Friday, May 23rd, 2014
The Lightning connector divided opinion upon its release with the iPhone 5. On the one hand, it was a smaller, more convenient connector that was reversible. On the other, it meant that Apple’s long-standing 30 Pin connector was obsolete, a move that sent millions of accessories to the grave – from cheap charging cables to expensive speaker systems. Whatever your opinion on the matter, Lightning is here to stay so you may as well make the most of it! In that spirit, let’s take a look at ten of the best accessories for the now ubiquitous Apple connector.
1. Dexim Universal Dock Station (iPhone & iPad with Lightning Connector)
Our first Lightning accessory is this dock from Dexim. The dock is rare in being outfitted for both iPad and iPhone, allowing you to connect either device as required. The 2.1A output ensures all devices will charge rapidly, and the adjustable connector allows for cases to be kept on while charging.
2. Qi iPhone 5S / 5C / 5 Wireless Charging Receiver
Qi is a popular wireless charging standard in Android world, but don’t expect it to appear on an iPhone any time soon. Thankfully you can get this wireless charging receiver which plugs into your phone’s lightning port, then can be tucked into a case of your choice. Then you’ll have the convenience of wireless charging when you want it, in a package that’s compatible with all Lightning iPhones and a wide range of cases.
3. Griffin Wired Keyboard for Apple Lightning Devices
If you want to get some work done on an iPad or iPhone, then a full-size keyboard is quite helpful. One option is a Bluetooth keyboard, but these are expensive and require recharging. A good alternative then, is this Griffin Wired Keyboard, which plugs directly into the Lightning port and works immediately.
4. Genuine Lightning Digital AV Adapter
Want to show your iPhone, iPod or iPad content on the biggest screen in the room? This Digital AV adapter lets you easily connect your Lightning device to HDTVs, monitors and projectors. Again, everything is plug-and-play; just connect up the relevant cables and away you go. Perfect for screening HD movies, showing off photos and playing music. Definitely one of the most helpful Lightning adapters for the iPhone 5.
5. KitSound X-Dock 2 Lightning Clock Radio Dock for iPhone 5S / 5C /5
This clock radio dock is a powerful piece of kit, with room for an iPhone 5S, 5C or 5 next to a digital display. This is the ideal accessory for your bedside table or desk, allowing you to keep an eye on the time, charge your iPhone, set alarms and listen to the radio. You can wake up to your favourite FM station, your favourite iTunes songs or even the standard ‘bzzz’ alarm clock sound.
6. Kit: Lightning to Micro USB Adapter – White
This simple adapter ensures that you don’t always need a Lightning cable around all the time. Instead, you can use the rather more numerous microUSB cables and accessories to charge and sync. And since the adapter is so small, there’s no excuse not to bring it with you!
7. High Power Lightning Car Charger with USB Port – Black
Car chargers are brilliant, particularly if you’re trying to entertain your kids in the back seat with an iPad or navigate with an iPhone. This one offers 2.4A of charging power, allowing an iPad – or two iPhones – to be charged at full speed. That means even if you’re draining a lot of power from playing movies or using GPS navigation, you’ll still end up with way more battery life than you started with. An integrated USB port allows other devices to be charged too.
8. Kit 4-in-1 Connection Kit
This tiny box is one of the most useful accessories you can own for the iPhone or iPad. Plug the Lightning connector into your device, and then you can plug in a USB device (like a keyboard or flash drive) as well as SD cards. That makes it really easy to get stuff on or off your iPad, or plug in a full-size keyboard for a better typing experience. There’s even a Lightning port, so you can keep charging your device while everything else is connected.
9. Kit Magnetic Battery Case for iPhone 5S
This clever case includes an battery pack which allows you to recharge your phone on the go. The battery is magnetically attached to the rest of the case, and can be used in situ or removed from the case as necessary. With 2800 mAh you’ll have three times the battery life, and that makes a big difference.
10. iMee Sync and Charge Lightning to USB Cable – Gold
Our final Lightning accessory is also the simplest: a stylish Lightning cable in Gold. This is a great fit with the Champagne Gold iPhone 5S, but looks great with other colours as well. Otherwise, this is just the same as your Apple Lightning cable, offering charging and syncing at full speeds.
OK, so these are our selections! We hope you’ve found this blog helpful, and be sure to let us know if you have any questions or comments below!
Monday, March 31st, 2014
OK, it’s April 2nd now so we regret to inform you that this isn’t a real product. Thanks to everyone that showed an interest in the Magic Smoke – you should have received your £10 voucher via email for your good humour.
If you’re on the lookout for some cool – and real – iPhone 5S accessories, check out the rest of our site!
