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[Walmart] USB-C to Lightning Cables from $3

Just picked up some USB-C to lightning cables at Walmart on clearance.

ONN ™ 0.9 meter Lightning to USB-C Connector Charge & Sync Cable [$3]
https://stocktrack.ca/?s=wm&upc=62891741573

Scosche Ci4B6SG-SP Strikeline MFi Certified Premium Charge & Sync Braided Cable for Lightning and USB-C Devices 6'-Space Gray [$5]
https://stocktrack.ca/?s=wm&upc=33991080065

The Scosche one is of better quality and will probably last longer, although the ONN brand is cheaper and more widely available.
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I'm going to be grandpa here - "don't use a $3 cable to charge a $1000 phone!"

If you're charging an iPhone 6/7/8/X - go for it.

If you're charging a new $1k phone, use the one in the box or grab one from Apple or at least a quality brand like Anker or even Amazon Basics.

Same with bricks - don't cheap out too much!
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jiffylube1024 wrote: I'm going to be grampa here - "don't use a $3 cable to charge a $1000 phone!"

If you're charging an iPhone 6/7/8/X - go for it.

If you're charging a new $1k phone, use the one in the box or grab one from Apple or at least a quality brand like Anker or even Amazon Basics.

Same with bricks - don't cheap out too much!
Actually, following your logic, I would exclude Amazon Basics. They're no better than dollar store or Shenzhen surplus.

The cords won't be a problem though, there's smart circuitry in your phone protecting against basic current issues (up to a point). Worry more about the charger.
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These cables are MFi Certified. They have the official Made for iPhone badge on them. I wouldn't worry too much about them.
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input wrote: These cables are MFi Certified. They have the official Made for iPhone badge on them. I wouldn't worry too much about them.
This, its not the price that makes them good or not.
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Are the $4 ones from Dollarama MFI-certified? I didn't pay attention to the certification logo.
get what is cheap, not what you need :lol:
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Scosche has been around for ages.

Used to buy many Car Audio dash kits and wire harnesses from them for many years and never had an issue. I'd trust cables from them, way before trusting amazon basics.
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BB88 wrote: Are the $4 ones from Dollarama MFI-certified? I didn't pay attention to the certification logo.
Probably yes. But MFI is not an indication of quality. It just means they’ve paid to use Apple’s authentication chip. All those melted AmazonBasics cables were MFI.
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jiffylube1024 wrote: Yeah, I'm just anal about it. I know Amazon basics has an up and down reputation and I do depend on them less and less.
Amazon Basics has been hit and miss for me. Sometimes great quality/value, sometimes terrible.

I ordered a pack of 50 lightning/USB-A cables from them, and they're all these stiff cables (which break)
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input wrote: These cables are MFi Certified. They have the official Made for iPhone badge on them. I wouldn't worry too much about them.
I doubt they are MiFi, just because they print it on the packaging, doesn’t mean they are certified by Apple

The problem is the chip in the lighting connector. Apple charges 3$ USD for each chip. That’s why the cables cost so much

@jiffylube1024

I am surprised at the quality of Amazon Basics cables and I have no problem buying them. They are not cheapest cables and I believe they are paying for the proper Apple chip
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jiffylube1024 wrote: I'm going to be grandpa here - "don't use a $3 cable to charge a $1000 phone!"

If you're charging an iPhone 6/7/8/X - go for it.

If you're charging a new $1k phone, use the one in the box or grab one from Apple or at least a quality brand like Anker or even Amazon Basics.

Same with bricks - don't cheap out too much!
I agree… no ways we should risk our 1k phone with this
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Gee wrote: I doubt they are MiFi, just because they print it on the packaging, doesn’t mean they are certified by Apple

The problem is the chip in the lighting connector. Apple charges 3$ USD for each chip. That’s why the cables cost so much

@jiffylube1024

I am surprised at the quality of Amazon Basics cables and I have no problem buying them. They are not cheapest cables and I believe they are paying for the proper Apple chip
You can cross-check the UPCs of these cables against Apple's own MFi Certified Public Database. They're both MFi Certified. https://mfi.apple.com/account/accessory-search

ONN - 62891741573

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Scosche - 33991080065

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I would suggest that you would do your research next time, before making such a bold claim. Not everybody can put a MFi badge on their packaging, otherwise Apple would probably sue them into the ground for doing so.
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They don't make Usb c to regular usb anymore or what
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Spiritualx wrote: They don't make Usb c to regular usb anymore or what
Regular usb slowly dying as all the charging standards are now usb-c, lightning etc.
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input wrote: I would suggest that you would do your research next time, before making such a bold claim. Not everybody can put a MFi badge on their packaging, otherwise Apple would probably sue them into the ground for doing so.
I didn’t even know there was a MiFi database

Apple may sue, but it is hard to sue some fly by night company from China that will close down after 30 days and pop up the next day as another company
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Jun 29, 2020
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Dollarama house brand version is $4, and ONN is a probably a Walmart house brand, still have a $189 Android tablet for sale. Bought one to try because Agincourt location is still $5.
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If you're looking for longer woven cables, I've good success with the Costco multipack that includes a charger. Similar Dollarama, Amazon and even Apple ones have died unexpectedly. The only exception to the Dollarama is when they have Belkin cables.
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