braided Stories October 27, 2015

expiredMonoprice 15% off sitewide: MFi certified Lightning cables as low as $4, more

Monoprice is offering a 15% off discount with flat rate shipping site-wide with the code OCT15 used at checkout. Since Monoprice manufactures most of the products they sell, it can be difficult to tell how much you’re actually saving. However, with Lightning to USB cables it’s easy to see the savings by looking at comparable MFi cords. Here are the best deals on USB cables we could find.

For the following remember to use the code OCT15 when checking out:

Here are some other deals on Lightning cables we found at Amazon:

  • Tub Apple MFi Certified 10ft Lightning Cable $10 (Orig. $30)
  • Apple MFi Certified RAVPower 10ft Lightning Cable $10 w/ code 7QJLN999 (Orig. $30)
  • Apple MFi Certified Extra Long Braided 10ft Lightning Cable $12 w/ code NHWMZ5JB (Orig. $17)
  • Amazon Basics Apple Certified Lightning to USB Cable 3ft $6 (Orig. $14)


braided Stories October 13, 2015

expiredCamabond 10ft Nylon Braided MFi Apple Certified Lightning Cables $11 Prime shipped, more

Camabond via Amazon offers its Apple MFi Certified 10ft Nylon Braided Lightning Cable for $16.99. But when you use the coupon code 68FQVK3Y the price drops to $10.99 Prime shipped. That’s $6 off the regular price and the lowest we can find for it. It’s available in black, blue or gray and it supports fast charging on wall chargers or car chargers. It received 4.1/5 stars from Amazon shoppers.

Monoprice also has a few MFi Certified Lightning Charge & Sync Cables on sale today.

  • 6′ Monoprice MFi Lightning Charge & Sync Cable (white) $5.99 shipped
  • 6′ Monoprice MFi Lightning Charge & Sync Cable (black) $5.99 shipped
  • 3′ Monoprice MFi Lightning Charge & Sync Cable (black) $4.99 shipped

braided Stories September 15, 2015

Cambond 10-ft MFI Apple-Certified Nylon Braided Lightning Cable in black $11 Prime shipped (Reg. $17), more

We have some noteworthy Lightning deals today starting with the MFI Apple-Certified 10-ft Cambond Nylon Braided Lightning Cable in black for $16.99 from Cambond via Amazon. But code 6J32VL8L will drop your total down to $10.99 with free shipping for Prime members or on orders of $35 or more. That’s about $6 under the going rate and best we can find.

Along with Apple certification and compatibility with all your Lightning iOS devices, this cable features a nylon braided finish and comes with 12 month warranty. It has a 4.3/5 star rating from over nearly 150 Amazon customers.

More Lightning Deals:

  • iOrange-E 6-ft aluminum Lightning cable $9 (Reg. $14) | Amazon
    • using code AHLOPRDO during checkout
  • AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning Car Charger $12 (Reg. $15) | Amazon

braided Stories August 25, 2015

expiredCambond 10-foot braided MFi Apple-certified Lightning cable in black $11 Prime shipped (Reg. $17), more

Cambond via Amazon is offering its 10-foot Apple Certified MFi braided Lightning to USB cable in black for $16.99, but code LV7J8ND7 will drop your total down to $10.99. It ships free for Prime members or on orders over $35. That’s as much as $10 under some bloated listings, $6 under the regular Amazon price and the best we can find.

This MFi cable is compatible with all your iOS devices, has a “rapid” 2.4A max charge and a 12-month warranty. It has a 4.4/5 star rating from over 70 Amazon customers.

iTech Deals also has 10-foot Apple MFi-Certified Nylon Lightning Bungee Cables in multiple colors for $5.75 shipped (Orig. $30) using code MFI8PIN during checkout.

If you’re not into the braid or looking for some other color options, we have more Lightning deals in our previous roundup. You’ll also want to checkout our roundup for the coolest Apple-certified MFi Lightning cables and the the best ultra tough Lightning cables you can buy for your iPhone, iPad and iPod.

braided Stories August 20, 2015

expiredNRGized Apple Certified MFi 3-foot braided Lightning cable w/ metal connectors $9 Prime shipped (Reg. $14)

Seventh Continent via Amazon is offering the Apple Certified MFi NRGized braided 3-foot Lightning to USB Cable with metal connectors (in white/black or white/red) for $8.99 with free shipping for Prime members or on orders over $35. That’s $4 under the original price and the best we can find. While you will find Lightning cables for less, they won’t be braided or have metal connectors the way this one does. It has a 5/5 star rating from nearly 200 Amazon customers.


  • Apple MFi Certified: Complete charge and sync compatibility with iPhone 6 / 6 Plus / 5s / 5c / 5, iPad Air / Air 2, iPad mini / mini 2 / mini 3, iPad (4th generation), iPod nano (7th generation), and iPod touch (5th generation).
  • Extra Cable, Extra Durable: Replace your 3ft / 0.9m cable or add another for home, work or travel, with a 4000+ bend lifespan several times longer than standard cables.
  • Perfect Fit: Compact (0.34in × 0.22in) heat-resistant Lightning connector fits into virtually all case cutouts, big or small
  • 12-month warranty and friendly customer service.

