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Anker launches USB-C to Lightning Cable, undercutting Apple
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Anker launches USB-C to Lightning Cable, undercutting Apple

Anker as announced the launch of its upcoming PowerLine II USB-C to Lightning cable, the first of Anker’s new USB-C to Lightning cable series to receive Apple’s official MFi certification. Anker will undercut Apple on price, selling its cable for $15.99 compared to $19 Apple's official version.

Anker’s new PowerLine II USB-C to Lightning cable is optimized to deliver a high-speed charge to Apple devices from iPhone 8 or later. The Shenzhen-based company says iPhone owners can get up to 50 percent of battery in just 30 minutes while using a PowerPort Atom PD 1 charger. That is two and a half times faster than your stock charger.

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USB-C-to-Lightning, for less money. / © Anker

It also features TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) shielding, allowing it to last 12 times longer than other USB cables. Like previous PowerLine II series cables, the new USB-C-to-Lightning cables will come with a lifetime warranty.

The new 3 ft cable is available to pre-order now. Shipping in the US will start on February 20th, 2019. The PowerLine II USB-C to Lightning cable is not available in the UK right now, but Anker says they are coming shortly.

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The cable comes with a come with a lifetime warranty. / © Anker

Belkin is also releasing a USB-C to Lightning cable, but at $25 to $35, it costs more than both the Anker and Apple versions. So far, the focus of third-party USB-C-to-Lightning cables has been premium design and durability. Griffin has also announced plans for a USB-C to Lightning cable, but the shortest standard cable will cost $20 and won't ship until April or May.

What do you think? Would you buy a third-party cable to save a few dollars? Let us know.

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