The Apple MFi Certification (MFi) is an important feature that ensures quality and compatibility with Apple products. The MFi program covers various device connectors including the headphone jack, original dock connector, the newer Lightning connector, as well as AirPlay support. Companies joining the MFi program and passing certification tests display the MFi Logo on their product packaging.
Non-MFi cables use Lightning connectors made by third-party factories without an Apple chip, and may seriously harm your device while charging. The iXCC MFi certified Lightning Cable is Certified by Apple standards, and are made with Lightning connectors using the Apple chip to ensure a perfect charging experience. Apple MFi Certification indicates quality, safety, compatibility and durability.
An iPhone cable can last quite a long time. All it takes is a bit of care and general maintenance on your part and you’ll practically never have to replace your cable again. If you just got a Lightning Cable, here are some tips that will prove useful.
Tip #1: Wrap Them Properly
Most incidents of iPhone cables breaking are because the cable isn’t taken care of, and it usually has to do with how users typically wrap the cable.
More likely than not, you probably wind your cable harshly around your hand and then toss it into your bag. It turns out that wrapping your iPhone cable around something can cause a lot of kinks in the cable, which can slowly degrade the wires on the inside.
Ideally, the best way to wrap an iPhone cable for storage is to loop it around several times and have it create a circle when it’s all done. This is called “coil wrapping,” and it’s the best possible way to wrap a cable, as it won’t create kinks or sharp bends in the cable.
By far, the easiest way to wrap your cables is by using cable straps.
Tip #2: Avoid Sharp Bends
Don’t make sharp bends on your iPhone cables; that’s how you’ll damage the wires on the inside. You’ll especially want to avoid this near where the connector is, as it’s the most fragile part of the cable. With enough stress, it’ll eventually kink and split open, exposing the wires within. Usually the cable won’t work after that, but even if it did, that would be a huge safety hazard.
So the next time you go to plug in your iPhone charger into the wall behind a couch or other piece of furniture, be aware that making sharp bends in the cable is never a good idea.
Tip #3: Pull from the Plug, Not the Cord
The most common issue seems to be the cable splitting near the ends, exposing the wires. The cable might still work (sometimes not), but exposed internal wires are a safety hazard, and unless you want to wrap it up with electrical tape, you’ll simply have to throw it out and get a new cable.
Grasp the hard plastic jacket (and only the hard plastic jacket), when connecting and disconnecting the Lightning plug. Apple touted the Lightning connector as more durable than the 30-pin Dock Connector it replaced. And the connector is indeed more durable. But the cabling itself is made from a softer plastic that can detach from the connector. If you grip the hard plastic jacket when plugging and unplugging the Lightning connector, you’ll considerably reduce the likelihood of cable failure.
Tips #4: Keep the Pins Clean
If you want to criticize the Lightning standard for any design flaw, its use of exposed pins (versus the metal jackets found on micro-USB and USB-C) would be the easiest target. Exposed pins are easier to scrape off, damage, or splash with a stray soft drink droplet causing corrosion. Any of these things could easily happen if a Lightning cable is used in a car near a cup holder where keys, coins, or beverages are often found. Jacketed pins aren’t immune from these issues, but they’re less likely. The best thing you can do is keep the pins clean — both on your cable, and on the device you’re using with the cable. Dry off any moisture immediately, and make sure nothing has gotten into your iPhone, iPad, or iPod’s Lightning port that might mess up the connection.
Tips #5: Reinforce Your Cables
There are numerous DIY tricks you can use in order to reinforce your Lightning cables, as well as different materials you can choose from. One popular option is using small springs from writing pens and wrapping them onto the ends of your cables (this prevents them from making sharp bends in the first place).
You can also use shrink tubing on the ends as well. You probably don’t have shrink tubing just lying around, so this probably isn’t the most convenient option, but you can choose from all sorts of colors to make your cables more festive. You can even double up with pen springs and shrink tubing for a even more reinforced iPhone cables.
If you don’t want to go out of your way taking care of your iPhone cables, then you may want to consider the iXCC Reinforced Nylon Cable. If you prefer to invest something a bit longer, check out the iXCC 10ft Lightning Cable, available on Amazon.com.