I saw this good looking Lightning-to-USB cable for iPhone and iPad at my local (Dutch) HEMA store : HEMA has named it “8pin USB Charging Cable – extra long (2m)”.
Since it only costs €4 it’s far cheaper to have around as an extra than the original Apple Lightning-to-USB cables. But I’ve purchased some third party and white label Lightning-to-USB cables previously, and most cheaper ones all give the “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone.”-warning and I don’t want any new cables giving me that same error message.
How can I make sure that this HEMA Lightning-to-USB cable is ‘Apple Certified’ ?
The HEMA Lightning-to-USB is available in various colors :
blue HEMA 8pin USB Charging Cable
orange HEMA 8pin USB Charging Cable
mint (pale green) HEMA 8pin USB Charging Cable
But there’s no way to be sure if it’s a 100% Apple Certified cable, since such a certification is not explicitly mentioned on the box…
The only things that are mentioned on the box are :
– for use with iOS-devices running up to iOS 7.1
– supported iOS-devices include the iPhone 5/5C/5S, iPad & iPad mini Retina, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPod nano, iPod Touch
…so basically, it’s a cable suited for any iOS-device that doesn’t have the ‘old’ broad (30pin) iPod-connector but the new (8pin) Lightning-connector, which would include the iPhone 6 & 6Plus also…
And what about iOS-devices running iOS 8 ?
That’s a “you won’t know until you try” situation :
From my own experience, I have not encountered the “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone.”-warning yet on these iOS-devices :
iPhone 5 (2012) & iOS 8.1
iPad mini (2012) & iOS 8.1
iPad mini 2 “Retina” (2013) & iOS 8.1
…that doesn’t mean that this cable will always be seen as a “Apple Certified”-cable at any time in the future however… there is mention that the “Not Certified”-warning did pop up in some situations, but the cause of those was not figured out… it might just have been an ill-produced sample, or it may have been incompatibility with iOS 8.0 only for some reason (which was then fixed with the release of iOS 8.1).
Conclusion : at this €4 price tag, this is a handy Lightning-to-USB cable to have one or two around as an extra, but keep in mind that this cable might not stay supported by Apple in the long run.
Note : if your iPhone’s (or iPad’s) battery is completely exhausted and it shuts itself down because of ‘lack of power’, using this cable to recharge will take notably longer before ‘minimum level to operate’ is achieved (might even take up to 60 seconds as opposed to the regular 10 seconds), probably because this cable is significantly longer (200cm as opposed to the regular 100cm)
Recently I bought two lightning cables at the HEMA for my iPhone 5S and my iPad 4. For two weeks it went well but when I updated to iOS 8.4 the cables did not work anymore. I went to the HEMA store to ask my money back for the cables are not really certified. So do’nt buy these cheap cables.
Thanks for the feedback.
You’re right : cheap cables that aren’t officially certified by Apple are always risky things to buy, as even if they work with your iPhone/iPad now, they may not work when upgrading to a new iOS-version…
so… don’t use a cheap cable as your primary or even your only iPad/iPhone-cable !
but, as an extra there nice to have as long as they work…
Tested: I did receive the “not certified” message.
thanks for the feedback !
good to know that we can be quite sure it’s not certified, but keep in mind that even certified cables can get that “not certified” error when the Lightning-connector on an iPhone/iPad is very dirty