- 1 GEEPIN 3.3ft High Speed and Charge USB Cable with Lightning Connector for iPhone 5s, 6s, 6, 6 Plus, iPad Pro, Air 2 and More
- 2 Netdot 2 Pack 2nd Generation Magnetic USB Charger Cable Adapter for iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus (2 Pack gold)
- 3 HKW Magnetic MicroUSB Charging Cable 4Ft/1.2m
- 4 Tips for safe and effective charging
- 5 Conclusion
If you’ve ever seen how the breakaway charging cable for a MacBook works, you can appreciate why a magnetic connector would be handy for phones and tablets. These magnetic chargers combine the power and speed of a Lightning connector with the safety and ease of a magnetic breakaway tip. You’ll never have to worry about damaging a cord or a jack with an unexpected yank. The magnetic tip will simply separate from the cord when pulled.
Let’s take a look at the top three magnetic charging cables for iPhone and iPad and Android to see which is the best for your device.
GEEPIN 3.3ft High Speed and Charge USB Cable with Lightning Connector for iPhone 5s, 6s, 6, 6 Plus, iPad Pro, Air 2 and More
Our first stop is a magnetic Lightning cable from GEEPIN. It’s not an Apple authorized product, but it’s made to work with any device with a Lightning connector port. That means you can use it with iPod Touch 5th generation, iPod Nano 7th generation, iPad Minis, iPads, and iPhones from 5c and 5s up through iPhone 6s Plus.
What comes in the box is a fast charging USB cable with a breakaway magnetic tip. The tip fits in the Lightning port on your mobile device. It’s low profile so you can keep it in place when you’re done charging or transferring data. GEEPIN explains that it serves as a dust plug to protect your phone. Based on the amount of lint I just blew out of my uncovered phone port, I’d say they have a good point.
The end of the cable looks a lot like a MacBook power cable with the five rounded golden points. The fat part has two helpful features. It contains a surge protection chip as well as an LED embedded in it that glows white when your device is charging. This is a thoughtful addition because then you don’t need to check your phone screen to see the status.
Since it doesn’t have a typical USB end to it, you can’t use the cable with other devices. Some early users complained that the magnetic seal isn’t strong enough to keep the cable attached when they handle their phone. GEEPIN says they have fixed that problem.
If you think that you might want more than just one of the best iPhone charging cables, check out this two pack deal below.
Netdot 2 Pack 2nd Generation Magnetic USB Charger Cable Adapter for iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus (2 Pack gold)
Netdot sells their magnetic charging cables in a 2-pack. Similar to the one from GEEPIN, these cables feature breakaway Lightning connectors. Netdot explains that they have improved the magnetic seal between the tip and the cable and they removed the LED indicator to make the cable function reliably. Like the other cable described above, you can leave the low profile tip inside the Lightning port of your device to keep dust out.
So why would you choose the Netdot cables over the GEEPIN? One big advantage is that Netdot offers a 1-year warranty on their products. They give refunds or send replacements for any quality problems or manufacturing defects.
Second, Netdot gives a whole lot more information about their cables. They explain that the cable heads measure 13.6mm (with the big end measuring 0.51-inch wide and 0.23-inch thick) so you can make sure they will fit your case. The cables contain 46 strands of solid copper core wire so they transmit 2.1A of power at 97% efficiency.
But what if you want this kind of charging cable for an Android device? Does it exist? Take a look below at the best micro USB cable with a magnetic tip.
HKW Magnetic MicroUSB Charging Cable 4Ft/1.2m
Yes, you can have a magnetic micro USB charger just like Apple owners. You can plug in or unplug your Android tablet or phone with just one hand now. No more ruined cables from tripping over them because this one detaches under pressure. And just like the magnetic iPhone cables, you can leave the tip plugged into your port all the time even if you aren’t connected to the cord.
This 4-foot long micro USB cable from HKW is longer than the iPhone cables we looked at above. It transmits both data and power so you can use it for plugging into your computer or your charger. It provides up to 2.4A of current. It should work with your device as long as it has a micro USB port and doesn’t require more than 2.4A.
Tips for safe and effective charging
Charging a mobile device is as simple as looking at two factors: the connector and the amount of power you need to recharge the battery.
There are a lot fewer types of connectors today than existed just a decade ago. Now most of our phones or tablets need either an Apple Lightning connector or micro USB. Look at your device to see which kind of port you have.
If you happen to have your charger on hand, look at the fine print near the plug part. It usually says something like “5V, 2.0A.” Most mobile devices use 5V chargers but the amount of current (or the A for amperes) differs. iPhones tend to use 1Amp while iPad chargers are 2.1Amps. Android phones and tablets range from 1Amp to 2.4A or more.
Anything that uses a USB cable can plug into any modern computer to recharge although it may take quite a while for the battery to fill. USB ports on many PCs only put out 500mA or half what an iPhone needs. USB 3.0 ports on a MacBook put out up to 900mA so they charge a phone faster.
- Always match the voltage for your device when you charge it with a different charger. If in doubt, use a computer port instead of a mobile charger that doesn’t match.
- More Amps just means faster charging. Your device will only draw the amount of current it needs. If you have 5V charger that offers 2.7Amps but your phone only needs 1Amp, that’s okay.
Of course, your device will always charge faster if you aren’t using it, and especially if you turn it off or put it in Airplane mode.
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