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For years we’ve had the option of going with several choices of iOS cables from 3rd party accessory makers. However, now that Apple is quickly moving to the Lightning connector on all iOS devices the choices may be limited at least for the short term. Sure there are makers in China claiming to have compatible cables coming out soon, but I don’t want to be the first to try one of these cheap knockoffs and potentially fry my iPhone. With that said I do like longer cables. The Apple cable is only 3′ and sometimes I need a 6′ cable or even a 9′ cable. Since I can’t yet buy a dependable longer Lightning cable, the next best thing I can do is make the existing Apple cable longer. Well there is one other choice and that is to use a Lightning adapter on an existing long iOS cable. However, the adapter is $29 and there’s a cheaper way to do it.

Making a longer Lightning cable

Rather than use the $29 Lightning Adapter on my existing long iOS 30pin cables, it’s actually cheaper to use the $19 Apple Lightning cable and extend it with a USB extension cable from monoprice.com

Here are 3 (each of which are well under $2 each):

3ft USB Extension

6ft USB Extension

10ft USB Extension 

So even with with a 10ft USB extension the cost of a 13ft Lightning cable is $19+$1.34

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