Belkin first out the gate with Lightning accessories, a new dock and car charger arriving later this month

Belkin first out the gate with Lightning accessories, a new dock and car charger arriving later this monthWell known accessory manufacturer “Belkin” has announced that it will soon be shipping the first official third party accessories based on Apple’s Lightning connector cable. The first accessories will be a rather innovative charge and sync dock and a car charger.

Belkin was the first third-party manufacturer to develop accessories for the 30-pin connector back in 2003, and we are thrilled to be first to market again with solutions for the new Lightning connector,” said Martin Avila, general manager of Belkin's core division. "People are eager for Lightning accessories and Belkin's give them a reliable way to keep their new iPhone 5, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini or iPod touch charged, protected, and ready to go.

The Belkin Charge and Sync Dock can be used with or without a case on your iPhone 5 and comes complete with a folding Aux jack. The jack enable you to dock you iPhone 5 but still listen to music via headphones as the dock has its own Aux Port at the back. If you don’t want to use the Aux Port you simply fold it down out of the way. The dock will be available on November 15th and costs $29.99; you will have to use your own Lightning cable as it doesn't come with its own.

Belkin first out the gate with Lightning accessories, a new dock and car charger arriving later this month

The Car Charger with Lightning connector is simply a car charger with a Lightning connector. It does offer a one piece solution for your car charging needs and has a rating of 2.1 amps; so it should charge your iPhone 5 in a timely manner. The Car Charger will again be available on November 15th and will also cost $29.99.

It is good to see a high profile manufacturer eventually getting some Lightning accessories out of the door, it seems like it has been a long wait for things to happen so hopefully this will be the first of many more to come.

Source: Belkin PR

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Belkin first out the gate with Lightning accessories, a new dock and car charger arriving later this month


Glad to see a company getting out some competing products. I really can't believe how slow the rollout of Lightning connectors has been.

How exactly is that a lightning dock? It is just a dock - no lightning included. It looks like the one someone patched together out of wood. No thanks. I'll wait.

I really just want to see QUALITY cables USB-to-Lightning for less than $20. I have a ton of charging blocks and cigarette lighter adapters with USB out already.

On a different note. I like the "little dude" icon with the dots. I guess this is their lightening technology indicator?!?

I received this dock yesterday. My iPhone 5 is coming today. I put my iPad mini on it and the whole thing rests on the dock connector. The mini doesn't actually touch the dock at all. It seems like the connector should be lower, but if they did that, it might not work with a case, so, I suspect that is why there is a gap.

The little thingy that the cable slides into does swivel forward and backward, so it should allow for a case. Not sure how big the case can be though. I'm not planning on using a case.

The channel that it all has to fit into is about 15 millimeters. So, if your phone with a case is thicker than that, it will not fit. Otherwise, it would probably work.

You have to provide your own cable, and when you try to pull the device off, the cable kind of tries to come up. It feels like there should be more holding the actual cable connector into the dock, but there isn't.

I just received the dock on Wednesday, 11-14-12 and am disappointed in how the phone sits in the "cradle." I don't use a case and I think everything is too loosy goosey and not 100% stable with the design. Better than nothing so far though, until better design comes along. Thx.