Incipio Lightning Charge/Sync Cable review

Incipio Lightning Charge/Sync Cable review

Not all cables are made the same. But if they have the MFI logo (Made For iPhone/iPad/iPod), like this one does, you can count on them working well.

I learned that the hard way back in the 30-pin Dock Connector days when I bought a handful of cheap sync cables at a gas station. $5, compared to $19 for a genuine Apple cable! Without exception, all of them were bunk. Well, one worked for syncing. But not a single one worked for charging.

So I'm a bit suspicious of third-party sync cables to begin with. But if it has a "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" label on it, it does give me some reassurance — I know that the manufacturer has passed muster with Apple's own certification process.

That's the case with Incipio's Lightning Charge/Sync Cable. Works great, every bit as fast and reliable as Apple's own. Data transfer speed and charging time were exactly the same.

What's more, it's available in a variety of colors. Outside of customization, there are some practical reasons for color too. I live in a house full of iOS device users. Assigning colors to each one of us saves my kids from fighting over whose cable is whose — no guesswork, and less battles for their mother and me to referee.

The cable measures 1 meter (about 3.3 feet), slightly shorter than Apple's cable (by about the length of the USB connector). The housing around the Lightning end of the cable is wider than Apple's. If you're using a bulkier case that has a lot of material around the Lightning port, it may not fit, though Incipio's own waterproof Atlas case accommodate the cable just fine.


  • Works as well as Apple's cable does
  • Comes in a bunch of different pretty colors


  • An inch or two shorter than Apple's cable
  • Bulky housing around Lightning cable may not fit some cases

The bottom line

There isn't much sex appeal or pizzazz to Lightning cables, so I don't have a lot to get exuberant about here. Incipio's cable works well and offers you some color choices that you don't get with Apple's, so it's worth considering.

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Peter Cohen

Mac Managing Editor of iMore and weekend Apple Product Professional at a local independent Apple reseller. Follow him on Twitter @flargh

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Incipio Lightning Charge/Sync Cable review


With the MFI certified cables it appears that it pretty much grantees that they are only a few percentage points cheaper than an official cables. I'm guessing this is intentional on apples part either because the quality is the same so the costs are the same or it's so they do not get undersold, any thoughts Peter?

I can't speak to why MFi accessories are priced the way they are, but it's a phenomenon I've noticed as well. Consistent quality and reliability is a big plus for consumers that have gotten burned on cheap junk, however.

You get what you pay for but to see that the cable is shorter, albeit maybe an inch than an Apple Lightning Cable blows my mind. If third parties are going to make them, shouldn't they consider price a point? Or, maybe make the cable longer than the standard Apple cable at the same or close price point to give us something to consider. I dunno, just a couple of thoughts.