Friday, October 4, 2013

[Rant] Should I get a mobile charger or a second lightning cable for myiPhone 5S?

I'm very happy with the battery life of the iPhone 5S. With regular usage, it can easily last a day with my usage behavior. But that is not to say that there won't be a day I'll manage to drain the battery out. Like day before yesterday, I managed to drop it to 10% before I came back home from work. But yesterday it didn't drop below 50%. That's a new record for me.

I used to charge the old iPhone 4S while I was at work. I had a spare 30 pin USB cable made by a 3rd party that did the job. But the iPhone 5S uses the new lightning cable and Apple doesn't seem to let 3rd parties manufacture them. But if I browse through Amazon, I can see that a lot of people are selling the lightning cable for couple of hundred yen. That's 10 times cheaper than the price Apple is charging for the original cables. Some say they work, some say they don't.

Even if I manage to find a working lightning cable at a low price, it won't be as versatile as a mobile charger. Versatile in the sense, I can use it anywhere. I need to have a PC to charge it. On the plus side, I can get the files out of the phone (for example, the photos) if I have the cable alone. However, I'm sure there are chargers that come with a lightning cable as well, so you get the best of both worlds. But it is definitely not as cheap as getting just the cable.

What do you guys say? Which one should I opt for? Should I get a mobile charger or just the lightning cable. Maybe I should get both?


  1. I suggest you buy a charger. It's not as if you could plug the cable in any usb port and let the phone charge. For example I can charge my phone plugged into the dvd player or anything with a usb port :)

  2. I'll probably buy both. Not sure if the lightning cable that I ordered would work, but it's less than ¥200. But it's taking a long time to ship.


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