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Cheap iPhone 5 Lightning to 30-pin Converters Appear on Amazon

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When Apple announced the iPhone 5 last week it also debuted a few expensive adapters to connect the new Lightning-port to 30-pin cables and accessories. Some third-party companies already have their own cheaper adapters for users who don’t want to buy Apple’s $29 or $39 adapters.

According to 9To5Mac a few companies already have third-party Lightning adapters available on Amazon.com. The adapters start at $10, or about a third of the price of Apple’s least expensive adapter. The adapters come from Nanotch and iTronz.

Nanotch $10 Lightning adapter

Nanotch sells an adapter cable on Amazon for $10. The cable looks very similar to Apple’s, and should theoretically perform the same functions at a fraction of the cost. Nanotch’s cable is 20cm long, the same length as Apple’s cable. The only difference between the two that we see is Nanotch’s 30-pin connector end is much thicker than the one Apple sells.

While Nanotch has a cable iTronz has a third-party version of the Lightning to 30-pin adapter with no cable. The iTronz adapter looks very similar to Apple’s adapter with an iTronz’s logo (if you can call it a logo) just beneath the Lightning port. It sells for $9.99 on Amazon.

While these third-party adapters are less expensive, we can’t recommend them. Third-party adapters aren’t always the most reliable. Companies we never heard are less likely to make sturdy, reliable adapters that won’t break down or stop working shortly after they arrive.

After spending at least $200 on the iPhone 5, the $29 or $39 for Apple’s official adapters isn’t all that much to make the new phone work with old accessories.

Shawn is a tech junkie who spends most of his time reading and writing about it. You can follow him on Twitter, @shawn_i.

6 Comments

  1. Michael Clark

    09/17/2012 at 12:11 pm

    i ordered Nanotch iPhone 5, iPad Mini, Nano Lightning Accessory Cable Adapter at cheapest price from here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0097BU9I6?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B0097BU9I6&linkCode=xm2&tag=notebookscom-20

    • S

      09/22/2012 at 9:04 am

      Are you kidding me? it’s the same link with your affiliate code in it….

    • Jeff (@jwap13)

      09/27/2012 at 1:12 pm

      busted

  2. daz

    09/25/2012 at 8:23 pm

    lol

  3. kyle

    10/28/2012 at 10:53 pm

    why is shawn so fat?

  4. [email protected]

    10/31/2012 at 4:57 am

    So did these arrive yet? It’s a big debate if someone was able to bypass the chip.

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