SHARKK Lightning to USB Sync and Charge Cable. Our good friends at SHARKK provided me with this lightning fast cable to try out and review. Since this is a USB cable, this won't be a long post, since in essence, it either works or it doesn't. lol Before I get into my experience, let's talk specs!
- 3.3 ft of cable
- Compatible with iPhone 5/5s/5c/6/6 Plus
- Compatible with iPad Air/Air 2/Mini/Mini 2/Mini 3/4th Gen
- Compatible with iPod Nano 5th Gen/7th Gen
- Provides high speed charge while syncing
- Reversible head allows more flexibility when using iPhone cases
- Apple MFi Certified
Now on to my experience and first impressions. I thought that the 3 feet of cable was a bit too long. I tend to charge and sync using my laptop so I found that the long cable was a bit too much... BUT, I can see how having a longer cable would benefit those that sync and charge using their desktop computers. I love the fact that the head is reversible. That pretty much means that you cannot screw up inserting the cable into your device. No more fumbling with the cable to make sure that you are inserting it the right way. No more jamming the cable before realizing you need to flip it. I'm really glad that Apple decided to go this route and I hope that all other manufacturers follow suit.
I tested it out with an iPhone 5 and an iPad mini. To be honest with you guys, I didn't see much of a difference in charge times between the SHARKK lightning cable and the Apple cable. There were no warnings on the devices and they charged like normal. I did switch charging the devices from my laptop, car charger, and external battery packs to see if they would be any hiccups in charge times. Each charged up without a hitch, without slowing down and absolutely no signs of any error messages. So far so good. Another plus for the Sharkk lightning cable is that is just feels more sturdy than the Apple cable. The Apple cable feels a bit flimsy and seems as if it won't last very long. The SHARKK cable is a but thicker and seems to be built for the long haul. Because of that, I felt more comfortable taking the Sharkk cable with me wherever I went.
"It's just a stupid cable, Metallman. I'll just get another one once my Apple one breaks."
Sure go ahead, buddy. Pay $2 for a cheapo non MFi cable that may or may not work with your device. You want to be safe and get an Apple cable? Ok, throw away $19 for a certified Apple cable. OR... get this SHARKK Lightning to USB Sync and Charge Cable for $7.99 at Amazon! It exceeds the original cable in quality and price so if you don't pick up one these bad boys for your Apple products, you need to be checked out. lol The SHARKK lightning cable looks good, feels good, and gets the job done. Pick one up today! Later!