We’ve been taking a closer look at Lightning cables lately, because they deserve a closer look. I haven’t been happy with Apple’s Lightning cables for quite some time; their white finish no longer matches the products they power, but more importantly, they’re cheaply made for an Apple product. They crimp towards the ends, and my sister actually fried out her iPhone 4 when the Apple cable (albeit a 30-pin) tore and she didn’t notice.
If you’ve spent the premium on an Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod, you owe it to yourself to protect that investment with a quality Lightning cable that’s not as susceptible to wear and tear. To that end, a great product to try out is the MOS Spring Lightning cable.
The MOS Spring takes its name from the springs at each end, just behind the Lightning and USB connectors.
These metal coils prevent the cable from crimping at the anchor point, which can lead to tears. They wrap around the MOS special Exoskeleton™ woven jacket, which is already very strong on its own, and is rigid enough to prevent tangling. You may, however, find that the 3 foot cable has a mind of its own when it comes to placement, as the woven jacket prevents it from simply dangling or lying flat when you want it to.
The heads themselves are made of anodized aluminum, completing the sturdy construction and overall modern finish that blends in naturally with Apple’s iDevice product designs (albeit only in steel gray). The Lightning side is a bit thick, so you’ll want to verify it’s compatible with your third-party case of choice.
If you tend to just keep your Lightning cable plugged into a dock or resting on your desk, you may be fine. But if it travels as much as your iPhone, or if it’s mainly used in a higher impact area such as in the car, the MOS Spring is an excellent option that should last you through your next few iDevice upgrades.
Buy the MOS Spring Lightning cable
Provides: Sturdy charge/sync connection for Apple Lightning devices
Minimum Requirements: Lightning compatible iPhone, iPad, iPad mini or iPod touch