You’ll find even more interesting options in our “coolest Apple-certified MFi Lightning cables you can buy for your iPhone, iPad and iPod” roundup. And if you don’t care for the bells and whistles, you can still pickup some basic (and longer) ones in our previous roundup starting from $7 shipped.

braided Stories August 14, 2015

expiredF-Color Apple-Certified MFi 6-foot Braided Lightning Cable: $11 Prime shipped (Reg. $15)

Update (8/14 12:45pm): Anker Direct via Amazon offers its 3-ft. Apple-Certified MFi Lightning Cable for $5.99 Prime shipped after coupon code VGFIN9IV is applied at checkout.

F-Color via Amazon offers its Nylon Braided 6-foot Apple-Certified MFi Lightning Cable for $12.99. Applying coupon code ASLCPZ5C drops the final price down to $10.99 with free shipping for Prime members or on orders of $35+. That’s good for nearly 50% off the original price and the best current offering we can find. While we do see basic Lightning cables of this length drop to about $7-8, most deals on braided options fall in-line with this price.

This option was one of our top picks in our coolest Apple-certified MFi Lightning Cable roundup from earlier in the month. The bright colors and matching connectors are guaranteed to help you stand out from the crowd. F-Color includes a twelve-month warranty with every cable.

Rated 4.2/5 stars.

braided Stories August 4, 2015

There are plenty of options out there for powering your iPhone or iPad. But sometimes a plain old white or black cable won’t do the job. If you’re in need of some more style, we’ve rounded up the best (and coolest) looking Apple-certified MFi Lightning cables out there. We have highlighted many different manufacturers that use a variety of materials such as fabric, leather and nylon to deliver a unique look to help you standout from the crowd. Head below for our top picks.

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braided Stories September 19, 2013

Apple’s newest mobile operating system, iOS7, brings great new features and a beautiful design but unfortunately it has also rendered many 3rd party Lightning accessories useless. Apple’s Made For iPhone program certifies that accessories are safe to charge and sync your Apple devices. Each Lightning accessory even has a tiny chip that certifies the accessory as MFi. There has been a constant cat and mouse game with Apple and 3rd party companies who attempt to circumvent this certification. These same companies promise future compatibility with iOS7 but  it is hardly worth it anymore to buy these cables to save a few bucks. There are dozens of solid MFi options which offer Apple reliability and terrific value.

Head below for the best MFi (Made For iPhone) certified Lightning cables on the market.


In general we love the Amazon Basics Lightning cables which are fully MFi compliant, come in 3 different lengths and get absolutely stellar reviews from past purchasers. We do periodically see prices as low as $9 on bulk packaged Apple official cables, so be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up to date with the latest deals: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+. If you can’t wait and have to have Apple official cables your best bet is at Amazon. Keep in mind that 3rd party companies are now making MFi extended battery cases. In fact, you can grab a 2-port USB car charger and Lightning cable for nearly the same price Apple charges for just the cable.


Update (7/30 8:15am): Belkin MIXIT↑ metallic Lightning cables are available in gold, silver, and gray (just like your iPhone) and feature a more durable braided cable.

Best overall value: Amazon Basics $14 w/ free shipping for Prime members/orders exceeding $25 or 3′ Monprice cable (black or white): $12 + $1.83 shipping

Best colored options: iFrogz by ZAGG, available in 7 colors $19 w/ free shipping (no longer available)

Best coiled cable: 4′ Griffin $25 + $3.50 shipping 

Best looking: Moshi premium aluminum $20 w/ free shipping

Best extra-long cable: 6′ Amazon Basics cable for $15 w/ free shipping for Prime members/orders exceeding or 6′ Monoprice (black or white) $12.78 + $2 shipping

nomadclip-mfi-nomad-lightningUpdate (7/16 2:30pm): Save 25% on Nomad’s new carabiner, key & credit card sized MFi Lightning cables

Honorable mentions:

Update (8/22 2:00pm): Monoprice now offers a MFi Lightning keychain w/ stowaway 6-inch cable for $14.99.

Car Chargers: There are a couple ways to get Lightning charging while on-the-go. The most low-cost and easiest way is to simply plug a loose MFi Lightning cable (from above) into a built-in USB port in your car. If your car doesn’t come equipped with a USB port the next best option is your cigarette lighter. I recommend buying a loose USB car charger, 10 watt preferred for quick charge, for maximum flexibility. You can plug any USB cable in there and charge a multitude of devices. The total cost is also lower because you can use the cable that came with your device. The other option is a car charger with bulit-in Lightning cable. This option is less flexible but makes it easier because the cable is not detachable.

Our picks for the best MFi Lightning car charging solutions:

Loose USB car charger: Belkin Car Charger 2.1 AMP/10 Watts $14 (Amazon direct)

Charger w/ built-in cable: Griffin PowerJolt SE $25 + $3.50 shipping

Loose charger and cable combo: AmazonBasics Lightning cable + 2-port USB car charger $19 w/ free shipping – Same price as a standalone Lightning cable from Apple!

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