While my husband and I are both tech savvy people, for some reason it took us a very long time to leave our old phones behind and upgrade to the latest Smartphones. We didn’t upgrade to our first iPhones, the 4S until February of 2012. Of course once we finally had an iPhone, we never wanted to go back.
After many years of use, and a job loss along the way, we probably held on to those phones for a bit longer then we probably should have, but they still worked perfectly fine, so we were not quite ready to part with them. Not to mention the cost to upgrade not one but two phones to the latest model. Evidently we held out long enough because we got a deal from our cell phone provider that we would get a credit to our account for the purchase price of the newest iPhone, which at that time was the iPhone 6. As an added bonus we were also offered a $200 statement credit per phone upon trade in. Needless to say we were sold, and it took no convincing for us to upgrade to the newest model.
Since my parents already had the iPhone 5, which was the first model to use the lightening cable, we were already well aware of how fragile the cable could be. Now we both owned phones that utilized that cable, so added care had to be taken when removing the cable from the phone. No longer could I just grab the cable and pull it out, now I had to remember to grab the cable right at the base of the plug, so as to not put undo wear on the end of the cable. We were well aware of all the issues other iPhone users were having with their cables, so we wanted to make sure we took special care to not damage the cables we had, because at that point in time we could not afford to purchase a new cable if we needed to.
Our financial situation has changed since then, and I have always been on the lookout for a replacement cable. While I always charge my phone on a stand in the bedroom, my husband charges his in the living room next to the couch. You probably know that the OEM lightening cable is not particularly long, and while the end of our couch is only a few feet from the wall plug, the OEM cable was not quite long enough to easily charge the phone without having to use some form of a temporary stand, like a TV table or the Sub Woofer for our surround sound system to set the phone on while it was charging.
While the setup worked in a pinch, finding a more durable lightening cable was always in the back of my mind. One day I came across an Amazon listing for a 10 foot long braided fabric lightening cable for the iphone by Reach Cables. My husband had wanted a cable that was more durable than the OEM Apple cable, and this one looked like it would do the trick, so I decided to order it.
Since I am an Amazon Prime member, it took no time for the replacement cable to arrive at my home. I was impressed with the look and the feel of the cable right away. When compared to the traditional OEM Apple lightening cable, this braided fabric lightening cable seemed to be much more flexible than the stiffness of the OEM model. And of course the 10 foot length would solve the minor issue my husband was having when it came to finding a place to put his phone when it was plugged into the charger.
He liked the feel of the cable, the length, and the ends were much more rugged than the traditional cable. The only problem he had was the end of the cable that plugged into the phone was too thick to fit into the port provided by the OtterBox case that the phone is kept in. In order to make the cable work, he had to shave down the sides of the plug, which you can see in the photos. This in no way affected the functionality of the cable but the slight modification was needed in order to be able to use the cable, as we do not take our phones out of the cases just to charge the phone.
We did experience one slight glitch with the cable in the two weeks we have been using it. One night before bed my husband plugged his phone in for the night and he got an error that the phone was unable to charge, due to an unsupported cable. He just unplugged it and plugged it back in and everything worked fine. This only occurred once in the two week time from of plugging and unplugging the cable, so it is not a that big of a concern.
Overall, we are very happy with this 10 foot long lightening cable for iPhone iPad by Reach Cables. We love the durability, and added length that the cable provides. My husband has actually requested that I keep an eye out for a similar cable with the older plug that would work with his iPad. If I had to do it again I would definitely purchase this cable again. It lived up to all our expectations and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a cost effective replacement to any existing Apple lightening cable.
NOTE: I received the 10 foot long lightening cable for iPhone iPad by Reach Cables mentioned in this post at a discounted rate in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions and experiences with this product are my own.