even an iPhone does not charge at the maximum speed.

The second point is the flexible sheathing that inLine has given the cable. This is braided and therefore not rigid, but still robust. Many manufacturers who offer high-quality charging cables work with this proven technology, but only a few manage to keep the cable nice and soft and flexible, as is the case with the inLine cable. Most of the time, the cables are much more rigid and less comfortable to use.

The third - not so important point - is the fact that the Lightning and USB plugs are partly made of aluminum. That makes them very valuable and pleasant to use. The metal gives the feeling that the connectors are probably the last thing that could break on the cable. ;-)

Both the Lightning and USB plugs are partly made of aluminum and look very high quality.

Both the Lightning and USB plugs are partly made of aluminum and look very high quality.

Great features: 2 meters in length and integrated cable ties

I also find the length of 2 meters to be advantageous. I have a tizi gas station on the wall behind my desk and some cables just barely reach the desk. So I can charge the iPhone, but I can't pick it up and read what's new in the way of e-mails or messages. With a length of 2 meters, this is very easy.

Two (removable) Velcro cable ties are integrated into the cable so that the charging cable can be stowed away when it is not needed. This can be used to shorten the 2-meter cable length if necessary or to pack the cable completely into a small bundle.

The Velcro cable ties are a practical feature to neatly pack the cable despite its 2 meter length.

The Velcro cable ties are a practical feature to neatly pack the cable despite its 2 meter length.

Conclusion: good charging cable for Lightning devices

Admittedly, there are certainly cheaper charging cables than this one from inLine. At a little over 15 EUR it is already in the upper price segment, but the manufacturing quality is simply convincing. It should be understandable that the braided jacket and the aluminum plugs cost more money to manufacture than the plastic stuff for a simple cable, as is unfortunately offered by Apple - and they also pay an extremely high price for the cheap quality from 35 EUR (!!!) for the 2m model.

If you want to take a look at the inLine Lightining USB cable, you will find it here at Amazon.

If you are interested in the topic of Lightning cables, my article may also be with one Test of the iPhone charging cable a reading tip for you.

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