Last weekend I forgot my iPhone 5 charger at a friend’s house. It was too late to go pick it up, and at less than 50 percent battery it was very likely that I wouldn’t have a phone through Saturday if I didn’t find a charger. I had to make a late-night run to my local Walmart and find a charger, and most of my friends don’t have a Lightning cable.
I walked over to the electronics section and asked the lady, “I just need something for the iPhone 5. Cheapest charger you have.” She pointed out a few, and cheap in this case was $30. Well, it was this or be without a phone over most of the weekend. I had some things to do, so it’s nice to have a working phone through Saturday. Here goes $30.
This charger is…well, it’s pretty much an iPhone charger. Really. There isn’t a lot to say about it. Still, it’s worth owning an extra, because you never know when you may need it. Sometimes you leave your regular charger in the car or forget it at a friend’s house. That can be annoying when you realize you have 40 percent battery. A charger like this one is nice to always have on standby.
We will say that it feels much more durable than the pack-in charger that Apple gives you with the iPhone. The rubber shielding can sometimes become a bit worn around the part where it meets the plastic connector if you’re not careful (i.e. repeatedly stuffing it in a bag.). I can admit that my iPhone charger is a little beat up do to my own misuse, but it definitely got beat up pretty fast. Once a small tear starts, it doesn’t take long at all before things get very messy. A little bit of electrical tape can fix that.
However, this charger really feels a bit more heavy-duty. We like that, because we can pack it in our bag along with all of our other stuff and not worry much about it.
The only downside is that this is just a wall charger. In other words, it doesn’t have a USB connector at one end to make it a bit more versatile. That’s a bit of a bummer, because I would have liked to carry around and plug it into whatever I need: MacBook, car, wall.
Overall it’s not a bad charger. At $30, you’re looking to pay just what you are for any other charger for your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S. Long story short, if you desperately need a charger and your local electronics department has one of these, it will do what you need it to do.
[via Just Wireless]