Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Micro USB to Lightning Adapter (FROM CDR KING!? WTF!!) Review

I am known by my peers as the guy that does spend quite a lot on electronics, gadgets, PC parts, and my various different hobbies, but I also known to be cheap at times, especially for the God forsaken prices that (insert curse word) Apple accessories are.

Recently, my sister broke her lightning USB cable and has to resort to using mine. And as siblings normally do, didn't return my cable and claimed as her own. She then decided to pay me and have myself buy another one.

As I was in the market for the lightning USB cable, a friend of mine showed me this:

DODOCOOL 2 in 1 Charging/Data Cable
It was being sold at a local online store (Kimstore.theshop.ph) for a very reasonably price (as of this writing, PHP 720); I was about to order it, but I stumbled upon the thought of "isn't there already an adapter that can convert my existing micro USB cables to lightning"? And so I searched and found one in... CDR-KING.

Yes, let the awful shivers subside.

Products from CDR-KING are notorious for easily breaking, but based on my experience, and the fact that I am very careful of any item I buy from anywhere (thanks to my OC-ness), they tend to hold up quite well. Build quality is my only irk each time I do get something from CDR-KING.

CDR KING Micro USB to Lightning Review

Anyways, it was priced at PHP150 so I thought, I might as well take a shot at this. So I did, after purchasing some Steam Wallet at a local mall, I went to CDR-KING, got the adapter, and of course went home. Eager to try it.

CDR KING Micro USB to Lightning Review

CDR KING Micro USB to Lightning Review

With the picture above, it clearly depicts my first attempt at placing it on my micro USB cable; like I mentioned, the built quality is just something to laugh at. I mean, just look at it, it popped the connectors and PCB right off the protective covering... it didn't break the actual product, and as you can see with the picture below, all I needed to do was pop it right back in, and proceed with the charging.

CDR KING Micro USB to Lightning Review

Sure it works, that's the important thing, but I just wished, something as simple as securing the cover would have been done properly.

CDR KING Micro USB to Lightning Review

Of course, Apple is an a$$hole (the dollar signs fit perfectly, I must say) and gave the usual warning that the cable used is not certified and may not work properly (prompting the possible need to spend dollars on them), but you know what Apple?? F**k you, because as you can clearly see, the iPad fully charged (and in about the usual 15-30 minutes of charging), AND it was recognized in my PC and I was able to transfer my medical ebooks on to my iPad.

CDR KING Micro USB to Lightning Review

Now let's be honest here, this is just the initial impression, I will still have to put this adapter to its paces, but I am impressed thus far. Now I don't need to bring a lot of cables, I can just bring that ONE cable and charge both my phone and iPad when I'm on the road... sure I can't do it simultaneously with ONE cable, but heck, micro USB cables are the most common cables for phones and whatnot, and being a techy kind of guy, I have a drawer full of them micro USB cables.

Bet you're thinking, if I am willing to get 2 micro USB cables after all, and wanting to be cheap, why didn't I just get a knock off lightning cable for a couple more bucks? Well, in my experience with those knock off lightnings, it doesn't fully charge my iPad EVEN if I plug it in directly on the wall socket and leaving it there the WHOLE day. YES! WHOLE DAY! It wasn't even passing 95%... That's why I took a gamble on this adapter, and the gamble paid well, because it fully charged, and was able to transfer data.

So there, I have the option to bring ONE cable, and if ever, I can bring another micro USB cable because I have a drawer full of them, and even if I don't, micro USB, like I said, are very common and CHEAPER than lightnings any day.


For PHP 150, it does the job right. Cheap build quality, but what do I expect!? With such a price!

I am, so far, impressed by this. And for now, since I didn't put this through its paces yet, I recommend it for those who own an Android device and an iOS device. Or simply any device requiring a micro USB and you have an iOS device and don't want a lot of cables with you.

NOTE: All above photos were taken with my ASUS ZenFone 5, with the Camera FV-5 app.