Magicians always have the coolest gadgets – and now you can enjoy them too. One of the classic elements of their repertoire are smoke bombs, which can be thrown on the ground to create a puff of smoke. Then, the magician can escape scot-free. That’s why we’re introducing the Magic Smoke attachment for the iPhone 5, 5S and 5C.
The Magic Smoke is a small Lightning adapter that attaches to the bottom of your iPhone, and interfaces with the Magic Smoke app. Whenever you want to escape a sticky situation, just open the app and press the large red button. A large amount of smoke will erupt from the bottom of the adapter, cloaking you from view.
The Magic Smoke Adapter comes with enough smoke built-in for up to three escapes. Additional smoke cartridges can be purchased inexpensively from hobby shops, and can be installed quickly for subsequent escapes. In fact, it’s possible to pop off a smoke, then load additional cartridges before the smoke clears.
As well as a general purpose escape method, the Magic Smoke can also be loaded with dyes that produce coloured smoke, ideal for distractions and misdirections. Whether you use the Magic Smoke for fun or mischief, you’ll definitely find it effective.
For more information on the Magic Smoke, see our full product page here. We’re also looking at sourcing Magic Smoke as a standalone universal gadget that connects over Bluetooth, allowing compatibility with Windows Phone and Android phones and tablets too.
Thanks for checking out the article, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!
Friday, December 21st, 2012
Today we’re proud to offer one of the best all-in-one solutions for using your iPhone 5 in the car. It’s called the Gripmount iPhone 5 Lightning Car Charger Kit. The kit includes everything that you’ll need to get started – a Gripmount iPhone 5 Case-Compatible Car Holder, a Lightning to USB cable and a miniature USB Car Charger Adapter.
The Car Holder performs that essential role of keeping the iPhone 5 safe and secure while it’s in use, ensuring that your phone stays in an easy to read position. You can attach the car holder in a number of positions, including near the steering wheel, on the dashboard or on the windscreen. The Gripmount allows you to retain full use of the iPhone 5′s ports and features, as well as fitting with or without an iPhone 5 case. That and the holder’s simple design ensure you can take your iPhone in and out of the holder quickly and easily.
The second part of the package is a Lightning to USB cable, similar to the one you’ll find inside the box of your iPhone 5. It’s long enough to stretch from the cigarette socket to the car holder easily.
Finally, we’ve got a miniature USB car charger adapter, which is designed to be as compact as possible and provides 1A of charge. That’s enough to charge the iPhone 5 at full speed, ensuring you’ll keep your iPhone 5 fully charged while in the car.
With these accessories in place, you’ll have the essential items in place for using your iPhone 5 safely and legally while keeping the battery life topped up. For more information on these items, check out the product page linked below.
Gripmout iPhone 5 Lighting Car Charger Kit
Thanks for reading! Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below and have a safe and happy holiday season.
Monday, November 26th, 2012
Slowly, more and more Lightning accessories for the iPhone 5 are becoming available. Today, we’re announcing a new Lightning car charger made by none other than Energizer. It’s called the HighTech Apple Lightning Cable Car Charger.
The charger provides 1 Amp of power, which means it can charge your iPhone 5 iPod Touch 5G or iPod Nano 7G at full speed and the iPad 4 at partial speed. If you want to charge the iPad at full speed, you’ll need a 2.1 Amp charger.
The car iPhone 5 charger has a coiled cable that keeps things tidy without relying on a winding mechanism. The cable is six feet long when fully extended, allowing you to charge your phone even when it is being used by a passenger or sitting in the back seet. There’s also an LED indicator that shows the charging status of the phone so you can know when your device is done charging.
If you’re looking for a high quality 1A Lightning car charger, then the Energizer HighTech should be a good option. Be sure to check the product page linked below for the latest stock and pricing information, as well as more information on the charger’s capabilities.
Thanks for reading – be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below.
Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
We’re happy to announce that we have two new third party Lightning chargers available right now at Mobile Fun. These third party iPod and iPhone 5 chargers cost less than the Apple-made versions and work just the same.
Our first charger is this Lightning Connector Mains Charger. It is a 1A charger, suitable for charging a Lightning-enabled iPhone 5 or 5th generation iPod Touch at full speed from a wall socket or an iPad at a slower rate. The charger is ideal as a replacement for your original Lightning USB and AC adapter, but all combined into a single cable for a more convenient solution. It also works well as a second AC charger, allowing you to keep one at home and one at work.
Our next item is the Ultimate Lightning Pack, and it offers even more value. For a small price increase you’ll get three items: A replacement Lightning cable, a USB mains adapter and a USB car charger. This allows you to easily use the Lightning cable with either mains or car power sources, while still providing 1A of power for full speed charging of iPod or iPhone, as well as slower charging of the iPad. A good all-in-one solution for all current Apple devices.
For more information and photographs of these new Lightning chargers, check out the product pages linked below. Thanks for reading and be sure to share any questions you have in the comments below.