Can you use a standard Lightning cable with Apple's Smart Battery Case?

Can you use a standard Lightning cable with Apple's Smart Battery Case?

Best answer: Yes, the Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR all can charge with a standard Lightning cable.Black: iPhone XS Smart Battery Case (opens in new tab) ($129)White: iPhone XS Smart Battery Case (opens in new tab) ($129)Pink Sand: iPhone XS Smart Battery Case (opens in new tab) ($129)Black: iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Case (opens in new tab) ($129)White: iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Case (opens in new tab) ($129)Pink Sand: iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Case (opens in new tab) ($129)Black: iPhone XR Smart Battery Case (opens in new tab) ($129)White: Phone XR Smart Battery Case (opens in new tab) ($129)

No special charging cable needed

The standard Lightning cable is all you need to charge your Smart Battery Case. Plus, any other Lightning accessories — headphones, microphones, etc. — will work perfectly while your Smart Battery Case is on your iPhone.

Simultaneous charging

By plugging in your Lightning cable into the Smart Battery Case, you can charge the case on its own. However, if you have the case on your phone, the Smart Battery Case and your iPhone will charge at the same time. So, you don't have to remove the case from your iPhone in order to charge your phone and you never have to choose to charge the case or the phone.

Wireless charging

Just like the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, the new Smart Battery Case is compatible with Qi-certified wireless chargers. So, if you don't want to use a Lightning cable to charge your case and phone, you can place it on a wireless charging pad and benefit from the same simultaneous charging.

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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