Safer way to charge Apple Lightning devices quickly, even at a longer distance from your wall outlet

Posted by Paul Braren on Jun 7 2013 in
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  • I was recently looking for the fastest charger made by Apple, for a family member's recent Apple products, including an iPhone 5. But I soon realized the wall outlet is inconveniently far from the desired recharging location, the bedside stand. Googling around for a bit, getting a 3rd party longer Lighting cable didn't seem to be the best option for safety reasons, nor did an easily detached, voltage-dropping (charge time extending) USB extension cable. Extension cords aren't ideal either, where other devices plugged into the same cord may overload the rating of the cord. So the hunt was on to find the best price on a safest way to quickly charge any Lightning cabled Apple device, even when over 10 from the nearest outlet.

    This can be done safely, getting the parts online at somewhat discounted prices. Here's just such a combination that works well, and solves the need nicely. Admittedly, you'll have the charger lump near the middle of your 13' overall cable length. But it's likely that'll all be hiding behind your night stand anyway.

    1) First, if you don't already have an extra charging cable, you'll need one of these:
    Apple Lightning to USB Cable (MD818ZM/A)
    for $16.99 USD at Amazon.

    2) Next, get the fastest charger that'll charge safely. One that's much faster than the Apple 5 watt charger cube that many iPhones come with. Go with the new Apple's 12W USB Power Adapter, with a nice reassuring compatibility table at here, confirming it's safe to use. More details at Then buy one here:
    for $19.00 USD at Amazon.


    3) Finally, get a laptop style power cord, aka "Figure 8" cable, that runs from your charger (with the prong adapter removed) to the wall outlet. You can re-purpose a typical 6 footer you may already have attached to a retired laptop charger, typically 6' in length. Or, order a new 6' power cable:
    Monoprice 6ft 18AWG Unpolarized C7 to NEMA 1-15 AC Power Cable - Black
    $3.43 USD at Amazon, or for longer runs, chose the 10 foot equivalent power cable:
    Monoprice 10ft 18AWG Unpolarized C7 to NEMA 1-15 AC Power Cable - Black
    $4.63 USD at Amazon. These cables are for North American 110/120V outlets. For my 3 piece bundle featured in the video below, I chose the 10 footer.


    So for all 3 items, that's a total of $40.62 USD (as of Jun 08 2013), with $0 shipping for Amazon Prime members. Not cheap, but not that bad either. At least you'll have yourself a safe and convenient new location to charge your 2012 (or later) Apple device. Great for travel too, since this will handle nearly any hotel outlet arrangement.