The 3-foot Apple Lightning Cable that comes with your iPhone or iPad works great, until it falls apart. Let’s be honest, how many of you are still using the original cable that came with your Apple device? Unless you are extremely delicate, your lightning cable has already failed you and you’ve invested another $25 at the Apple store for another soon-to-fail cable.
I’ve tried finding replacement cables over the past few years, all of them dying after short term use. Here’s a quick tip: Avoid those lightning cable grab bins at the mall kiosk. I’ve tried several, they all died quickly. Then, I ran into someone who recommended I give the Mamba Cable a go. This 10-foot cable is made of a thick braided fabric that keeps it free of tangles (yes) and nearly impossible to tear (double yes).
This is a simple cable, so let’s get to the point. Does it work? Yes. Does it give you that dreaded “This accessory is not designed to work with your device” message? Mostly no. How long have you been using it? 3 months. Hows it holding up? Like a charm.
Yes, I have noticed on a few occasions the cable did give me that dreaded accessory message so many of us iPhone users hate. If I had to put a number on it, I would say it has happened only 5% of the time. Better than any other non-Apple lightning cable to date. This includes charging both iPhone and iPad.
If the photo below doesn’t help you see the material difference between the two cables, nothing will. The Mamba is standing tall while the Apple cable is ever so sad. Which do you think is going to last longer? I’m also not a huge fan of white cables for charging or headphones.
I did run into one other issue. The cable won’t slide into the charging port on my LifeProof case. The head is too big. Bummer. This means I still have to bring an Apple cable along when my travels take me into the wild. The cable has no issues with other cases I have tested including those from Incipio, Pelican, Thule and Apple.
Do I recommend the Mamba? I do. It loses a few points for the issues mentioned, but this is still the first non-Apple cable I have used that works most of the time without flaw. It gets you charging in those hard to reach places. If you tether your iPhone or iPad for photography, flying, remote control or navigation duties, the length will come in handy. You can purchase the Mamba Cable exclusively through Bite My Apple here for $29.99.
3 feet is good, 10 feet is better. Get away from the wall and give your reach a break. The Mamba Lightning Cable works great, is sturdy enough to take a beating and gets you charging in those hard to reach places.