Charge It All with the Innergie MagiCable Duo with Lightning Connector

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With the arrival of Elana’s iPhone 5C, our household is pretty much all-in with lightning connector-enabled devices. Thing is though, that all of our speakers and Bluetooth headsets use a microUSB for charging. That’s where the Innergie MagiCable Duo with Lightning Connector comes in. It is two cables in one and costs under $30. Check out the MagicCable Duo here.
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The Innergie MagiCable Duo with Lightning Connector cable is a rather simple design, but it’s potentially quite useful to people like Elana and me. In its main configuration it’s a 2.6′ cable with a USB connector on one side and a Lightning connector on the other. Yes, there is a thick region surrounding the Lightning connector that might be an issue with some cases and docks, but if that isn’t a problem for you, then you’ll be quite happy using this cable with your iOS devices.

The “magic” happens when you pull up on the lightning connector area and flip it down. This reveals a microUSB connector that can be used with most Bluetooth headsets, most Bluetooth speakers, and most android phones and tablets. Yes, this truly is one cable to rule them all.

My two concerns with this cable are the aforementioned thick plastic around the Lightning connector that may make it incompatible with cases such as the various offerings from Lifeproof. The other concern I have is the actual process of making the cable convert from one connector to the other. This area is potentially a weak point, and if you are pulling up and out while holding the cable rather than the plastic of the actual connector, then I have concerns over the cable fraying over time.

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If, however, you are careful when switching the cables function, and you don’t have an issue with the thickness of the Lightning connector, this is a great way to cut down on cable clutter for less than $30. Get it here.

MSRP: $29.99

What I Like: Two cables in one; Nicely priced; Helps keep desks or cars a bit more tidy

What Needs Improvement: Lightning connector design my prevent it from use with certain cases; Hinge and cable attachment point may be a bit delicate and wear our over time. Caution will help avoid any issues.

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample

About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him.

1 Comment on "Charge It All with the Innergie MagiCable Duo with Lightning Connector"

  1. Eh… unless you really can’t bear the thought of having a dongle, I think you might be better off zip-tying a microUSB-Lightning adapter to a microUSB cable. It’d be cheaper, smaller, and connector reliability would be less of an issue.

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