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Belkin Lightning Connector Car Charger review

Charge your iPhone 5 and new Apple devices while in the car

Our Verdict

As the name suggests, it's a car charger with a Lightning connector on the end. If your Apple kit is of older, non-Lightning vintage, you'll need an adaptor. The 10W supply charges your device quickly and it's another solid Belkin product.

For

  • Charges fast
  • Good for new Apple products
  • Compact
  • Easy to insert and remove from power socket

Against

  • No use for older Apple products

Belkin has produced another solid product with the Belkin Lightning Car Charger for the iPhone 5.

Some companies have made a good living out of making peripherals for Apple's old iPod, iPhone and iPad connections. However, the launch of the iPhone 5, iPad mini and iPad 4 introduced the new Lightning connector, that's smaller and faster than the older port. It's undoubtedly a nice feature, but it can render the peripherals we've bought for our older Apple products obsolete.

You can buy an adaptor so that you can use a Lightning port with an older device, though it's a rather inelegant solution that removes almost all of the benefits of the new port. It does mean you get to keep your old peripherals, and is also useful if you have a number of Apple devices, with some of them still using the older port, since it enables you to use all your devices.

The second option, as Belkin took with its Lightning Connector Car Charger, is to make a device that works from the ground up for Lightning connections. It's small, good looking and charges the device quickly, thanks to its 10 watt power output. There's no need for an adaptor, and it can be easily stored in the car when not in use.

Rubber grips around the head of the adaptor make it easy to insert and unplug the adaptor, and the included 1.2m (4ft) lead is a decent length.

Verdict

Overall this is a good product to buy if you only have an Apple product with the new Lightning connection. However, if you have other Apple devices with the older port, then this car charger will be of limited use, and you might be better off getting an adaptor.

Tech Specs

Product TypeAuto Adapter
Maximum Output Current2.10 A
Brand NameBelkin
Device SupportediPad, iPhone, iPod
Compatibility

Apple Products:

  • iPad mini
  • iPhone 5
  • iPod touch 5th Generation
  • iPod nano 7th Generation
  • iPad 4th Generation
ManufacturerBelkin International, Inc
Product NameCar Charger + Lightning ChargeSync Cable for iPhone 5
Manufacturer Part NumberF8J090bt04-BLK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.belkin.com/uk
Marketing Information

Small but Powerful

Charge your iPhone 5 on the road with the Belkin Car Charger with included Lightning to USB cable. Get unlimited play and standby time with the low-profile design that sits flush in your dash.

Charge at the Speed of Lightning
Use the Car Charger with the included 4-foot Lightning to USB cable to charge your iPhone 5, iPad with Retina Display (4th generation), or iPad mini at the fastest possible speed. The smaller, more durable Lightning connector is also reversible, which makes plugging it in easier than ever.

USB Port with Separate Lightning to USB Cable
The USB Port is universal, so you can still charge your legacy Apple devices with a 30-pin cable or other devices that use a Micro-USB cable. And the included 4-foot Lightning to USB cable can be used anywhere-plug it into your laptop to charge and sync, or use your own wall charger to charge from the wall. Great as a replacement cable or if you simply need an extra.

Output Voltage5 V DC