If you’ve owned an iOS lightning device for a while, there’s probably a couple things you’ve noticed: the cables are abnormally expensive and relatively low quality. Even Apple’s lightning cable frays and discolors. Belkin has put an end to that with their new metallic lightning cables. These cables are premium in design, neat looking, and they’re just as fast charging/syncing as Apple’s lightning cable.
The Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning cable will do everything that Apple’s lightning cable will do (can charge at 2.4 amps), but it’s built tougher and with higher quality materials. We’ve been using it for a couple weeks and it’s immediately apparant that it will long outlive Apple’s cable, and it will look a lot better doing it! It’s housed in aluminum and braided in one of three colors. The cable colors complement the iPhone 5S; there’s gold, silver, and space grey. The plugs even match the cable color.
Apple’s classic lightning cable is 1 meter in length (3.3 feet). Belkin offers their metallic cable in two sizes: mini or just right. Their mini cable is 6 inches, and great for syncing and charging on your laptop. Their longer cable is 1.2 meters (4 feet), which is just long enough to reach most plug outlets with comfort. The lightning plug is a bit wider than Apple’s but barely thicker. It will be compatible on almost every iPhone case, but not all.
Belkin charges a premium for their MIXIT Metallic Lightning cable. Apple charges $19 for their lightning cable, Belkin charges $29.95 for their better looking, longer-lasting, cable, and it’s Apple MFI-Certified (the 6 inch cable is $24.99). Either way, it is still an expensive cable. Belkin also makes some non-metallic MIXIT cables that are already as low as $11.99 on Amazon.com. Hopefully we’ll see their MIXIT Metallic cables for a similar price on Amazon in the near future.
The Good: Looks great, Matches iPhone 5S colors, Premium build quality, Flexible, Won’t discolor, Different sizes
The Bad: Still expensive, Wider than Apple’s plug–means it’s a little less compatible with iPhone cases