Belkin has finally unveiled the first Apple-approved battery pack that includes a Lightning port input for charging. In other words, rather than recharging your battery pack with a USB-C or Micro USB cable, you can connect it to the same Lightning cable you use for your iPad or iPhone, as spotted by MacRumors.
Apart from the Lightning input, the majority of the Boost Charge Power Bank Lightning 10K is quite normal by battery pack specifications. You will find two USB Type A ports for recharging: one a faster 2.4-amp jack and other a slower one-amp plug. The battery pack itself is actually a 10,000mAh cell, which it ought to be sufficient to charge an iPhone a couple of times over.
Products with built-in Lightning ports have been coming from a long time, with Apple initially including the option to Apple’s MFi accessory application all the way back in 2014. The recently released Belkin pack seems to be the one and only product as of today which has received Apple’s blessing to basically take advantage of the features.
The Power Bank Lightning 10K is priced at $59.99, double to what competitors like Anker ask for equivalent capacity power banks. Which means we have to pay rather a hefty premium for the added advantage of having the capability to make use of a similar Lightning cable for charging.
Contributing to the issue is the basic fact that in the four years it has taken to get to the market, USB-C battery packs have started to crop up, with a much more beneficial universal cable and faster charging than what Lightning cable can provide. In 2018, it is much more difficult to come up with an argument that you need to pay more for Lightning cable when you can put that money toward a similarly costly, but far more helpful USB-C pack instead. Nevertheless, if the concept of having the ability to carry one cable less in your bag is pleasing for you, at least now you will have the choice. And preferably, the Belkin pack is going to be the pioneer of numerous feature the Lightning input, with various other (hopefully cheaper) choices showing up in the future.