Aftermarket Lightning cables?

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I'm due for a new (i)phone this fall, so I'll have to buy a few Lightning cables. I have maybe 5-6 30-pin cables in use right now. The car, at work, nightstand, desk etc. Having only one would be a pain in the ass.

I don't own any lightning devices atm so I have zero experience with the standard. When it was new I kept hearing complaints about built-in chips that would make it difficult or impossible to produce aftermarket knockoffs. Is that still the case? I'm seeing cheapish cables on dealextreme among others. Do they work?
 

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As far as I've heard, these aftermarket cables might have a tendency to burn the iPhone's charging mechanism.
 

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What he said.

Also from what I understand they would not be orientation independent.
 

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I've been looking recently for a very short charge cable, to go from the usb port in my car, to the phone cradle above it. Only needs to be a few inches long. Wondering if anyone can recommend any cables, now they've been out for awhile.
 

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That may just work, thanks!

My other option was looking to be an adaptor from eBay, as I have a couple of USB to micro USB cables which are about the right length.
 

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Ended up buying this from a shop in Melbourne. I've read a couple of reviews that say it's decent, and isn't going to stop working the second time I use it.

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There's also stuff like this or this.

The Amazon Basics cables have been a mixed bag for me. I've now had 5, and 2 went bad, all with several different thicknesses of wire and reinforcement at the ends where it joins the plugs.
 

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I bought a handful of dirt cheap eBay knockoffs when I got my first Lightning iPhone. They all failed within a few weeks at most.
All of the ones I use at the moment are OEM except for a Belkin one I picked up cheap. I use that one for charging my phone every night and it's been fine so far.
 

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Anker stuff is good. I have a bluetooth speaker, a 6-port 230V USB charger and a 5-port 12V USB charger. Last week I ordered a power bank and an USB-C cable as well.
 

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Cable arrived 4 days after ordering, so it's been in use for a week or so now.
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Happy with it so far.
Also noticed that my phone charges rather quickly in the car. Was on 4% when I left work last night, and was at 20% when I arrived home 12 minutes later.
 
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I just ordered these for my girlfriend, and they turned out great.
 
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